Women prefer watches with quartz movements because they don’t have to worry about setting the time and winding the watch? This is what many watch brands use as a convenient excuse when they make their women’s watches. Montblanc on the other hand is focusing on mechanical watches for women, introducing their ExoTourbillon complication that has been added to the Bohème range. At the lower end of the price scale is this piece, the Montblanc Bohème Automatic Date. It has an interchangeable strap, so that the user can adapt the watch to her outfit, or simply choose a different look every day. The watch becomes a piece of fashion jewellery that can be personalized by the user.
The watch indicates hours, minutes, seconds and date, the latter through the distinctive elliptical window at 6 o’clock. The dial has the new Bohème characteristics, wth minute track in the form of red gold-plated dots, a guilloché central section, and a guilloché border. The steel case is 34 mm in diameter, 9.32 mm thick, with sapphire crystal caseback; water resistance is 3 bar. The bezel is set with 72 diamonds, for a total of 0.533 carats.
The watch has a black alligator strap, with an interchange mechanism enabling the user to change strap colour as desired, without the use of tools. A stainless steel bracelet is also available.
The watch is powered by the self-winding movement MB 24.17. This is not an in-house movement, but a modified Sellita SW200-1, a movement that was in turn derived from the ETA 2824. It runs at 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hertz) and provides a power reserve of 38 hours.
The Montblanc Bohème Date Automatic is reference 114734. Its price is €4,700.