Among prestige trademarks, Montblanc's white snowcap on a black background is as recognizable as the orange Veuve Clicquot label, the Mercedes emblem or the little blue box from Tiffany. The design of Montblanc's writing instruments has always been self-confident, spare and dignified, as if the making of a pen had been simplified and perfected. In 1997, the company began building watches, and the Montblanc Sport Steel Chronograph has a mechanical movement and a flat, sapphire crystal with a window for the date. The obscurely nautical character of the face—the semaphore-like hands, for example—suggests sailing or diving. (You can submerge with it to two hundred meters, the band is made of heavy black rubber and the rotating bezel keeps track of your elapsed time.) The design of the face, without being fussy, has an alluring symmetry—the dials, the hands, the triangles for the hours all hold their place. While the brand doesn't have the history of the legendary Swiss watchmakers, the craftsmanship, along with Montblanc's sterling reputation, indicate that your grandson will eventually be proud to own it.
Scorecard MONTBLANC SPORT STEEL CHRONOGRAPH
DIAMETER: 41.5 mm
HEIGHT: 15 mm
CONTACT: 800-995-4810, montblanc.com