Montblanc Heritage Pythagore Small Second Limited Edition 148

The Montblanc Heritage Pythagore Small Second Limited Edition 148 watch is directly inspired from Minerva’s rich past. Available in Two models in 18 K rose or white gold, this timepiece features the Minerva secret signature on the dial and is equipped with the new Manufacture calibre MB M14.08 with geometrical shapes inspired by the historical Pythagore movement.

Montblanc Heritage Pythagore Small Second Limited Edition 148

In the 1940s, Andrey Frey, owner and watch engineer of the Minerva Manufacture at the time, designed a remarkable modern movement, the calibre 48 that was used in the Pythagore. The idea was to position the bridges using mathematical proportions defined by the Golden Section (φ = 1.618…).

Taking inspiration from the shape of the original movement and meticulously following the Golden Section theorem, Montblanc’s engineers developed a brand-new Manufacture Calibre MB M14.08.

They first defined the movement diameter (14 lines) so it could contain a golden pentagon, in which a five-point branch star was obtained via the intersection of golden triangles. Then the four bridges of the movement were positioned to be parallel to the section. Furthermore, other dimensions were calculated to be multiples or fractions of the golden number φ.

The hand-finishes and decoration are also designed to follow the golden ratio with vertical Geneva stripes which highlight the geometric design. Regarding the name of the calibre 14.08, the number 14 refers to the diameter of the movement in lines, and the number 8 was chosen as part of the Fibonacci sequence, which is closely related to the Golden Ratio.

Following the historical design of the collection, the Montblanc Heritage Pythagore Small Second Limited Edition 148 comes with a fully polished 18 K white or rose gold 39 mm case, curved horns with facets, and is fitted with a sapphire crystal glass box for an elegant vintage look.

Montblanc Heritage Pythagore Small Second Limited Edition 148

Inspired by historical Minerva timepieces from the 1940s and 1950, the meticulously crafted dials include technical finishes such as a two-tone decoration, a domed-shape, and lacquering.

The watches come with distinctive vintage coloured dials, such as blue or burnt caramel. These warm and intense vintage shades of brown or blue have been realized thanks to a special process that takes dexterity and time to achieve. The dial is first produced with two different motifs – a sunray decoration in the centre and a “grainé” finish on the hour ring.

After the decoration is added, a Sfumato brown or blue colour is applied to provide different shades of colour that radiate from the centre, where it is lighter, getting darker towards the outside. Several layers of translucent lacquer are then applied to the dials, allowing time to dry between each layer, to enhance the sunray pattern and create a contrasting shine on the final timepieces.

The timepieces are adorned with matching brown or blue vintage Sfumato alligator straps. Both models are strictly limited to 148 pieces in homage to the historical Pythagore movement.

Technical details

Model: Montblanc Heritage Pythagore Small Second Limited Edition 148, Rose Gold
Reference 128667

Movement
Calibre MB M14.08 manually wound movement
Diameter: 31.6 mm
Height: 4.07 mm
Number of components: 133
Number of rubies: 19
Power reserve: Approx. 80 hours
Balance: balance with screws, Diameter: 10.0 mm
Moment of Inertia: 17.5 MG/CM²
Frequency: 18,000 A/H (2.5 HZ)
Hairspring: Flat
Plate: Rhodium-Coated German-Silver with Circular Graining
Bridges: Rhodium-coated German-silver with “Côtes De Genève”, Hand-Chamfered Edges
Going-train: Gold-plated, circular grained, chamfered, diamond hubs on both sides

Displays
Hours and minutes from the centre
Small Seconds At 6 O’clock
Habillage

Case
18K Rose Gold Case
Crystal: Scratch-Resistant, Domed Box-Shaped Sapphire Crystal with Antireflective Coating
Back: 18K rose gold with inset pane of sapphire crystal
Diameter: 39 mm
Height: 9.50 mm
Water-tightness: 5 BAR (50 M)
Crown: 18 K Rose Gold with Montblanc Emblem in Relief
Pushers: Monopusher Chronograph Integrated Into the Crown

Dial
Domed “burnt caramel”-coloured lacquered dial with “Grainé” hour ring and sunray finishes
18k rose gold-coated luminescent applied Arabic numerals and dots as indexes
18k rose gold-coated luminescent bent dauphine hour- and minute-hands
18k rose gold-coated baton small second-hand
Historical Montblanc logo at 12 o’clock
“Secret” Minerva signature between 4 and 5 o’clock

Strap
Brown Sfumato Alligator strap with 18K rose gold pin buckle

Edition
Limited edition of 148 pieces

Certification
Certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500

Other versions
Also available in limited edition with a 18K white gold case, domed blue-coloured dial and blue Sfumato alligator-skin strap (ident. 128666)

Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph Only Watch ’21 Unique Piece

This year marks the 9th edition of the renowned Only Watch charity auction and also the 200th anniversary of the inking chronograph created by Nicolas Rieussec.

To celebrate both important milestones, Montblanc has decided to pay tribute to both events with the creation of the Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph Only Watch’21 Unique Piece. During the Only Watch 2021 Charity auction, this one-of-a-kind creation will be auctioned together with a wooden replica of the historical chronograph from 1821.

Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph Only Watch ’21 Unique Piece

Since 2009, Montblanc has supported the Only Watch Charity Auction held by Luc Pettavino, President of the Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies and the founder of Only Watch that has raised over 70 million Euros to date. The auction is under the patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and is organized in partnership with Christie’s.

The Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph Only Watch’21 Unique Piece comes in a 43 mm 18 K yellow gold case that is shaped like a pebble, offering comfort and elegance on the wrist. For Montblanc, the details make all the difference, with sapphire crystal on the front that has been treated with an anti-reflective coating on both sides to allow the wearer to admire the dial.

Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph Only Watch ’21 Unique Piece

Paying tribute to the charity auction, the caseback features a special engraving Only Watch Unique Piece. Furthermore, the movement’s oscillating weight has been crafted out of 18 K yellow gold and decorated with a guilloché grain d’orge pattern. It also includes a cartridge where a further engraving can be added – either Only Watch 2021 or the name of the future owner, making this unique timekeeper a true collector’s piece.

For each Only Watch auction, a colour theme is chosen, which for this 9th edition will be orange. Following this fun theme, Montblanc has added subtle orange touches to the dial’s railway track, the skeletonized second time zone hand, the chronograph’s double index, and the date number six, as a nod to the day of the auction.

Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph Only Watch ’21 Unique Piece

The complex dial is composed of six different parts, providing a three-dimensional effect. It has been developed with particular attention paid to the proportions of the aesthetic as well as the horological details. Like on the original timekeeper, the base of the dial is made in a gold colour with a traditional guilloché grain d’orge decoration.

Paying tribute to the famous chronograph’s inventor, a ring with the inscriptions Nicolas Rieussec and Homage 200 ans (Tribute to 200 years) has been applied on the outer part of the dial and is surrounded by a refined filet sauté guilloché.

Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph Only Watch ’21 Unique Piece

The contemporary shape and classic finishes of the Montblanc Manufacture calibre MB R200 can be admired through the sapphire crystal caseback. A keen eye will notice that the bridges feature Geneva stripes with bevelled and polished edges, while rubies, blued screws, and gold-coated wheels complete the ensemble.

Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph Only Watch ’21 Unique Piece

This automatic monopusher chronograph has a column wheel and vertical disc clutch, double barrels, and a power reserve of 72 hours.

The unique piece is paired with a new brown alligator strap featuring orange stitching and alligator lining as a nod to the edition’s auction colour.

For this special occasion and, for the first time, Montblanc has developed a wooden replica of the Nicolas Rieussec historical inking chronograph from 1821.

Inspired by the original device, it is made of a walnut burl and features two white enamel rotating chronograph discs that can be easily started and stopped by a pusher located on the left of the device. The zero-reset has to be done manually by turning the counters with the help of the central axes like on the original one.

In addition to the one-of-a-kind timepiece and the historical chronograph replica, the successful bidder will receive a special invitation to a rare experience at the Montblanc Manufacture in Villeret in the beautiful area of the Jura Mountains.

The lucky owner will have the opportunity to discover the knowhow and craftsmanship of the Manufacture. He or she will also be able to assemble a Montblanc Calibre MB R200 with the master watchmaker who has created the unique chronograph.

As a final touch, the personalised 18 K yellow gold oscillating weight will be assembled in the presence of the watch’s owner.

Technical details

Model: Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph Only Watch’21 Unique Piece
Ident. 129314

Movement
Montblanc Manufacture Calibre MB R200
Mechanical movement with automatic winding mechanism, chronograph and double barrel
Chronograph Monopusher with column-wheel and vertical disc clutch
Dimensions Diameter = 31 mm; height = 8.46 mm
Number of components 319
Number of rubies 40
Power Reserve Approx. 72 hours
Oscillating weight 18 K yellow gold with either Only Watch 2021 or personalized engraving
Balance Screw balance, diameter = 9.7 mm; moment of inertia = 12 mgcm²
Frequency 28,800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring Flat
Plate Rhodium-coated with circular graining
Bridges Rhodium-coated with “Côtes de Genève”
Going train Special toothing for more efficient power transmission
Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph Only Watch ’21 Unique Piece Page 8

Displays
Off-centred hour- and minute-hands, second time zone on same axis as hour- and minute-hands with day/night display
Date window at 6 o’clock
60 elapsed-second and 30 elapsed-minute counters on rotating discs with central motionless fixed double index
Travel function with rapid reset of hour-hand and date display either forward or backward
Habillage

Case
18 K yellow gold, polished case
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire crystal with antireflective coating on both sides
Back: 18 K yellow gold with inset pane of sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating and Only Watch Unique Piece engraving
Diameter = 43 mm; Height = 15.02 mm
Watertightness: 5 bar (50 m)
Crown: 18 K yellow gold with mother-of-pearl Montblanc emblem
Pusher: Monopusher chronograph at 8 o’clock

Dial
Gold-coloured with guilloché pattern in places, white lacquered domed hour-circle with gold-coloured sunray-finishing in the centre and black coloured Roman numerals, filet sauté guilloché around the dial, blued leaf hour- and minute hands, orange-coloured skeletonized second time zone hand, gold-coloured titanium domed chronograph counters discs with satin-finishing, orange-coloured fixed double index

Wristband
Brown alligator leather strap with orange stitching and lining, 18K yellow gold pin buckle

Limited Edition
Unique piece

Certification
Certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500

Nicolas Rieussec’s historical chronograph replica of the 1821 model

Movement
Type of movement Mechanical movement
Chronograph Monopusher
Habillage

Case
Material: Walnut burl
Dimensions Height = 80 mm, length = 176 mm, width = 150 mm
Pusher: Monopusher chronograph

Dial
Gold-coloured, white enamel chronograph counter discs, orange-coloured fixed double index

Montblanc – Star Legacy Metamorphosis Limited Edition 8 & Star Legacy Suspended Exo Tourbillon Limited Edition 18

First introduced in 2010, the patented Exo Tourbillon complication is a key pillar of the Montblanc watch collection. The idea was to position the large balance wheel, beating at the traditional low frequency of 18’000 oscillations, outside of the tourbillon’s rotating cage. This offered a spectacular view of the tourbillon in motion while improving the precision of the timepiece.

During the Watches and Wonders digital exhibition, Montblanc unveiled its Metamorphosis and patented Exo Tourbillon in a new blue colour scheme. These key innovations marked a new chapter in the Montblanc fine watchmaking universe at the time of their release, becoming key watch pillars over the years and inspiring the development of future movements used in the Maison’s core collection.

Montblanc Star Legacy Metamorphosis Limited Edition 8

The Montblanc Star Legacy Metamorphosis Limited Edition 8 in a sparkling blue colour literally transforms itself by revealing two different faces. It boasts a number of fine watchmaking complications, driven by the hand-crafted Manufacture calibre MB M67.60.

Montblanc Star Legacy Metamorphosis Limited Edition 8

The transformation between the two faces is highly complex and involves more than 320 individual components, all of them meticulously crafted by hand, and which move at the same time. In addition to this, the Exo Tourbillon construction contains over 100 components alone and the whole timepiece is composed of no less than 718 components, all traditionally hand-crafted at the Montblanc Manufacture in Villeret.

Montblanc Star Legacy Metamorphosis Limited Edition 8

The mechanism is activated by a sliding lever on the side of the case (similar to that of a minute repeater mechanism) that is connected to a dial. It is comprised of a fixed part and moveable shutters, which can be opened and closed depending on the desired face.

When the shutters are closed, the watch’s face displays a worldtime function at six o’clock in the form of a turning, domed Northern-Hemisphere globe surrounded by a 24-hour scale and a day/night indication. At 12 o’clock, the rhodium-coated balance wheel with blued hairspring and 18 screws, beats at the traditional frequency of 18,000 oscillations per hour.

Montblanc Star Legacy Metamorphosis Limited Edition 8

When its shutters are opened, the dial reveals the beauty of Montblanc’s patented one-minute Exo Tourbillon, held in place by a sapphire crystal bridge, and representing the sun at 12 o’clock. This was feasible thanks to the construction of the complication, which allows the balance wheel to be positioned outside of the cage and below the shutters.

A jumping date disc appears around the Exo Tourbillon. At six o’clock, a realistic, three-dimensional moon with its exact position in the sky, as viewed from Earth, turns constantly around the globe in a gyroscopic way, exactly as it would make its journey around the Earth. The moon is presented against a backdrop of aventurine that shimmers like a starry night sky. The astronomical moonphase complication is highly precise and only needs to be adjusted by one day every 122 years.

Montblanc Star Legacy Metamorphosis Limited Edition 8

In addition, all the functions powered by the high-end mechanism continue working irrespective of the chosen face. The hours, minutes, seconds, worldtime and moon phases remain active independently of the watch face.

Montblanc Star Legacy Suspended Exo Tourbillon Limited Edition 18

The Montblanc Star Legacy Suspended Exo Tourbillon Limited Edition 18 perfectly demonstrates the mastery of a classic and traditional artisanal aesthetic combined with an innovative spirit.

The patented Suspended Exo Tourbillon complication was developed entirely in-house and required three years of development. The “Exo” is derived from the Greek for “external” or “outside” and refers to the large balance wheel which is positioned outside of the tourbillon’s rotating cage.

The Montblanc engineers’ idea, when developing the innovative patented Suspended Exo Tourbillon, was to create a one-minute tourbillon that would be more visible, further revealing its beauty. This particular patented construction allowed them to keep a large and impressive balance wheel, eliminating the need to increase the size of the movement or the case.

Montblanc Star Legacy Suspended Exo Tourbillon Limited Edition 18

The massive balance wheel is raised 3.2 mm higher than the dial and appears to be floating above it. This suspended position has been made possible thanks to a dedicated tourbillon bridge with only one arm which is curved, creating a three-dimensional look and a fine watchmaking aesthetic.

Thanks to its asymmetric construction, the alignment of the Exo Tourbillon bridge, with its solitary arm, represents a horological challenge. The complexity of the patented Exo Tourbillon comes from the dimensions of the long axis that need to be extremely precise, along with the complication construction itself, which requires that the balance’s axis must be perfectly perpendicular to the movement.

Montblanc Star Legacy Suspended Exo Tourbillon Limited Edition 18

In terms of performance, the Exo Tourbillon saves more energy than a conventional tourbillon as the cage is smaller in size and free of the weight of the balance wheel. It is also balanced by two gold pillars that equilibrate the cage. The fact that the balance is positioned outside of the rotating cage also means that it isn’t affected by the inertia of the cage.

The large balance wheel, beating at the traditional frequency of 18’000 oscillations per hour plays an important role in the performance of the timepiece thanks to its impressive 18 screws.

Following pure horological tradition, the Manufacture movement calibre MB M16.68 is entirely decorated in the Montblanc Manufacture in Villeret with hand-crafted finishings such as Côtes de Genève stripes, inner angles, circular graining, beveling and a mirror-polished pawl with the hand-finished Minerva arrow.

Montblanc Star Legacy Suspended Exo Tourbillon Limited Edition 18

The entirely polished 44.8 mm case comes in 18 K white gold and features a sapphire crystal on the case back which reveals the beauty of the hand-finished manually wound movement calibre MB M16.68. It also provides a totally transparent view of the Exo Tourbillon from the front to the back.

The sophisticated three-dimensional dial of the Montblanc Star Legacy Suspended Exo Tourbillon Limited Edition 18 is constructed in eight different parts that have been decorated entirely by hand using traditional watchmaking techniques.

The base is in 18 K gold and has been highlighted with a hand-made guilloché pattern in places, and a sandblasted decoration in others, with polished steps framing the different finishing techniques. A refined guilloché pattern completes the aesthetic. A silvery-white dome at 12 o’clock, with an azuré decoration in the centre, houses the hours and minutes counter, mirroring the three-dimensional effect of the outstanding Suspended Exo Tourbillon.

This exclusive Montblanc Star Legacy Suspended Exo Tourbillon is limited to 18 pieces, paying tribute to the year the Montblanc Manufacture was founded in Villeret in 1858. The timepiece comes fitted with a blue alligator leather strap and a triple folding clasp with security pushers.

Technical details

Model: Montblanc Star Legacy Metamorphosis Limited Edition 8
Ident. 117861

Montblanc Star Legacy Metamorphosis Limited Edition 8

Movement
Montblanc Manufacture Calibre MB M67.60
Mechanical movement with manual winding mechanism, patented one-minute Exo Tourbillon, worldtime and realistic moonphase indication
Diameter = 45 mm; height = 12.87 mm
Number of components: 718
Number of rubies: 61
Power Reserve: Approx. 50 hours
Balance: Balance wheel, diameter = 14.5 mm; moment of inertia = 59 mgcm²
Frequency: 18,800 A/h (2.5 Hz)
Hairspring: Blued, with Phillips terminal curve
Plate: Rhodium-coated with circular graining
Bridges: Rhodium-coated with “Côtes de Genève”
Going train: Special toothing for more efficient power transmission

Displays
Off-centre hour- and minute-hands, small seconds at 12 o’clock,
Closed face: worldtime with Northern Hemisphere globe surrounded by a 24-hour scale and day/night indication
Open face: one-minute patented Exo Tourbillon, Northern Hemisphere globe surrounded by the sky on an aventurine disc showing the stars and the realistic moon phases, date display at 12 o’clock
Habillage

Case
18 K white gold, polished case
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective coating
Back: 18 K white gold with inset pane of sapphire crystal
Diameter = 50 mm; Height = 18.9 mm
Water-resistance: 3 bar (30 m)
Crown: 18 K white gold with mother-of-pearl Montblanc emblem

Dial
Blue base with hand-made “grain d’orge” guilloché pattern in places, rhodium-coated Arabic numerals, 18 K white gold hour- and minute-hands, stainless steel second hand, filet sauté guilloché around the dial, hand-engraved and hand-painted three-dimensional northern hemisphere globe showing the continents and oceans, aventurine disc representing the sky with the moon and stars

Wristband
Blue Sfumato alligator strap with 18 K white gold triple folding clasp

Certification
Certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500

Retail price
250’000 Euros

Montblanc Star Legacy Suspended Exo Tourbillon Limited Edition 18
Ident. 127767

Montblanc Star Legacy Suspended Exo Tourbillon Limited Edition 18

Movement
Montblanc Manufacture Calibre MB M16.68
Mechanical movement with manual winding mechanism, patented one-minute Suspended Exo Tourbillon
Diameter = 38.30 mm; height = 10.60 mm
No. of components: 218
No. of rubies: 19
Power reserve: Approx. 50 hours
Balance: Screw balance, diameter = 14.5 mm; moment of inertia = 59 mgcm²
Frequency: 18,000 A/h (2.5 Hz)
Hairspring: With Phillips terminal curve
Plate: Rhodium-plated German silver with circular graining on both sides, hand-chamfered edges
Bridges: Rhodium-plated German silver with “Côtes de Genève”, hand-chamfered edges
Going-train: Faceted arms, diamond polished surfaces

Displays
Off-centered hours and minutes, small second at 6 o’clock
Patented Exo Tourbillon (one revolution per minute to indicate the seconds) with one arm-bridge at 6 o’clock
Habillage

Case
18K white gold, polished case
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed antireflective sapphire crystal on both sides
Back: 18K white gold with inset pane of sapphire crystal
Diameter = 44.8 mm ; Height = 15.03 mm
Watertightness: 3 bar
Crown: 18 K white gold with Montblanc emblem in mother-of-pearl

Dial
18K white, silvery-white with sandblasted finishing and aventurine, domed hour and minute-counter with an azuré motif in the center
Montblanc Star Legacy | Watches Page 10 and an opaline decoration on the external ring, black Arabic numerals, 18K white gold leaf hour and minute-hands

Wristband
Blue Sfumato alligator-skin strap with a 18K white gold triple folding clasp

Certification
Certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500

Retail price
109’000 Euros

Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Chronograph Origins Limited Edition 100

Paying tribute to the origins of Minerva, Montblanc unveils the new 1858 Monopusher Chronograph Origins Limited Edition 100, a re-edition of a 46 mm military monopusher chronograph from the 1930s that was equipped with the calibre 19-09CH.

Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Chronograph Origins Limited Edition 100

A leading specialist in the fabrication of professional watches and stopwatches, Minerva developed the 46 mm military monopusher chronograph from the 1930s equipped with the calibre 19-09CH. This historical timepiece featured a large case size which was unusual for the time.

