Montbanc borrows the history of the erstwhile Minerva marque to blood new additions to the Heritage collection as part of the brand’s 2019 lineup. Inspired by the watches Minerva made in the early 1940s and early 1950s, all the watches in this collection feature a similar design language that is focused on color and a variety of finishes.
The Heritage Pulsograph headlines this collection. Limited to just 100 timepieces, this watch features a pulsograph scale and is encased in 40 mm stainless steel. The slightly salmon-hued domed dial has several design elements that call back to Minerva timepieces from the 1940s and 50s. The dial has two different finishes; anthracite applied Arabic numerals and dots for indexes; dauphine hour and minute hands applied with Super-LumiNova and blued baton hands for the chronograph registers.
It comes on a matching anthracite Sfumato alligator leather strap. One small detail that really stands out is the old-school payphone indications of 3, 6, and 9 minutes on the chronograph’s minute counter that would let payphone users know when to add a coin for more time. It is powered by the new manufacturemonopusher chronograph caliber MB M13.21. Price? €28,000
A new 40-mm Heritage Perpetual Calendar is available in two different case materials, the rose gold iteration is limited to 100 total pieces while the stainless steel model is unlimited. A new manufacture movement, automatic caliber MB 29.22, that indicates the hours, minutes, day, date, month, moon phase and leap year through large counters at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock and has a 48-hour power reserve. The new movement was the result of three years of work for the Montblanc team and uses a construction composed solely of wheels rather than the lever-focused build seen in most perpetual calendars.
This allows the wearer to set the watch in both directions aiding in overall user-friendliness. Another feature focused on the end consumer is a safety feature that prevents the user from setting the watch between the hours of 8 pm and 12 pm, when changing the time could damage the movement as the correctors are locked. The dial also includes a dual-time function and a 24-hour indicator via the short, skeletonized central hand. The rose gold limited edition is priced at € 25,000; the stainless steel model at € 15,000.
The Heritage Monopusher Chronograph has a domed, silvery-white dial with two different finishes. Similar to the Pulsograph LE, the dial features anthracite applied Arabic numerals and dots as indexes; bent Dauphine hour and minute hands injected with Super-LumiNova; and blued baton hands for the seconds and subdial indications. The minutes chronograph register also includes the same payphone indicator as the Pulsograph model.
This 42-mm timepiece comes in a fully-polished stainless steel case with curved horns, a domed sapphire glass box and a view of the Minerva Manufacture embossed on the closed case back. The movement, Caliber SW510, was manufactured exclusively for Montblanc by Selita. The watch can be paired with Sfumato alligator leather strap from the Richemont Pelletteria in Florence or a steel Milanese mesh bracelet. Price? €4,950.
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The Heritage GMT comes in three different iterations: a silvery-white domed dial with a gray Sfumato alligator-skin strap, a steel Milanese bracelet, or with a salmon-colored domed dial and a gray Sfumato alligator-skin strap from Richemont Pelletteria in Florence. It’s sized at 40 mm and has a fully polished stainless steel case with curved horns and an embossing of the Minerva Manufacture on the closed caseback. The three automatic models all feature applied Arabic numerals, dots as indexes, hands with Super-LumiNova, and domed sapphire crystals. It’s priced at €2,700 for both options.
The Heritage Automatic Day Date comes in a 39 mm, fully-polished stainless steel case with curved horns and the same Minerva Manufacture embossing on the case back. The domed silver-white dial has applied Arabic numerals, dots as indexes and hands that have been rhodium-plated to match the color of the case. The timepiece has a domed sapphire crystal and comes with a gray Sfumato alligator leather strap. It’s priced at € 2,450.
The Heritage Automatic comes in a 40-mm stainless steel case with a choice of a silvery-white or salmon-colored dial. Both dials have applied Arabic numerals, dots as indexes and hands that are rhodium-coated or anthracite-colored and enhanced with Super-LumiNova. There is also the option for an 18K red gold version with a smoked dial and red gold-coated applied dots as indexes.
Ticking inside the Montblanc Heritage Automatic is the Montblanc’s MB 24.27 automatic movement. Again, the watch is offered on a gray Sfumato alligator strap or a steel mesh Milanese bracelet for the stainless steel models. The red gold version is equipped with a brown Sfumato alligator strap. It’s priced at € 2,150 on the Milanese bracelet, € 1,950 on leather, and € 7,900 in red gold with a smoked dial.