Montblanc: Heritage Collection1 February 2019
Inspired by historical Minerva classic wristwatches from the 1940s and 1950s, the new Heritage collection by Montblanc combines the elegance of watchmaking past with today’s bold design codes and technology.
Vintage aesthetics include domed dials with two finishings and dots as indexes combined with colours such as salmon, smoked-caramel and silvery-white. Fully polished cases from 39 to 42 mm feature curved horns with facets and are fitted with sapphire crystal glass boxes for an elegant historical look.
The new collection is composed of six models and integrates a comprehensive range of movements inspired by high-end Minerva calibres from the past to a new perpetual calendar calibre, and a new mid-range monopusher chronograph.
The entire collection is water resistant up to 5 ATM and certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500.
Montblanc Heritage Pulsograph Limited Edition 100
The highlight of the new product line is the Heritage Pulsograph Limited Edition 100, a timepiece inspired by what collectors call the ‘doctor’s watches’, that were used by physicians in the past to check a patient’s heart rate. This 40-mm timepiece comes in steel and is powered by the Montblanc Manufacture monopusher chronograph calibre MB M13.21 visible through the caseback, and includes a doctor’s pulsograph indication graduated for 30 pulsations. Its salmon-coloured domed dial features vintage design codes that can be seen on Minerva wristwatches from the 1940s and 50s:
- Domed dial with two zone different colours and finishes.
- Anthracite applied Arabic numerals and dots as indexes.
- Bent central Dauphine hour- and minute-hands with Super-LumiNova coating and blued baton hands.
- Rack minuterie.
- Old school international payphone indications of 3, 6 and 9 minutes on the chronograph’s minute counter.
- Matching anthracite Sfumato alligator leather strap.
Montblanc Heritage Perpetual Calendar Limited Edition 100
The Montblanc Heritage Perpetual Calendar features a brand-new manufacture movement, the calibre MB 29.22, that indicates the hours, minutes, day, date, month, moonphase and leap year in an extremely legible way thanks to its large counters at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock. The movement took three years to develop and is composed solely of wheels, in contrast to most perpetual calendars that use levers. This enables the user to adjust the watch via the crown in both directions, making it far simpler to set.
In addition to this, another new safety feature developed by the Montblanc engineers prevents the user from setting the watch between the hours of 8 pm and 12 pm, when any manipulation could damage the movement as the correctors are locked. The new Montblanc Heritage Perpetual Calendar is powered by a self-winding movement with a 48-hour power reserve and is also equipped with a very practical dual-time function and a 24-hour indicator.
Housed in a 40 mm case with a choice of 18 K red gold for the limited edition (Price €.25.500), or stainless steel with silvery-white dial for the regular edition (Price €.15.300).
Montblanc Heritage Monopusher Chronograph
Montblanc presents a new monopusher chronograph offering an accessibly priced model at the centre of the Heritage product line. The Montblanc Heritage Monopusher Chronograph features the latest chronograph design within the Montblanc product line with a domed, silvery-white dial with two different finishes. The dial is also adorned with anthracite applied Arabic numerals, dots as indexes; a rack minuterie; bent Dauphine hour and minute hands with Super-LumiNova; and blued baton hands for the seconds and subdial indications. A closer look at the minutes chronograph counter at three o’clock reveals an indicator for 3, 6 and 9 minutes— a vintage touch from the days when we used coin-operated telephones and needed to track the length and cost of a call. This 42 mm timepiece comes in a fully-polished stainless steel case with curved horns, a domed sapphire glass box and the Minerva Manufacture embossing on the case back. The mid-range monopusher movement is a nod to the long history of Minerva’s monopusher chronographs. The timepiece is completed with the choice of a Sfumato alligator leather strap or a steel Milanese mesh bracelet. (Price €.5.000)
Montblanc Heritage GMT
The Montblanc Heritage GMT comes in a 40 mm, fully-polished stainless steel case with curved horns and the Minerva Manufacture embossing on the caseback.
It is available in three versions — with a silvery-white domed dial and a grey Sfumato alligator-skin strap (Price €.2.770), with a steel mesh Milanese bracelet (Price €.2.970) , or with a salmon-coloured domed dial and a grey Sfumato alligator-skin strap (Price €.2.770). The three models have matching-coloured applied Arabic numerals, dots as indexes and hands, as well as domed sapphire crystals. The timepiece is powered by an automatic calibre equipped with a 24-hour GMT complication.
Montblanc Heritage Automatic Day Date
The Heritage Automatic Day Date comes in a 39 mm, fully-polished stainless steel case with curved horns and the Minerva Manufacture embossing on the case back. The domed silvery-white dial has applied Arabic numerals, dots as indexes and hands that have been rhodium-plated to match the colour of the case. The timepiece is completed with a domed sapphire glass and a grey Sfumato alligator leather strap (Price €.2.510).
Montblanc Heritage Automatic
The Montblanc Heritage Automatic comes in a 40-mm stainless steel case with a choice of a silvery-white (Price €.2.210) or salmon-coloured dial (Price €.2.410). Both dials are adorned with applied Arabic numerals, dots as indexes and hands that are rhodium-coated or anthracite-coloured and enhanced with Super-LumiNova. There is also the option for a 18K red gold version with a smoked-caramel-coloured dial and red gold-coated applied dots as indexes (Price €.8.100). Tested for 500 hours, the Montblanc Heritage Automatic is powered by Montblanc’s MB 24.27 automatic movement. There are options for both stainless steel models with a grey Sfumato alligator strap or a steel mesh Milanese bracelet. The red gold version is equipped with a brown Sfumato alligator strap.