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Photo: Montblanc

Photo: Montblanc

Montblanc is celebrating 157 years of watchmaking expertise with a collection that pays tribute to the Minerva timepieces of the 1930s, a company that now exclusively manufacturers high-end movements for the luxury brand. The designs draw from an original chronograph design developed for pilots and has been reinterpreted in two new styles.

First up is the 18-karat red gold 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter ($32,900), which is limited to 100 pieces and features a 44mm case, bicompax dial, Super-LumiNova-coated cathedral hands, and a 252-component, in-house MB M16.29 hand-wound movement with a 50 hour power reserve. Alongside the gold model is a stainless steel small seconds edition ($3180-$3395) that also has a 44mm case, manually-wound movement with 46 hour power reserve, and is limited to 858 pieces. 


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