Watch & Jewellery
THE REST IS HISTORY: Montblanc's Heritage Collection
Text by Justin Ng | Photos courtesy of Montblanc
Montblanc Heritage Automatic Day-Date measuring at 39mm with stainless steel case (water-resistant to 50m) solely with a white dial iteration.
Montblanc Heritage Automatic features a polished 40mm stainless steel case (water-resistant to 50m) available in a Red Gold model with a cool “smoked caramel” dial.
Montblanc Heritage GMT measuring in at 40mm, features thin blue GMT hand with a domed dial and domed sapphire crystal
Montblanc Heritage Automatic Monopusher Chronograph measuring at 42-mm features a domed sapphire glass box and a view of the Minerva Manufacture embossed on the closed case back.
Montblanc Heritage Perpetual Calendar, limited-edition 100-piece rose gold iteration 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
Montblanc Heritage Pulsograph limited-edition of 100 timepieces, featuring a pulsograph complication that was once used by doctors to measure a patient’s resting heart rate.

While German brand Montblanc is something of a household name, what with their fountain pens spawning decades of father-son legacies, Swiss manufacturer Minerva probably won’t ring as many bells to the average person. That’s because despite carrying a rich history — as a facility in Villeret dedicated to classical fine watchmaking and the upholding of traditional skills and special complications — and now being home to Montblanc’s watch manufacture, they haven’t always exactly been readily promoted by the luxury brand. But now, thanks to three men, namely Montblanc’s ex and current CEOs Jérôme Lambert (now CEO of Richemont Group) and Nicolas Baretzki, as well as the brand’s managing director of watchmaking, Davide Cerrato, the once defunct manufacture is arriving in a big way with the unveiling of six new Montblanc timepieces — inspired by Minerva marques — to add to the brand’s expansive Heritage Collection. Inspired by Villeret’s masterpieces from the ’40s and ’50s, the timepieces showcase domed dials in period colours such as salmon, silvery-white and a toffee shade referred to as a (delicious) ‘smoked caramel’ colour, sat comfortably inside polished cases between 39mm and 42mm diameters decorated with curved horns and box crystals. Besides the obvious throwback vibes the watch is throwing at you (that you can boast about to your older peers), you’ll also find chronograph markers at 3, 6 and 9 elongated in a manner reminiscent to the connection warning pips sounded by payphones from the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s (think North by Northwest, Charade and His Girl Friday). And don’t be afraid to flex your watch on the beach either; All the pieces — thanks to Minerva’s manufacture movements — are water-resistant up to 50 metres after undergoing hours of trialling by Montblanc’s Laboratory Test 500. So while Minerva isn’t a household name just yet, Montblanc is making sure the head start you need is clasped neatly onto your nostalgic wrist.

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