The Montblanc 4810 Chronograph Automatic, a good-value watch starting at €3,990, has all the visual codes of the 4810 series, with its red-gold-plated Roman numerals with a modern design, the star-shaped silver-white guilloché dial, and the circular dots of SuperLuminova on odd-numbered hours. The guilloché is very effective at catching the light and changing with every inclination of the watch. Information is nicely organized, with red gold time-function hands (hour, minute, continuous seconds) and blue chronograph hands. The central chronograph seconds hand has a red tip.
The hour and minute hands have SuperLuminova for night-time visibility, and also the triangle indicating the date. In the photo above, the lettering “L-Swiss made-L” is a standard indication for the use of SuperLuminova.
I think that the luminous triangle indicating the date is more an extra visual design touch rather than something functional: I would guess that at night you can see the triangle, but not the date numerals. I also have a small issue with the design of the seconds chapter ring, in which the quarter-second divisions are interrupted by the small numerals, and the dots of SuperLuminova. It’s not important in this sort of everyday chronograph, but the incomplete chapter rings says “hey, this chronograph is for approximate timings only.”
The case is 43 mm in diameter and 13.68 mm thick, with a 5-bar water resistance (50 metres). The watch has a black alligator strap with stainless steel folding clasp.
The movement is not in-house, but developed from the ETA Valjoux 7500 or its clone, the Sellita SW 500. Montblanc have personalized the oscillating weight, and changed the date ring. In the Valjoux 7500 the date is at 3 o’clock: in the Montblanc 4810 Chronograph Automatic, the date is at 6 o’clock, with numbers alternating with dots. Montblanc call the movement the Calibre MB.25.07: 25 rubies, about 46 hours power reserve, running at 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hertz).
Reference and price
The Montblanc 4810 Chronograph Automatic, reference 114855, costs €3,990. Further information and retailer addresses at http://www.montblanc.com/