Montblanc Heritage Small Second Limited Edition 38

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Montblanc Heritage Small Second Limited Edition 38

Inspired by Minerva timepieces from the 1950s, Montblanc discovers a hidden box of original Minerva MB M62.00 calibers from 2003. Only 38 movements were discovered in the archives of the Manufacture in Villeret (Jura mountains, Switzerland) and they now equip the new Montblanc Heritage Small Second Limited Edition 38.

These timepieces feature all the codes of fine watchmaking with a pure, classic, vintage design. For the first time, this rare limited edition timepiece bears the name of Minerva on the dial in the form of a secret signature, which will only occur this one time, making this a true Heritage timepiece for collectors and watch aficionados.

Montblanc Heritage Small Second Limited Edition 38

The Montblanc Heritage Small Second Limited Edition 38 is a very special timepiece which pays tribute to Minerva’s history with the unveiling of the historical Minerva movement, the manually wound calibre MB M62.00. It is combined with a 39mm stainless steel case, a distinctive lacquered two-tone salmon dial, featuring a Minerva secret signature, and a matching grey Sfumato alligator strap, enhancing the pure classic vintage design.
 

Montblanc Heritage Small Second Limited Edition 38

The historical calibre MB M62.00 was inspired by the Pythagore calibre from 1948 with its very recognizable geometric shape. It was reinterpreted in 2003 with more classical shapes and high-end finishings. The MB M62.00 indicates the hours, minutes and small seconds at 6 o’clock.

The movement features a large balance wheel beating at a low traditional frequency of 18,000 A/h (2.5 hertz), allowing an ample moment of inertia. The regulating organ is equipped with a double adjustment system: Firstly, it includes a hairspring positioning system with a stud that allows the watchmaker to center the hairspring by moving the entire balance system to the balance cock. Secondly, a hairspring active length regulator index system (raquette), with a swan's neck spring bearing the Minerva arrow, is positioned on the end. The iconic Minerva arrow can also be found asan engraving on the main plate.
 

Montblanc Calibre MB M62.00

The view of this hand-wound mechanical movement reveals the high level of finishing that demands experience, skill and dexterity. The components, visible or not, are hand-decorated with bevelling, chamfered edges, circular graining on both sides, and grained and polished surfaces. This know-how can be admired on the rhodium-coated, German silver main plate that features circular graining and hand-chamfered edges; on the bridges which are decorated on all sides, beveled by hand and manually-embellished with Geneva stripes (Côtes de Genève), and also on the wheels which are plated with gold and havefaceted arms.

Particular attention has been paid to the dial. Following the codes of the Heritage product line, the timepiece is composed of a refined, two-toned, salmon-colored dial that has been lacquered for a distinctive aesthetic and domed. Paying tribute to the history of the Manufacture, and for the very first time, a Minerva secret signature has been added between four and five o’clock, making it a very special limited edition. A small second counter with “azuré” (circular guilloché) finishing is set slightly lower than the main dial to provide greater contrast.

Other details include curved Dauphine-shaped hands that follow the domed shape of the dial; black rhodium-coated applied indexes; and Arabic numerals and dots which have all been coated with white Super-LumiNova, a first in the Heritage collection. A precise railway track (minuterie)in blue completes the overall design and provides better readability.

The Montblanc Heritage Small Second Limited Edition 38 comes with a fully polished stainless steel case with curved horns and is adorned with a domed box-shaped sapphire crystal glass with antireflective coating and an open sapphire crystal case back, enhancing a special “Historical Minerva movement” engraving. This edition is limited and numbered. Each timepiece is entirely crafted and assembled from A to Z by the same master watchmaker at the Montblanc Manufacture in Villeret, making each timepiece truly unique.