Montblanc has named two special limited edition Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum watches as its UNICEF collaboration champion.
The selection marks the brand’s continued partnership with UNICEF to support child literacy and education programmes.
Sales of the two Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum timepieces will help towards funding to provide more than five million children with access to primary education.
Named after the Latin Orbis Terrarum, which translates as earth, the timepiece tells the time in 24 time zones in an intuitive way and designed with functionality and style in mind, targeting cosmopolitan watch connoisseurs.
The dials of the Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum UNICEF editions are constructed out of multiple layers, starting with the main sapphire crystal disc that displays the continents as viewed from the North Pole, and the names of the 24 cities representing the different time zones.
Paying tribute to UNICEF Headquarters, the city of Geneva has been chosen on the sapphire disc as UTC+1. The continents are cut out from the rest of the disc that shows the oceans in a light blue colour.
A second disc indicates the passing of day and night with a dark blue for the night and a gradient of yellow and green for the day. This disc also includes the 24-hour ring that indicates the different times in the 24 cities.
The central hour and minute hands indicate the local time of the city set in front of the red triangle at six o’clock, while the current time across the world’s remaining time zones is indicated on the 24-hour ring that runs around the outside of the dial.
Each of the two timepieces in the Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum UNICEF Editions is limited to 500 pieces and adorned with UNICEF’s logo on the caseback.
They are also fitted with alligator leather straps inspired by UNICEF’s unique shade of blue, further reinforcing the partnership with this world famous organisation.