This size allowed watchmakers to integrate the calibre 19-09, a movement of 19 lines developed in 1909 that was initially intended for a pocket watch. Far from the round pebble-shape of pocket watches, however, the case o the chronograph was specially developed for a wristwatch, leading to a particularly modern look that integrated all the comfort and ergonomy needed.

Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Chronograph Origins Limited Edition 100

The original timepiece showcased a black dial with bi-compax counters and cathedral-shaped hands coated with Super-LumiNova® which were designed for military use and provided excellent readability both during the day and night.

Inspired by the 46 mm Minerva military monopusher chronograph from the 1930s, the new limited edition pays tribute to the origins of the Manufacture. The timepiece goes beyond a simple re-edition, keeping key elements of the original model while integrating vintage twists.

Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Chronograph Origins Limited Edition 100

Equipped with the Manufacture monopusher chronograph calibre MB M16.29, the Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Chronograph Origins features a 46 mm case made of a special alloy of bronze, a distinctive “officer” case back, a vintage black dial with beige elements, and a matching brown Sfumato alligator strap.

The Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Chronograph Origins case has been made in a special alloy of bronze that will obtain an attractive patina over time and is reminiscent of exploration tools from the past. An “officer” case back has been added, just like in traditional pocket watches, protecting the movement, which is adorned with distinctive engravings on both sides.

Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Chronograph Origins Limited Edition 100

The outside of the “officer” case back features the head of the Minerva Goddess. The inside of the cover bears the inscription “Réédition du chronographe militaire Minerva des années 1930 doté d’un calibre fait main dans la pure tradition horlogère suisse” (Re-edition of a Minerva military chronograph from the 1930s equipped with a handmade calibre following the Swiss watchmaking tradition).

Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Chronograph Origins Limited Edition 100

Montblanc uses a very innovative technique to create the image of the Minerva Goddess on the “officer” back giving it an authentic rendering in 3-dimensions, providing depth and realism as if it was a photograph. Made of titanium, the metal must first be structured, which means that the decoration will be engraved by laser, taking into consideration the relief of the drawing.

Then the desired finish (matt and shiny) is also achieved by laser. Finally comes the colouring phase. The colours are created by laser-generated oxidation. It is the level of oxidation that determines the final colour obtained (and desired). Montblanc is one of the most advanced Swiss Maisons to use of this technology on such a large surface. This innovation is in line with the brand‘s spirit of exploration.

When opening the “officer” case back, the beauty of the Manufacture monopusher chronograph calibre MB M16.29 is revealed, showing an authentic reconstruction of the Minerva chronograph calibre dating back to the beginning of the 20th century. For this limited edition, the execution of the movement is of particular note as the main plate and bridges have been left in raw Maillechort (also called “German-silver”), a high-end traditional material used in Minerva movements in former times.

The Maillechort gives a slightly yellowish finish, rather than the more common rhodium coating. Traditional finishings such as Côtes de Genève, inner angles, circular graining, and bevelling are, of course, all performed at the same Montblanc Manufacture in Villeret.

Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Chronograph Origins Limited Edition 100

Like on the original chronograph calibre, the MB M16.29 features the iconic V-shape bridge (whose design was protected in 1912), a column wheel, horizontal coupling, and a traditional frequency of 18,000 A/h. As a tribute to historical movements, the Minerva arrow is visible at the extremity of the chronograph “blocker”.

The timepiece comes with a black dial that has been paired with contrasting rose gold-coloured cathedral-shaped hands and numerals with beige Super-LumiNova® for greater legibility at night. This enhanced readability continues onto the Arabic numerals as well as on the hour and minute hands thanks to additional touches of luminescence.

Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Chronograph Origins Limited Edition 100
A nod to the original chronograph comes in the form of a Minerva logo on the dial that is symmetrically positioned below the historical Montblanc logo at 6 o’clock. Other vintage details include bi-compax counters with large small seconds and minutes chronograph, as well as a railway minute track that have all been reproduced from the original design.

The Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Chronograph Origins is completed with a brand-new vintage-style brown Sfumato alligator strap with beige stitching and is strictly limited to 100 pieces.

Technical details

Model: Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Chronograph Origins Limited Edition 100
Ident. 128506

Movement
Montblanc manufacture Calibre MB M16.29
Type of movement: manually wound Monopusher chronograph
Chronograph: monopusher with column-wheel and horizontal coupling
Dimensions: diameter = 38.40 mm; height = 6.30 mm
Number of components: 252
Number of rubies: 22
Power reserve: approx. 50 hours
Balance: screw balance, diameter = 14.5 mm;
Moment of inertia = 59 mgcm²
Frequency: 18,000 a/h (2.5 hz)
Hairspring: with phillips terminal curve
Plate: raw maillechort (German-silver) with circular graining on both sides
Bridges: raw maillechort (German-silver) with “côtes de Genève”
Going-train: gold-plated, circular grained, chamfered, diamond hubs on both sides

Displays
Hours and minutes from the centre
Small seconds at “9 o’clock”
Chronograph’s elapsed-second hand from the dial’s centre
Counter for 30 elapsed minutes at “3 o’clock”
Habillage

Case
Special alloy of bronze featuring polished and satin-finishing
Crystal: scratch-resistant, domed box-shaped sapphire crystal with antireflective coating
Back: screw bronze-coated titanium case back with inset pane of sapphire crystal
Bronze-coated titanium “officer” case back engraved on both sides with the head of Minerva goddess on the outside and a special inscription on the inside “ré-édition du chronographe militaire minerva des années 1930 doté d’un Calibre fait main dans la pure tradition horlogère suisse” (re-edition of a Minerva military chronograph from the 1930s equipped with a hand-made calibre following the pure Swiss watchmaking tradition)
Dimensions: diameter = 46 mm; height = 14.50 mm
Watertightness: 3 bar
Crown: fluted in bronze with Montblanc emblem in relief
Pushers: monopusher chronograph integrated into the crown

Dial
Black lacquered dial with beige-coloured luminescent Arabic applied numerals
Rose gold and beige-coloured luminescent cathedral-shaped hour and minute hands
White-coloured second hand
White-coloured chronograph second and minute hands
Historical Montblanc logo at 12 o’clock
Original Minerva logo at 6 o’clock

Wristband
Brown sfumato alligator leather with beige stitching and Bronze-coated stainless steel pin buckle

Limited edition
Limited edition of 100 pieces

Certification
Certified by the Montblanc laboratory test 500

Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 18 (with 18 K Lime Gold case)

The new Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 18 is crafted out of an exclusive and innovative 18 K gold alloy called Lime Gold, a true watch for connoisseurs who likes distinctive vintage timepieces.

Reinterpreting a 46 mm Minerva historical military chronograph from the 1930s equipped with the original calibre 19-09CH, the Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 18 features a case made of an innovative 18K gold alloy called Lime Gold, a distinctive gold-coloured dial with contrasting green elements and a matching vintage green nubuck calf strap – an harmony of colour making this timepiece unique.

Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 18 (with 18 K Lime Gold case)

It is the first time that a watch Maison unveils a model with this colour of gold fondly named Lime Gold thanks to its deep golden colour that veers towards a pale yellowy green. The Lime Gold colour is made of a special alloy composed of 18 K Gold (Au 750‰), Silver (Ag 238‰) and Iron (Fe 12‰) that provides the distinctive colour giving a true vintage aesthetics.

To match the colour of the new 44 mm 18 K Lime Gold case, the Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 18 features a distinctive gold-coloured dial with sunray finishes. Providing great readability and vintage style, the monochrome aesthetic is combined with contrasting green-coloured elements of different tones such as the luminescent cathedral-shaped hour- and minute-hands, the minuterie, the central split-second hand, the tachymeter and telemeter scales, as well as the historical Montblanc emblem at 12 o’clock.

Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 18 (with 18 K Lime Gold case)

In order to give a three-dimensional look both at day/night, the Arabic numerals are fully made of Super-LumiNova® with a special patented process that encapsulates the luminescent material and create a ‘monobloc’ shape without any outlines. Gold-coloured has been chosen for the central chronograph second hand as well as for the chronograph 30-minute- and small second-counters.

The glass above the dial has an anti-magnetized treatment on the inside top sapphire crystal to enable greater precision of the chronograph’s two second hands.

Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 18 (with 18 K Lime Gold case)

Like on the original timepiece, the Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 18 has a telemeter scale that runs around the dial. The telemeter was a common feature on the legendary Minerva chronographs and adds both function and a vintage touch to this new watch. A telemeter makes it possible to measure the distance of a phenomenon which is both visible and audible, like the lightning and thunder in a storm.

The watch also has a tachymeter (base 1000) at the centre of the dial in a colimaçon (snail shape) which lets the user measure a length of time of up to three minutes instead of one minute as it is the case in traditional chronographs. The tachymeter indicates the speed of a moving object, such as a car, over a known distance.

Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 18 (with 18 K Lime Gold case)

The case back reveals the Manufacture monopusher chronograph calibre MB M16.31 taking its inspiration from the original Minerva calibres 19-09CH from 1909 and the evolution, the 17-29, developed in the 1930s, that were used for both pocket watches and wristwatches.

The calibre MB M16.31 is particularly beautiful thanks to its handcrafted traditional finishings such as Côtes de Genève, inner angles, circular graining and bevelling – all performed at the Montblanc Manufacture in Villeret. The Split Second mechanism in the centre brings even more light to the entire movement.

Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 18 (with 18 K Lime Gold case)

For this limited edition, the plates and bridges are made in Maillechort (German-silver) plated in 18 K gold harmoniously matching the 18 K Lime Gold case and the dial. The calibre has two column wheels for the chronograph and the split complication, horizontal coupling and a power reserve of 50 hours.

Like its predecessor, it is composed of the same V-shape bridge (whose design was protected in 1912) and a large balance wheel with 18 screws beating at the traditional frequency of 2.5 Hz / 18,000 A/H.

The Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 18 is completed with a new vintage green nubuck alligator leather strap that has been finished with beige stitching to reinforce the vintage look. The strap is also fitted with a matching 18 K Lime Gold buckle for the perfect finishing touch.

Technical details

Model: Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 18 (with 18 K Lime Gold case), Reference: 128085

Movement
Montblanc Manufacture Calibre MB M16.31
Manually Wound Monopusher Chronograph with Split Second, Tachymeter & Telemeter
Chronograph: Monopusher with Two Column-Wheels (One for the Chronograph and One for the Split Second) and Horizontal Coupling
Diameter = 38.40 mm; Height = 8.13 mm
Number of components: 287
Number of rubies: 25
Power reserve: Approx. 50 hours
Balance: Screw Balance, Diameter = 14.5 mm
Moment of inertia = 59 MGCM²
Frequency: 18,000 A/H (2.5 HZ)
Hairspring: with Phillips Terminal Curve
Plate: 18K Gold-Plated Maillechort (German-Silver) with circular graining on both sides
Bridges: 18K Gold-Plated Maillechort (German-Silver) with “Côtes De Genève”
Going-Train: Gold-Plated, Faceted Arms, Diamond Polished Surfaces

Displays
Hours and minutes from the centre
Small seconds at “9 o’clock”
Chronograph’s elapsed-second and
Split-second hands from the dial’s centre
Counter for 30 elapsed-minutes at “3 o’clock” tachymeter and telemeter scales
Habillage

Case
18K Lime Gold Featuring Polished And Satin-Finishing
Crystal: Scratch-Resistant, Domed Box-Shaped Sapphire Crystal with Antireflective Coating
Back: Screwed 18 K Lime Gold & Inset Pane of Sapphire Crystal
Diameter = 44 MM; Height = 14.20 MM
Watertightness: 3 BAR
Crown: Fluted 18 K Lime Gold with Montblanc Emblem in Relief
Pushers: Monopusher Chronograph Integrated Into the Crown and One Pusher at 2 O’clock For the Split-Second

Dial
Gold-Coloured Dial with Green-Coloured Luminescent Arabic Numerals
Green- And White-Coloured Luminescent Cathedral-Shaped Hour- And Minute-Hands
Gold-Coloured Small Second- And Chronograph Second-Hands
Green-Coloured Split-Second Hand
Gold-Coloured Chronograph Minute Hand with a Green-Coloured Arrow
Historical Montblanc Emblem at 12 O’clock
Tachymeter Scale on the Central Part of the Dial and Telemeter on the Exterior of the Dial

Strap
Green Nubuck Alligator Leather Strap with Beige Stitching and 18 K Lime Gold Pin Buckle

Edition
Limited edition of 18 pieces

Certification
Certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500

Montblanc Manufacture Perpetual Calendar Limited Edition 100, Reference 128669 (with 18 carat rose gold case and “burnt caramel”-coloured dial)

Inspired by historical Minerva wristwatches from the 1940s and ‘50s, Montblanc unveils the new Heritage Manufacture Perpetual Calendar Limited Edition 100 featuring vintage aesthetics with a new burnt caramel dial and a fully polished 18 K rose gold case.

With its patented Manufacture complication developed internally, this timepiece is one of the most readable with well positioned indications and the possibility of setting the time both forwards and backwards through the crown, allowing the rapid adjustment of one month in under a minute.

The new Heritage Manufacture Perpetual Calendar Limited Edition 100 indicates the hours, minutes, day, date, month, moonphase, and leap year in an extremely legible way thanks to its large counters at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock. This year, it comes in a new aesthetic with a brown colour scheme that goes from the dial to the strap.

Montblanc Manufacture Perpetual Calendar Limited Edition 100, Reference 128669 (with 18 carat rose gold case and “burnt caramel”-coloured dial)

Launched two years ago, the perpetual calendar complication took three years to develop due to the complexity of the function. Protected by a patent, the Manufacture calibre MB 29.22 comprises 378 components of which 259 are dedicated to the perpetual calendar function.

It is composed solely of wheels and cams, in contrast to most perpetual calendars that use levers. This mechanism first enables the user to adjust the watch via the crown in both directions (which is not possible with levers). Secondly, thanks to a safety feature, it prevents any setting between the hours of 6 pm and 12 pm, when manipulation could damage the movement.

The perpetual calendar complication is principally made of a central “crown” that drives the entire system with several wheels and three cams with specific rotations that allow the date to jump. The first cam is for the jumping of the date from 28th to 29th (one turn every four years), one is from 29th to 30th (one turn per year), and the last one from 30th to 31st (turns every 31-day month). The cams work independently when there is no modification of the calendar displays when the date changes from 28th to 31th, from 29th to 31st, and from 28th to 31st.

Furthermore, the watch offers an outstanding view on a realistic domed rose gold-coated moonphase surrounded by a starry sky which is extremely precise and only requires adjustment every 122 years. It is combined with a very practical dual-time function with a 24-hour indicator, which is particularly useful when travelling.

Reminiscent of historical Minerva timepieces, the domed lacquered dial is of particular note. The warm and intense vintage shade of brown has been realized by a special process that takes dexterity and time to achieve. The dial is first produced with two different motifs – a sunray decoration in the centre and a “grainé” finish on the hour ring.

After the decoration is added, a Sfumato brown colour is applied to the dial to provide different shades of brown radiating from the centre. It is lighter in the centre and gets darker towards the outside. Several layers of translucent lacquer are then applied to the dial, allowing time to dry between each layer, to enhance the sunray pattern and create a contrasting shine on the final timepieces.

In line with the design codes of the Heritage product line, the watch comes in a 40 mm fully polished 18 K rose gold case with curved horns and is fitted with a sapphire crystal glass box for an elegant vintage look. A brown sfumato alligator strap completes the overall design.

Technical details

Model: Montblanc Heritage Perpetual Calendar Limited Edition 100
Ident. 128669

Movement
Calibre MB 29.22
Mechanical movement with automatic winding, perpetual calendar
Dimensions Diameter = 25.58 mm; height = 5.80 mm
Number of components 378
Number of rubies 77
Power Reserve Approx. 48 hours
Balance Flat hoop, diameter = 8.00 mm; moment of inertia = 6.3 mgcm²
Frequency 28,800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring Flat
Plate Rhodium-coated with micro-blasted finishes
Bridges Rhodium-coated with circular “Côtes de Genève”

Displays
Hours and minutes from the centre
Perpetual calendar indications with month and leap-year at 3 o’clock, date and moonphase at 6 o’clock and day at 9 o’clock
Second time zone from the centre with 24-hour display at 9 o’clock
Habillage

Case
18 K rose gold case
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed box-shaped sapphire crystal with antireflective coating
Back: 18 K rose gold with inset pane of sapphire crystal
Diameter = 40 mm; Height = 12.25
Water-resistance: 5 bar (50 m)
Crown: 18 K rose gold with Montblanc emblem in relief

Dial
Domed “burnt caramel”-coloured dial with “grainé” hour ring and sunray finishes, 18 K rose gold-coated luminescent applied Arabic numerals and dots as indexes, 18 K rose gold-coated luminescent bent dauphine hour- and minute-hands, 18 K rose gold-coated curved skeletonized second time zone hand, 18 K rose gold-coated 24-hour-hand, 18 K rose gold-coated baton date, 18 K rose gold-coated day- and month-hands, black lacquered leap year-hand, historical Montblanc logo at 12 o’clock

Strap
Brown Sfumato alligator strap with 18 K rose gold pin buckle

Edition
Limited Edition of 100 pieces

Certifications
Certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500

Retail price
24’900 Euros
Also available in a stainless steel version: 14’900 Euros

Montblanc Summit 2+ Smartwatch

Montblanc presents Summit 2+ Smartwatch, the first luxury cellular watch powered with Wear OS by Google that enables making calls, answering messages and connecting to online services.

Montblanc Summit 2+ Smartwatch

Following the successful generational change from Summit to Summit 2 in 2018, Montblanc is complementing its smartwatch line-up with another innovation. Summit 2+ will be the first luxury smartwatch that can directly activate cellular connectivity right in the Wear OS by Google app on Android smartphones.

Montblanc Summit 2+ Smartwatch

The new wearable enhances its owner’s luxury business lifestyle by staying connected at all times, even when the owner is away from his or her smartphone. The distinctive Montblanc design gives traditional watch lovers ways to express themselves whilst housing top-notch technology inside a 43.5mm pure steel case.

Montblanc Summit 2+ Smartwatch

A Snapdragon 3100, extended battery power of 440mAh and 1.28 inch AMOLED Screen are elegantly linked to a 22mm exchangeable strap. With a built-in speaker, Summit 2+ allows the owner direct access to services such as phone calls or the Google Assistant.

Montblanc Summit 2+ Smartwatch

Inspired by the design codes of the Montblanc 1858 collection, the new iteration of Summit watches offers several design expressions. With the built-in watch face configurator, over a thousand watch face combinations are possible by customizing indicators, background, hands and complications for a sophisticated watch face that never sleeps.

Montblanc Summit 2+ Smartwatch

The different case finishes – black DLC steel, stainless steel, rose gold coloured and bronze coloured steel can be combined with a variety of interchangeable strap options to allow customers to find their own style. Each timepiece is fitted with a rotating crown and two additional programmable pushers.

Special features

• Summit 2+ includes an outdoor toolbox with Speedometer, Altimeter, Barometer, Compass and GPS.

• With the help of Google Assistant, daily tasks can be managed on the go. All notifications – including incoming calls, messages, social media updates and calendar events – are directly synched to the Montblanc Summit 2+ from a smartphone or, if connected directly from the cellular network. Additionally, the smartwatch offers built-in smart replies and other quick ways to respond with handwriting, keyboard or voice dictation.

• The watch faces remain visible at all times with the always-on colour ambient mode, while delivering a full day of battery life running Wear OS by Google. The battery life can be extended by an additional 3 – 5 days by deactivating smartwatch functionality while still showing the time at a flick of the wrist.

• Summit 2+’s travel functions include the new Timeshifter® app and watch face, providing personalized advice to minimize jet lag based on the traveller’s sleep pattern, chronotype, and flight plan. Used by astronauts and athletes, and based on the latest in sleep and circadian neuroscience, Timeshifter® provides timely updates and instructions directly on the Summit 2+ watch face, helping travellers to adjust fast to a new time zone.

• The new Montblanc Travel Info app provides relevant local traveller information and the voiceactivated translator gives its user direct translations from a multitude of languages directly to the watch’s display.

• With the addition of Google Pay, meals, tickets and new experiences can be purchased in a fast easy way, without cash.

• Achieving peak physical performance is a key function of Summit 2+. Refined workout coach with VO2max, a smart virtual fitness assistant that recommends personalized exercises and automatically adjusts to the user’s physical needs, providing the right pace and training intensity levels.

• Stress levels can be tracked and managed to improve personal health and wellbeing, and Summit 2+ features an improved Heart Rate Algorithm. The integrated GPS allows navigation and more precise fitness tracking when away from the phone.

Technical factsheet

Chipset
Qualcomm SDW3100

OS
Wear OS H-MR1

Dimensions
Diameter 43.5mm, thickness 13.72mm

Display
1.28′ AMOLED

Cover Glass
2mm Sapphire glass (with 0.45 bump)

Memory
1GB DDR / 8GB Flash

Connectivity
Bluetooth 4.2 LE, WIFI 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, NFC (with SE), LTE, 3G

LTE Network
– SKU1: WCDMA Band 1/8 LTE Band 1/3/38/40/41
– SKU2: WCDMA Band 1/8 LTE Band 1/3/7/8/20/38
– SKU3: LTE Band 2/4/5/7/13/66

Acoustics
Speaker, Microphone

Sensor
Heart Rate, Barometer, Compass, Accelerometer, Gyro, Ambient Light Sensor

Others
Water protection: IPx8
Haptics: Yes
Charger / Cable: 5V1A, Type C 2.0
Battery: 440 mAh
Buttons: 2 pusher + 1 crown button; rotating crown

Montblanc Star Legacy Collection 2020: The Star Legacy Automatic Date and the Star Legacy Chronograph Day&Date

The Montblanc Star Legacy product line is inspired by Minerva pocket watches from the 19th century and the beginning of 20th century. The nowadays timepieces include round polished pebble-shaped cases, like those found on antique pocket watches; onion-shaped crowns with the recognisable Montblanc emblem; refined dials with the iconic exploding star guilloché pattern; and Sfumato straps coming from the Pelletteria in Florence, Italy.

