It was not just the new entrants to its vintage-inspired Heritage collection that Montblanc unveiled earlier this week. Two new additions have been introduced to its Star Legacy line. These classically-styled watches take their style cues from Minerva pocket watches made during the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century.  

A Minerva pocket watch from the early 20th century

The new additions include the Star Legacy Automatic Date and Star Legacy Chronograph Day&Date, two new models featuring pebble-shaped cases, onion crowns, and the “star” guilloché pattern on their dials from which the series draws its name. The new watches will be 43 mm in size — the first time the brand has used this case size within the collection — and will be available in steel with either ivory or anthracite colorways. The ivory models of both use 18K rose gold-coated accents, while the anthracite colorway opts for black rhodium coating.

Star Legacy Automatic Date is also available on steel bracelets

The Star Legacy Automatic Date has a 43-mm, polished steel case with a small onion crown drawing inspiration from historical Minerva pocketwatches from the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. On the dial of the model, we find a white or black outer minute ring marked at each 5-minute mark with small Arabic numerals and red accents at each 15-minute position. Just within these markers are small dots of lume, while large applied alternating roman numerals and tick marks are used for the hour markers within those. At the 3 o’clock position we find a small date indicator, while sweeping over the “star” guilloché dial are two leaf-style hands for the hour and minute and a simple pointer for the seconds.

Inside the Automatic Date is the MB 24.17 automatic movement (base movement Sellita SW200-1), which features a 38-hour power reserve. Pricing on this model is still unavailable, with the watch expected to fully release this spring. It will be available on the choice of either a black or brown Italian leather strap, or three-link satin-brushed steel bracelet.

The Star Legacy Chronograph with the anthracite dial

The Star Legacy Chronograph Day&Date also uses a similar 43-mm polished steel case with its distinct onion crown. The case also features partially rounded, rectangular pushers for its chronograph functions. On the dial of this watch, we find a similar outer minute ring contrasting with the guilloché dial, with the same style of applied numerals at the hour markers as on the Date Automatic.

The ivory dial has a more classical look

Distinguished on the Chronograph Day&Date is its namesake day-and-date indicator at its 3 o’clock position, and three vertical subdials — a 30-minute counter, running seconds, and 12-hour counter — at the top, left, and bottom of dial, respectively. Passing over the dial are another pair of leaf-style hands, though the chronograph seconds counter is tipped with a red accent matching the quarter-hour accents on the minute ring.

This watch uses a self-winding MB 25.07 chronograph movement, which uses a Sellita SW500-1 as its base, and is capable of a 48-hour power reserve. While the Automatic Date starts at €2,950, the chronograph model is priced at €4,350