The $30,000 Montblanc watch that comes with a trip to Switzerland
Montblanc, the luxury goods specialist, also has a watch division that you should take very seriously. Its latest limited edition with Hodinkee is here to prove that.
Minerva is a watch brand you may not know that you know, born in 1858, the brand slowly became known for high precision chronograph movements that it made itself. However, the long-standing watchmaker was eventually bought by Richemont Group and engulfed into Montblanc’s watch division, which Richemont also owns.
What this means is if you’re in the market for a Minerva chronograph, you have two choices. You could brave it out and buy a vintage piece which very well may not be all that accurate, or you can invest in a Montblanc 1858, a modern watch taking design tips from the old-school Minerva.
Hodinkee, ever a company to brush up on the horological history books, has created a vintage inspired, limited edition Montblanc harking back to Minerva’s golden years of chronographs.
The Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Limited Edition for Hodinkee is a US $30,000 celebration of Minerva’s former prowess. A “contemporary vintage classic”, the watch draws inspiration from highly legible sports pieces.
Sized at 40mm, the watch sports a deep black dial, with a tachymeter track around the edge and large Arabic numerals. Sticking to the manifesto, the watch has a cream colour lume on the pencil-style hands. This cream colour lume is an attempt to mimic the patina that forms on vintage lumes where radium would change from white to brown over time. Adding depth to the watch are the two slightly in-set sub dials for the chronograph functions.
The watch is powered by the MB M13.21 calibre, made by Montblanc and tinkered with by Minerva scientists, the movement is a modern rendition of the Minerva movements of the 1920s and 30s. The movement, whether or not you’ll ever look at it, is finished in both grained and polished surfaces.
The mechanisms are made from rhodium-plated German silver and are assembled in Villeret, Switzerland.
The watch is presented on either a brown alligator strap or an olive green Bedford strap.
For US $30,000 you won’t just get this 25-piece limited watch, you will also get an all-expenses trip to where it was made. Taking place in February 2020, buyers can enjoy a three-day trip to Villeret and Le Locle near The Alps, for a look at the home of Minerva expertise and the place the watch was assembled.
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