Some people buy timepieces because of their perceived resale value, others are fanatic about limited edition collectibles that come with all the prerequisite bells and whistles. Then there are those who are extremely particular about technical components and those who buy brand name ones solely to name-drop.
As for me, I’m very driven by aesthetics, and then price, which is also why I’m pretty enamoured with the Montblanc Star Chronograph Automatic (SGD5200) at the moment. Having spotted it on the wrist of an SA who served me at the boutique, he promptly whipped one out from the showcase for me to have a look at.
Measuring 39 mm across, it’s a chunky little number, with its width coming in at around 13.95 mm. More importantly, I love how the month and date is displayed, framed into a ‘box’ that’s pretty much how a retro clock would look that’s slightly awkward yet cool all at once. Cast in stainless steel and finished with a luxurious alligator strap, it would look very smart peeking out from under your shirt cuff, or on weekends stacked with all manner of wrist candy, which is how I personally like to style my watches.
But because I’m more of a 42 mm kind of a guy (I like my watches wide and chunky), this was a pass for me, but it will do well for guys who prefer a regular-sized timepiece, or ladies who like their watches chunky and manly.