In 2020, Montblanc is introducing a new 43 mm size to the Star Legacy product line with the presentation of two new men’s pieces, the Star Legacy Automatic Date and the Star Legacy Chronograph Day&Date.

Montblanc Star Legacy Automatic Date 43 mm

The new Montblanc Star Legacy Automatic Date comes in a 43mm stainless steel case with a domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating and a sapphire crystal case back. There are two dial colours, one in ivory with a silvery-white flange and featuring 18 K rose gold-coated Roman numerals, indexes and hands, and the other in anthracite with black rhodium coated Roman numerals, indexes and hands. Both are enhanced with luminescent material SuperLuminova for a better readability at night.

Montblanc Star Legacy Automatic Date 43 mm

The timepieces are powered by the MB 24.17 automatic movement that has a date at three o’clock and a 38-hour power reserve. The timepieces are water resistant to 50 meters and come fitted with a brown or grey Sfumato strap and are available on a stainless steel 3 links bracelet that has been partly polished and partly satin-finished.

Montblanc Star Legacy Automatic Date 43 mm with a stainless steel bracelet (ident. 126106)

Technical details

Model: Montblanc Star Legacy Automatic Date
Ident. 126104

Movement
Calibre MB 24.17
Type of movement: Mechanical movement with automatic winding, date
Number of rubies: 26
Power Reserve: Approx. 38 hours
Balance: Flat hoop
Frequency: 28,800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat

Displays
Hours, minutes and seconds from the centre
Date window at 3 o’clock
Habillage

Case
Stainless steel case with polished and satin-finishing
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire crystal with antireflective coating
Back: Stainless steel with inset pane of sapphire crystal
Dimensions- Diameter = 43 mm; Height = 11 mm
Watertightness: 5 bar (50 m)
Crown: Stainless steel with Montblanc emblem

Dial
Ivory-coloured dial with silvery-white flange and the Montblanc exploding star guilloché pattern, 18 K rose gold-coated Roman numerals, 18 K rose gold-coated luminescent leaf hour and minute hands, blued second hand

Wristband
Brown Sfumato alligator leather crafted by the Pelletteria in Florence, Italy with stainless steel pin buckle

Other variants
Also available with a stainless steel bracelet (ident. 126106)
Also available with a anthracite-coloured dial and grey Sfumato alligator leather strap (ident. 126105) or with a stainless steel bracelet (ident. 126107)

Montblanc Star Legacy Chronograph Day&Date 43 mm

The new Montblanc Star Legacy Chronograph Day&Date is housed in a 43mm stainless steel case with a domed sapphire crystal on the front and a sapphire crystal on the back, allowing the wearer the possibility to admire the MB25.07 automatic chronograph movement beneath.

Montblanc Star Legacy Chronograph Day&Date Ref. 126080

The MB25.07 chronograph movement has a 48-hour power reserve and indicates the elapsed seconds via a central chronograph seconds hand, the elapsed minutes in a 30-minute counter, and the elapsed hours in a 12-hour counter. The day and date displays can be found in apertures at three o’clock.

There are two dial colours, one in ivory with a silvery-white flange and counters that features 18 K rose gold-coated Roman numerals, indexes and hands for the time functions and blued hands for the chronograph readings, and another that comes in anthracite with black rhodium coated Roman numerals, indexes and hands enhanced with luminescent material SuperLuminova for a better readability at night.

Montblanc Star Legacy Chronograph Day&Date Ref 126081

The timepieces are water resistant to 50 meters and come fitted with a brown or grey Sfumato strap and are available on a stainless steel 3 links bracelet that has been partly polished and partly satin-finished.

Technical details

Model: Montblanc Star Legacy Chronograph Day&Date
Ident. 126080

Movement
Calibre MB 25.07
Type of movement: Mechanical movement with automatic winding, chronograph, day&date
Number of Jewels: 25
Power Reserve: Approx. 48 hours
Balance: Flat hoop
Frequency: 28.800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat

Displays
Hours and minutes from the centre, small seconds at 9 o’clock
Day&date in a window at 3 o’clock
Chronograph’s elapsed-second hand from the dial’s centre
30-elapsed minute and 12-elapsed hour counters at 12 and 6 o’clock
Habillage

Case
Stainless steel case with polished and satin-finishing
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire crystal with antireflective coating
Back: Stainless steel with inset pane of sapphire crystal
Dimensions – Diameter= 43 mm; Height = 14.76 mm
Water-resistance: 5 bar (50 m)

Dial
Ivory-coloured dial with silvery-white counters and flange and the Montblanc exploding star guilloché pattern, 18 K rose gold-coated Roman numerals, 18 K rose gold-coated luminescent leaf hour and minute-hands, 18 K rose gold-coated luminescent small second hand, blued chronograph hands
Crown: Stainless steel with Montblanc emblem

Wristband
Brown Sfumato alligator-skin strap crafted by the Pelletteria in Florence,
Italy with stainless steel triple folding clasp

Other variants
Also available with a stainless steel bracelet (ident. 126102)
Also available with a anthracite-coloured dial and grey Sfumato alligator leather strap (ident. 126081) or with a stainless steel bracelet (ident. 126103)

Montblanc Heritage Collection 2020 – Heritage Manufacture Pulsograph Limited Edition, Heritage Monopusher Chronograph and Heritage Automatic

Inspired by historical Minerva classic wristwatches from the 1940s and 50s and the spirit of neo-dandy style, Montblanc unveils three novelties within its Heritage product line, combining vintage aesthetics with distinctive colour associations and refined watch complications.

The Montblanc Heritage timepieces combine the elegance of watchmaking past with today’s bold design codes. The new models feature fully polished 40 mm and 42 mm cases, curved horns with facets, and are fitted with sapphire crystal glass boxes for an elegant vintage look.

Reminiscent of the neo-dandy style, special attention has been paid to dials with distinctive colours, such as salmon, tobacco-brown, British-racing-green and they include technical finishes such as two-tone decoration, a domed-shape, and lacquer coatings that require dexterity and expertise to apply. Other details feature dots as indexes, curved Dauphine hands enhanced with SuperLuminova, a rack minuterie with SuperLuminova small dots every five minutes, and oldschool international payphone indications of 3, 6 and 9 minutes.

In line with the collection’s spirit, the timepieces are adorned with Sfumato alligator straps of various colours from British-racing-green, to grey and tobacco-brown. Like with all the Heritage timepieces, these new wristwatches are water resistant to 50 meters.

Montblanc Heritage Manufacture Pulsograph Limited Edition 100 pieces

The highlight of the Maison’s product line is the Heritage Pulsograph Limited Edition 100, a timepiece inspired by what collectors call the ‘doctor’s watches’, that were used by doctors in the past to check a patient’s heart rate. Following the launch of the Montblanc Heritage Pulsograph Limited Edition with a salmon-coloured dial, the Maison is now unveiling a brand-new model in an 18 K rose gold 40 mm case with a distinctive smoked tobacco-brown dial and matching Sfumato alligator strap, reinforcing the trendy vintage style.

Montblanc Heritage Manufacture Pulsograph Limited Edition Rose gold model with smoked tobacco-brown dial

On the case back, the sapphire crystal reveals the high level of hand-finishing of the Montblanc Manufacture monopusher chronograph Calibre MB M13.21. This high-end movement is composed of a large balance wheel with 18 screws that beats at the traditional frequency of 18,000 A/H, a column wheel and horizontal coupling, the iconic V-shaped chronograph bridge whose designed was patented in 1912, and the emblematic hand-decorated Minerva arrow. To match the 18 K rose gold case and the tobacco-brown dial, the calibre MB M13.21 features rose gold-coated plate and bridges.

Montblanc Heritage Manufacture Pulsograph Limited Edition Rose gold model with smoked tobacco-brown dial

The refined tobacco-brown dial features several vintage design codes from the 1940s and 50s: a domed smoked lacquered dial with “grainé” hour ring and sunray finishes, 18 K rose gold-coated luminescent Arabic numerals and dots for indexes, 18 K rose gold-coated luminescent dauphine hour and minute hands, 18 K rose gold baton-shaped hands for the seconds and the chronograph indications, rack minuterie, and old school international payphone indications of 3, 6 and 9 minutes on the chronograph’s minutes counter.

Montblanc Heritage Manufacture Pulsograph Limited Edition Rose gold model with smoked tobacco-brown dial

The timepiece comes with a matching tobacco-brown Sfumato alligator strap, completing the overall vintage design.

Technical details

Model: Montblanc Heritage Manufacture Pulsograph Limited Edition 100
Ident. 126095

Movement
Calibre MB M13.21
Type of movement: Manually wound monopusher chronograph with pulsometer scale
Chronograph Monopusher with column-wheel and horizontal coupling
Dimensions: Diameter = 29.50 mm; height = 6.40 mm
Number of components: 239
Number of rubies: 22
Power Reserve: Approx. 55 hours
Balance: Balance with screws, diameter = 11.40 mm; moment of inertia = 26 mgcm²
Frequency: 18,000 A/h (2.5 Hz)
Hairspring: With Phillips terminal curve
Plate: Rose gold-plated German silver with circular graining on both sides, hand-chamfered edges, rose gold-plated German silver bridges with “Côtes de Genève”, circular graining on both sides, hand-chamfered edges
Going-train: Gold-plated, circular grained, chamfered, diamond hubs on both sides

Displays
Hours and minutes from the centre, small seconds at 9 o’clock
Chronograph’s elapsed-second hand from the dial’s centre, 30- elapsed minute counter at 3 o’clock
Pulsometer scale graduated for 30 pulsations
Habillage

Case
18 K rose gold, polished case
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed box-shaped sapphire crystal with antireflective coating
Back: Stainless steel with inset pane of sapphire crystal
Dimensions: Diameter = 40 mm; Height = 12.65 mm
Watertightness: 5 bar (50 m)
Crown: 18 K rose gold with Montblanc emblem in relief
Pusher: Monopusher chronograph at 2 o’clock

Dial
Domed lacquered smoked tobacco brown-coloured dial with “grainé” hour ring and sunray finishes, 18 K rose gold-coated luminescent applied Arabic numerals and dots as indexes, 18 K rose gold-coated luminescent bent dauphine hour- and minute-hands, 18 K rose gold-coated baton second- and 30-minute chronograph counter-hands, 18 K rose gold-coated bent baton central 60-second chronograph hand, historical Montblanc logo at 12 o’clock, pulsometer scale on the external part of the dial

Wristband
Brown Sfumato alligator-skin strap from the Richemont Pelletteria in Florence, Italy with 18 K rose gold pin buckle

Edition
Limited Edition 100

Montblanc Heritage Monopusher Chronograph

Joining the Heritage product line is this new edition in stainless steel with a salmon-coloured dial. The Heritage Monopusher Chronograph is one of the technical pillars of Minerva savoir-faire, offering an accessibly-priced model at the centre of the collection.

This timepiece features the latest chronograph design with a domed, salmon-coloured dial with black rhodium-coated Arabic numerals and dots for indexes. Other features include a blue rack minuterie, black rhodium-coated luminescent dauphine hands for the hours and minutes, and contrasting blued steel baton hands for the seconds and the chronograph indications, providing great visibility.

Montblanc Heritage Monopusher Chronograph stainless steel model with a salmon-coloured dial

A closer look at the minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock reveals an indicator for 3, 6 and 9 minutes – a vintage touch from the days when we used coin-operated telephones and needed to track the length and cost of a call.

This timepiece comes in a 42 mm stainless steel case with polished and satin-finishes, curved horns, a domed sapphire glass box, and the distinctive Minerva Manufacture embossing on the case back. The timepiece is completed with a matching grey Sfumato alligator strap from the Richemont Pelletteria in Florence, Italy.

Technical details

Model: Montblanc Heritage Monopusher Chronograph
Ident. 126078

Movement
Calibre MB 25.12
Type of movement: Mechanical movement with automatic winding, monopusher chronograph
Number of rubies: 27
Power Reserve: Approx. 48 hours
Balance: Flat hoop
Frequency: 28,800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat

Displays
Hours and minutes from the centre, small seconds at 9 o’clock
Chronograph’s elapsed-second hand from the dial’s centre, 30- elapsed minute counter at 3 o’clock
Habillage

Case
Stainless steel case with polished and satin-finishes
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed box-shaped sapphire crystal with antireflective coating
Back: Stainless steel with Minerva Manufacture engraving
Dimensions – Diameter = 42 mm; Height = 14.7 mm
Watertightness: 5 bar (50 m)
Crown: Stainless steel with Montblanc emblem in relief
Pusher: Monopusher chronograph integrated into the crown

Dial
Domed salmon-coloured dial with “grainé” hour ring and sunray finishes, black rhodium-coated applied Arabic numerals and dots as indexes, black rhodium-coated luminescent bent dauphine hour- and minute-hands, blued baton second- and 30-minute chronograph counter-hands, blued bent baton 60-second central chronograph hand, historical Montblanc logo at 12 o’clock

Wristband
Grey Sfumato alligator-skin strap coming strap from the Richemont Pelletteria in Florence, Italy with stainless steel triple-folding clasp

Montblanc Heritage Automatic

The new Montblanc Heritage Automatic comes in 18 K yellow gold with a brand-new lacquered British-racing-green dial and matching Sfumato alligator strap for a vintage look.

This new colour combination is enhanced by yellow gold details on the dial, including 18 K yellow gold-coated curved Dauphine hands that have been enhanced with SuperLuminova, along with applied Arabic numerals and dots for indexes that are also in yellow gold.

Montblanc Heritage Automatic 18 K yellow gold Model with lacquered British-racing-green dial

Providing great flair, the dial has been lacquered – a technique that requires expertise and dexterity. The 40 mm case is fitted with a domed sapphire crystal and an elegant British-racing-green Sfumato strap from the Richemont Pelletteria in Florence, Italy.

Montblanc Heritage Automatic 18 K yellow gold Model with lacquered British-racing-green dial

Like all the Montblanc Heritage Automatic models, the timepiece is powered by the Calibre MB 24.27, an automatic movement with a 42-hour power reserve, and is water resistant to 50 metres.

Technical details

Model: Montblanc Heritage Automatic
Ident. 126464

Movement
Calibre MB 24.27
Type of movement: Mechanical movement with automatic winding
Number of rubies: 25
Power Reserve: Approx. 42 hours
Balance: Flat hoop
Frequency: 28,800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat

Displays
Hours, minutes and seconds from the centre
Habillage

Case
18 K yellow gold, polished case
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire crystal with antireflective coating
Back: Stainless steel with Minerva Manufacture engraving
Dimensions: Diameter = 40 mm; Height = 11 mm
Watertightness: 5 bar (50 m)
Crown: 18 K yellow gold with Montblanc emblem in relief

Dial
Domed lacquered British racing green-coloured dial with “grainé” hour ring and sunray finishes, 18K yellow gold-coated applied Arabic numerals and dots as indexes, 18 K yellow gold-coated luminescent bent dauphine hour- and minute-hands, 18 K yellow gold-coated bent baton second-hand, historical Montblanc logo at 12 o’clock

Wristband
British racing green-coloured Sfumato alligator-skin strap from the Richemont Pelletteria in Florence, Italy with 18 K yellow gold pin buckle

Montblanc Heritage Small Second Limited Edition 38: Stainless Steel Wristwatch with a Historical Minerva Movement and a Vintage, Salmon-Coloured, Two-Tone Dial

Inspired by Minerva timepieces from the 1950s, Montblanc discovers a hidden box of original Minerva MB M62.00 calibers from 2003. Only 38 movements were discovered in the archives of the Manufacture in Villeret (Jura Mountains, Switzerland) and they now equip the new Montblanc Heritage Small Second Limited Edition 38.

These timepieces feature all the codes of fine watchmaking with a pure, classic, vintage design. For the first time, this rare limited edition timepiece bears the name of Minerva on the dial in the form of a secret signature, which will only occur this one time, making this a true Heritage timepiece for collectors and watch aficionados.

The Montblanc Heritage Small Second Limited Edition 38 is a very special timepiece which pays tribute to Minerva’s history with the unveiling of the historical Minerva movement, the manually wound calibre MB M62.00. It is combined with a 39mm stainless steel case, a distinctive lacquered two-tone salmon dial, featuring a Minerva secret signature, and a matching grey Sfumato alligator strap, enhancing the pure classic vintage design.

The historical calibre MB M62.00 was inspired by the Pythagore calibre from 1948 with its very recognizable geometric shape. It was reinterpreted in 2003 with more classical shapes and high-end finishings. The MB M62.00 indicates the hours, minutes and small seconds at 6 o’clock.

The movement features a large balance wheel beating at a low traditional frequency of 18,000 A/h (2.5 hertz), allowing an ample moment of inertia. The regulating organ is equipped with a double adjustment system: Firstly, it includes a hairspring positioning system with a stud that allows the watchmaker to center the hairspring by moving the entire balance system to the balance cock. Secondly, a hairspring active length regulator index system (raquette), with a swan’s neck spring bearing the Minerva arrow, is positioned on the end. The iconic Minerva arrow can also be found as an engraving on the main plate.

The view of this hand-wound mechanical movement reveals the high level of finishing that demands experience, skill and dexterity. The components, visible or not, are hand-decorated with bevelling, chamfered edges, circular graining on both sides, and grained and polished surfaces. This know-how can be admired on the rhodium-coated, German silver main plate that features circular graining and hand-chamfered edges; on the bridges which are decorated on all sides, beveled by hand and manually-embellished with Geneva stripes (Côtes de Genève), and also on the wheels which are plated with gold and have faceted arms.

Particular attention has been paid to the dial. Following the codes of the Heritage product line, the timepiece is composed of a refined, two-toned, salmon-colored dial that has been lacquered for a distinctive aesthetic and domed.

Paying tribute to the history of the Manufacture, and for the very first time, a Minerva secret signature has been added between four and five o’clock, making it a very special limited edition. A small second counter with “azuré” (circular guilloché) finishing is set slightly lower than the main dial to provide greater contrast.

Other details include curved Dauphine-shaped hands that follow the domed shape of the dial; black rhodium coated applied indexes; and Arabic numerals and dots which have all been coated with white Super-LumiNova, a first in the Heritage collection. A precise railway track (minuterie) in blue completes the overall design and provides better readability.

The Montblanc Heritage Small Second Limited Edition 38 comes with a fully polished stainless steel case with curved horns and is adorned with a domed box-shaped sapphire crystal glass with antireflective coating and an open sapphire crystal case back, enhancing a special “Historical Minerva movement” engraving. This edition is limited and numbered.

Each timepiece is entirely crafted and assembled from A to Z by the same master watchmaker at the Montblanc Manufacture in Villeret, making each timepiece truly unique.

Montblanc Villeret’s watchmaking tradition began in 1858 when Charles-Yvan Robert founded the Minerva Manufacture in the Saint-Imier valley. The Manufacture progressively gained international recognition for its precision timepieces, becoming a leading specialist in the fabrication of professional watches and stopwatches.

Minerva is mostly renowned for its chronograph production throughout the 20th century. In particular, the legendary calibre 19.09 (19 lines / launched in 1909), which was the first to feature the recognizable V-shaped chronograph bridge. Several patents for precision timers were also filed during this period, attesting to the Manufacture’s innovative spirit. For instance, the first production of a 1/100th stopwatch happened in 1916.

In the 1920s, Minerva invented one of the first manually-wound monopusher chronographs specially developed for wristwatches, marking a new chapter in the Manufacture’s history. In addition to the calibre 13.20, the calibre 17.29 was produced during the 1930s and was one of the slimmest monopusher chronographs of the time, measuring a mere 5.6 mm in height.

These developments symbolize the level of mastery and innovation reached by Minerva over the years and consolidate its reputation in the manufacture of monopusher chronographs with various case sizes and complications.

