Perfect world: Introducing the Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum

This world timer has the clean-cut look of a classic mid-20th century piece

Montblanc’s “heritage” as a serious player in watches dates back about a decade, which might make the moniker it’s chosen for its new collection a little bit rum, were it not for the fact that the star piece is such an absolute humdinger.

This world timer has the clean-cut look of a classic mid-20th century piece, to which it adds an ingenious two-level dial through which you can watch the shadow of night work its way around the globe every 24 hours. Montblanc is proving again and again that it’s as much a master of watches as it is of fountain pens.