Hands-On With The Monta Noble, Now With Anthracite Dial

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Last year, Monta released the do-anything-go-anywhere Noble (reviewed here) and it quickly became a success story for the brand amidst a rather uncertain 2020. The watch released with two dial colors, a silver opaline, and a beautiful blue degrade. Today, the Noble gets a third dial color with the addition of anthracite. The same great bones are there, and the new dial color feels like a natural fit, leaving us wondering why it wasn’t an option from the get go. 

While the Noble isn’t as flashy as some of the other new releases hitting the scene, what impressed us most about the watch is just how good it is on the wrist and in the hand. Seriously, this is a watch that gets the fundamentals right, and the overall fit and finish is exemplary at this price point. The anthracite dial changes none of this, but it does bring a welcome tone to the family that was missing with the blue and white options. 

The anthracite dial gets a degrade sunburst texture, catching plenty of light at any angle. The shift in tone isn’t as dramatic as the blue, but it’s noticeable at the dial’s perimeter where the increased contrast with the polished angular hour markers creates clearer legibility.

The beautifully proportioned case remains unchanged, measuring 38.5mm in diameter and just under 10mm in thickness. The lug to lug measurement is 47mm and the result is a watch that melts into the wrist in all the right ways. The Noble spans a few genres, and works easily with a t-shirt and jeans as well as it does at the deep end of your formal section. There’s an effortlessness to this watch that is difficult to define, but I suspect it’s a watch you’d find yourself reaching for regardless of occasion. 

The new dial color is available at pre-order pricing as of today at $1,600 with deliveries expected to commence by August. After that point the price will rise to $1,760. It’s not a cheap watch, but the build quality makes itself clear in the flesh, especially in that bracelet (which features a quick adjustment feature). Monta.

Blake is a Wisconsin native who’s spent the past decade covering the people, products, and brands that make the watch world a little more interesting. Blake enjoys the practical elements that watches bring to everyday life, from modern Seikos to vintage Rolex. He is an avid writer and photographer with a penchant for classic cars, non-fiction literature, and home-built mechanical keyboards.
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