Upholding the Minerva legacy and paying tribute to more than 160 years of fine watchmaking history, these horological achievements have become the inspiration for the development of the new Montblanc timepieces

Technical details

Model: Montblanc Heritage Small Second Limited Edition 38
Ident. 124781

Movement
Calibre MB M62.00
Manually-wound movement; Hours – Minutes – Small Second
Diameter = 23,6 mm ; height = 3.90 mm
Number of components: 162
Number of jewels: 20
Power Reserve: Approx. 50 hours
Balance: Balance with screws, diameter = 9.70 mm; moment of inertia = 15 mgcm²
Frequency: 18,000 A/h (2.5 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat and swan’s neck for fine adjustments
Plate: Rhodium-coated German silver with circular graining on both sides, hand-chamfered edges
Bridges: Rhodium-coated German silver with “Côtes de Genève”, circular graining on both sides, hand-chamfered edges
Going-train: Gold-coated, circular grained, chamfered, diamond hubs on both sides

Displays
Hours and minutes from the centre, small seconds at 6 o’clock
Habillage

Case
Stainless steel, polished case
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed box-shaped sapphire crystal with antireflective coating
Back: Stainless steel with inset pane of sapphire crystal and special “Historical Minerva movement” engraving
Case diameter = 39 mm; Height = 9.45
Watertightness: 5 bar (50 m)
Crown: Stainless steel with Montblanc emblem in relief

Dial
Domed two-toned, salmon-coloured lacquered dial with grained hour ring and sunray finishes, black rhodium-coated luminescent applied Arabic numerals and dots as indexes, black rhodium-coated luminescent curved dauphine hour- and minute-hands, black rhodium-coated small second hand, historical Montblanc logo at 12 o’clock and Minerva secret signature between 4 and 5 o’clock

Wristband
Grey Sfumato alligator-skin strap coming from the Richemont Pelletteria in Florence, Italy with stainless steel triple-folding clasp

Edition
Limited edition of 38 pieces

Certification
Certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500

Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 8

Unveiled at the Salón Internacional Alta Relojería (SIAR) in Mexico (15-17 October 2019), the Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 8 reinterprets a historical Minerva military monopusher chronograph from the 1930s.

The Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 8 is a true watch for connoisseurs inspired by the heritage of Minerva with a distinctive vintage green aesthetic, reminiscent of the colours of Mexico. The dial is made of green Jade Nephrine, expressing the spirit of mountain exploration.

The Montblanc 1858 product line is inspired by the legendary Minerva professional watches from the 1920s and 1930s which were conceived for military use and exploration. Reinterpreting these legendary models, the Montblanc 1858 watches express the spirit of mountain exploration, embodying the modern trend of returning and reconnecting to nature.

The Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 8 combines a 44-mm bronze case with a distinctive smoked-green dial crafted from nephrite jade, a first for the Maison. Nephrite jade is one of two distinct mineral forms of this precious stone and is prized for its durability, toughness, translucency and lustre.

Inspired by the Mexican flag, the Nephrite jade green dial is paired with rose-gold-coloured elements and red accents that accentuate the vintage style, while also providing excellent readability of the complications both day and night. An anti-magnetized treatment on the inside of the sapphire crystal allows for greater precision of the two chronograph seconds hands. The chronograph indications are displayed via a rose gold-coated central chronograph second hand, a white-coloured split second hand (to measure a second time interval) and a chronograph minute counter at three o’clock.

Following the design of the original Minerva timepiece, the Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 8 features a telemeter scale that runs around the dial, which was a common feature on the legendary Minerva chronographs. A telemeter makes it possible to measure the distance of a phenomenon, which is both visible and audible, like the lightning and thunder in a storm. The chronograph hand starts when the phenomenon is seen (lightning) and is stopped when the sound is heard (thunder). The position on the scale shows the distance in kilometres separating the phenomenon from the observer (or the user from the storm, in this example). Calibration is based on the speed at which sound travels through the air, which is approximately 340 meters per second or 1,115 feet per second.

The timepiece also features a tachymeter (base 1000) at the centre of the dial in a colimaçon, snail shape, which allows the user to measure a length of time up to three minutes (instead of one minute in a traditional tachymeter scale around the dial). The tachymeter scale is to show the speed of a moving object, such as a car, over a known distance, measured in miles or kilometres. As the moving car passes the starting-point of the measured course, the owner starts the chronograph hand and stops it as the car passes the finishing-point. The number indicated by the hand on the tachymeter scale represents the speed in kilometres or miles per hour.

It is combined with a complex “rattrapante” (split second) complication developed by the Montblanc engineers that allows the user to measure intermediate times without interrupting the ongoing measurement of a longer elapsing time. The “rattrapante” can be admired through the sapphire glass of the case back like on a traditional timepiece with such a function.

The Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 8 is equipped with the hand-crafted Manufacture monopusher chronograph calibre MB M16.31 that features two column wheels, horizontal coupling and a power reserve of 50 hours. The movement takes its inspiration from the original Minerva calibre 17.29, developed in the 1930s, that was used for both pocket watches and wristwatches.

This modern-day version is recognisable thanks to its beautiful hand-finishing such as Côtes de Genève stripes, inner angles, circular graining and bevelling as well as its fine details such as the recognizable Minerva arrow, a chronograph bridge shaped in the form of a “V”, and a large screwed balance that has a traditional frequency of 18,000 semi-oscillations per hour.

The timepiece features a matching green alligator strap with beige stitching that has been hand-crafted by the Richemont Pelletteria in Florence.

In order to guarantee the performance of the product line, the limited-edition timepieces undergo over 500 hours of simulated wear, with specific testing and controls under real-life conditions.

Technical details

Model: Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 8
Ident. 125603

Movement
Montblanc Manufacture Calibre MB M16.31
Manually wound monopusher chronograph with split second, tachymeter and telemeter
Chronograph Monopusher with two column-wheels (one for the chronograph and one for the split second) and horizontal coupling
Diameter = 38.4 mm; height = 8.13 mm
Number of components: 286
Number of rubies: 25
Power reserve: Approx. 50 hours
Balance: Screw balance, diameter = 14.5 mm; moment of inertia = 59 mgcm²
Frequency: 18,000 A/h (2.5 Hz)
Hairspring: With Phillips terminal curve
Plate: Rhodium-plated German silver with circular graining on both sides
Bridges: Rhodium-plated German silver with “Côtes de Genève”
Going-train: Gold-plated, faceted arms, diamond polished surfaces

Displays
Hours and minutes from the centre
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
Chronograph’s elapsed-second and split-second hand from the dial’s centre
Counter for 30 elapsed minutes at 3 o’clock
Tachymeter and telemeter scales
Habillage

Case
Special alloy of bronze
Diameter = 44 mm; height = 14.55 mm
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire, antireflective crystal, anti-magnetized treatment
Back: Screwed titanium bronze-plated case back with inset pane of sapphire crystal
Water resistance: 3 bar
Crown: Bronze with Montblanc emblem in raised relief
Pushers: Monopusher chronograph integrated into the crown and one pusher at 2 o’clock for the split-second

Dial
Smoked green nephrite jade stone, beige Arabic numerals coated with Super-LumiNova®, 18K rose gold-plated luminescent hour-hand and minute-hands, 18K rose gold-plated chronograph and second hand, redcoloured split-second hand, historical Montblanc emblem at 12 o’clock, tachymeter scale on the central part of the dial and telemeter on the exterior of the dial

Wristband
Green alligator leather with beige stitching

Edition
Limited Edition 8 pieces

Certification
Certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500

Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Limited Edition for HODINKEE

Created in collaboration with online horology portal HODINKEE, the Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Limited Edition pays tribute to the Minerva heritage. This vintage special edition combines a stainless steel case, a distinctive dial and the Manufacture Chronograph MB M13.21, all of which are inspired by the historical Minerva Chronograph Caliber 13.20 of 36 mm from the 1930s.

The inspiration for this new timepiece has been centred on Minerva chronographs from the 1930s and in particular the 36 mm model featuring a black dial with beige elements and equipped with the iconic chronograph caliber 13.20.

This 13-lines movement was the first integrated chronograph produced by the manufacture in 1920 and featured a very classical and harmonious horizontal clutch with column wheel construction. It is also important to note that it is adorned, as per all Minerva chronographs since the beginning of the 20th century, with the very recognizable V-shaped chronograph bridge (patented in 1912).

Each purchase of this special timepiece will include an invitation from HODINKEE to experience the Montblanc manufacture and visit the heart of Swiss watchmaking country. The trip offers an inside look at the Montblanc manufacture in Villeret, the historic home of Minerva, and Le Locle giving the purchaser an opportunity to see the Montblanc museum, the caliber M13.21 being created and assembled, and the strict quality-control tests that each watch undergoes before it leaves the manufacturer.

Montblanc Villeret’s watchmaking tradition began in 1858 when Charles-Yvan Robert founded the Minerva Manufacture in the Saint-Imier valley. The Manufacture progressively gained international recognition for its precision timepieces, becoming a leading specialist in the fabrication of professional watches and stopwatches.

Minerva produced a number of movements equipped with chronograph functions such as the legendary caliber 19.09 (19 lines / launched in 1909), which was the first to feature the recognizable V-shaped chronograph bridge. Several patents for precision timers were filed during this period, attesting to the Manufacture’s innovative spirit.

In the 1920s, Minerva invented one of the first manually-wound monopusher chronographs specially developed for wristwatches, marking a new chapter in the Manufacture’s history. In addition to the caliber 13.20, the caliber 17.29 was produced during the 1930s and was one of the slimmest monopusher chronographs of the time, measuring a mere 5.6 mm in height.

These developments symbolize the level of mastery and innovation reached by Minerva over the years and consolidate its reputation in the manufacture of monopusher chronographs with various case sizes and complications. Upholding the Minerva legacy and paying tribute to more than 160 years of fine watchmaking history, these horological achievements have become the inspiration for the development of the new Montblanc 1858 timepieces.

Paying tribute to the original wristwatch and professional aesthetic, special attention has been paid to the dial to offer a distinctive vintage-looking timepiece. This limited edition of 25 pieces features a black lacquered dial paired with a contrasting light-beige-colored tachymeter scale on its outer part, in keeping with the historical chronograph. This color scheme accentuates the vintage inspiration while also providing excellent readability and performance. Staying true to the original timepiece, the dial has two counters, one for the small seconds at nine o’clock and a chronograph 30-minute counter at three o’clock. These two counters are slightly lower than the dial, providing greater contrast.

This special edition also highlights the design codes taken from the 1930’s Minerva chronograph, including the original shape of the hands with their cloisonné decoration filled with Super-LumiNova®, luminescent Arabic numerals, and the original Montblanc logo from the time, with its historical font and emblem of the Mont Blanc Mountain in the centre.

The caliber of the timepiece also pays tribute to the historical Minerva chronograph equipped with the caliber 13.20. In the 1920s, the Manufacture invented one of the first manually-wound monopusher chronographs specially developed for wristwatches, marking a new chapter in the Manufacture’s history.

The caliber MB M13.21 is the direct heir of the 13.20, and, like its predecessor, features the same iconic V-shape bridge, column wheel, horizontal clutch coupling and a large balance wheel with 18 screws beating at the traditional frequency of 2.5 hz / 18,000 A/H. Moreover, the M13.21 brings the 13.20 lineage to a high level of high watchmaking hand-finishing and manufacture mastery.

The Montblanc Manufacture in Villeret is a very rare place that is considered to be a true Manufacture. It possesses the know-how to produce a movement from A to Z, making all the main components in-house, such as the plates and bridges in German silver (Maillechort), but it also manufactures the full regulating organ, including the hairspring.

The caliber MB M13.21 is particularly beautiful thanks to its handcrafted traditional finishings such as Côtes de Genève, inner angles, circular graining and bevelling – as well as its fine details such as the Minerva arrow on the chronograph “blocker” and the chronograph bridge shaped in the form of a “V”, whose design was protected in 1912.

An engraving stating “Limited Edition for Hodinkee” can be found on the case back and a sapphire crystal reveals the beauty of the Montblanc Manufacture Monopusher Chronograph Caliber MB M13.21 beneath.

Completing the overall design is a matching brown Sfumato alligator strap that has been hand-crafted by the Richemont Pelletteria in Florence or with a special HODINKEE Bedford one in Olive Green.

This special edition timepiece is water resistant to 100 meters and is certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500.

The Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Limited Edition for HODINKEE is produced in a limited run of 25 pieces and available exclusively in the HODINKEE Shop and select Montblanc boutiques.

Technical details

Model: Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Limited Edition for HODINKEE
Ident. 123749

Movement
MB M13.21
Type of movement: Manually wound monopusher chronograph with tachymeter scale Chronograph Monopusher with column-wheel and horizontal coupling
Dimensions: Diameter = 29.50 mm; height = 6.40 mm
Number of components: 239
Number of rubies: 22
Power reserve: Approx. 55 hours
Balance: Screw balance, diameter = 11.40 mm; moment of inertia = 26 mgcm²
Frequency: 18,000 A/h (2.5 Hz)
Hairspring: With Phillips terminal curve
Plate: Rhodium-coated German silver with circular graining on both sides, hand-chamfered edges
Bridges: Rhodium-coated German silver with “Côtes de Genève”, circular graining on both sides, hand-chamfered edges
Going-train: Gold-coated, circular grained, chamfered, diamond hubs on both sides

Displays
Hours and minutes from the centre, small seconds at 9 o’clock,
Chronograph’s elapsed-second hand from the dial’s centre
30-elapsed minute-counter at 3 o’clock, tachymeter scale
Water resistance 100 metres
Habillage

Case
Stainless steel with polished and satin finishings
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire glass box with antireflective coating
Back: Sapphire crystal / special engraving
Case dimensions: Diameter = 40 mm; height = 12.15 mm
Waterproofness: 10 bar (100 m)
Crown: Stainless steel fluted with Montblanc emblem in relief
Pusher: Monopusher chronograph at 2 o’clock

Dial
Black lacquered, luminescent Arabic indexes, rhodium-coated luminescent hour- and minute-hands, white chronograph and second hands, light beige tachymeter scale base 1000 on the external part of the dial, counters with “azuré” finishing, historical Montblanc logo at 12 o’clock

Strap
Brown Sfumato alligator leather crafted by the Richemont Pelletteria in Florence, Italy or with HODINKEE Bedford strap in Olive Green with a stainless steel pin buckle

Limited Edition
25 pieces

Certification
Certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500

Montblanc Bohème Day/Night

Two new BOHÈME DAY/NIGHT MODELS are available in a 30 mm case size, and two additional models come in a 34 mm size.

The day/night indicator allows the wearer to know whether it is day or night just by glancing at the dial. The day is indicated by a light blue sky and golden sun, while the night is represented by a smiling golden moon in a dark blue sky adorned with stars.

These refined models feature a new aesthetic with red gold- coated elements on the dial and the option for a new blue grené calf strap. The Bohème Day/Night complication can be easily adjusted via the crown without accidentally changing the date.

Technical details

Model: Montblanc Bohème Day & Night 30 mm, Ident. 119932

Movement
Calibre MB 24.10
Type of movement: Mechanical movement with automatic winding
Number of Jewels: 21 jewels
Power Reserve: Approx. 42 hours
Balance: Flat hoop
Frequency: 28.800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat

Displays
Hours, minutes and seconds from the centre
Day & night display
Habillage

Case
Stainless steel, polished case
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire crystal with antireflective coating
Back: Stainless steel with inset pane of sapphire crystal
Dimensions – Diameter = 30 mm; Height = 9.41 mm
Watertightness: 3 bar (30 m)
Crown: Stainless steel with the Montblanc emblem

Dial
Silvery-white guilloché dial set with 8 Top Wesselton diamonds(~0.046 ct) with red gold- coated Arabic numerals and minuterie, filet sauté, 18 K red gold-coated leaf hour- hand and minute-hands, 18 K red gold-coated baton second-hand

Wristband
Blue “grainé” calf-skin strap with stainless steel pin buckle
Also available with a stainless steel bracelet and a double-folding clasp (ident. 119934)

Model: Montblanc Bohème Day & Night 34 mm, Ident. 119935

Movement
Calibre MB 24.10
Type of movement: Mechanical movement with automatic winding
Number of Jewels: 21 jewels
Power Reserve: Approx. 42 hours
Balance: Flat hoop
Frequency: 28.800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat

Displays
Hours, minutes and seconds from the centre
Day & night display
Habillage

Case
Stainless steel, polished case
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire crystal with antireflective coating
Back: Stainless steel with inset pane of sapphire crystal
Dimensions – Diameter = 34 mm; Height=9.53 mm
Watertightness: 3 bar (30 m)
Crown: Stainless steel with the Montblanc emblem

Dial
Silvery-white guilloché dial set with 8 Top Wesselton diamonds (~0.046 ct) with red gold-coated Arabic numerals and minuterie, filet sauté, 18 K red gold-coated leaf hour- and minute- hands, 18 K red gold-coated baton second-hand

Wristband
Blue “grainé” calf-skin strap with stainless steel pin buckle
Also available with a stainless steel bracelet and a double-folding clasp (ident. 119936)

Montblanc Bohème Full Calendar

The new MONTBLANC BOHÈME FULL CALENDAR comes in a 36 mm steel case and features a full calendar complication in a pure and elegant aesthetic. The indications include the month in an aperture at 12 o’clock, the date around the outside of the dial and a moon phase at 6 o’clock.

The sophisticated dial is highly legible thanks to a precise minute track with red gold-colored dots for the minutes as well as for the date. Completing the overall design, the timepiece is equipped with a brand-new blue grené calf strap.

Technical details

Model: Bohème Full Calendar
Ident. 119938

Movement
Calibre MB 29.17
Type of movement: Mechanical movement with automatic winding
Number of Jewels: 29 jewels
Power Reserve: Approx. 42 hours
Balance: Flat hoop
Frequency: 28.800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat

Displays
Hours and minutes from the centre
Full calendar with date from the centre, month at 12 o’clock and
moonphase at 6 o’clock
Habillage

Case
Stainless steel, polished case
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire crystal with antireflective coating
Back: Stainless steel with inset pane of sapphire crystal
Dimensions -Diameter = 36 mm; Height = 10.74 mm
Watertightness: 3 bar (30 m)
Crown: Stainless steel with the Montblanc emblem

Dial
Silvery-white guilloché dial set with 8 Top Wesselton diamonds (~0.046 ct) with red gold-coated Arabic numerals and minuterie, filet sauté, 18 K red gold-coated leaf hour- and minute- hands, stainless steel baton date-hand

Wristband
Blue “grainé” calf-skin strap with stainless steel pin buckle

Montblanc Bohème Manufacture Perpetual Calendar

The new Bohème Manufacture Perpetual Calendar watch welcomes a brand-new in-house perpetual calendar movement, the calibre MB 29.22, that indicates the hours, minutes, day, date, month, moon phase and leap year in an extremely legible way thanks to its large counters at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock. The movement took three years to develop and is composed solely of wheels, in contrast to most perpetual calendars that use levers. This enables the user to adjust the watch via the crown in both directions, making it far simpler to set.

In addition to this, another new safety feature developed by the Montblanc movement engineers prevents the user from setting the watch between the hours of 8 pm and 12 pm, when any manipulation could damage the movement as the correctors are locked.

The new Montblanc Heritage Perpetual Calendar is powered by a self-winding movement with a 48-hour power reserve and is also equipped with a very practical dual-time function and a 24-hour indicator, which are both very useful when travelling.

Housed in a new 38 mm case set with 58 diamonds, the new Montblanc Bohème Manufacture Perpetual Calendar comes in a choice of steel or red gold and is certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500. The gold version is limited to 100 pieces.

Technical details

Model: Bohème Manufacture Perpetual Calendar Limited Edition – 100 pieces
Ident. 119939

Movement
Calibre MB 29.22
Type of movement: Mechanical movement with automatic winding, perpetual calendar
Diameter = 28.20 mm; height = 4.95 mm
Number of components: 378
Number of rubies: 77
Power Reserve: Approx. 48 hours
Balance: Flat hoop, diameter = 8.00 mm; moment of inertia = 6.3 mgcm²
Frequency: 28.800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat
Plate: Rhodium-coated with micro-blasted finishes
Bridges: Rhodium-coated with circular “Côtes de Genève”

Displays
Hours, minutes and seconds from the centre
Perpetual calendar with month and leap-year at 3 o’clock, date and moonphase at 6 o’clock and day at 9 o’clock
Second time zone from the centre with 24-hour indication at 9 o’clock
Habillage

Case
18 K red gold, polished case, 18 K fixed bezel set with 58 Top Wesselton diamonds (~ 1.39 ct)
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire crystal with antireflective coating
Back: 18 K red gold with inset pane of sapphire crystal
Case dimensions – Diameter = 38 mm; Height = 12.00 mm
Watertightness: 3 bar (30 m)
Crown: 18 K red gold with patented Montblanc Diamond (~ 0.10 ct)

Dial
Silvery-white guilloché dial with black Arabic numerals and minuterie, filet sauté, red gold-coated leaf hour-, minute- and counters hands, rhodium-coated skeletonized second time zone hand

Wristband
Grey alligator-skin with interchangeable strap mechanism. 18 K red gold pin buckle set with one diamond (~ 0.009 ct) and encircled by the engraved Montblanc emblem

Other versions
Also available in a non-limited stainless steel version (ident. 123866)

Certification
Certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500

Montblanc Star Legacy Moonphase & Date for Ladies

Inspired by Minerva’s heritage that dates back to 1858, Montblanc introduces a brand-new Star Legacy timepiece to its collection, featuring a moonphase complication, a distinctive diamond ring on the dial, and a grey Sfumato alligator strap.

After the introduction of the Montblanc Star Legacy Small Seconds 32 mm and 36 mm in stainless steel and 18K rose gold, Montblanc now presents the new Star Legacy Moonphase & Date.

The moonphase complication is highly appreciated by watch aficionados for its technical prowess and beauty. It follows the progression of the moon through its different phases of new moon, first quarter, full moon and last quarter, highlighting the illuminated portion of the moon as it would be seen from Earth.

The lunar cycle lasts 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 3 seconds. The moonphase rotating disc portrays two moons and is driven by a wheel with 59 teeth and a finger that advances the wheel by one notch every 24 hours. The complication is combined with a date function at 6 o’clock.

Like all the Star Legacy timepieces for ladies, the dial is highlighted by a distinctive diamond ring that encircles the small second counter at 6 o’clock. This jewellery feature is not only new for the Maison, but is rarely seen in watchmaking.

