Montblanc at Watches and Wonders Geneva 2020

Montblanc at Watches and Wonders Geneva 2020

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Montblanc are known for their excellence in craftsmanship and design - find out more about their latest releases from the Watches and Wonders 2020 online show.

Montblanc are synonymous with excellence in craftsmanship and design, and their new releases from the Watches and Wonders online show are no exception! Montblanc timepieces continue the legacy of over 160 years of Minerva’s history in fine watchmaking, linking the past and the present through design, style and technical innovation.

Montblanc’s Star Legacy Collection

Montblanc introduced two new men’s pieces at the Watches and Wonders online show: the Star Legacy Automatic Date and the Star Legacy Chronograph Day & Date. These new timepieces offer very useful indications and provide the perfect mix of classical watchmaking with a stylish, yet casual look.

Both timepieces are water resistant to 50 meters and come fitted with a brown or grey Sfumato strap and are available on a stainless steel 3 links bracelet that has been partly polished and partly satin-finished.

Montblanc Star Legacy Automatic Date 43 mm

Montblanc Star Legacy Automatic Date 43 mm - Image Credit: Montblanc

The new Montblanc Star Legacy Automatic Date comes in a 43 mm stainless steel case with a domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating and a sapphire crystal case back. There are two dial colours, one in ivory with a silvery-white flange and featuring 18 K rose gold-coated Roman numerals, indexes and hands, and the other in anthracite with black rhodium coated Roman numerals, indexes and hands. Both are enhanced with luminescent material SuperLuminova®* for a better readability at night.

Features
● anthracite-coloured dial with black flange
● black rhodium coated luminescent leaf hour and minute hands
● montblanc exploding star guilloché pattern
● automatic calibre mb 24.17
● 43 mm stainless steel case
● date display

Montblanc Star Legacy Chronograph Day & Date 43mm

Montblanc Star Legacy Chronograph Day & Date 43mm - Image Credit: Montblanc

The new Montblanc Star Legacy Chronograph Day & Date is housed in a 43 mm stainless steel case with a domed sapphire crystal on the front and a sapphire crystal on the back, allowing the wearer to admire the MB 25.07 automatic chronograph movement beneath - which has a 48-hour power reserve.

There are two dial colours, one in ivory with a silvery-white flange and counters that features 18 K rose gold-coated Roman numerals, indexes and hands for the time functions and blued hands for the chronograph readings, and another that comes in anthracite with black rhodium coated Roman numerals, indexes and hands enhanced with luminescent material SuperLuminova®* for a better readability at night.

Features
● Ivory dial with a silvery-white flange and counters
● Chronograph’s 30-elapsed minute hour counters
● 18 k rose gold-coated luminescent leaf hour and minute hands
● Montblanc exploding star guilloché pattern
● Chronograph’s 12-elapsed hour counters
● Automatic chronograph calibre mb 25.07
● Chronograph pushers at 2 and 4 o’clock
● 43 mm stainless steel case
● Date & day displays
● Chronograph’s elapsed-second hand from the dial’s centre

Montblanc’s Heritage Collection

Montblanc’s Heritage Collection - Image Credit: Montblanc

Paying tribute to historical and classic Minerva wristwatches from the 1940s and 1950s, the Heritage timepieces combine the elegance of watchmaking past with today’s bold design codes.
The new models feature fully polished 40 mm and 42 mm cases, bent horns with facets, and are fitted with sapphire crystal glass boxes for an elegant vintage look. Like with all the Heritage timepieces, these new wristwatches are water resistant to 50 meters.

Montblanc Heritage Manufacture Pulsograph Limited Edition 100 Pieces
Following the launch of the Montblanc Heritage Pulsograph Limited Edition with a salmon-coloured dial, the Maison is now unveiling a brand-new model in an 18 K rose gold 40 mm case with a distinctive smoked tobacco-brown dial and matching Sfumato alligator strap, reinforcing the trendy vintage style. The timepiece comes with a matching tobacco-brown Sfumato alligator strap, completing the overall vintage design.

Features
● Lacquered smoked tobacco-brown dial with two-tone finishes
● 18 k rose gold-coated luminescent bent dauphine hour and minute hands
● Pulsometer scale
● Manufacture manually wound monopusher chronograph calibre mb m13.21
● 40 mm 18 k rose gold case with domed sapphire glass box
● Monopusher chronograph
● Old school international payphone indications of 3, 6 and 9 minutes on the chronograph’s minutes counter
● Large balance wheel with 18 screws beating at 18,000 a/h
● Rose gold-plated german silver main plate with circular graining
● Hand-decorated minerva arrow
● Horizontal disc clutch
● V-shaped chronograph bridge whose design was patented in 1912
● Column wheel

Montblanc Heritage Monopusher Chronograph

Montblanc Heritage Monopusher Chronograph - Image Credit: Montblanc

The Heritage Monopusher Chronograph is one of the technical pillars of Minerva savoir-faire, offering an accessibly-priced model at the centre of the collection. This timepiece features the latest chronograph design with a domed, salmon-coloured dial with black rhodium-coated Arabic numerals and dots for indexes. The timepiece is completed with a matching grey Sfumato alligator strap from the Pelletteria in Florence, Italy.

