SIHH 2019: Hands-On With A Handful Of Montblanc's 2019 Novelties
Ahead of SIHH 2019, Montblanc has released a small selection of novelties to whet collector's appetites. While the entire collection for 2019 is under wraps, let's go hands-on with Montblanc's pre-SIHH releases.
2018 saw the year of "Spirit Of Exploration," if Montblanc's pre-SIHH preview for next year is any indication, 2019 is shaping up to be an even more impressive year for the Villeret-based watchmaker. While Montblanc as a whole is a relatively new entrant to the watchmaking fold, their Minerva manufacture is no stranger to the world of haute horology.
For 2019, the brand has released a trio of collection updates. A move which the brand is calling "From Minerva to Montblanc."
These fresh updates will see Montblanc travel from the classical Star Legacy line and it's Minerva heritage, to the TimeWalker and its sporty lines, and finally, to the Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph and its Minerva inspired manufacture movement.
TimeWalker Chronograph Updates
In just a few short years, the Montblanc TimeWalker collection has established itself as a fierce competitor in the croweded sport chronograph category. While Montblanc has produced a variety of TimeWalker models, the brand's DNA shines brightest in the TimeWalker chronograph. For 2019, new dial options and an entry priced 41mm TimeWalker chronograph joins the collection.
Each of the new TimeWalker Automatic chronographs will receive "Reverse Panda" dials. Two different dial options will provide a matte black background and vibrant "silvery-white" subdials/counters, or the reverse silvery-white dial with black counters. On the 43mm Manufacture Chronograph, we'll see a Montblanc manufacture movement (Calibre MB 25.10). While the 41mm base version will utilize a Selitta SW500 base movement. The TimeWalker Automatic Chronograph 41mm is priced at $3,625 USD and available June 2019.
Star Legacy - Roman Figures
The Star Legacy collection sees three updates with classical Romain numerals set against silver dials with guilloche inner-dials. Available as two three-hand with date models in 39mm or 42mm, or a full calendar with moonphase version in 42mm. Accross the lineup, we'll see blue aesthetics on the dials and straps, which add nice contrast to the dials for legibility and on the wrist for a classical presence.
The Full Calendar Star Legacy may be my favorite of the lot. A classical dial layout and well designed full calendar complication make for an attractive offering. Priced at just $4,820 USD, Davide Cerrato and his team at Montblanc have a winner on their hands!
Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph
For the purists, Montblanc has released a special collectors edition of the Star Legacy. The Nicholas Rieussec Chronograph was first issued at last year's SIHH fair and due to the success of the collection, Montblanc has brought two new version to market. The first is a beautiful red gold model with anthracite dial. The matching hour indices, counters, and date window make for a refined elegance which respectfully continues the evolution of the Nicholas Rieussec collection. The red gold version of the Nicholas Rieussec Chronograph is priced at $22,650 USD.
Both of the Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronographs are sized at 44.8mm. Powered by the Montblanc Manufacture calibre MB R200 viewable through the sapphire crystal case back
Secondly, a steel Nicolas Rieussec model has been released. This piece also features a "silvery-white" dial set against bright silver indices and chronograph counters. While the price is TBD, we can be sure this steel piece will be more accessibly priced than its red gold brother.
(Photography by Liam O'Donnell)