This new Star Legacy Moonphase & Date comes in a 36-mm stainless-steel case with a silvery-white dial enhanced by black rhodium-coated, Arabic numerals, indexes and leaf-shaped hands. It is fitted with a Sfumato alligator strap from the Richemont Pelletteria in varying shades of grey and is powered by an automatic movement, the Calibre MB24.08.

Technical details

Model: Montblanc Star Legacy Moonphase & Date
Ident. 119959

Movement
Calibre MB 29.08
Type of movement: Mechanical movement with automatic winding
Number of Jewels: 27
Power Reserve: Approx. 42 hours
Balance: Flat hoop
Frequency: 28.800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat

Displays
Hours, minutes, small seconds, moonphase
Habillage

Case
Stainless steel, polished case
Diameter = 36 mm; Height = 11.15 mm
Crown: Stainless steel with Montblanc emblem in mother-of-pearl
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire crystal with antireflective coating
Back: Stainless steel with inset pane of sapphire crystal
Water-resistance: 30 bar (30 m)

Dial
Silvery-white dial with exploding star guilloché pattern, moonphase display between 10 and 11 o’clock, date counter set with 34 Top Wesselton diamonds (0.068 ct.), black rhodium-coated Arabic figures, indexes, leaf hour-and minute hands and blue-coloured small second and date-hands

Wristband
Grey Sfumato alligator strap crafted by the Richemont Pelletteria in Florence,
Italy with stainless steel pin buckle

About the Montblanc Star Legacy Collection

The Montblanc Star Legacy product line takes its inspiration from Minerva’s heritage and the company’s pocket watches that were made during the late 19th century and early 20th century. These timepieces were the height of innovation for the time as they featured a patented crown system, leading the company to an early and immediate global success.

In the spirit of formal elegance, the Montblanc Star Legacy timepieces showcase classic design codes such as round, pebble-shaped cases; horns with steps on the side; onion shaped crowns with the recognisable Montblanc emblem, and eye-catching dials featuring the exploding star guilloché pattern.

The dial of the Star Legacy ladies’ timepieces features the Maison’s exploding star guilloché pattern in the centre, along with an elegant and distinctive diamond ring at 6 o’clock that encircles the date counter.

Further aesthetic details include a railway minute track, which is of particular note as it features dots instead of lines (a rare twist found in only a few models from the late 19th century or the beginning of the 20th century) and a refined filet sauté guilloché pattern outlining the dial. Completing the overall design, the dial also features elegant leaf-shaped hands, contributing to a contemporary yet classic aesthetic.

The Montblanc Star Legacy ladies timepieces are available with colourful Sfumato alligator straps that come from the Richemont Pelletteria. “Sfumato” is the Italian word for “smokey” or “blurred” and refers to a process that achieves a delicate graduation between colours by blending areas into one another through the superimposition of many layers of thin paint. When applied to the treatment of leather, it gives each strap an elegant patina.

The Star Legacy timepieces continue the journey of more than 160 years of Minerva heritage through the spirit of formal elegance. With various sizes, elegant diamond-set dials and a large choice of distinctive straps, this line is the ideal way for the female watch connoisseur to express her own personal style.

Montblanc TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph Limited Edition 1500

Montblanc celebrated its third year as the Official Timing Partner of The Goodwood Festival of Speed (July 4th to 7th 2019) and to mark this memorable event the brand has launched the new TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph Limited Edition 1500 inspired by Minerva’s 161- year heritage and the spirit of racing.

Montblanc TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph Limited Edition, 1500 pieces, 124073

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of the greatest festivals of car culture in the world today and an important fixture on the British social calendar since it was founded 26 years ago by Lord Richmond. Over 600 cars and motorcycles spanning the history of motoring and motor sport take part in the festivities, joined by some of the most legendary figures from the world of sport as well as international celebrities.

Paying tribute to the legacy of Minerva, Montblanc continues over 160 years of fine watchmaking tradition with its collections. Founded in 1858 in Villeret, The Minerva Manufacture was a leading specialist in the fabrication of professional watches and known as an exclusive workshop producing high quality instruments for measuring brief intervals of time with remarkable precision — for example, the 1/100th of second counter that was presented in 1916. A perfect example of this heritage is the “Rally Timer”, a stopwatch that was created to time motor racing with high precision and which has been the source of inspiration for the TimeWalker collection.

The TimeWalker product line combines these legendary timing instruments of the past with the spirit of motor racing, encapsulating the Minerva heritage, technology, masculine energy, winning performance and the style of the glory days of racing.

The new TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph Limited Edition 1500 is crafted with “distressed” steel, a special finish which is achieved by treating the stainless-steel case with a black-coating and then manually washing and brushing it to give each timepiece its very own patina and unique appearance. This vintage look matches perfectly with the black and grey “reverse panda” dial, black ceramic bezel, black rhodium-coated hands and the brand-new black Nubuck calf leather strap.

The TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph Limited Edition 1500 is powered by the Montblanc Manufacture chronograph calibre MB 25.10 featuring traditional finishing such as “Côtes de Genève”, circular graining, blue screws and a new Monobloc oscillating weight made of black rhodium-plated tungsten and designed in the shape of a steering wheel. The movement is equipped with a traditional column wheel, a horizontal coupling as well as a stop-second mechanism, allowing the precise setting of the time. The timepiece indicates the hours, minutes, small seconds and date, as well as the chronograph’s indications with a central hand and counters at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock, reminiscent of traditional 3-6-9 counter chronograph positions.

Technical details

Montblanc TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph Limited Edition – 1500 pieces
Ident. 124073

Movement
Montblanc Manufacture Calibre MB 25.10
Mechanical movement with automatic winding, chronograph & date
Chronograph Bi-pushers with column-wheel and horizontal coupling
No. of components: 232
Number of Jewels: 33
Power Reserve: Approx. 46 hours
Balance: Screw balance, diameter = 10 mm; moment of inertia = 12 mgcm2
Frequency: 28.800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat
Plate: Rhodium-plated with circular graining and “Côtes de Genève”
Bridges: Rhodium-plated with circular graining and “Côtes de Genève”

Displays
Hours and minutes from the centre, small seconds at 6 o’clock
Tachymeter scale on the bezel
Chronograph’s elapsed-second hand from the dial’s centre
30-elapsed minute and 12-elapsed hour counters at 3 and 9 o’clock
Habillage

Case
“Distressed” stainless steel, satin-finished case, fixed black ceramic bezel with silvery-white engraved tachymeter scale
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire and antireflective coating crystal
Back: Stainless steel with inset pane of smoked sapphire crystal
Diameter = 43 mm; Height = 15.20 mm
Water-resistance: 10 bar (100 m)
Crown: Black DLC with knurled finishing and Montblanc emblem in relief

Dial
“Reverse Panda” dial with black background and grey counters, black rhodium-plated Arabic figures and indexes coated with Super-LumiNova®, black rhodium-coated luminescent dauphine hour-hand and minute-hand, redcolored chronograph second hand with Minerva arrow at the extremity
Grey flange with white markers framed in grey or red and coated with SuperLumiNova® indicating the five-minute marks

Wristband
Black Nubuck vintage calf leather strap coming from the Richemont Pelletteria in Florence, Italy with stainless steel triple folding clasp

Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Only Watch 2019 Unique Piece

To support the Only Watch 2019 charity auction, Montblanc is donating the 1858 Split Second Chronograph Only Watch 2019 which combines titanium and a natural stone, the blue agate.

Now presenting its 8th Edition, Only Watch is a biennale auction of unique timepieces created by some of the finest brands that have raised over 40 million Euros to date. Under the patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, and following the initiative of Luc Pettavino, President of the Association Monégasque contre les Myopathies, Only Watch is an international watchmaking charity event. The auction unites watchmakers from both the large groups and small independents who all express their creativity and generosity through great timepieces crafted from the heart.

All of the funds collected from the sale of the watches are donated in their entirety to scientific and medical research units working on neuromuscular diseases in general and on Duchenne muscular dystrophy in particular. The watches will embark on a world tour on September 25th 2019, starting at the Monaco Yacht show in the charity’s hometown, and then continuing to Dubai, Paris, London, New York, Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taipei, before the final auction in Geneva on November 9th 2019. The auction is organized in partnership with Christies and will take place at the Four Seasons Hôtel des Bergues in Geneva.

Precise, legible and robust, the legendary professional Minerva watches were conceived for military use and exploration. Inspired by these historical timepieces, the Montblanc 1858 product line pays tribute to the Minerva Manufacture’s heritage.

In the spirit of mountain exploration, Montblanc reinterprets an historical Minerva military monopusher chronograph from the 1930’s with the one-of-a kind 1858 Split Second
Chronograph Only Watch 2019. For the first time, Montblanc unveils a wristwatch which
combines a 44 mm case in full satin-finished titanium grade-two, the hand-crafted Montblanc Manufacture Monopusher Chronograph calibre MB M16.31, a brand-new matching Sfumato alligator strap and a special dial made of degraded blue Agate, a natural stone, giving an unique blue appearance – all those elements making it the ideal watch for collectors.

Like on the original timepiece, the unique piece features a telemeter scale that runs around the dial, which was a typical feature on the legendary Minerva chronographs. A telemeter makes it possible to measure the distance of a phenomenon which is both visible and audible, like the lightning and thunder in a storm.

A tachymeter scale (base 1000) is also visible at the centre of the dial in a “colimaçon” (snail shape), which allows the user to measure a length of time up to three minutes instead of one minute in a traditional chronograph scale around the dial. The tachymeter scale is to show the speed of a moving object, such as a car, over a known distance.

Additionally, the Montblanc engineers have developed a “rattrapante” (split second) complication that allows the owner to measure intermediate times without interrupting the ongoing measurement of a longer elapsing time. The “rattrapante” can be admired through the sapphire glass of the case back like on traditional timepiece with such a function.

The timepiece features the historical design codes taken from the original 1930s Minerva chronograph including large cathedral hands with a cloisonné design filled with white SuperLumiNova® and luminescent Arabic numerals. Other design details include the original Montblanc logo from the 1930s era with its historical font and emblem of the Mont Blanc Mountain in the centre. For utmost visibility, the chronograph indications are displayed with a black-rhodium-coated central chronograph second hand, a red-coloured split second hand to measure a second time interval and a chronograph minute counter at three o’clock.

On the case back, the sapphire crystal reveals the beauty of the Montblanc Manufacture
monopusher chronograph Calibre MB M16.31, that features two column wheels, a horizontal coupling, a power reserve of 50 hours and a large screwed balance beating at the traditional frequency of 18,000 semi-oscillations per hour.

The Montblanc Manufacture in Villeret is part of only a select group of Maisons that possess the know-how to produce the hairspring internally allowing to have one of the largest screwed balance wheel. The movement takes its inspiration from the original Minerva calibre 17.29 developed in the 1930s, that was used for both pocket watches and wristwatches.

This calibre is recognisable thanks to its handcrafted finishings – Côtes de Genève stripes, inner angles, circular graining and bevelling – as well as its fine details such as the Minerva arrow and the chronograph bridge shaped in the form of a “V” whose design was protected in 1912.

In order to guarantee the performance of the 1858 Split Second Chronograph Only Watch 2019, it undergoes over 500 hours of simulated wear, with specific testing and controls under real-life conditions.

Technical details

Model: Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Only Watch 2019
Ident. 125558

Movement
Montblanc Manufacture Calibre MB M16.31
Type of movement: Manually wound monopusher chronograph with split second, tachymeter and telemeter
Chronograph Monopusher with two column-wheels (one for the chronograph and one for the split second) and horizontal coupling
Diameter = 38.4 mm; height = 8.13 mm
Number of components: 286
Number of rubies: 25
Power reserve: Approx. 50 hours
Balance: Screw balance, diameter = 14.5 mm; moment of inertia = 59 mgcm²
Frequency: 18,000 A/h (2.5 Hz)
Hairspring: With Phillips terminal curve
Plate: Rhodium-plated german silver with circular graining on both sides
Bridges: Rhodium-plated german silver with “Côtes de Genève”
Going-train: Gold-plated, faceted arms, diamond polished surfaces

Displays
Hours and minutes from the center
Small seconds at “9 o’clock”
Chronograph’s elapsed-second and split-second hands from the dial’s center
Counter for 30 elapsed minutes at “3 o’clock”
Tachymeter and telemeter scales
Habillage

Case
Satin-finished titanium
Diameter = 44 mm; height = 14.55 mm
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire, antireflective crystal, anti-magnetized treatment
Back: Screwed titanium case back with inset pane of sapphire crystal and Only Watch special engraving
Watertightness: 3 bar
Crown: Titanium with Montblanc Emblem in raised relief
Pushers: Monopusher chronograph integrated into the crown and one pusher at 2 o’clock for the split-second

Dial
Agate stone dial with white Arabic numerals with Super-LumiNova® coating, black rhodium-plated luminescent hour-hand and minute-hands, black rhodium-plated central chronograph and second hand, red-colored split-second hand, historical Montblanc emblem at 12 o’clock, tachymeter scale on the central part of the dial and telemeter on the exterior of the dial

Strap
Sfumato blue alligator-skin with beige stitching

Limited Edition
Unique Piece for Only Watch

Certification
Certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500

Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph, New Models with Reverse Panda Dials

Montblanc is introducing two new TimeWalker Chronograph timepieces with “reverse panda” dials that reinforce their sporty, vintage and racing appeal with a distinctive aesthetic. The MONTBLANC TIMEWALKER product line symbolizes the spirit of motor racing and harks back to these instruments of glory with a line of new professional watches.

The product line finds its inspiration in timepieces from Minerva’s outstanding history. Since 1858, the Manufacture has been known as an exclusive workshop producing high quality instruments for measuring brief intervals of time with remarkable precision. The renowned “Rally Timer” stopwatch that was created to time motor racing with precision is the perfect example of this heritage. Minerva watches were the reference in the field of horological innovation, with several patents registered over the years in the domain of precision timers, creating a legacy of savoir-faire.

The TimeWalker product line combines these legendary timing instruments of the past with the spirit of motor racing, encapsulating the Minerva heritage, technology and the glory days of motor racing style.

Since its inception in the 1960s and 70s during the golden age of motor racing, the chronographs with black and white dials, commonly named “panda” and “reverse panda” dials, became icons, marking the history of watchmaking.

The striking contrast between the colour of the dial’s background and the counters was highly appreciated for both its great readability and unique aesthetic. Such dials, reminiscent of the dashboards of classic racing cars, represent some of the most appealing and recognizable dials today.

Montblanc is presenting two new TimeWalker Chronographs this year with “reverse panda” aesthetics that come in a size of 41 mm and 43 mm. The cases feature satin-finished horns with their architectural and carved flanks that have been beveled on the edges to offer a smooth line for the 41 mm model and are semi-skeletonized like the air inlets of a car’s body for the 43 mm version.

In the spirit of racing, these new models are equipped with a practical tachymeter scale for timing speed that is indicated on the fixed ceramic bezel.

Both timepieces feature “reverse panda” dials with contrasting black backgrounds and silvery-white counters and flanges. The 41 mm dial displays the counters at 6 and 12 o’clock, while the 43 mm version features them at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock, reminiscent of the traditional 3-6-9 counter chronograph positions. The timepieces feature Super-LumiNova numerals and indexes, as well as a precise minute track on the flange that has also been enhanced with both Super-LumiNova and red markers for the 15-minute mark for utmost legibility.

The TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph Automatic in 43 mm is powered by the Montblanc Manufacture chronograph calibre MB 25.10, featuring traditional finishing such as Côtes de Genève, circular graining, blue screws and a new monobloc oscillating weight made of black rhodium-plated tungsten and designed in the shape of a steering wheel. The movement is equipped with a traditional column wheel, a horizontal coupling as well as a stop-second mechanism, allowing the precise setting of the time.

Like all the TimeWalker timepieces, the new Montblanc TimeWalker Automatic Chronographs have been rigorously tested by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500. This test simulates real-life wear for over 500 hours and controls the finished and assembled watch, providing reliability and performance.

Technical details

Montblanc TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph, Ident. 119942

Movement
Montblanc Manufacture Calibre MB 25.10
Mechanical movement with automatic winding, chronograph & date
Chronograph Bi-pushers with column-wheel and horizontal coupling
Number of components: 232
Number of rubies: 33
Power Reserve: Approx. 46 hours
Balance: Screw balance, diameter = 10 mm; moment of inertia = 12 mgcm2
Frequency: 28.800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat
Plate: Rhodium-plated with circular graining and “Côtes de Genève”
Bridges: Rhodium-plated with circular graining and “Côtes de Genève”

Displays
Hours and minutes from the centre, small seconds at 6 o’clock
Tachymeter scale on the bezel
Chronograph’s elapsed-second hand from the dial’s centre
30-elapsed minute and 12-elapsed hour counters at 3 and 9 o’clock
Habillage

Case
Stainless steel, satin-finished case, fixed black ceramic bezel with silvery-white engraved tachymeter scale
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, flat sapphire and antireflective coating crystal
Back: Stainless steel with inset pane of smoked sapphire crystal
Dimensions: Diameter = 43 mm; Height = 15.20 mm
Watertightness: 10 bar (100 m)
Crown: Black DLC with knurled finishing and Montblanc emblem in relief

Dial
Reverse “Panda” dial with black background and white counters, black rhodium-plated Arabic figures and indexes coated with SuperLumiNova®, black rhodium-coated luminescent dauphine hour-hand and minute-hand, red baton chronograph second hand with Minerva arrow at the extremity
White flange with markers framed in grey or red and coated with
Super-LumiNova® indicating the five-minute marks

Wristband
Perforated vintage brown Sfumato aged calf leather strap from Richemont Pelletteria in Florence, Italy with stainless steel triple folding clasp

Certification
Certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500

Montblanc TimeWalker Automatic Chronograph 41 mm, Ident 119940

Movement
Calibre MB 25.07
Mechanical movement with automatic winding, chronograph, date
Number of rubies: 25
Power Reserve: Approx. 46 hours
Balance: Flat hoop
Frequency: 28.800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat

Displays
Hours and minutes from the centre
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
Tachymeter scale on the fixed bezel
Date window at 3 o’clock
Chronograph’s elapsed-second hand from the dial’s centre
30-elapsed minute and 12-elapsed hour counters at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock
Habillage

Case
Stainless steel, satin-finished case, fixed black ceramic bezel with silvery-white engraved tachymeter scale
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire and antireflective crystal
Back: Stainless steel with inset pane of smoked sapphire crystal
Dimensions: Diameter= 41 mm; Height = 14.54 mm
Water-resistance: 10 bar (100 m)
Crown: Stainless steel with knurled finishing and Montblanc emblem in relief

Dial
Reverse “Panda” dial with black background and silvery-white counters, rhodium-plated Arabic figures and Super-LumiNova® indexes, luminescent black rhodium-plated dauphine hour-hand and minute-hand, red baton chronograph second hand with Minerva arrow at the extremity
Black flange with Super-LumiNova® indexes
Black chronograph counters, silvery small second counter

Wristband
Perforated black rubber strap with stainless steel pin buckle

Certification
Certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500

Montblanc Heritage Line – Heritage Pulsograph Limited Edition, Heritage Perpetual Calendar Limited Edition, Heritage Monopusher Chronograph, Heritage GMT, Heritage Automatic Day Date and Heritage Automatic

Inspired by historical Minerva classic wristwatches from the 1940s and 1950s, the new Heritage product line from Montblanc combines the elegance of watchmaking past with today’s bold design codes and technology: Vintage aesthetics include domed dials with two finishings and dots as indexes combined with 1940-50’s inspired colours such as salmon, smoked-caramel and silvery-white.

Fully polished cases from 39 to 42 mm feature curved horns with facets and are fitted with sapphire crystal glass boxes for an elegant historical look. The new Heritage product line integrates a comprehensive range of movements inspired by high-end Minerva calibres from the past to a new perpetual calendar calibre, and a new mid-range monopusher chronograph that is quite rare and highly functional.

The new Heritage product line is dedicated to sophisticated men who appreciate playing with their own personal look. Inspired by bespoke cuts and luxurious fabrics, they are setting the trend in masculine elegance with a new language of refinement and ‘sartorial’ knowledge that translates into a cool, confident and relaxed style.

This Spirit of Sophisticated Elegance, that combines a modern style with an attention to detail, is the essence of the new Montblanc Heritage product line design. This sophisticated elegant aesthetic is reflected in the new Montblanc Heritage product line as each timepiece incorporates time-honoured horological know-how with vintage classical design codes. The Montblanc Manufacture in Villeret — the former home of Minerva established in Villeret since 1858 — has an extraordinary treasure trove of archives that provide both watchmaking knowledge and a constant source of inspiration for the brand’s creative and technical teams.

Montblanc Heritage Pulsograph Limited Edition 100

The highlight of the Maison’s new product line is the Heritage Pulsograph Limited Edition 100, a timepiece inspired by what collectors call the ‘doctor’s watches’, that were used by physicians in the past to check a patient’s heart rate.

This 40-mm timepiece comes in steel and is powered by the Montblanc Manufacture monopusher chronograph calibre MB M13.21 visible through the caseback, and includes a doctor’s pulsograph indication graduated for 30 pulsations.

Its elegant salmon-coloured domed dial features several vintage design codes that can be seen on Minerva wristwatches from the 1940s and 50s:

• Domed dial with two zone different colours and finishes.
• Anthracite applied Arabic numerals and dots as indexes.
• Bent central Dauphine hour- and minute-hands with Super-LumiNova coating and blued baton hands.
• Rack minuterie.
• Old school international payphone indications of 3, 6 and 9 minutes on the chronograph’s minute counter.
• Matching anthracite Sfumato alligator leather strap.

Montblanc Heritage Perpetual Calendar Limited Edition 100

The Montblanc Heritage Perpetual Calendar features a brand new manufacture movement, the calibre MB 29.22, that indicates the hours, minutes, day, date, month, moonphase and leap year in an extremely legible way thanks to its large counters at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock. The movement took three years to develop and is composed solely of wheels, in contrast to most perpetual calendars that use levers. This enables the user to adjust the watch via the crown in both directions, making it far simpler to set.

In addition to this, another new safety feature developed by the Montblanc movement engineers prevents the user from setting the watch between the hours of 8 pm and 12 pm, when any manipulation could damage the movement as the correctors are locked.

The new Montblanc Heritage Perpetual Calendar is powered by a self-winding movement with a 48-hour power reserve and is also equipped with a very practical dual-time function and a 24-hour indicator, which are particularly useful when travelling. Housed in a 40 mm case with a choice of 18 K red gold for the limited edition, or stainless steel for the regular edition, the elegance of the case is highlighted by refined curved horns, a domed sapphire glass box and a distinctive silvery-white dial.

Montblanc Heritage Monopusher Chronograph

Montblanc presents a new monopusher chronograph — one of the technical pillars of Minerva movement crafting knowledge — offering an accessibly priced model at the centre of the Heritage product line.

The Montblanc Heritage Monopusher Chronograph features the latest chronograph design within the Montblanc product line with a domed, silvery-white dial with two different finishes, giving the timepiece an elegant and sophisticated look. The dial is also adorned with anthracite applied Arabic numerals, dots as indexes; a rack minuterie; bent Dauphine hour and minute hands with Super-LumiNova; and blued baton hands for the seconds and subdial indications.

A closer look at the minutes chronograph counter at three o’clock reveals an indicator for 3, 6 and 9 minutes— a vintage touch from the days when we used coin-operated telephones and needed to track the length and cost of a call. This 42 mm timepiece comes in a fully-polished stainless steel case with curved horns, a domed sapphire glass box and the Minerva Manufacture embossing on the case back.

The mid-range monopusher movement is a nod to the long history of Minerva’s monopusher chronographs. The timepiece is completed with the choice of a Sfumato alligator leather strap from Richemont Pelletteria in Florence, Italy, or a steel Milanese mesh bracelet.

Montblanc Heritage GMT

The Montblanc Heritage GMT comes in a 40 mm, fully-polished stainless steel case with curved horns and the Minerva Manufacture embossing on the caseback. It is available in three versions — with a silvery-white domed dial and a grey Sfumato alligator-skin strap, with a steel mesh Milanese bracelet, or with a salmon-coloured domed dial and a grey Sfumato alligator-skin strap coming from Richemont Pelletteria in Florence, Italy.

The three models have matching-coloured applied Arabic numerals, dots as indexes and hands, as well as domed sapphire crystals. The timepiece is powered by an automatic calibre equipped with a 24-hour GMT complication.

Montblanc Heritage Automatic Day Date

The Heritage Automatic Day Date comes in a 39 mm, fully-polished stainless steel case with curved horns and the Minerva Manufacture embossing on the case back. The domed silvery-white dial has applied Arabic numerals, dots as indexes and hands that have been rhodium-plated to match the colour of the case.

The timepiece is completed with a domed sapphire glass and a grey Sfumato alligator leather strap from Richemont Pelletteria in Florence, Italy.

Montblanc Heritage Automatic

The Montblanc Heritage Automatic comes in a 40-mm stainless steel case with a choice of a silvery-white or salmon-coloured dial.

Both dials are adorned with applied Arabic numerals, dots as indexes and hands that are rhodium-coated or anthracite-coloured and enhanced with Super-LumiNova.

There is also the option for a 18K red gold version with a sophisticated smoked-caramel-coloured dial and red gold-coated applied dots as indexes.

Tested for 500 hours, the Montblanc Heritage Automatic is powered by Montblanc’s MB 24.27 automatic movement. There are options for both stainless steel models with a grey Sfumato alligator strap coming from Richemont Pelletteria in Florence, Italy, or a steel mesh Milanese bracelet. The red gold version is equipped with a brown Sfumato alligator strap.

Technical details

Model: Montblanc Heritage Pulsograph Limited Edition 100 pieces, Ident. 119914

Movement
Calibre MB M13.21
Manually wound monopusher chronograph with pulsometer scale
Chronograph Monopusher with column-wheel and horizontal coupling
Diameter = 29.50 mm; height = 6.40 mm
Number of components: 239
Number of rubies: 22
Power Reserve: Approx. 55 hours
Balance with screws, diameter = 11.40 mm; moment of inertia = 26 mgcm²
Frequency: 18,000 A/h (2.5 Hz)
Hairspring: With Phillips terminal curve
Plate: Rhodium-coated German silver with circular graining on both sides, hand chamfered edges
Bridges: Rhodium-coated German silver with “Côtes de Genève”, circular graining on both sides, hand-chamfered edges
Going-train: Gold-coated, circular grained, chamfered, diamond hubs on both sides

Displays
Hours and minutes from the centre, small seconds at 9 o’clock
Chronograph’s elapsed-second hand from the dial’s centre, 30-elapsed minute-counter at 3 o’clock
Pulsometer scale graduated for 30 pulsations
Habillage

Case
Stainless steel, polished case
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed box-shaped sapphire crystal with antireflective coating
Back: Stainless steel with inset pane of sapphire crystal
Dimensions: Diameter = 40 mm; Height = 12.65 mm
Watertightness: 5 bar (50 m)
Crown: Stainless steel with Montblanc emblem in relief
Pusher: Monopusher chronograph at 2 o’clock

Dial
Domed salmon-coloured dial with “grené” hour ring and sunray finishes, anthracite applied Arabic numerals and dots as indexes, anthracite luminescent bent dauphine hour- and minute-hands, blued baton second- and 30-minute chronograph counter-hands, blued bent baton central 60-second chronograph hand, historical Montblanc logo at 12 o’clock, pulsometer scale on the external part of the dial

Wristband
Grey Sfumato alligator-skin strap from Richemont Pelletteria in Florence, Italy with stainless steel triple-folding clasp

Edition
Limited Edition 100

Certification
Certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500

Model: Montblanc Heritage Perpetual Calendar Limited Edition – 100 pieces, Ident. 119926

Movement
Calibre MB 29.22
Mechanical movement with automatic winding, perpetual calendar
Diameter = 28.20 mm; height = 4.95 mm
Number of components: 378
Number of rubies: 77
Power Reserve: Approx. 48 hours
Balance: Flat hoop, diameter = 8.00 mm; moment of inertia = 6.3 mgcm²
Frequency: 28,800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat
Plate: Rhodium-coated with micro-blasted finishes
Bridges: Rhodium-coated with circular “Côtes de Genève”

Displays
Hours, minutes and seconds from the centre
Perpetual calendar with month and leap-year at 3 o’clock, date and moonphase at 6 o’clock and day at 9 o’clock
Second time zone from the centre with 24-hour indication at 9 o’clock
Habillage

Case
18 K red gold, polished case
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed box-shaped sapphire crystal with antireflective coating
Back: Stainless steel with inset pane of sapphire crystal
Dimensions: Diameter = 40 mm; Height = 12.30 mm
Watertightness: 5 bar (50 m)
Crown: 18 K red gold with Montblanc emblem in relief

Dial
Domed silvery-white dial with “grené” hour ring, 18 K red gold-coated applied Arabic numerals and dots as indexes, 18 K red gold-coated luminescent bent dauphine hour- and minute-hands, 18 K red gold-coated bent skeletonized second time zone hand, 18 K red gold-coated 24-hour-hand, blued baton date, day- and month-hands, red-coloured leap year-hand, historical Montblanc logo at 12 o’clock

Wristband
Brown Sfumato alligator-skin strap from Richemont Pelletteria in Florence, Italy with 18 K red gold pin buckle

Edition
Limited Edition 100
Additional non-limited version is available with a stainless steel case and a grey Sfumato alligator-skin strap (119925).

Certification
Certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500

Model: Montblanc Heritage Monopusher Chronograph, Ident. 119951

Movement
Calibre MB 25.12
Mechanical movement with automatic winding, monopusher chronograph
Number of rubies: 27
Power Reserve: Approx. 48 hours
Balance: Flat hoop
Frequency: 28,800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat

Displays
Hours and minutes from the centre, small seconds at 9 o’clock
Chronograph’s elapsed-second hand from the dial’s centre, 30-elapsed minute counter at 3 o’clock
Habillage

Case
Stainless steel, polished case
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed box-shaped sapphire crystal with antireflective coating
Back: Stainless steel with Minerva Manufacture engraving
Dimensions: Diameter = 42 mm; Height = 14.65 mm
Watertightness: 5 bar (50 m)
Crown: Stainless steel with Montblanc emblem in relief
Pusher: Monopusher chronograph integrated into the crown

Dial
Domed silvery-white dial with “grené” hour ring, anthracite applied Arabic numerals and dots as indexes, anthracite luminescent bent dauphine hour- and minute-hands, blued baton second- and 30-minute chronograph counter-hands, blued bent baton 60-second central chronograph hand, historical Montblanc logo at 12 o’clock

Wristband
Grey Sfumato alligator-skin strap coming strap from Richemont Pelletteria in Florence, Italy with stainless steel triple-folding clasp
Also available with a stainless steel case and a stainless steel Milanese bracelet (119952)

Certification
Certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500

Model: Montblanc Heritage GMT, Ident. 119948

Movement
Calibre MB 24.05
Mechanical movement with automatic winding, GMT
Number of rubies: 21
Power Reserve: Approx. 42 hours
Balance: Flat hoop
Frequency: 28.800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat

Displays
Hours, minutes and seconds from the centre
GMT through a 24-hour hand from the centre
Habillage

Case
Stainless steel, polished case
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire crystal with antireflective coating
Back: Stainless steel with Minerva Manufacture engraving
Dimensions: Diameter = 40 mm; Height = 11.80 mm
Watertightness: 5 bar (50 m)
Crown: Stainless steel with Montblanc emblem in relief

Dial
Domed silvery-white dial with “grené” hour ring, rhodium-coated applied Arabic numerals and dots as indexes, rhodium-coated luminescent bent dauphine hour and minute-hands, blued bent baton second-hand and blue-coloured bent baton GMT-hand, historical Montblanc logo at 12 o’clock

Wristband
Grey Sfumato alligator-skin strap from Richemont Pelletteria in Florence, Italy with stainless steel pin buckle
Also available with a stainless steel case and a stainless steel Milanese bracelet (119949) or with a stainless steel case, salmon-coloured dial and a grey Sfumato alligator-skin strap (119950).

Certification
Certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500

Model: Montblanc Heritage Automatic Day Date, Ident. 119947

Movement
Calibre MB 24.18
Mechanical movement with automatic winding, day-date
Number of rubies: 26
Power Reserve: Approx. 38 hours
Balance: Flat hoop
Frequency: 28,800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat

Displays
Hours, minutes and seconds from the centre
Day window at 12 o’clock and date at 6 o’clock
Habillage

Case
Stainless steel, polished case
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire crystal with antireflective coating
Back: Stainless steel with Minerva Manufacture embossing
Dimensions: Diameter = 39 mm; Height = 12.20 mm
Watertightness: 5 bar (50 m)
Crown: Stainless steel with Montblanc emblem in relief

Dial
Domed silvery-white dial with “grené” hour ring, rhodium-coated applied Arabic numerals and dots as indexes, rhodium-coated luminescent bent dauphine hourand minute-hand, blued bent baton second-hand, historical Montblanc logo at 12 o’clock

Wristband
Grey Sfumato alligator-skin strap from Richemont Pelletteria in Florence, Italy with stainless steel pin buckle

Certification
Certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500

Model: Montblanc Heritage Automatic, Ident. 119943

Movement
Calibre MB 24.26
Mechanical movement with automatic winding
Number of rubies: 26
Power Reserve: Approx. 38 hours
Balance: Flat hoop
Frequency: 28,800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat

Displays
Hours, minutes and seconds from the centre
Habillage

Case
Stainless steel, polished case
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire crystal with antireflective coating
Back: Stainless steel with Minerva Manufacture engraving
Dimensions: Diameter = 40 mm; Height = 11.65 mm
Watertightness: 5 bar (50 m)
Crown: Stainless steel with Montblanc emblem in relief

Dial
Domed silvery-white dial with “grené” hour ring, rhodium-coated applied Arabic numerals and dots as indexes, rhodium-coated luminescent bent dauphine hour and minute-hands, blued bent baton second-hand, historical Montblanc logo at 12 o’clock

Wristband
Grey Sfumato alligator-skin strap from Richemont Pelletteria in Florence, Italy with stainless steel pin buckle
Also available with a stainless steel case and a stainless steel Milanese bracelet (119945) or with a stainless steel case with a salmon-coloured dial and a grey Sfumato alligator-skin strap (119944)

Certification
Certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500

Model: Montblanc Heritage Automatic, Ident. 119946

Movement
Calibre MB 24.27
Mechanical movement with automatic winding
Number of rubies: 25
Power Reserve: Approx. 42 hours
Balance: Flat hoop
Frequency: 28,800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat

Displays
Hours, minutes and seconds from the centre
Habillage

Case
18 K red gold, polished case
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire crystal with antireflective coating
Back: 18 K red gold with inset pane of sapphire crystal
Dimensions: Diameter = 40 mm; Height = 11.00 mm
Watertightness: 5 bar (50 m)
Crown: 18 K red gold with Montblanc emblem in relief

Dial
Domed smoked caramel-coloured dial with “grené” hour ring and sunray finishes, 18 K red gold-coated applied Arabic numerals and dots as indexes, 18 K red gold-coated luminescent bent dauphine hour- and minute-hands, 18 K red gold-coated bent baton second-hand, historical Montblanc logo at 12 o’clock

Wristband
Brown Sfumato alligator-skin strap from Richemont Pelletteria in Florence, Italy with 18 K red gold pin buckle

Certification
Certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500

Montblanc Star Legacy New Models – Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph, Star Legacy Automatic Date and Star Legacy Full Calendar

For 2019, Montblanc is unveiling four new Star Legacy models inspired by the origins of classical watchmaking: Two versions of the Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph and two new Star Legacy timepieces with Roman numerals—one with an automatic date calibre and the other with a full calendar.

The Montblanc Star Legacy product line takes its inspiration from Minerva’s heritage and the company’s pocket watches that were made during the late 19th century and early 20th century. These timepieces were the height of innovation for the time as they featured a patented crown system, leading the company to an early and immediate global success.

In the spirit of formal elegance, the Montblanc Star Legacy timepieces showcase classic design codes such as round, pebble shaped cases; horns with steps on the side; onion-shaped crowns with the recognisable Montblanc emblem, and eye-catching dials featuring the iconic exploding star guilloché pattern.

Following on from the launch of the Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph in stainless steel with a silvery-white dial that was unveiled last year, Montblanc is presenting two new versions — one is a combination of a red gold and anthracite aesthetic, while the other one comes in stainless-steel with an anthracite dial. Both are equipped with matching anthracite Sfumato alligator straps coming from the Maison’s leather workshop in Florence, Italy.

These timepieces pay tribute to the French watchmaker Nicolas Rieussec who invented the first inking chronograph that was patented in 1821 and has marked the history of fine watchmaking.

The Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronographs incorporate the very recognisable two rotating, horizontally-aligned, discs on the watch’s dial—one for the chronograph’s 60-second counter and the other for the 30-minute counter — which turn below a fixed double index, like on the original device. Both the counters and the off-centred hours and minutes ring are domed to give an eye-catching three-dimensional effect.

Other design details on the dial include slim Arabic numerals that are surrounded by a precise railway minute track, leaf-shaped hands, azuré finishing in the centre of the dial and a “flet sauté” guilloché decoration that runs around the dial. A ring with the Nicolas Rieussec inscription has also been applied on the outer part of the dial, further paying tribute to the chronograph’s famous inventor.

The timepieces are powered by the iconic calibre MB R200 Manufacture monopusher chronograph movement with automatic winding and columnwheel mechanism that can be admired through the sapphire crystal case back. The movement has two barrels which store enough energy for 72 hours of power reserve.

For utmost precision, the Montblanc Star Legacy Chronograph Nicolas Rieussec is water resistant to 30 metres and is certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500.

The Star Legacy product line was reinterpreted last year with refreshing new design codes directly rooted in the history of Minerva and classical fine watchmaking. This year, the product line is being enhanced further with two new Montblanc Star Legacy Automatic Date models and a Montblanc Star Legacy Full Calendar model featuring new black Roman numerals.

The new timepieces come in stainless steel and feature trendy coloured Sfumato straps coming from the strap from Richemont Pelletteria in Florence, Italy. In line with the design codes of the product line, the Montblanc Star Legacy Automatic Date features a refined dial with the Montblanc exploding star guilloché pattern, leaf-shaped hands, a “flet sauté” guilloché motif and a unique railway track.

The timepiece is equipped with the automatic calibre MB 24.01 and features the hours, minutes and seconds in the centre and a date in an aperture at six o’clock. It comes in a choice of 39 mm or 42 mm and is fitted with a silvery-white dial.

The MONTBLANC STAR LEGACY FULL CALENDAR features the same design codes as the Automatic Date and comes in a 42 mm stainless-steel case. The timepiece is powered by the automatic calibre MB 29.12 which indicates the hours, minutes, seconds, day, date, month and moonphase.

The date is read via a hand that culminates in a little red crescent that sweeps along a wreath of 31 digits around the dial’s periphery. The day of the week and the month appear in apertures on the upper half of the dial, while the lower half is reserved for the moonphase display.

Technical details

Model: Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph, Ident. 119964

Movement
Montblanc Manufacture Calibre MB R200
Mechanical movement with automatic winding mechanism, chronograph and double barrel
Chronograph Monopusher with column-wheel and vertical coupling
Dimensions: Diameter = 31 mm; height = 8.46 mm
Number of components: 319
Number of rubies: 40
Power Reserve: Approx. 72 hours
Balance: Screw balance, diameter = 9.7 mm; moment of inertia = 12 mgcm²
Frequency: 28,800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat
Plate: Rhodium-coated with circular graining
Bridges: Rhodium-coated with “Côtes de Genève”
Going train: Special toothing for more efficient power transmission

Displays
Off-centred hour- and minute-hands, second time zone on same axis as hour- and minute-hands with day/night display
Date window at 6 o’clock
60 elapsed-second and 30 elapsed-minute counters on rotating discs with central motionless hand
Travel function with rapid reset of hour-hand and date display either forward or backward
Habillage

Case
18 K red gold, polished case
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire crystal with antireflective coating
Back: 18 K red gold with inset pane of sapphire crystal
Dimensions: Diameter = 44.8 mm ; Height = 15.02 mm
Watertightness: 3 bar (30 m)
Crown: 18 K red gold with Montblanc emblem
Pusher: Monopusher chronograph at 8 o’clock

Dial
Anthracite with guilloché pattern in places, domed hour-circle with azure decoration in the centre and red gold-coloured Arabic numerals, filet sauté guilloché around the dial, red gold-coated leaf hour- and minute-hands, rhodium-coated skeletonized second time zone-hand, red gold-coated titanium domed chronograph counters with satin-finishing

Wristband
Grey Sfumato alligator-skin strap from Richemont Pelletteria in Florence, Italy with 18 K red gold pin buckle

Certification
Certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500

Model: Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph, Ident. 119954

Movement
Montblanc Manufacture Calibre MB R200
Mechanical movement with automatic winding mechanism, chronograph and double barrel
Chronograph Monopusher with column-wheel and vertical coupling
Dimensions: Diameter = 31 mm; height = 8.46 mm
Number of components: 319
Number of rubies: 40
Power Reserve: Approx. 72 hours
Balance: Screw balance, diameter = 9.7 mm; moment of inertia = 12 mgcm²
Frequency: 28,800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat
Plate: Rhodium-coated with circular graining
Bridges: Rhodium-coated with “Côtes de Genève”
Going train: Special toothing for more efficient power transmission

Displays
Off-centred hour- and minute-hands, second time zone on same axis as hour- and minute-hands with day/night display
Date window at 6 o’clock
60 elapsed-second and 30 elapsed-minute counters on rotating discs with central motionless hand
Travel function with rapid reset of hour-hand and date display either forward or backward
Habillage

Case
Stainless steel, polished case
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire crystal with antireflective coating
Back: Stainless steel with inset pane of sapphire crystal
Dimensions: Diameter = 44.8 mm ; Height = 15.02 mm
Watertightness: 3 bar (30 m)
Crown: Stainless steel with Montblanc emblem
Pusher: Monopusher chronograph at 8 o’clock

Dial
Anthracite with guilloché pattern in places, domed hour-circle with azure decoration in the centre and silver-coloured Arabic numerals, filet sauté guilloché around the dial, rhodium-coated leaf hour-and minute-hands, blued skeletonized second time zone-hand, rhodium-coated titanium domed chronograph counters with satin-finishing

Wristband
Grey Sfumato alligator-skin strap from Richemont Pelletteria in Florence, Italy with stainless steel triple-folding clasp

Certification
Certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500

Model: Montblanc Star Legacy Full Calendar 42mm, Ident. 119955

Movement
Calibre MB 29.12
Mechanical movement with automatic winding, full calendar
Number of rubies: 25
Power Reserve: Approx. 42 hours
Balance: Flat hoop
Frequency: 28,800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat

Displays
Hours, minutes, seconds from the centre
Full calendar with date by hand from the centre, day and month windows at 12 o’clock, moonphase at 6 o’clock
Habillage

Case
Stainless steel, polished case
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire crystal with antireflective coating
Back: Stainless steel with inset pane of sapphire crystal
Dimensions: Diameter = 42 mm; Height = 11.43 mm
Watertightness: 3 bar (30 m)
Crown: Stainless steel with Montblanc emblem

Dial
Silvery-white dial with exploding star guilloché pattern, filet sauté guilloché, black Roman figures, blued leaf hour- and minute-hands, blued baton second-hand with Montblanc emblem at the extremity, rhodium-coated baton date-hand

Wristband
Blue Sfumato alligator-skin strap from Richemont Pelletteria in Florence, Italy with stainless steel triple-folding clasp

Model: Montblanc Star Legacy Automatic Date 42mm, Ident. 119956

Movement
Calibre MB 24.01
Mechanical movement with automatic winding, date
Number of rubies: 21
Power Reserve: Approx. 42 hours
Balance: Flat hoop
Frequency: 28,800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat

Displays
Hours, minutes and seconds from the centre
Date window at 6 o’clock
Habillage

Case
Stainless steel, polished case
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire crystal with antireflective coating
Back: Stainless steel with inset pane of sapphire crystal
Dimensions: Diameter = 42 mm; Height = 9.58 mm
Watertightness: 3 bar (30 m)
Crown: Stainless steel with Montblanc emblem

Dial
Silvery-white dial with exploding star guilloché pattern, filet sauté guilloché, black Roman figures, blued leaf hour- and minute-hands, blued baton second-hand with Montblanc emblem at the extremity

Wristband
Blue Sfumato alligator-skin strap from Richemont Pelletteria in Florence, Italy with stainless steel pin buckle

Montblanc 1858 Collection – New Watch Models with Bronze Case and Khaki Green Dial

Montblanc has updated their 1858 Collection by unveiling new watch models that capture the spirit of the great outdoors with an elegant pairing of bronze case and khaki green dial.

Precise, legible and robust for use in extreme conditions, the legendary professional Minerva watches from the 1920s and 1930s were conceived for military use and exploration. The new timepieces from the 1858 Collection pays tribute to the Minerva Manufacture’s extraordinary heritage.

Hiking through forests, across fields or up to the highest peaks, the Montblanc 1858 Automatic, Montblanc 1858 Automatic Chronograph and Montblanc 1858 Geosphere are trusted companions for fearless adventurers and explorers.

The Montblanc 1858 finds its inspiration in the world of mountain exploration, with the introduction of a new khaki-green colour that enhances the connection to nature. A reinterpretation of the Minerva pocket watches and chronographs from the 1920s and 1930s, the new Montblanc 1858 timepieces capture the spirit of the past in a modern way combining a vintage looking bronze case enriched with aluminium that evolves over time and innovative, highly functional in-house complications.

The polished and satin-finished bronze cases feature slim bevelled horns while the case back is crafted from titanium featuring a bronze colour coating. The case back is also engraved with the emblematic Mont Blanc mountain, a compass and two crossed ice pick-axes, as a nod to the spirit of mountain exploration. Other details include fluted crowns that recall those on period timepieces and robust, domed, sapphire crystal glass boxes that highlight the vintage look of each watch.

For legibility and design, the khaki-green dials contrast with historical luminescent cathedral-shaped hands with a “cloisonné” design that have been slightly domed for one of the finest finishes. Other details include beige SuperLumiNova-coated Arabic numerals, a railway minutes track and the original Montblanc logo from the 1930s era with its historical font and emblem of the Mont Blanc Mountain.

Providing a contemporary look, the watches are equipped with high-quality woven “NATO” straps. These straps are handcrafted in France at a traditional weaving manufacture that has been in production for over 150 years. Thanks to this artisanal know-how, the “NATO” straps are refined, robust, durable and very comfortable on the wrist.

In order to guarantee the performance of the product line, all the Montblanc 1858 models undergo over 500 hours of simulated wear, with specific testing and controls under extreme conditions. The Automatic, Chronograph and Geosphere models are also water-resistant to 100 metres ensuring performance in all environments.

This year marks the arrival of four new 1858 editions: Two new 1858 Automatic models, an 1858 Chronograph and an 1858 Geosphere. The two new 1858 Automatic models come in a choice of a full-bronze 40mm case (previous versions had a steel case and a bronze bezel) paired with a khaki-green dial, or a steel case with a black dial.

The new 1858 Chronograph comes in a 42mm full bronze case with khaki-green dial, providing an ideal backdrop for the bi-compax counters. And last, but not least, the 1858 Geosphere, which is dedicated to the world’s Seven Summit mountaineering challenge, the holy grail of mountaineering adventures, is now also available in this new bronze/khaki colour scheme.

Technical details

Model: Montblanc 1858 Geosphere Limited Edition – 1858 pieces, Ident. 119909

Movement
Calibre MB 29.25
Type of movement: Mechanical movement with automatic winding, worldtime
Number of rubies: 26
Power Reserve: Approx. 42 hours
Balance: Flat hoop
Frequency: 28,800 A/h (2.5 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat

Displays
Hours and minutes from the centre, date at 3 o’clock
Second time zone at 9 o’clock
Turning northern and southern hemisphere globes at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock with a 24-hour scale and day-night indication
Habillage

Case
Bronze with slim curved horns featuring polished and satin-finishing
Bidirectional bronze bezel with green ceramic, knurled finishing and engraved cardinal points
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire crystal with antireflective coating
Back: Bronze-coated titanium with “Spirit of Mountain Exploration” special engraving
Diameter = 42 mm; Height = 12.8 mm
Watertightness: 10 bar (100 m)
Crown: Fluted in bronze with Montblanc emblem in relief
Pusher: Monopusher chronograph at 2 o’clock

Dial
Khaki green with beige Arabic numerals coated with Super-LumiNova®, red gold coated luminescent cathedral-shaped hour-hand and minute-hand, beige time zone hand coated with Super-LumiNova®, historical Montblanc logo at 3 o’clock

Wristband
High-quality khaki green “NATO” strap with special stainless steel pin buckle

Limited Edition
1858 pieces

Certification
Certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500

Model: Montblanc 1858 Automatic Chronograph Limited Edition – 1858 pieces, Ident. 119908

Movement
Calibre MB 25.11
Type of movement: Mechanical movement with automatic winding, chronograph
Number of rubies: 27
Power Reserve: Approx. 48 hours
Balance: Flat hoop
Frequency: 28,800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat

Displays
Hours and minutes from the centre, small seconds at 9 o’clock
Chronograph’s elapsed-second hand from the centre
30-elapsed minute-counter at 3 o’clock
Habillage

Case
Bronze with slim curved horns featuring polished and satin-finishing
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire crystal with antireflective coating
Back: Bronze-coated titanium with “Spirit of Mountain Exploration” special engraving
Diameter = 42 mm; Height = 14.55 mm
Watertightness: 10 bar (100 m)
Crown: Fluted in bronze with Montblanc emblem in relief

Dial
Khaki green with beige Arabic numerals coated with Super-LumiNova®, rhodium coated luminescent cathedral-shaped hour-hand and minute-hand, white chronograph’s second-hand and white counter-hands, historical Montblanc emblem at 12 o’clock

Wristband
High-quality khaki green “NATO” strap with special stainless steel pin buckle

Edition
Limited Edition 1858

Certification
Certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500

Model: Montblanc 1858 Automatic Limited Edition – 1858 pieces, Ident. 118222

Movement
Calibre MB 24.15
Type of movement: Mechanical movement with automatic winding
Number of rubies: 26
Power Reserve: Approx. 38 hours
Balance: Flat hoop
Frequency: 28,800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat

Displays
Hours and minutes from the centre
Habillage

Case
Bronze with slim curved horns featuring polished and satin-finishing
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire crystal with antireflective coating
Back: Bronze-coated titanium with “Spirit of Mountain Exploration” special engraving
Diameter = 40 mm; Height = 11.07 mm
Watertightness: 10 bar (100 m)
Crown: Fluted in bronze with Montblanc emblem in relief

Dial
Khaki green with beige Arabic numerals coated with Super-LumiNova®, rhodium coated luminescent cathedral-shaped hour-hand and minute-hand, historical Montblanc emblem at 12 o’clock

Wristband
High-quality khaki green “NATO” strap with special stainless steel pin buckle

Edition
Limited Edition of 1858 pieces
Also available with a stainless steel case, black dial and a khaki green nubuck calf leather strap (119907)

Certification
Certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500

MONTBLANC WATCHES

Montblanc has been known for generations as makers of high-quality sophisticated writing instruments and recently established its own leather and watch manufactures. In the past few years, the product range has been expanded to include high quality writing accessories, fine watches, luxury leather goods and belts, jewellery items, eyewear and fragrance. Thus, Montblanc has become purveyors of exclusive products which reflect today’s high demand for quality, design, tradition and master craftsmanship.

Montblanc Montre SA

Since its foundation in 1997, Montblanc Montre SA is located in an Art Nouveau villa in Le Locle – the birthplace of traditional Swiss watch-making – where all Montblanc watches have been manufactured, combining finest craftsmanship and best Swiss watch-making tradition. The success of the Montblanc watch collections shows that Montblanc has attained a secure place in the circle of renowned watchmakers and has become an important partner for jewellers. The ever-increasing demand for Montblanc watches and their rising significance within the Montblanc product range has necessitated an extension of the production facilities. Since summer 2003 a modern and transparent atrium-style building that has been carefully integrated into the landscape complements the historic Art Nouveau villa, reflecting the spirit of the Montblanc philosophy of combining traditional values with innovative ideas.

The headquarters of Montblanc Montre SA, an Art Nouveau villa built in 1906 and finished in 1907, is of the same age as the company Montblanc, which was founded in 1906 in Hamburg. Visitors of the manufacture have the opportunity not only to look over the watchmakers’ shoulders as they work, but also to experience and enjoy the Montblanc philosophy.

For this purpose, the architectural masterpiece also offers five stylishly furnished suites with entirely private atmosphere and a park with historic pavillons equipped with desks to read and write. An island in time, where guests can experience the reliable values that the brand´s products with the white signature star have been committed to for nearly 100 years.

Like all Montblanc products, the watches, too, feature the same high standards of craftsmanship, which have always been associated with the company’s legendary Meisterstück writing instruments. Each of these sophisticated timepieces represents Montblanc´s commitment to traditional craftsmanship and is manufactured in Le Locle by watchmakers following the best Swiss watch making tradition, right down to the very last detail.

Institut Minerva de Recherche en Haute Horlogerie

In 1858 Charles-Yvan and Hyppolite Robert founded the H. & C. Robert watchmaking factory in Villeret, a village in the St.Imier valley in the Swiss Jura. They find themselves in the dawn of the industry’s evolution, which consequently lets Switzerland become the worldwide leading watchmaking country.

Like most watch manufacturers during those early years they still outsourced movement blanks, cases, dials and other parts to assemble their own high-quality pocket watches. By predominantly using cylinder escapements and innovative mechanisms to wind and set the hands via the winding crown, the watches can soon establish themselves outside of Switzerland. Their quality is attested to by certification awarded to the company C. Robert at the World Exhibitions of Antwerp (1885) and Paris (1889).

On 30 July 1887, the Minerva brand name and the trademark arrowhead are deposited with the Swiss Federal Office of Intellectual Property. With the entry of the second Robert generation during the end of the 19th century,the business transforms itself into a complete watch manufacture, producing their own movement-blanks and cases,finally mastering all the skills necessary to manufacture a watch from start to finish.

Charles-Ivan Robert’s sons strengthen the independency of the company by broadening the vertical range of manufacture. The production of the first self-made pocket watch movement starts in 1902 and a dozen of own movement blanks are constructed in the following ten years.These movements have cylinder or pallet escapements with chronograph and stopwatch functions. Their steel levers already then have the typical formal characteristics, making the Minerva-Chronographs distinguishable from all others until today. The 19-ligne movement Calibre No.3 does become exceptionally famous, forming the basis for the development of further movements.

In 1909, the company is one of the first manufactures to produce a movement specifically made for wristwatches. This marks the beginning of the proliferation of the wristwatch. During this technical accomplishment, the Robert family has to deal with a personal blow of fate, which caused them to withdraw their commitment towards the company more and more.

In 1929, the company is finally renamed Minerva SA and, on 25 April 1935, sold to Charles Haussener and Jacques Pelot, who had worked for Minerva since 1921; Haussener as Head of Production of movement-blanks and the watch technician Pelot as Director of the Development Department. A watchmaking genius, Pelot extends the product range and, among other things, designs a mechanical stopwatch with a 19-ligne 42 calibre, which runs at a speed of no fewer than 360 000 beats per hour (50 Hertz) and is able to record times to an accuracy of one-hundredth of a second.

Instead of following the prevailing trend and industrializing production, Minerva opts to keep its existing infrastructure, which was perfectly geared to the manufacture of small but highly exclusive series. As one of very few manufacturers, the company is thus able to draw on the master watchmakers, the original tools and the expertise needed to make mechanical timepieces in keeping with authentic Swiss watchmaking tradition.

In 2006, through its cooperation with Montblanc, the legendary Minerva Watch Company became the Institut Minerva de Recherche en Haute Horlogerie, dedicated to classical fine watchmaking and the upholding of traditional skills and special complications. It is thus able to focus completely on its true calling: the art of watchmaking at its consummate best, calling for enormous manual skill, authentic Swiss tradition and an extremely high degree of vertical integration.

The Minerva was founded in 1858 in the village of Villeret in the Jura and very soon began specialising in the production of chronographs of the very highest quality. Only very few watch manufacturers can still look back on such along,uninterrupted history,and over the years Minerva has held fast to the working methods traditionally associated with Swiss watchmaking at its best.Itis none other than the art of traditional haute horlogerie,which is carried out largely by hand.

Only a very small number of master watchmakers today have the knowledge and expertise needed for this extremely rare and exclusive form of watchmaking. Important components such as the generously sized balance, with its high moment of inertia, are made in-house. The company also produces its own tailor-made balance springs and counts their active length using old, traditional methods, while the mise en function of the chronograph control is carried out meticulously by hand for each individual movement. There are no longer many watch manufacturers who are able to produce such vital components for their timepieces by hand, using traditional methods.

Time Line: Montblanc Watches

1997: Foundation of the Montblanc Montre S.A. in Le Locle / Switzerland. Introduction of the masterly handcrafted Meisterstück Watch and Eyewear collections. Launch of Montblanc’s first Meisterstück Watch Collections at the SIHH (Salon de la Haute Horlogerie) in Geneva .

1998: Extension of the Meisterstück Watch Collection – introduction of steel watches

2001: Montblanc presents at the Salon de la Haute Horlogerie“ – SIHH in Geneva the world`s most expensive advent calendar, worth 1 Million Swiss Francs – presenting the most luxurious Montblanc products.

2002: Montblanc presents at the „Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie – SIHH“ in Geneva the „Profile Collection“ – Montblanc’s first collection of rectangular wristwatches.

2003: Montblanc presents the new watch model TimeWalker at the „Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie“ – SIHH in Geneva. Launch of the watch collection TimeWalker. The avant-garde design features mechanical movement with automatic winding and uncompromising quality in keeping the high standards of traditional craftsmanship at Montblanc Montre SA in Le Locle, Switzerland.

2005: At the SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie) in Geneva, Montblanc presents its new watch models. The hero is the Star XXXL Chrono GMT Automatic, made of 18-carat red gold. Other highlights are the Lady Chrono Diamonds, the Sport Lady Jewels and the TimeWalker GMT Automatic.

2006 : To mark the brand´s centenary in 2006, Montblanc presents a world premiere at the SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie) in Geneva: the Star Chrono GMT Perpetual Calendar chronograph in platinum, white, yellow or rose gold. Equally exclusive are the Profile Lady Elegance Diamonds Limited 3 in 18 carat white gold with casing and wristband set with a firework display of diamonds and the innovative Sport Tantalum Automatic Limited Edition 100 with its newly developed helium escape valve.

2006/07: In order to nurture and preserve its tradition, the tradition-steeped watchmaking house of Minerva joined forces with Montblanc, which in its turn is devoted to preserving and practising handed-down manufacturing traditions in all its business activities. Through its cooperation with Montblanc, Minerva becomes the Institut Minerva de Recherche en Haute Horlogerie, dedicated to classical fine watchmaking and the upholding of traditional skills and special complications.

2008 : Montblanc Presents the first chronograph with its own in-house movement, the ‘Montblanc Star Nicolas Rieussec Monopusher Chronograph’, to the international press and a specialist audience at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva, as well as the ladies’ watch ‘Montblanc Profile Lady Elegance Diamonds’, a very special masterpiece.

On the 150th jubilee of the establishment of former traditional watchmaking manufacture Minerva, the newly founded Institut Minerva de Recherche en Haute Horlogerie is now ensconced in completely renovated premisesin Villeret and presents two new timepieces from the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858.

 

Montblanc – Star Legacy Automatic Chronograph & Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph

As a preview to the novelties exhibiting at the upcoming SIHH 2018 haute horlogerie exhibition, Montblanc presents two new evocative chronograph models from its newly reworked Star Legacy Collection.

The Minerva heritage and legacy dates back to 1858 when the company founded by Charles- Ivan Robert specialized in gold pocket watches. The Montblanc Star Legacy Collection takes its inspiration from the Minerva heritage and the company’s pocket watches that were made during the late 19th century and early 20th century. Montblanc’s archives show the existence of international orders from very early on, with some of the watches destined for railway companies. The legibility of the dials was of particular importance and some of the movements were cased in wristwatches.

As early as the year 1880, the manufacture had started to specialise in timekeepers that could be wound with a crown (called “remontoir au pendant” in French). These innovative pocket watches were among the first to be wound through the crown instead of a separate key. This is the reason why Minerva experienced considerable global success very early.

Montblanc reinterprets its iconic Star Legacy Collection, which is celebrating its 20-year anniversary this year, by keeping the key elements, but enhancing the level of classical finishing and the sophistication of its design.

Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph

Inspired by the Minerva pocket watches, such as the Gold Hunter Calibre 19’’ from 1927, the new timepieces feature round cases with a curved finish on the sides, giving a refined and shaped pebble effect, along with horns that have steps on the sides. Continuing the journey into classical fine watchmaking, the crowns stand out with their recognisable and easy-grip onion shape, adorned on the side with the recognisable Montblanc emblem.

In these new versions, the dials of the Star timepieces are highlighted by prominent Arabic numerals. Their shape and size, however, have been slightly redesigned, bringing refinement.

Other important aesthetic details include a unique railway minute track on the Montblanc Star Legacy Automatic Chronograph, which is of particular note as it features dots instead of lines (a rare twist found only in very few models from the late 19th century or the beginning of the 20th century) and a beautiful filet sauté guilloché running around the dial and outlining it. Completing the overall design, the dial features the elegant blued leaf shaped hands, contributing to a contemporary, yet classic aesthetic.

Montblanc Star Legacy Automatic Chronograph
The Montblanc Star Legacy Automatic Chronograph displays the aesthetic design codes directly rooted in the history of classical fine watchmaking and the Minerva history combined with a practical chronograph function.

The pure silvery-white dial contains balanced proportions between the aesthetic elements and the timekeeping functions. It features redesigned black Arabic numerals, classic blued leaf-shaped hands, a refined filet sauté guilloché and a unique railway minute track that encircles the dial and counters, completing the design and paying tribute to the elegance of historical Minerva timepieces.

Equipped with the automatic movement, Calibre MB 25.02, the Montblanc Star Legacy Automatic Chronograph indicates the hours, minutes, seconds and date as well as the chronograph’s indications with central hand and counters.

The timepiece comes in a rounded 42 mm stainless steel case with curved horns and steps on the side, an onion-shaped crown with the Montblanc emblem, and a curved finish on the side of the case itself, giving a refined pebble effect.

The timepiece is completed with a new blue Sfumato alligator leather strap coming from the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence, Italy. The Sfumato effect is an additional operation realised on the strap, giving it a compelling finish.

Technical details
Model: Montblanc Star Legacy Automatic Chronograph
Ident. 118514

Movement
Calibre MB 25.02
Mechanical movement with automatic winding, chronograph and date
Number of Jewels: 27
Power Reserve: Approx. 46 hours
Balance: Flat hoop
Frequency: 28.800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat

Displays
Hours and minutes from the centre, small seconds at 9 o’clock
Date in a window at 4:30
Chronograph’s elapsed-second hand from the dial’s centre
30-elapsed minute and 12-elapsed hour counters at 3 and 6 o’clock
Habillage

Case
Stainless steel, polished case
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire crystal with antireflective coating
Back: Stainless steel with inset pane of sapphire crystal
Diameter= 42 mm; Height = 14.23 mm
Water-resistance: 3 bar (30 m)
Crown: Stainless steel with Montblanc emblem

Dial
Silvery-white dial with black Arabic numerals, blued leaf hour-hand, minutehand and counter-hands, railway minute track, filet sauté guilloché

Wristband
Blue Sfumato alligator leather coming from the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence, Italy with stainless steel triple folding clasp

Other versions
Also available with slate grey dial and grey Sfumato alligator leather strap (ident. 118515)

Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph
Montblanc reinterprets its Nicolas Rieussec monopusher chronograph that was launched in 2008 and has become a true Montblanc icon. The case and the dial of the timepiece have been redesigned for utmost fine watchmaking refinement, while keeping its distinctive face, with the chronograph’s turning discs and off-centred dial. The Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph pays tribute to the French watchmaker Nicolas Rieussec who invented the first inking chronograph in 1821.

