Montblanc has revealed five new models as a Pre-SIHH 2019 showcase that joins the German luxury brand’s recently reimagined Star Legacy line of watches. After acquiring the historically significant Minerva manufacture in 2006, Montblanc has been continually updating its watches in an effort to embrace the Swiss watchmaker’s rich history. The five new watches are also inspired by Minerva’s history and echo the historical details of the early Minerva pocket watches and wristwatches, along with adding a modern touch to them. The newest addition to the Star Legacy collection are: The Star Legacy Automatic Date 39mm, the Star Legacy Automatic Date 42mm, the Star Legacy Full Calendar, and two new Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronographs.
The Star Legacy Automatic Date will available in two case sizes, 39-mm and 42-mm diameter, and feature stainless steel cases and dials with vintage-inspired Roman hour numerals in black. The Star Legacy Full Calendar, as the name suggests, features a full calendar, with a pointer-style date display and a moon-phase at 6 o’clock, in a 42-mm case. At the heart of the newly unveiled pieces are the two Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronographs, which have been created as a tribute to the inventor of the chronograph, Nicolas Rieussec. The watches are powered by the self-winding movement, Montblanc’s manufacture Caliber MB R2000. The movement gives the Rieussec model its monopusher chronograph function. It is equipped with a rose-gold rotor, a column wheel to drive the stopwatch, and offers a power reserve of 72-hour. The two new version are available in either stainless steel or red gold, both with an anthracite dial and anthracite sfumato alligator-leather strap made at the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence.