Way back in the late 1800s, the watch to own was the classic Minerva timepiece. Named for the goddess of farming, craftsmanship, and science, the Minerva was the work of the H. & C. Robert company. Fast forward a couple of centuries, and Minerva was acquired by the parent company of Montblanc. In the ensuing decades, the Swiss company has been carefully studying the masterpieces that were made under the Minerva name. Using what they have learned, Montblanc recently released the Montblanc Star Legacy, watch family.
The modern interpretation of the Star Legacy is made in Switzerland and features a calibre MB 24.17 automatic movement, but perhaps the most interesting addition is the signature star guilloche pattern dial. With that stunning foundation to build upon, you can customise a number of options in order to make the piece truly unique. For starters, there is the Automatic Date, which comes in both 39mm and 42mm and is made of stainless steel on a blue Montblanc Pelletteria sfumato leather strap. The hands are a matching blue. The 39mm is available for USD$3,050, and the 42mm for USD$3,160.
Next up is the full calendar. Measuring 42mm, this stainless steel watch offers a pointer date, an inner dial, a moon phase, and apertures for both the day and the month. The watch also comes on a blue sfumato leather strap, all for USD$4,820. Finally, the Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph comes in an 18k red gold case measuring 44.8mm (it’s also available in stainless steel). There are two inner dials and a date window in the anthracite dial. For this watch, Montblanc used the Calibre MB R200. The stainless steel version is offered at USD$10,200 while the red gold watch comes in at USD$22,650.
There’s a lot of history wrapped up in the Montblanc Star Legacy family of watches, dating all the way back to the 1800s. The Swiss company has done an incredible job in living up to that history, and living up to the inspiration’s namesake, creating a timepiece fit for the gods.