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Montblanc brings 1920s Minerva watches into the 21st century

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Montblanc is building a back story dating back to 1858 around the Minerva Manufacture that Richemont acquired in 2006.

That gives Montblanc the opportunity to adopt 2018 as a 160th anniversary year, and launch a range of vintage pieces that draw on historical references from the manufacturer.

In the 1920s, Minerva invented one of the first manually wound monopusher chronograph wristwatches, taking advantage of a smaller movement, the caliber 13.20, that was used in a family of models that became favourites for military and mountain rescue personnel over two decades.

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The 1920s and 30s watches provide inspiration for this year’s Montblanc 1858 collection, which comprises 40mm automatic watches, 42 mm chronographs, a 42mm Manufacture Worldtime Geosphere, a slender 40mm wristwatch with a 13-line monopusher chronograph movement, and a new multiple-purpose pocket watch with a 24-hour indication and equipped with a 16-line monopusher chronograph movement.

“The new Montblanc 1858 timepieces capture the spirit of the past in a modern way, expressing the trend of back to nature and adventure. Combining materials such as a special alloy of bronze that evolves over time with innovative and useful in-house complications, like the Worldtime Geosphere, these timepieces are designed for the modern-day explorer who likes to set his own challenges,” Montblanc says.

 

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