Montblanc Star Legacy novelties 2020
Our (Digital) Watches and Wonders preview.
We prefer to think that nothing has changed in the watch industry and that we'll all meet at Watches and Wonders later next month. Yet, we're aware it is not happening, and, as envisioned in a recent post, we can't do anything than rely upon, for the time being, the press media digital photos available. Let's start off our (virtual) Watches and Wonders' preview by introducing a couple of Montblanc 2020 new products, whose embargo ends today, hoping we will soon get our hands on the new Montblanc Star Legacy.
Montblanc introduces two new Star Legacy timepieces.
We have very much covered Montblanc watches over the years, the last in chronological order being the Montblanc 1858 Geosphere Limited Edition 2019, the Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Bronze Limited Edition and, first, the Montblanc 4810 TwinFly Chronograph 110 Years Edition. However, we never covered the Star Legacy collection, which represents the entry-level range to Montblanc timepieces. The product offering goes from time-only wristwatches up to masterpieces like the Montblanc Tourbillon Geosphères Night Sky Limited Edition, with Minerva-powered chronographs somewhere in between.
These new models are the Montblanc Star Legacy Chronograph Day & Date 43mm and the Montblanc Star Legacy Automatic Date 43mm, respectively. Let's start with the time only version; they're not entirely new, they instead are (interesting) product range extensions, adding two large-sized watches to the current offering. If the introduction of 43mm cases confirms the brand's product managers are focusing on watches for him, this year, the newly released ivory and anthracite dials are an intriguing new option.
They both showcase an ivory dial with a white-silvered external border, Roman numerals, indexes, and hands in 18-carat rose gold finish, or slate dial with Roman numerals, applied indexes, and black rhodium-plated hands. The great news is that the Roman numerals are filled with Super-Luminova® to guarantee visibility under dim light or in the dark, something that current products cannot achieve.
The mew Star Legacy Automatic 43mm is powered by the MB 24.17 caliber sporting a maximum power reserve of 38 hours (not a benchmark, honestly) and the MB 25.07 caliber with a maximum of 48 hours power reserve. They're both non-in-house. The chronograph variant is also offering day and date display, which is not available on the current range. Also, they come on either a three-link steel bracelet or an alligator strap, the latter crafted in the brand's Florentine workshop (where Montblanc produces all the leather accessories).
At first glance, both timepieces are great range-extenders, in my opinion, and offer enhanced usability and better "touch and feel" in comparison to those variants showcasing Arabic numerals. We look forward to getting our hands on them anytime soon. Meanwhile, please check the official Montblanc website for further information.
(Photo credit: courtesy of Montblanc)
Gaetano C @Horbiter®