Montblanc is diving deeper into its (adopted) heritage with the Minerva Monopusher Chronograph Crimson Arrow. That is precisely a type of watches that made me revise my opinion of integrating the legendary Minerva manufacture within the Montblanc model a few years in the past. Whereas at first I used to be fearful that the distinctive experience of the primary was used to spice up the attraction of the latter, Montblanc has proven itself a greater than worthy custodian of Minerva, guaranteeing that its heritage is introduced into the longer term.
With the Monopusher Chronograph Crimson Arrow, Montblanc cleverly combines styling parts of Nineteen Thirties aviation chronographs made by Minerva. One can name this timepiece retro, however I moderately name it timeless as they cleverly prevented making it too vintage-looking. Its 42mm diameter performs an important position on this, as does the brushed end of nearly all of the case. The black dial seems to be very organized and clear, specifically given the quantity of knowledge it supplies. It contains a telemeter scale in addition to a tachymeter. The latter has a snail form, permitting additionally speeds under 60 km/h to be measured. It’s classically handsome with solely two subdials, extra so as a result of it additionally lacks a date.
A touch of colour is supplied not solely by means of barely aged Tremendous LumiNova but in addition by the crimson arrow that offers this watch its title. It’s related to the white gold bezel, which is fluted in order that it may simply be turned both means. This fashion it may be used to time a countdown or measure elapsed time along with the chronograph.
As could be anticipated from a Montblanc with Minerva designation, is the motion a real deal with. Caliber MB M13.21 options the identical structure as its famed Twenties predecessors. The steadiness is sort of massive, full with screwed steadiness weights, and Montblanc even opted for a traditionally right frequency of two.5Hz. Montblanc, thankfully, didn’t go utterly overboard with its memory, because the Minerva Monopusher Chronograph Crimson Arrow boasts a beneficiant energy reserve of 60-hours. It additionally spends 500 hours present process intensive testing in Montblanc’s laboratory to totally be sure that this beautiful, top-of-the-line Montblanc is a worthy successor of the Minerva chronographs of the Twenties.
The Montblanc Minerva Monopusher Chronograph Crimson Arrow is restricted to 88 items and priced at $29,500.
Extra data on this watch could be discovered on Montblanc’s web site.