Two new Montblanc Star Legacy limited editions offer a bird’s eye view of the Mont Blanc Mountain.
Created in 1906, Montblanc was named after the famous Mont Blanc Mountain which appealed to the brand’s founders as a symbol of luxury craftsmanship from Switzerland, France, and Italy – the countries that share one of Europe’s most famous mountains. The peak became a symbol for them to always strive for the greatest heights.
In 1913, the Montblanc emblem was created, representing a bird’s eye view of the Mont Blanc Mountain with its six glacier valleys. It was this emblem that inspired the very first Montblanc Star Legacy watch collection in 1997, and which in turn, has enriched these two new limited edition timepieces today, with their bold blue dials that replicate this aerial view of the Mont Blanc Mountain with an exploding star guilloché motif.
The History of Guilloché
Guilloché is one of the most elegant finishing techniques and can be traced back to the 16th century. It wasn’t used until the 18th century, however, that it became popular in watchmaking, mainly thanks to the work of Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747-1823). The technique is achieved with a rose engine turning lathe that creates precise, intricate patterns that are engraved into metal. Today it is mainly haute horlogerie timepieces that are adorned with guilloché, but the effect has been replicated in Montblanc’s Star Legacy line thanks to a special stamp that brings the exploding star pattern to life.
Montblanc Star Legacy Design Codes
There are many design elements that come into play in the Montblanc Star Legacy Collections. Their form is inspired by Minerva pocket watches from the late 19th and early 20th century with
their round, polished, pebble-shaped cases and onion-shaped crowns. They are also recognizable thanks to the Montblanc emblem on the crown, and pointed rose gold-coated, sword-shaped hands enhanced with luminescence.
Two Key Models
These two limited-editions include an Automatic Date and a Chronograph Day & Date. Both models are limited to 800 pieces each and come in 43mm stainless steel cases featuring satin-finished and polished details. They are also fitted with open casebacks so the wearer can appreciate the mechanics of the mechanical movements within. The case size increase to 43 mm occurred in 2020 and was more than a new size, but a whole new direction and expression of how elegant a timepiece can be.
Montblanc Star Legacy Automatic Date
The Montblanc Star Legacy Automatic Date with its beautiful blue dial and rose gold-coated hands and numerals is powered by the MB24.17 automatic movement that has a 38-hour power reserve and indicates the hours, minutes, seconds, and date. The timepiece presents a beautiful contrast of colors with its minuterie highlighted with small luminescent dots every five minutes and orange touches every 15 minutes.
Montblanc Star Legacy Chronograph Day & Date
The Montblanc Star Legacy Chronograph Day & Date features all the same design elements as the Automatic Date with the inclusion of a chronograph, day and date. These useful indications, combined with the Montblanc Star Legacy design, create a beautiful mix between classical
watchmaking and casual elegance. Powered by the automatic movement MB 25.07, with a 48-hour power reserve, this is a watch that can be worn for any occasion.
Both models are water resistant up to 5 bar (approx. 50 meters) and come with Montblanc’s interchangeable strap system with options for a stainless steel bracelet or a blue calf leather strap with alligator print and tone-on-tone stitching.