Montblanc has updated its expansive Heritage collection with six new timepieces at SIHH 2019. Borrowing on the history of the erstwhile Minerva marque, which Montblanc has claimed since Richemont purchased the legendary workshop in 2006, the new additions to the Heritage collection are part of the brand’s 2019 lineup, which includes multiple new timepieces in collections such as the Star Legacy (which we covered here) and 1858 (which we’ll cover over the next few days). All the watches in the Heritage collection feature a similar design language that is focused on color and a variety of finishes. Here’s what you have to look forward to in the Heritage collection this year, from the most complicated releases to the least complicated.
The Montblanc Heritage Pulsograph Limited Edition
The Heritage Pulsograph is a limited edition of 100 timepieces and features a pulsograph complication that was once used by doctors to measure a patient’s resting heart rate. The stainless-steel introduction is nicely sized at 40 mm and is powered by the Montblanc Manufacture monopusher chronograph caliber MB M13.21 that is visible through the exhibition caseback (see above slideshow). The slightly domed dial features an attractive salmon color and has several design elements that call back to Minerva timepieces from the 1940s and 50s. The dial has two different finishes; anthracite applied Arabic numerals and dots for indexes; dauphine hour and minute hands applied with Super-LumiNova and blued baton hands for the chronograph registers. It comes on a matching anthracite Sfumato alligator leather strap. One small detail that really stands out is the old-school payphone indications of 3, 6, and 9 minutes on the chronograph’s minute counter that would let payphone users know when to add a coin for more time. It’s priced at € 28,000.
Montblanc Heritage Perpetual Calendar
Montblanc is launching a new 40-mm perpetual calendar within the Heritage collection. It comes in two different case materials. The rose gold iteration is limited to 100 total pieces while the stainless steel model is unlimited. Both versions feature a new manufacture movement, 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. The new movement was the result of three years of work for the Montblanc team and uses a construction composed solely of wheels rather than the lever-focused build seen in most perpetual calendars. This allows the wearer to set the watch in both directions aiding in overall user-friendliness. Another feature focused on the end consumer is a safety feature that prevents the user from setting the watch between the hours of 8 pm and 12 pm, when changing the time could damage the movement as the correctors are locked. The dial also includes a dual-time function and a 24-hour indicator via the short, skeletonized central hand. The rose gold limited edition is priced at € 25,000; the stainless steel model at € 15,000.
Montblanc Heritage Monopusher Chronograph
Montblanc, through its shared history with Minerva, has a long history of producing monopusher chronographs. Fans of the complication should be extremely excited about this release. Using the same design language as the rest of the new releases, the Heritage Monopusher Chronograph has a domed, silvery-white dial with two different finishes. Similar to the Pulsograph LE, the dial features anthracite applied Arabic numerals and dots as indexes; bent Dauphine hour and minute hands injected with Super-LumiNova; and blued baton hands for the seconds and subdial indications. The minutes chronograph register also includes the same payphone indicator as the Pulsograph model. This 42-mm timepiece comes in a fully-polished stainless steel case with curved horns, a domed sapphire glass box and a view of the Minerva Manufacture embossed on the closed case back. Finally, you have your choice of either a Sfumato alligator leather strap from the Richemont Pelletteria in Florence or a steel Milanese mesh bracelet. It’s priced at €4,950.
Montblanc Heritage GMT
The Montblanc Heritage GMT comes in three different iterations: a silvery-white domed dial with a gray Sfumato alligator-skin strap, a steel Milanese bracelet, or with a salmon-colored domed dial and a gray Sfumato alligator-skin strap from Richemont Pelletteria in Florence. It’s sized at 40 mm and has a fully polished stainless steel case with curved horns and an embossing of the Minerva Manufacture on the closed caseback. The three automatic models all feature applied Arabic numerals, dots as indexes, hands with Super-LumiNova, and domed sapphire crystals. It’s priced at € 2,700 for both options.
Montblanc Automatic Day Date
The Heritage Automatic Day Date comes in a 39 mm, fully-polished stainless steel case with curved horns and the same Minerva Manufacture embossing on the case back. The domed silver-white dial has applied Arabic numerals, dots as indexes and hands that have been rhodium-plated to match the color of the case. The timepiece has a domed sapphire crystal and comes with a gray Sfumato alligator leather strap from the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence. It’s priced at € 2,450.
Montblanc Heritage Automatic
The Montblanc Heritage Automatic comes in a 40-mm stainless steel case with a choice of a silvery-white or salmon-colored dial. Both dials have applied Arabic numerals, dots as indexes and hands that are rhodium-coated or anthracite-colored and enhanced with Super-LumiNova. There is also the option for an 18K red gold version with a smoked dial and red gold-coated applied dots as indexes. Ticking inside the Montblanc Heritage Automatic is the Montblanc’s MB 24.27 automatic movement. You have your choice of either a gray Sfumato alligator strap from the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence, or a steel mesh Milanese bracelet for the stainless steel models. The red gold version is equipped with a brown Sfumato alligator strap. It’s priced at € 2,150 on the Milanese bracelet, € 1,950 on leather, and € 7,900 in red gold with a smoked dial.