Sometimes, all you need for inspiration is to look back at your best works.
When Montblanc was seeking inspiration for its latest offerings this year, the German firm did the most sensible thing and dived deep into its own time-tested archives.
If you recall, the Heritage series first made waves last year when Montblanc wanted to rekindle interest in its rich legacy. The vintage-aesthetics-meets-modern-design concept worked particularly well for them because the brand actually has well, a history, and executed the timepieces with enough authentic flair to appease ardent collectors.
Montblanc continues the same attention to detail this year. Of the lot, the Heritage Monopusher Chronograph gets brownie points for its salmon-hued good looks — a growing dial trend over the past few years. The stainless steel manages to walk the tightrope between a sporty and dress watch quite comfortably. It might not use the Minerva movement anymore — the calibre MB 25.12 based on the Sellita SW510 takes its place — but still manages to channel the same charisma seen during the Minerva chronographs’ golden years.
The dial is given plenty of richness and depth with grainé and sunray finishes within the expansive, 42mm dial, with subtly applied hour markers and a single pusher integrated into the crown.
There’s also a newer version of the Heritage Pulsograph in the mix, this time encased in precious metal as opposed to the steel version last year. The more formal rose gold offering this year permeates a warm glow that will undoubtedly find its place in plenty of gentlemen’s clubs and cigar rooms. Its smoked-tobacco dial comes rendered in a mix of textures and is paired with matching rose gold hands.
The movement within stays true to Minerva’s legacy; the classically-designed calibre MB13.21 is well-known for its exceptionally fine finishing, which is not only difficult but also expensive to achieve. To match the occasion, the calibre is plated rose gold and can be viewed via the caseback. As expected, the timepiece is a limited edition of 100 pieces and comes with a dapper Sfumato alligator strap to reinforce its endearing vintage style.
Montblanc’s latest Heritage series concludes with the Heritage Automatic, a 40mm 18k yellow-gold automatic dress watch that’s been boldly paired with a lacquered dial in British Racing Green. The tiered dial keeps things simple with matching gold-plated numerals and markers on a recessed track for depth, with Super-LumiNova hands that add enough night-time functionality without compromising on elegance.
This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Singapore.