The watchmaker to the French royal court, Nicolas Rieussec developed this construction to more precisely measure the running times of individual horses at a horserace. Nicolas Rieussec’s device was literally a “time writer,” so he accordingly named it a “chronograph” from the Greek words “chronos” (time) and “graphein” (to write). In 1822, the Académie des Sciences in Paris granted a patent to Nicolas Rieussec for his device and he became the inventor of the world’s first patented chronograph, marking the history of fine watchmaking.

In this new version, the silvery-white dial has been entirely reworked, with particular attention paid to the proportions of the aesthetic and horological details, allowing better visibility and fine watchmaking aesthetics. The off-centred hour-circle and the chronograph’s titanium turning discs have been domed, giving a three-dimensional effect. Inspired by the codes of the collection, the black Arabic numerals have been slimmed down and surrounded by a precise railway minute track. Classic blued leaf-shaped hands complete the overall design. The date has been placed at 6 o’clock and enhanced with a sophisticated display applied on the dial with blued screws.

Providing fine watchmaking appearance, the dial has been highlighted with an elegant guilloché pattern in places, azuré finishing in the centre of the hour-circle, and a filet sauté guilloché decoration that runs around the dial. Paying tribute to the famous chronograph’s inventor, a ring with the Nicolas Rieussec inscription has been applied on the outer part of the dial.

Reminiscent of Minerva pocket watches, the Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph features a newly-designed, round case of 44.8 mm, curved finishing on the sides, and horns that have steps on the sides. A domed sapphire crystal glass surrounds the three dimensional dial and gives a refined pebble effect. Other details include a recognisable and easy-grip onion-shape crown adorned with the Montblanc emblem.

The Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph is powered by the iconic Manufacture monopusher chronograph movement with automatic winding, the Calibre MB R200 equipped with a column-wheel mechanism that controls the monopusher chronograph. The connection between the gear train and the chronograph’s wheels is alternately engaged and disengaged by a vertical coupling and functions nearly without any wear and tear and prevents the elapsed time discs from jumping when the chronograph is switched on.

For utmost performance, the movement has two barrels which store enough energy for 72 hours of power reserve. The contemporary-shape of the calibre can be admired through the sapphire crystal case back with its components that are decorated with Geneva stripes and feature bevelled, polished edges. Red jewels, blued screws and golden-coated wheels complete the ensemble.

The timepiece is equipped with two rotating vertically-aligned discs for the monopusher chronograph’s 60-second and 30-minute counters that turn below a blued fixed double index like on the original device. Additionally, a second time zone is displayed via a skeletonized hand on the off-centred dial.

The Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph is water resistant to 30 metres and is certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500. It is fitted with a new matching blue Sfumato alligator leather strap coming from the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence, Italy and equipped with a triple folding clasp.

Technical details
Model: Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph
Ident. 118537

Movement
Montblanc Manufacture Calibre MB R200
Mechanical movement with automatic winding mechanism, chronograph and double barrel
Chronograph Monopusher with column-wheel and vertical coupling
Diameter = 31 mm; height = 8.46 mm
No. of components: 319
Number of jewels: 40
Power reserve: Approx. 72 hours
Balance: Screw balance, diameter = 9.7 mm; moment of inertia = 12 mgcm²
Frequency: 28,800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat
Plate: Rhodium-plated with circular graining
Bridges: Rhodium-plated with “Côtes de Genève”
Going train: Special toothing for more efficient power transmission

Displays
Off-centred hour- and minute-hand, second time zone on same axis as hour and minute-hand with day/night display
Date in a window at 6 o’clock
60 elapsed-second and 30 elapsed-minute counters on rotating discs with central motionless hand
Special feature Travel function with rapid reset of hour-hand and date display either forward or backward
Habillage

Case
Stainless steel
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire crystal with antireflective coating
Back: Stainless steel with inset pane of sapphire crystal
Diameter = 44.8 mm ; Height = 15.02 mm
Watertightness 3 bar (30 m)
Crown: Stainless steel with Montblanc emblem

Dial
Silvery-white with guilloché pattern in places, domed hour-circle with azure decoration in the centre and black Arabic numerals, filet sauté guilloche around the dial, blued leaf hour- and minute-hands, rhodium-plated skeletonized second time zone-hand, titanium domed chronograph counters with satin-finishing

Wristband
Blue Sfumato alligator leather coming from the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence, Italy with a stainless steel triple folding clasp

Certification
Certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500

Chinese Star Yang Yang Becomes Montblanc Brand Ambassador

Chinese actor Yang Yang who has earned critical acclaim for his roles in both TV and film, has been unveiled as the new face of Montblanc. The actor will feature in a new watch campaign in China. The campaign highlights the new code of manhood that today’s Montblanc gentlemen lives by: iconic, versatility and excellence. These masculine qualities are expressed through the iconic design and craftsmanship, the versatility and the watchmaking excellence of the fine Montblanc timepieces Yang Yang will be wearing.

Yang Yang made his acting debut aged just 17 years old. Since then, he has received recognition for his roles in television dramas The Lost Tomb (2015), The Whirlwind Girl (2015), Love O2O (2016) and The Left Ear (2015), a coming of age film directed by Alec Su. The much-anticipated romantic fantasy drama Once Upon a Time (2017) will see Yang Yang return to movie screens starring as Ye Hua alongside actress Liu Yifei.

Among his many accolades, Yang Yang received the Most Anticipated Actor and Most Influential Actor awards at the China TV Drama Awards. Ultimate recognition of his influence as an actor, Yang Yang became the first artist to be featured on a stamp in 2016 when China’s official postal service featured him on a set of limited edition stamps that sold out on the first day. Throughout 2017 and 2018, Yang Yang will feature in a number of new film projects.

Montblanc TimeWalker Automatic Chronograph, New Edition

The new edition of Montblanc TimeWalker Automatic Chronograph boasts an eye-catching alliance of colours and materials that includes red gold and shiny brown ceramic, reinforcing its racing spirit look.

The design of the new TimeWalker Automatic Chronograph is directly rooted in the world of racing with details that recall the golden age of motor racing. The dial, with its new brown backdrop, is enhanced by the hands, minute track, numerals and indexes all in plated red gold, accentuating the vertically aligned 30-minute and 12-hour chronograph counters that are reminiscent of the dashboards of classic racing cars.

This strong colour contrast reinforces the dynamic performance of the timepiece and underlines its sporty elegance. Other distinctive details include a central red hand recording the chronograph seconds and featuring a tip that has been sculpted in the form of the Minerva arrow, an iconic symbol for the Maison, and a nod to Minerva’s legacy and heritage. For utmost visibility, both in the day and at night, the red gold-plated dauphine hands, indexes and 5-minute marking have been coated with Super-LumiNova®.

Performance and style continue onto the 43 mm, 18K red gold case which is satin finished, providing a more automotive sporty look and better resistance to scratches. The horns, with their architectural and carved flanks, are semi-skeletonized like the air inlets of a car’s body.

The Montblanc TimeWalker Automatic Chronograph features an emblematic high-tech ceramic bezel, giving it a striking and everlasting shiny look (only strong materials like diamonds can scratch ceramic). The bezel is knurled on the flank and comes in a brown colour that matches the overall design perfectly. This unidirectional rotating bezel can also be used as a second time zone indicator. To complete the red gold and brown aesthetics, the knurled inserts of the red gold coloured pushers and the crown have been made in brown colour.

In the spirit of motor racing, the case back is equipped with a smoked glass opening, reminiscent of the glass windows that cover powerful V12 engines, and comes on a brown calf leather strap with perforation holes, like the leather driving gloves used in the days when steering wheels were made of wood and needed to be firmly gripped. The strap comes fitted with the Maison’s 18K red gold triple folding clasp, providing excellent flexibility and maximum comfort on the wrist.

The Montblanc TimeWalker Automatic Chronograph is powered by the calibre MB 25.07, is water resistant to 100 metres, and has been rigorously tested by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500, providing utmost reliability and performance.

Technical details
Collection: Montblanc TimeWalker
Model: Montblanc TimeWalker Automatic Chronograph
Reference: Ident. 117211

Movement
Calibre MB 25.07
Mechanical movement with automatic winding, chronograph, date
Number of Jewels 25
Power Reserve Approx. 46 hours
Balance Flat hoop
Frequency 28.800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring Flat

Displays
Hours and minutes in the centre, small seconds at 9 o’clock
12-hour scale on the unidirectional rotating bezel
Date window at 3 o’clock
Chronograph’s elapsed-second hand from the dial’s centre
30-elapsed minute and 12-elapsed hour counters at 12 and 6 o’clock
Habillage

Case
18K red gold, matt satin-finish case, high-tech brown ceramic bezel with engraved 12-hour scale and knurled finishing on the flank
Diameter: 43 mm; Height: 15.20 mm
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire crystal with antireflective coating
Crown: Brown with knurled finishing and Montblanc emblem in relief
Back: 18K red gold with inset pane of smoked sapphire crystal
Water-resistance: 10 bar (100 m)

Dial
Brown dial, red gold-plated Arabic figures and indexes coated with Super- LumiNova®, red gold-plated luminescent dauphine hour-hand and minute-hand, red baton chronograph second hand with Minerva arrow at the extremity
Red gold-plated flange with dots framed in black or red and coated with Super-
LumiNova® indicating the five-minute marks
Red gold-plated and brown chronograph counters, red gold-plated small second hand

Wristband
Perforated brown calf leather strap with 18K red gold triple folding clasp

Certification
Certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500

Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition 100 (Bronze Case, Salmon-Coloured Dial)

Paying tribute to the iconic Minerva chronographs from the 1930s, the Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition 100 captures all the spirit of Montblanc’s past in a contemporary vintage way with a 44 mm case made of bronze.

Through this alloy, Montblanc combines traditional Swiss artisanal watchmaking with a genuine material from watchmaking history. Particular attention has been paid to researching the perfect alloy of bronze that will evolve with its owner by developing its own unique, uniform and attractive patina over the years.

For the first time, the timepiece comes with a retro-vintage dial in salmon-colour featuring a sunray finishing reminiscent of historical Minerva timepieces that had dials of this distinctive colour. Completing the design, the Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition 100 features large historical luminescent cathedral-shaped hands with a cloisonné design, blued chronograph and second hands for utmost refinement and better readability, luminescent Arabic numerals, a classic minute railway track and the original Montblanc logo from the 1930s era with its historical font and the emblem of the Mont Blanc Mountain.

At the heart of the timepiece lies the traditional manual monopusher chronograph, the MB M16.29, with a column wheel mechanism, horizontal coupling, chronograph bridge in a “V” shape and a large screwed balance wheel with a frequency of 18,000 semi oscillations per hour.

Designed in a large “pocket watch” style, the calibre MB M16.29 has been inspired by the original Minerva calibre 17.29, developed for pocket watches and wristwatches in the 1930s. It features hand-made Côtes de Genève stripes, circular graining and red gold-coloured components, offering a look that matches perfectly the bronze alloy and the salmon-coloured dial. As with all the historical calibres, one of the movement’s components is shaped into the form of the Minerva arrow to pay tribute to the Manufacture’s heritage.

Completing the aesthetics, the timepiece is equipped with a vintage cognac-aged alligator strap made by the artisans at the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence and fitted with a satin-finish bronzeplated buckle.

For utmost reliability and performance, the Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition 100 has been rigorously tested by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500.

Technical details
Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition 100
Ident. 117064

Movement
Montblanc Manufacture Calibre MB M16.29
Manually wound monopusher chronograph with tachymeter scale
Chronograph Monopusher with column-wheel and horizontal coupling
Diameter = 38.4 mm; height = 6.3 mm
Number of components: 252
Number of rubies: 22
Power reserve: Approx. 50 hours
Balance: Screw balance, diameter = 14.5 mm; moment of inertia = 59 mgcm²
Frequency: 18,000 A/h (2.5 Hz)
Hairspring: With Phillips terminal curve
Plate: Red gold-plated (4N) German silver with circular graining on both sides
Bridges: Red gold-plated (4N) German silver with “Côtes de Genève”
Going-train: Gold-plated, faceted arms, diamond polished surfaces

Displays
Hours and minutes from the center
Small seconds at “9 o’clock”
Chronograph’s elapsed-seconds hand from the dial’s center
Counter for 30 elapsed minutes at “3 o’clock”
Tachymeter scale
Habillage

Case
Special alloy of bronze
Crystal Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire and antireflective crystal
Back Screwed titanium bronze-plated case back with inset pane of sapphire crystal
Diameter = 44 mm; height = 13.15 mm
Watertightness 3 bar
Crown: Bronze with Montblanc emblem in raised relief
Pusher: Monopusher chronograph integrated into the crown

Dial
Salmon-coloured dial with beige Arabic numerals with Super-LumiNova® coating, 18K red gold-plated luminescent hour-hand and minute-hand, blued chronograph and second hands, historical Montblanc emblem at 12 o’clock, tachymeter scale on the external part of the dial

Wristband
Vintage cognac-aged alligator-skin with beige stitching and satin-finish bronze-plated buckle

Edition
Limited Edition of 100 pieces

Certification
Certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500

Montblanc Bohème ExoTourbillon Jewellery Motif Serpent Limited Edition 18

Continuing on from the unveiling of last year’s Bohème ExoTourbillon Slim 110 years Anniversary Limited Edition 10 with its red or blue dial, Montblanc is now unveiling the Bohème ExoTourbillon Jewellery Motif Serpent Limited Edition 18, in harmonious shades of purple.

Available in a choice of 18K red gold or 18K white gold, these new Bohème timepieces enrich the codes of fine watchmaking with elegance and femininity. Each dial is a work of art enhancing traditional decoration, such as gem-setting, miniature gold-work and hand-painted lacquer—all on a delicate backdrop of white mother-of-pearl.

The refined craftsmanship continues across the cases which feature slightly curved faceted horns, sculpted onion crowns, and bezels set with sparkling diamonds. A closer look reveals the Bohème design details, such as leaf-shaped hands and floral Arabic numerals that all attest to the attention to detail that goes into the creation of each and every Montblanc Bohème timepiece.

Equipped with Montblanc’s patented ExoTourbillon automatic calibre MB M29.24, this limited edition of 18 pieces offers the highest of complications with its ExoTourbillon mechanism, fine craftsmanship, utmost precision, and elegance. The one-minute ExoTourbillon took over three years of research & development to produce and comes with a quick stop-second mechanism and a micro-rotor that were both created entirely in-house with the mechanical expertise by the master watchmakers at the Montblanc Manufacture in Villeret, Switzerland.

The ExoTourbillon outperforms standard tourbillon constructions for two reasons. Firstly, the weight of the cage of the ExoTourbillon is disconnected from the balance wheel, and secondly, the weight of the cage is minimal, thus resulting in higher precision and improved isochronism. The balance wheel has a diameter of 9.7 mm, which also plays an important part in the performance of the timepiece thanks to its impressive 18 screws — four of which can be adjusted, and 14 of which are fixed — further improving precision and following the purest watchmaking tradition.

The barrel, with its 48-hour power reserve, is embedded inside the vertical satin-finished main plate. Its position within the architecture of the movement was the result of a high level of development and testing that sought out the optimal equilibrium between the barrel, the rotor and the balance wheel.

The ExoTourbillon automatic calibre MB M29.24 incorporates a micro-rotor and allows an uninterrupted view on the movement through a sapphire crystal caseback, in comparison to a standard rotor that always hides half of the movement. The whole construction measures a mere 4.5 mm in height, a feat in itself for a calibre of this complexity.

The ExoTourbillon features a practical quick stop-second mechanism. This function is made possible thanks to the construction of a whip, which halts the large balance with its 18 screws and restarts it on demand. Optimal geometry and kinematics were studied in depth to find the right angle at the end of the whip, allowing the user to set the time to the exact second and ensure an immediate restart of the movement. The quick stop-second mechanism instantly stops the balance from rotating, instead of halting the tourbillon cage, which can cause the balance to continue swinging and upset the precision of the watch. All the functions and operations are set via the crown at three o’clock.

For elegance and craftsmanship, this innovative in-house manufacture movement has been decorated to the high standards of fine watchmaking: Côtes de Genève “en éventail” decoration on the bridges and micro-rotor, mirror polishing on the red gold-plated tourbillon bridge in the shape of a twirling stick, satin-finishing on the main plate, and a sunray finishing on the plate below the micro-rotor.

The multilayer sophisticated dial of the Montblanc Bohème ExoTourbillon Jewellery Motif Serpent Limited Edition 18 has been hand-crafted using a refined white mother-of-pearl that becomes the canvas for the decoration. The first step is the application of fine gold bands that take on the form of the serpent’s body and its honeycomb scales. Then the gold-plated hornet’s nest and the number 12 are applied onto the delicate mother-of-pearl dial, creating a three-dimensional effect as the serpent entwines its body above and below the gold ribbons. The artisan will then begin hand-painting the serpent’s body with different shades of purple, bringing even more depth to the design. The final step is the setting of 51 blue, rose and purple gem-stones onto the serpent and two red rubies for the eyes that are embedded into the red gold-plated elements of the reptile for utmost refinement.

The multi-level construction, with its different elements, finishings, artistic techniques and levels, is the result of fine artisanal craftsmanship. This artistic and aesthetic approach, as well as the specific know-how required to create a dial of this complexity, takes the Maison’s artisans over one month to complete. Following the codes of the Bohème collection, the timepiece features floral Arabic numeral with sensuous curves and leaf-shaped hour and minute hands which have been coated with a purple colour to match the overall aesthetic.

Designed to suit smaller wrists, the 38 mm slim case comes in a choice of 18K red gold or 18K white gold and measures a mere 9.37 mm in height. The elegant case design includes slightly curved integrated horns, an onion crown with the patented Montblanc diamond and 58 Top Wesselton diamonds that illuminate the bezel.

The Bohème ExoTourbillon Jewellery Motif Serpent Limited Edition 18 comes fitted with a matching purple alligator strap with large scales and a 18K gold pin buckle set with a diamond surrounded by the Montblanc emblem’s engraving.

The Montblanc Bohème ExoTourbillon Jewellery Motif Serpent Limited Edition 18 is tested for over 500 hours and is certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500, guaranteeing utmost performance and reliability.

Technical details
Montblanc Bohème ExoTourbillon Jewellery Motif Serpent Limited Edition 18
Ident. 117199

Movement
Montblanc Manufacture Calibre MB M29.24
Mechanical movement with automatic winding, 1-minute ExoTourbillon with quick stop-second mechanism
Diameter = 30.6 mm; height = 4.5 mm
Number of components: 202
Number of rubies: 27
Power reserve: 48 hours
Balance: Flat hoop with 18 screws
Frequency: 21,600 A/h (3 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat
Plate: Rhodium-plated and stretched stripes
Bridges: Rhodium-plated and Côtes de Genève “en Eventail”

Displays
Hours and minutes from the center
Patented ExoTourbillon at 6 o’clock (one revolution per minute to indicate the seconds) with a red gold-plated tourbillon bridge
Habillage

Case
18K red gold case (5N), 18K red gold fixed bezel set with 58 Top Wesselton diamonds (~ 1.39 ct.)
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, cambered & antireflective sapphire crystal
Back: 18 K red gold (5N) with inset sapphire crystal
Diameter = 38 mm; Height = 9.37 mm
Water tightness: 3 bar
Crown: 18K red gold (5N) with patented Montblanc Diamond (0.10 ct)

Dial
Artisanal dial made of white mother-of-pearl, red gold-plated structure enhancing a serpent painted with purple lacquer and set with 51 Top Wesselton blue, purple & rose diamonds (~ 0.1124 ct.) & 2 rubies for its eyes, red gold-plated floral numeral, purple leaf-shaped hands

Wristband
Purple alligator leather strap with a 18K red gold pin buckle (5N) set with one diamond (~ 0.009 ct.) encircled by the engraved Montblanc emblem

Availability
Limited Edition of 18 pieces
Also available in a white gold version limited to 18 pieces (ident. 117198)

Certification
Certified by the Montblanc Performance Test 500

Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Unique Piece Only Watch’17

Montblanc joins forces with Only Watch 2017, donating an outstanding vintage timepiece – the Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Unique Piece Only Watch’17. The Only Watch is a well-known biennial charity auction of high-end timepieces. The event will take place in Geneva on November 11th 2017 with funds donated to research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Inspired by the famous Minerva chronographs from the 1930s, the Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Unique Piece Only Watch’17 continues this horological journey by capturing the spirit of Montblanc’s past in a new and contemporary way. Paying tribute to the Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Blue Limited Edition 100, which won the prestigious Grand Prix d’horlogerie of Geneva 2016 as the best Chronograph, the timepiece features the traditional manual monopusher chronograph movement, the calibre MB M16.29; a distinct bronze case that has been combined for the very first time within the Montblanc Collection with a vintage green dial and a matching green alligator strap.