Montblanc is celebrating 160 Years of the Minerva heritage by reviving and reinterpreting its iconic Star collection. The new line up of timepieces is wholly inspired by the Minerva pocket watches that were made during the late 19th and early 20th century. The Maison has dug into its archives, drawing from the exceptional design elements and engineering of these timepieces and re-envisioned the classic collection with modern enhancements and sophisticated finishing to the design while keeping true to the key elements.
The Minerva legacy dates back to 1858 when the company was founded by Charles-Ivan Robert, specialising in gold pocket watches. So innovative were the timekeepers that international orders poured in very early on, especially from railway companies. As early as the year 1880, the manufacturer had started to specialise in timekeepers that could be wound with a crown. These were among the first watches that could be wound without the use of a separate key.
The Suspended Exo Tourbillon complication was developed by the master watchmakers at the Montblanc Manufacture in Villeret and required three years of development. The 44.8mm case comes in 18K red gold and features a sapphire crystal on the case back, which reveals the hand-finished manually wound movement calibre MB M16.68. A silvery-white dome at 12 o’clock, with an azuré decoration in the center, houses the hours and minutes counter, mirroring the three-dimensional effect of the outstanding tourbillon at six o’clock. Other details include 18K red gold hands to display the hours and minutes and a small second indication with a blue arrow on the tourbillon itself. This exclusive Montblanc Star Legacy Suspended Exo Tourbillon is limited to 58 pieces, paying tribute to the year the Montblanc Manufacture was founded in Villeret in 1858.
Montblanc reinterprets its Nicolas Rieussec monopusher chronograph with a new redesigned case and dial. The chronograph features a 44.8 mm round case with curved finishing on the sides. A domed sapphire crystal glass surrounds the three dimensional dial and gives a refined pebble effect. It is powered by the iconic Manufacture monopusher chronograph movement with automatic winding. The movement has two barrels, which store enough energy for 72 hours of power reserve. The timepiece is equipped with two rotating horizontally 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.
The Montblanc Star Legacy Automatic Chronograph displays the aesthetic design codes directly rooted in the history of classical fine watchmaking. 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. Equipped with the automatic movement calibre MB 25.02, the chronograph indicates the hours, minutes, seconds and date. The timepiece comes in a rounded 42 mm stainless steel case with curved horns, steps on the side and a new blue Sfumato alligator leather strap from the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence, Italy.
The Montblanc Star Legacy Full Calendar catches the eye with its aesthetic that indicates the moon’s phase. The date is indicated by a hand which culminates in a little red crescent that sweeps along the dial’s periphery. The day of the week and the month appear in apertures, while the lower half of the dial is reserved for the moon phase display. All the codes of the Montblanc Star Legacy collection are present, including Arabic numerals, blue leaf-shaped hands, the iconic Montblanc exploding star guilloché pattern, unique railway minuterie track and filet sauté guilloché. The dial comes in a silvery, white colour which matches perfectly with the blue Sfumato alligator leather strap. The Star Legacy Full Calendar comes in a 42mm stainless steel case and is equipped with the automatic calibre MB 29.12.
Classic fine watchmaking, timeless design and an ode to the moon come together in the Montblanc Star Legacy Moonphase. The timepiece features a refined moon’s phase complication. The lunar cycle lasts 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 3 seconds. The function shows the current phase of the moon in the lunar cycle, indicating if it is a new, full, half or quarter moon. Equipped with the automatic movement Calibre MB 29.14, the Montblanc Star Legacy Moonphase indicates the hours and minutes in the centre surrounded by a traditional railway track for utmost precision. The timepiece is housed in a 42mm round stainless steel case with refined curved horns and comes with either a black, blue or grey sfumato alligator leather strap.
The Montblanc Star Legacy Date Automatic displays all the iconic design elements of the line, including a refined dial featuring the Montblanc iconic star, leaf-shaped hour and minute hands and redesigned Arabic numerals reminiscent of the historical Minerva pocket watches. Equipped with the automatic movement Calibre MB 24.01, the Star Legacy Automatic Date features the hours, minutes and seconds in the center and a date in an aperture at six o’clock. The timepiece comes in a 39mm or 42mm size, with a choice of stainless steel, steel and gold or 18K gold cases. The stainless steel and the steel-gold versions feature silvery-white dials and one slate grey dial animation on 39mm while the full 18k red gold versions come with an ivory dial. The stainless steel models are available with a black or blue or grey sfumato leather strap with a matching stainless steel pin buckle.
For the ladies, the Montblanc Star Legacy Small Seconds 32mm and 36mm both come in a choice of five different versions: four in stainless steel and one in 18K red gold. One of the major highlights on the dials of these elegant timepieces is a distinctive diamond ring that encircles the small seconds counter. This jewellery feature is not only new for the brand but is rarely seen in watchmaking. The32 mm version is set with 28 Top Wesselton diamonds (0.056 ct.) whilst the 36mm version has 32 Top Wesselton diamonds (0.064 ct.). The 32mm 18K red gold version features an ivory-coloured dial and the 36 mm model comes with a chocolate coloured dial. Both are fitted with an 18K red gold pin buckle. The 32mm is powered by an automatic winding movement Calibre MB24.08 whilst a Calibre MB24.16 powers the 36mm.