TAK­ING A SHINE

TIME Mont­blanc turns the clock back a cen­tury to find the in­spi­ra­tion for its horo­log­i­cal teaser for 2018.

Robb Report (Malaysia) - - Time - By KEN­NETH TAN

From its ori­gins as a maker of gold pocket watches, Min­erva has been a pi­o­neer of nu­mer­ous horo­log­i­cal achieve­ments, in­clud­ing ac­cu­rate split-sec­ond read­ings on chrono­graphs, beau­ti­fully con­structed move­ments wound with a crown (in­stead of a key) as well as highly leg­i­ble di­als com­mis­sioned by rail­way com­pa­nies.

Da­vide Cer­rato, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Mont­blanc’s watch di­vi­sion, refers to the “very dif­fer­en­ti­ated watch­mak­ing char­ac­ter” in Min­erva as a strong con­cept that Mont­blanc in­her­ited when it as­sumed own­er­ship of the com­pany 12 years ago.

“For the Star Legacy col­lec­tion, we looked to Min­erva’s pocket watches at the turn of the 20th cen­tury, many of which bore key de­sign codes which you find in the new Star Legacy, such as dis­tinct min­u­terie and its peb­ble- shaped case,” Cer­rato says. One in­spi­ra­tion, in par­tic­u­lar, was Min­erva’s Gold Hunter Cal­i­bre 19” of 1927 which possessed a sim­i­lar onion-shaped crown, curved sides and horns as the duo of new Star Legacy re­leases. The Star Legacy Au­to­matic Chrono­graph (42mm stain­less steel) and the Ni­co­las Rieussec Chrono­graph (44.8mm stain­less steel) are fur­ther ac­cented by Ara­bic nu­mer­als with in-house cal­i­bres – the lat­ter a mono­pusher chrono­graph move­ment with a sec­ond time zone. To com­plete the look, both time­pieces are fit­ted with match­ing Sfu­mato al­li­ga­tor leather straps, hand­crafted at the Mont­blanc Pel­let­te­ria in Florence. www.mont­blanc.com ≠

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