Features
● Salmon-coloured dial with two-tone finishes
● Black rhodium-coated luminescent bent dauphine hour and minute hands
● Automatic monopusher chronograph calibre mb 25.12
● 42 mm stainless steel case with domed sapphire glass box
● Monopusher chronograph
● Old school international payphone indications of
● 3, 6 and 9 minutes on the chronograph’s minutes counter
● Chronograph’s elapsed-second hand from the dial’s centre
● Minerva manufacture embossing on the case back
● Grey sfumato alligator strap

Montblanc Heritage Automatic

Montblanc Heritage Automatic - Image Credit: Montblanc

The new Montblanc Heritage Automatic comes in 18 K yellow gold with a brand-new lacquered British-racing-green dial and matching Sfumato alligator strap for a vintage look. This new colour combination is enhanced by yellow gold details on the dial, including 18 K yellow gold-coated curved Dauphine hands that have been enhanced with SuperLuminova®*, along with applied Arabic numerals and dots for indexes that are also in yellow gold. Providing great flair, the dial has been lacquered – a technique that requires expertise and dexterity. The 40 mm case is fitted with a domed sapphire crystal and an elegant British-racing-green Sfumato strap from the Pelletteria in Florence, Italy.

Features
● Lacquered british racing green-coloured dial with two-tone finishes
● 18 k yellow gold-coated luminescent bent dauphine hour and minute hands
● Automatic movement calibre mb 24.27
● 40 mm 18 k yellow gold case with domed sapphire glass box
● Minerva manufacture embossing on the case back
● British racing green-coloured sfumato alligator-strap

Montblanc 1858’s Collection

Montblanc 1858’s Collection - Image Credit: Montblanc

The Montblanc 1858 line features sporty vintage timepieces inspired by the trend for reconnecting to nature and the Montblanc heritage, taking their inspiration from Minerva 1920s and 30s military chronographs.

As a nod to glaciers and snowy-mountain environments, the new 1858 watch editions feature a brand-new look, completing the existing 1858 line offer: Blue colours combined with icy white elements, creating a very cold and modern tool-watch look.

● New technical material for the 1858 Geosphere and 1858 Split Second watches with grade 5 titanium, providing high properties.
● New bi-metal bracelet with a new vintage design including a mix of shapes with central links in the form of grains of rice in polished stainless steel and satin-finished rectangular links made of titanium on the outside. This new metal will be added across the entire 1858 product line. Two new blue vintage Sfumato calf and alligator leather straps coming from the Pelletteria in Florence, Italy complete the 1858 offer. In addition, a high-quality woven blue “NATO” strap comes as an accessory.

Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 100
Montblanc reinterprets a 44 mm historical Minerva military monopusher chronograph, with the calibre 17/29, from the 1930s with a very distinctive dial comprising a snail shape tachymeter scale in the centre and a telemeter scale on the internal flange.

The new Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 100 comes in a vibrant blue colour executed in gradated enamel combined with a 44 mm full satin-finished, grade 5 titanium case enabling robustness. Special attention has been paid to the dial which is crafted from solid gold and is adorned with a gradated blue grand feu enamel, allowing an authentic shiny aesthetic.

Like on the original timepiece, the Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph has a white telemeter scale that runs around the dial. The telemeter was a common feature on the legendary Minerva chronographs and adds both function and a vintage touch to this new timepiece.

Features
● Solid gold gradated blue “grand feu” enamel dial
● White luminescent arabic numerals
● Black rhodium-coated and white luminescent cathedral-shaped hour- hand and minute-hand
● Telemeter scale
● Tachymeter scale in a “colimaçon” (snail) shape to measure up to 3 minutes
● Orange-coloured split second hand from the dial’s centre
● Blue sfumato alligator strap
● Manufacture manually wound monopusher chronograph calibre mb m16.31
● 44 mm grade 5 titanium case
● Split second pusher
● Monopusher chronograph
● Chronograph’s elapsed-minute counter with black rhodium-coated chronograph hand and orange-coloured arrow
● Beige chronograph’s elapsed-second hand from the dial’s centre

Montblanc 1858 Geosphere In Blue

Montblanc 1858 Geosphere In Blue - Image Credit: Montblanc

Montblanc presented the 1858 Geosphere in grade 5 titanium combined with blue and contrasting icy white design details, finding inspiration in the colours of glaciers and ice that can range from the purest white to the deepest shades of blue. All those elements create both a very cold and modern look.

