This year marks 160 years of Villeret’s watchmaking tradition.
Minerva was founded in 1858 by Charles-Yvan Robert. In the early 1880s, Minerva gained international recognition for its precise time keeping pocket watches that were wound without a key (a first in the industry at that time). By 1909, Minerva introduced chronographs and was a leader in producing professional watches and stopwatches.
This SIHH, Montblanc celebrates Minerva, and the spirit of exploration through the 1858 collection, the Star Legacy and the Time Walker.
The 1858 collection watches epitomise the true harmony and overlap between the vintage exploration-inspired timepieces and the latest distinctive aesthetics, innovative complications and latest designs.
On the inspiration, Zaim Kamal, Creative Director of Montblanc shares:
“The competency of Villeret was born in the mountains. Montblanc is the highest peak in Europe. The Maison is connected on many levels with the mountains. So here we present a watch that celebrates our competency and legitimacy of the brand, that holds true to the spirt of mountain exploration. The materials, design, straps, finishing, This SIHH, the spirit of exploration lives and is celebrated through the 1858 collection, the Star Legacy and the Time Walker. They all reference the codes that we are familiar with, and we offer all that, as choices.”
I am no mountaineer, but one must admit that this collection featuring the cathedral-shaped hands, the Arabic numerals coated with SuperLumiNova and the original Montblanc logo from the 1930s, with the historic emblem of the Montblanc Mountain, is really quite attractive. The Geosphere from this collection is unique and houses two rotating globes with the world’s 7 summits dotted in red, the two domed globes rotate in 24 hours in opposite direction.
My preference sits with the new Montblanc Star Legacy models, particularly the Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph (Riesussec introduced the first inking chronograph in 1821).
It features a newly-designed 44.8mm round case with curved finishing, dome sapphire crystal glass, with a three dimensional pebble effect dial. Complete with the iconic, easy-grip onion-shaped crown adorned with the Montblanc emblem. The charm about this timepiece is two-fold: the monopusher, which is soft to feel and precise; and there is a second time zone indicator, via a skeletonized hand on the off-centred dial.
Before I sign off this post on the stand-out novelties from Montblanc, here is a quick look at a few other models in the Star Legacy collection, for your exploration:
All images courtesy of Montblanc