With the second digital version of Watches & Wonders Geneva on the horizon (from April 7, 2021), Montblanc is beginning to increase the curtain, unveiling just a few new timepieces this month. The Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Chronograph Origins Restricted Version 100 watch is the primary of a number of spectacular items within the vary. This specific watch is paying homage to a Nineteen Thirties Minerva army chronograph which is now expressed in a contemporary take.
Montblanc, based in 1858, has two factories in Switzerland. The primary workshop is in Le Locle within the Swiss Jura mountains, whereas the opposite workshop is within the picturesque village of Villeret. This workshop was initially the watch model Minerva (the place timepieces, particularly chronographs, had been made and completed by hand) and was acquired by Montblanc just a few a long time in the past. As we speak, Montblanc has strived to efficiently hyperlink the wealthy heritage and craftsmanship of the Minerva workshop with Montblanc craftsmanship, type and requirements.
As such, Montblanc usually makes use of the Minerva archives for a few of its specialised chronographs and the most recent model isn’t any exception. It’s primarily based on a 46mm monopusher chronograph from the Nineteen Thirties with all of the traits of a Minerva with some twists. Naturally, the brand new timepiece – created in a restricted version of simply 100 items, homes a modern-day motion. It’s powered by the Caliber MB M16.29 manual-winding motion with a monopusher and column-wheel chronograph. The genuine reconstruction of the Minerva caliber from the early Nineteen Twentiese century is beautiful and incorporates a meticulously completed German silver important plate and bridges. In complete, the motion is made up of 252 parts and provides 50 hours of energy reserve.
The watch is made from a particular bronze alloy paying homage to the army type watches of yesteryear. Every watch will kind its personal patina over time, which is able to make every watch distinctive and distinctive. The watch additionally has an ‘officer’ type case again – with a demi-chasseur case that opens to disclose an engraving in entrance of the beautiful motion seen by a sapphire crystal. The inscription contained in the again of the officer’s case signifies that the watch is a “reissue of a Nineteen Thirties Minerva army chronograph fitted with a caliber handcrafted in accordance with Swiss watchmaking custom”. The officer’s again additionally bears a three-dimensional rendering of the Goddess Minerva emblem which is created utilizing laser engraving.
The black dial of the watch is enhanced with rose gold-colored cathedral arms and Arabic numerals that glow beige at midnight because of a Tremendous-LumiNova coating. The watch incorporates a semi-secret Minerva emblem on the dial with the Montblanc emblem at 6:00. The bi-compax chronograph counters and the railway minute monitor are all reproductions of the unique piece. The watch has a brown Sfumato alligator strap. The watch is anticipated to retail for round $ 32,500.
In accordance with Nicolas Baretzky, CEO of Montblanc, the watch suits completely into the watchmaking imaginative and prescient of the model. “Our objective is to protect Minerva’s historical past in every little thing we do, to showcase its custom, but additionally to stay true to Montblanc’s craftsmanship and elegance.