The 2015 Emmy Awards was a night of a thousand stars, which makes it even more fitting that nominee Ty Burrell chose Montblanc’s celestial Heritage Spirit Moonphase as his timepiece for the evening.
Paired with an elegant black tux, Burrell’s stainless steel Montblanc was a standout on the red carpet. First of all, the comedic actor is seriously handsome in this suit. Second of all, we adore moonphases and think that they are the most poetic of complications because they literally track the lunar positions in the sky.
What really sets the Heritage Spirit apart from other moonphase watches is the simplicity of its design. We’re guilty of being dazzled by watchmaking wizardry and love it when a dial has lots of gadgets and gizmos on display, but there’s something eloquent about honoring the performance of just one aspect of the mechanism.
To keep the face from looking too busy, the timepiece skipped the second hand and, instead of a date window, the days are counted in a ring around the slightly oversized moonphase subsidiary dial. As a result, this layout has a beautiful, balanced feeling.
There are still plenty of luxurious touches, but they are subtle. For example, the silvery bombé dial with a sunburst pattern and red-gold applied indexes, dauphine hands, domed sapphire crystal and circular stainless steel, 41mm case with curved lugs.
Inside, the watch features a MB 29.14 automatic caliber, which you can peruse through a sapphire case back. And for one last touch of understated opulence, the timepiece is set on a black alligator strap.
At the end of the evening, the dapper Burrell did not collect the award in his category, Outstanding Supporting
Actor in a Comedy Series at the 67th Emmy Awards, but he takes the trophy for most interesting watch.