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Montblanc Take four

Montblanc is giving us a foretaste of the forthcoming SIHH with four new chronographs and an ongoing commitment to its competitive pricing policy.

2018 will mark a double anniversary for Montblanc. The historic watch brand Minerva, founded in Villeret in 1858 – now the Montblanc Villeret manufacture – which originally specialised in gold pocket watches, before moving on to professional watches and ultra-precise chronometers, is celebrating its 160th anniversary. And Montblanc’s Star Legacy collection has reached its 20th birthday. For the last ten years or so, Montblanc has explored and exploited Minerva’s heritage, in terms of movements and also watch aesthetics. The four new watches that Montblanc will unveil at SIHH 2018 – two Star Legacy models and two TimeWalkers – are a continuation of that strategy.

Star Legacy

Inspired by Minerva pocket watches, and in particular a model from 1927, the new Star Legacy Automatic Chronograph and Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph share a polished steel case with curved sides, the onion-shaped crown so characteristic of pocket watches, and their clear and legible dials – a heritage of Minerva railway watches – accentuated by elegant black Arabic numerals. The Star Legacy Automatic is a two-pusher chronograph; its automatic MB 25.02 calibre drives not only the hour functions (with a small second at 9 o’clock), but also a date, in a window between four and five o’clock, two chronograph counters and the chronograph central seconds hand. The classically inspired watch has blued hands pointing to the equally classic railroad tracks around the perimeter of the dial and the chronograph registers. The watch will be priced at EUR 3,990.

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Star Legacy Automatic Chronograph © Montblanc

The Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph is a new interpretation of the innovative Nicolas Rieussec monopusher chronograph of 2008, which itself paid tribute to a timekeeping device developed by the watchmaker Rieussec in 1821. This unusual timekeeper revisits the concept of discs that rotate beneath fixed hands for the chronograph minutes and seconds counters. The new version also features a second time zone. The main aesthetic difference from its predecessor lies in the the silvered white guilloché dial, slender Arabic numerals, off-centre time dial and domed chronograph discs. The date has moved to a new position at 6 o’clock, and the day-night indicator is at 9 o’clock. The blued screws of the new date aperture are echoed in the fixed pointer straddling the two rotating discs, and the hour and minute hands. The silver hand for the second time zone is hollow, as in the previous model. This timepiece is driven by the same self-winding Calibre MB R200, whose twin barrels provide a power reserve of 72 hours. Complete with column wheel, Geneva striping and gilded wheels, it comes at a price of EUR 7,450.

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Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph © Montblanc


Montblanc’s Timewalker collection is also anchored in Minerva’s chronometric heritage, and embodies the spirit of motor racing. The two new 2018 models echo some of the features, and include a tachymeter function. Inside the 43-mm satin-brushed steel case of the TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph lies the new MB 25.10 automatic chronograph movement, whose black tungsten rotor brings to mind a steering wheel. The vintage-styled panda dial is surrounded by a black ceramic bezel with engraved tachymetric scale, and the DLC crown carries the black of the dial over onto the case. The red seconds hand, terminated with a Minerva arrow, brings a dynamic touch to this sporty timepiece, whose perforated aged leather strap is a further reminder of its automotive inspiration. With a price under the psychological barrier of 5,000 euros (EUR 4,990), the TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph is very competitive in its category.

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TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph © Montblanc

The TimeWalker Rally Timer Chronograph Limited Edition, inspired by Minerva’s Rally Timer from the 1960s with its vertically aligned counters, traces a strong functional line with motor sport. This monopusher chronograph can be transformed into a dashboard clock, which remains perfectly legible thanks to its 50 mm diameter and the clarity of its inverted panda dial. It works equally well as a pocket watch or table clock. The black DLC-treated titanium case can be oriented at either 0° or 180°, for optimum convenience while driving. This original timepiece, in a 100-piece limited edition, enjoys the technical advantages of the manually wound MB M16.29 calibre and its 50-hour power reserve, as well as the beauty of its handcrafted decorations, including Geneva striping, circular graining, bevelling and a V-shaped chronograph bridge. It is priced at EUR 37,000.

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TimeWalker Rally Timer Chronograph Limited Edition © Montblanc


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