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SIHH 2019

SIHH 2019 Preview: Montblanc Adds New Models to TimeWalker & Star Legacy

Montblanc previews SIHH 2019 with stylistic and sizing additions to its existing TimeWalker and Star Legacy collections.

Within its sporty TimeWalker Automatic Chronograph collection Montblanc in 2019 will add a new 41mm case size with the addition of a tachymeter scale on its fixed ceramic bezel. In addition, Montblanc finally adds a much-requested three-register, black-dial (reverse panda) version of its TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph with in-house automatic chronograph movement MB 25.10.

To its classical Star Legacy lineup, Montblanc will offer watches sporting Roman numerals and blue hands on two new Automatic models with date (in two sizes) and on a three-hand version with full calendar.

In addition, look for two new Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec watches with a choice of anthracite dial or an anthracite dial with red gold displays. Both feature in-house Montblanc Manufacture Caliber MB 200.

TimeWalker Automatic Chronograph

As noted, the primary addition here is the new 41mm case size (a 43mm automatic chronograph is already available) and the tachymeter scale, but retro-sports watch enthusiasts will also welcome the choice of black or silvery white dials with contrasting chronograph subdials.

Montblanc's new TimeWalker Automatic Chronograph

Depending on the version, the watch will be offered with black rhodium-plated or standard rhodium-plated hour and minute hands. The black or silvery-white dial options offer chronograph counters in silvery-white (with black hands) or black with silvery-white counter hands. A new red five-minute-counter marker increases legibility.

TimeWalker Automatic Chronograph, with silvery white dial

In addition, Montblanc has satin-finished the lugs and fully smoothed the case, removing the cutout seen on earlier examples. In addition, the triple-folding buckle has given way to a more traditional pin buckle. (Price: $3,625)

The tachymeter scale found on the new TimeWalker Automatic Chronographs, while new for these watches, can currently be seen on the aforementioned 43mm TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph (with 3-6-9 counters). For 2019, Montblanc will include a new ‘reverse-panda’ dial option for this watch.

The 43mm TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph, now with 'reverse panda' dial

You may recall that this manufacture caliber features Côtes de Genève, circular graining, blue screws and a monobloc oscillating weight made of black rhodium-plated tungsten and designed in the shape of a steering wheel. The movement is equipped with a traditional column wheel, a horizontal coupling as well as a stop-second mechanism.

Star Legacy

Expanding the recently re-designed Star collection, three new Star Legacy models more deeply reach into the well of the traditional with a Roman numeral dial revamp.

The 42mm Star Legacy Automatic Full Calendar

The new aesthetics, in addition to changing the marker font, combine newly blued hands and blue color Sfumato straps made by Montblanc’s own Pelletteria in Italy.

Montblanc's Star Legacy Automatic Date will be available in 39mm and 42mm steel case sizes

As noted, Montblanc will offer the new Star Legacy Automatic Date in two different sizes (39mm and 42mm) while the Star Legacy Full Calendar with day, date (by hand), moonphase and month displays will be a 42mm steel watch. Prices: $3,050 for the 39mm Automatic Date model, $3,160 for the Automatic Date 42mm and $4,820 for the Full Calendar.

Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph in red gold

Montblanc refreshes its already updated Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph with two new so-called ‘collector’ models. One model is cased in red gold and features an anthracite dial and strap. Its hour circle, hands, newly designed chronograph counters and date display are coated in red gold to match the overall design. The second new model is cased in steel and offers an anthracite dial and matching silvery white accents.

The steel-cased Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph

For the 44.8mm watch, Montblanc retains Calibre MB R200, the firm’s own manufacture monopusher chronograph movement with automatic winding, equipped with a column-wheel mechanism. Price: $22,650 for the red gold model.

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