Montblanc Unveils Updated Star Legacy Collection

By Paul Joseph

Ahead of the 2019 SIHH watch fair in Geneva in the New Year, German luxury brand Montblanc has revealed five new models that will join its popular Star Legacy line of watches.

After acquiring the Swiss watch brand Minerva in 2006, Montblanc has been perpetually updating its watches in an effort to embrace the Swiss watchmaker’s rich history.

The five new timepieces are also inspired by Minerva’s heritage and echo the historical details of the early Minerva pocket watches and wristwatches, together with a contemporary flourish.

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 is available in two case sizes, 39mm and 42mm diameter, and features 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 42mm 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, which 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 versions 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.

All five of these new pieces will be on displat at the SIHH watch fair from 14-17 January.

Montblanc was founded by Claus-Johannes Voss, Alfred Nehemias and August Eberstein in Germany in 1908.

By Paul Joseph