The timepiece is dedicated to the world’s Seven Summit mountaineering challenge, the holy grail of mountaineering adventures, where climbers set out to ascend the highest mountains from each continent.

Features
● Second time zone corrector
● White luminescent second time zone hand
● Blue dial with white luminescent arabic numerals
● Bi-directional stainless steel bezel with blue ceramic and luminescent engraved cardinal points
● Automatic movement calibre mb 29.25 with manufacture worldtime complication
● 42 mm grade 5 titanium case with “spirit of mountain exploration” special engraving on case back
● Luminescent northern hemisphere globes turning anti-clock wise with day&night indication
● Rhodium-coated & white luminescent cathedral-shaped hour-hand & minute-hand
● Luminescent southern hemisphere globes turning clock wise with day & night indication

In addition to this year’s blue novelties, Montblanc is also releasing two new 1858 models. These new timepieces feature vintage aesthetics with new colored dials, case elements made of a special alloy of bronze, hand-made NATO straps, and unique complications.

Montblanc 1858 Automatic 24H

Montblanc 1858 Automatic 24H - Image Credit: Montblanc

In the Spirit of Mountain Exploration, the 1858 Automatic 24H features a new complication with a 24H indication via a single hand that allows the timepiece to be used both as a timekeeper, to read hours and minutes, and as a compass. Special attention has been paid to the black dial with its map of the Northern Hemisphere and 24 meridians made out of luminescent material. The SuperLumiNova-coated elements are subtly visible during the day, while at night, the 24-hour numerals, indexes and single hour hand take on a mysterious glow, making the timepiece truly distinctive. The watch is equipped with a matching black, hand-crafted NATO strap that is made in a traditional 150-year-old strap manufactured in France.

Features:
● Movement - Calibre MB 24.20
● Type of movement - Mechanical movement with automatic winding, 24H display
● Number of rubies - 25
● Power Reserve- Approx. 42 hours
● Balance - Flat hoop
● Frequency - 28,800 A/h (4 Hz)
● Hairspring - Flat
● Displays - Hour and minute single hand from the centre
● Case - Stainless steel with slim curved horns featuring polished and satin finishing, fixed bezel made of an alloy of bronze
● Crystal - Scratch-resistant, domed box-shaped sapphire crystal with antireflective coating
● Back - Stainless steel with “Spirit of Mountain Exploration” special engraving
● Diameter - 42 mm
● Height - 11.2 mm
● Water-resistance - 10 bar (100 m)
● Crown - Fluted, in an alloy of bronze with Montblanc emblem in relief
● Dial - Black with beige-coloured luminescent Arabic numerals, mysterious
● Luminescent - Northern Hemisphere map with the 24 meridians, luminescent red-coloured hour and minute single hand, historical

The Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Chronograph Limited Edition 1858

The Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Chronograph Limited Edition 1858 - Image Credit: Montblanc

The Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Chronograph is one of the technical pillars of the Maison. In this new version, Montblanc reinterprets a historical Minerva chronograph with its calibre 13.20 from the 1930s.

Like on the original timepiece, the 1858 Monopusher Chronograph features a black dial with a beige-coloured railway track, as well as two counters at three and nine o’clock. Matching the overall vintage design, other details include a telemeter scale; beige-coloured SuperLumiNova numerals; and rose gold-coated, cathedral-shaped hands that are also highlighted with a touch of beige-coloured SuperLumiNova for better visibility at night.

In the Spirit of Mountain Exploration, the timepieces come in a 42 mm case made of a special alloy of bronze that evolves over time and forms a patina. The timepiece is completed with a special “Spirit of Mountain Exploration” engraving on the case back.

Features
● Movement - Calibre MB 25.12
● Type of movement - Mechanical movement with automatic winding, chronograph
● Number of rubies - 27
● Power Reserve - Approx. 48 hours
● Balance - Flat hoop
● Frequency - 28,800 A/h (4 Hz)
● Hairspring - Flat
● Displays - Hour and minutes from the centre, small seconds at 9 o’clock
● Case - Alloy of bronze with slim curved horns featuring polished and satin
● finishing
● Crystal - Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire glass box with antireflective
● coating
● Back - Titanium with bronze-coated and “Spirit of Mountain Exploration” special
● engraving
● Diameter - 42 mm
● Height - 14.7 mm
● Water-resistance - 10 bar (100 m)
● Crown - Fluted, in an alloy of bronze with Montblanc emblem in relief

Laura Bennett

About the Author: Laura Bennett

About the Author: Laura Bennett

Writing has always been a passion of mine, and writing about watches is unlike any other topic I’ve covered. The watch industry is unique, and the sense of community is apparent wherever you look. There’s always more to learn and understand about the history behind this spectacular industry and what’s in store for the future. And the best part is, the more I write, the more I want to know!

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