Mont­blanc Up­dates The Star Legacy Col­lec­tion

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— Since its ac­qui­si­tion of the ven­er­a­ble, his­tor­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant Min­erva man­u­fac­ture in 2009, Mont­blanc has been em­brac­ing that Swiss watch­maker’s rich his­tory in its on­go­ing mis­sion to move be­yond its renowned role as a pur­veyor of fine writ­ing in­stru­ments and stake its claim among the top-tier maisons of high watch­mak­ing.

This year, Mont­blanc turns its at­ten­tion to its Star Legacy col­lec­tion, which the brand de­scribes as in­spired by “the spirit of clas­si­cal watch­mak­ing,” en­liven­ing the lat­est mod­els with his­tor­i­cal de­tails echo­ing those of early Min­erva pock­et­watches and wrist­watches, and adding some con­tem­po­rary flair as well.

Three new mod­els in the Star Legacy col­lec­tion fea­ture stain­less-steel cases and di­als with vin­tage-in­spired Ro­man hour nu­mer­als in black. The di­als’ blued hands are de­signed to har­mo­nize with the blue sfu­mato leather straps, which are made at Mont­blanc’s own pel- let­te­ria in Flo­rence, Italy. Two com­pli­ca­tions are of­fered among the three new watches: an au­to­matic with a date in­di­ca­tion, in a small round win­dow at 6 o’clock, avail­able in two case sizes, 39-mm and 42-mm di­am­e­ter; and a full cal­en­dar, with a pointer-style date dis­play and a moon-phase at 6 o’clock, in a 42-mm case.

The other new Star Legacy time­pieces hail from Mont­blanc’s Ni­co­las Rieussec fam­ily of lux­ury chrono­graphs, named for the French in­ven­tor of the first “time writer,” a pro­tochrono­graph that used ink to mea­sure the run­ning times of race horses in the 1800s. The new­est mod­els in this se­ries, whose di­als are de­signed to re­sem­ble Rieussec’s 19th-cen­tury in­ven­tion, are housed in 44.8mm-di­am­e­ter cases, one in rose gold, the other in steel, and topped by sleek an­thracite di­als. The dial’s hour cir­cle, hands, and chrono­graph coun­ters are fin­ished to match the tones of the case for an ele­gant, uni­fied look – rose-gold coated on the gold watch, sil­very-white on the steel.

The self-wind­ing move­ment, Mont­blanc’s man­u­fac­ture Cal­iber MB R2000, which en­dows the Rieussec model with its mono­pusher chrono­graph func­tion, is equipped with a rose-gold ro­tor, a col­umn wheel to drive the stop­watch, and a 72hour power re­serve. Prices for the new Star Legacy mod­els will be an­nounced at SIHH 2019.

Clock­wise from left: Star Legacy Ni­co­las Rieussec Chrono­graph; Star Legacy Full Cal­en­dar; Star Legacy Au­to­matic Date

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