The Montblanc 1858 The Unveiled Secret Minerva Monopusher Chronograph welcomes two new limited editions that have been created especially for its retail partner Sincere Fine Watches, to commemorate the revamped retail concept of Sincere Haute Horlogerie – SHH.
Montblanc’s 1858 The Unveiled Secret Minerva Monopusher Chronograph collection continues to grow with two new limited editions of eight pieces, which will be exclusively sold by Sincere Fine Watches. Available at SHH boutiques across the region, both editions are housed in 43mm, 18K Lime Gold cases and come fitted with matching Lime Gold fixed fluted bezels that were inspired by Minerva’s first fluted bezel from 1927. Both versions feature new, completely transparent dials that have been specially developed for these SHH Editions.
The first SHH Edition comes with a skeleton dial adorned with grey Arabic numerals, indexes, and hour and minute hands with white luminescence. The watch is fitted with a grey alligator leather strap with yellow stitching and also comes with a second strap in yellow alligator leather with grey stitching. The second variant features a skeleton dial with yellow Arabic numerals, indexes, and hour and minute hands that are enhanced with white luminescence. By default, the second edition watch is fitted with a yellow alligator leather strap with grey stitching, with a second strap in grey alligator leather and yellow stitching included. Both models include an 18K Lime Gold pin buckle and a caseback featuring an engraving of the historic Minerva Manufacture.
The Montblanc 1858 The Unveiled Secret Minerva Monopusher Chronograph SHH Edition features a historic hand-wound movement with meticulous hand-finishing that is based on the Minerva MB M16.29 calibre. This mesmerizing movement has been flipped over to display all the mechanical action on the dial side of the watch. At first glance, the viewer may think it is a skeletonized movement, but a closer look reveals that this historic chronograph movement is on full display on the dial side of the watch.
This is one of the first times in Minerva’s 165-year history that a timepiece features the movement on the dial, making it an object of desire for watch lovers who wish to admire the movement without altering their timepiece.
Turning a movement over sounds simple, but it is a technical feat as the direction of the hands also has to be reversed. The MB M16.29 calibre was one of the only movements in Montblanc’s archive of chronographs where this could be achieved. Reversing the direction of the dial hands required the addition of 21 components, making this more than an aesthetic feature, but a truly technical one too.
And just for fun, the Maison has turned the last digit of the reference number upside down to represent this change, so MB M16.29 becomes MB M16.26.
Looking through the sapphire crystal into the depths of the movement, the viewer can immediately perceive the detailed level of finishing on the sanded German silver movement and the beauty of the plates that have hand-chamfered edges. A keen eye will also detect the Maison’s unique snailed diamantage coquille motif and the thorough polishing, which includes the inner angles of the components, a feat in itself.
In keeping with all Montblanc’s complicated movements, the distinctive Minerva arrow and the Maison’s “V”-shaped bridge are also on display. The Minerva arrow is a tribute to the Roman goddess who is always depicted with her arrow-tipped staff in hand, and the unusual “V”-shaped bridge comes from the view of the mountains seen from the watchmakers’ window in Villeret, a sight that has been a constant since the founding of the workshop in 1858.
Particular attention has been paid to the indications so that they don’t distract from the movement with an open-worked 30-minute chronograph counter and an open-worked small seconds display. The first edition has grey-coated hour, minute and chronograph seconds hands, while the small second is gold-coated and the chronograph minutes hand is gold-coated with a grey arrow. The second edition has yellow-coated hour, minute and chronograph seconds hands, while the small seconds hand is black-coated and the chronograph minutes hand is black-coated with a yellow arrow. Both editions have been enhanced with white Super-LumiNova® on the hour and minute hands for enhanced legibility.
The Montblanc 1858 The Unveiled Secret Minerva Monopusher Chronograph SHH Editions have a RRP of S$78,000 each. Visit the SHH Boutique, located at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue #B2M-202 to unveil the secret of the Maison’s watchmaking past in timepieces that are contemporary for today’s watch lovers. Enquire now to discover more.