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Introducing: Montblanc’s Heritage Watches for 2020

Montblanc Heritage Collection 2020

Montblanc is starting off the year of watch releases in a big and colourful way with these three vintage inspired pieces that harken back to the Minerva manufacturers roots in the 30s and 40s. With a couple of unique chronographs and a timeonly dress watch this is a drop that we are sure has something for everyone. 

Montblanc Heritage Manufacture Pulsograph (Ref. 126095)

Montblanc Heritage Manufacture Pulsograph

Finally we come to a watch that is arguably as good looking from the front as it is the back. The Pulsograph lives in rarefied air in its movement design and finishing and while some newcomers to horology might not quite appreciate all of the intricacies at play here those who are fans of the Lange Datograph or pretty much any chronograph made by Patek they will instantly fall in love with the reverse of this watch. 

Let’s not forget the stunning gradient dial as well that pulls the eye alluringly from the rose gold case to the lighter, brighter centre. With the trusty pulsograph scale stretching from two to nine on the dial in a subtle bronze tone that helps the dial flow seamlessly into the case. While it might seem a tad defunct now with smart watches and Fitbits all having heart rate monitors built in I dare you to find me one that comes in a package this good looking. 

Price & Specs:

Model Name: Montblanc Heritage Manufacture Pulsograph in Rose Gold
Ref: 126095
Case/Dial: 40mm diameter x 12.65mm thickness, 18k rose gold
Water resistance: 50m (5 Bar)
Movement: Calibre MB M13.21, manual-winding
Frequency: 18,000 vph (2.5 Hz)
Power reserve: 55h
Strap: Tobacco brown Italian made alligator leather
Price: $33,000 (or £26,847), limited edition of 100 pieces

Montblanc Heritage Monopusher Chronograph (Ref. 126078)

Montblanc Heritage Monopusher Chronograph

A salmon dial is one of the few things that can instantly elevate any watch’s appearance. Here the Monopusher is helped even more by starting off as an incredibly cool timepiece in the first place. To call this chronograph a sports watch would be doing it a disservice, it is far too refined and some might even say sophisticated to fall under such a category. And with this new dial colour you can for more easily see this being worn with a suit and tie than your workout gear. You’ll even be treated to a classically Swiss engraving on the case back just to quash any final thoughts that this timer could be considered sporty. 

Those with good memories might recognise the dial colour here as it has actually been borrowed from another of Montblanc’s monopusher chronographs, and the next watch we’re going to talk about, the Pulsograph when it was re-released last year at SIHH. 

Price & Specs:

Model Name: Montblanc Heritage Monopusher Chronograph
Ref: 126078
Case/Dial: 42mm diameter × 14.7mm thickness, stainless steel, salmon dial with grainé and sunray finishes
Water resistance: 50m (5 Bar)
Movement: Calibre MB 25.12 (Based on a Sellita SW 510), automatic
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 48h
Strap: Dark grey alligator strap with folding stainless steel clasp
Price: $4,950 (or £4,022)

Montblanc Heritage Automatic (Ref. 126464)

Montblanc Heritage Automatic Ref 126464

Starting off with the simplest of the bunch this classic three hander can lay claim to descending from a long line of traditional dress watches with fine detailing and un-fussy design all wrapped in precious metal. Here they have used a lacquered dial in a British racing green that will, if it’s anything like their previous offerings, change dramatically depending on the light. So when outside in bright sunlight you’ll have a bright green watch. But after sunset it will be a much more subtle and subdued tone that pairs perfectly with evening wear. 

Montblanc Heritage Automatic Ref 126464

Inside you’ll find an inhouse movement based on a standard Sellita automatic calibre. Giving you 42 hours of power reserve and the reliability that comes with such stellar watch making. 

Price & Specs:

Model Name: Montblanc Heritage Automatic
Ref: 126464
Case/Dial: 40mm diameter x 11mm thickness, 18-karat yellow gold, lacquered British racing green dial
Water resistance: 50m (5 Bar)
Movement: Calibre MB 24.27 (Sellita SW300 base), automatic
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 42h
Strap: Racing green-coloured Sfumato alligator-skin strap with 18-karat yellow gold pin buckle
Price: $8,900 (or £7,225)

More details at Montblanc’s website.

About the author

Russell Sheldrake

Russell Sheldrake has been addicted to watches ever since he got his hands on his father’s 1970s Omega Seamaster 120. Now you can find him thinking, talking and writing about watches all over London. Previously a staff writer at Gentleman’s Journal, he is now the editor of A Collected Man.

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