Today, Hodinkee announced, in partnership with Montblanc, a new vintage-style wristwatch in stainless steel, powered by one of Minerva’s famous hand-wound monopusher chronograph movements. Plus, buyers receive a three day trip to both the Montblanc and Villeret factories with purchase.

The Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Limited Edition for Hodinkee is presented in a 40 mm x 12.15 mm stainless steel case with a thin, fixed, sloped bezel and a box-type sapphire crystal. 

Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Limited Edition for Hodinkee

“The story of this limited edition starts way back in 1858, when two brothers set up the H&C Robert company in Villeret to assemble pocket watches from components manufactured in the surrounding Jura Mountains. Less than half a century later, they began to create their own chronograph and stopwatch watches, eventually renaming the company Minerva in 1923. Over the next 20 years, Minerva would introduce a number of now-legendary monopusher chronograph calibers, including the incredible historical calib13-20. In 2006, Minerva was acquired by the Richemont Group and transformed into the research and development arm of Montblanc, with the focus of making interesting tourbillons, unusual complications, and top-tier chronograph movements that are synonymous with the name, Minerva,” according to Hodinkee.

​Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Limited Edition for Hodinkee

This watch has a retro theme and accordingly the entire case is brushed and the dial is matte black with off-white printed indices, train track chapter ring with tachymeter, and for the two subdials. The steel hour and minute hands are pencil-shaped. The central chronograph seconds, minute counter, and small seconds have varnished white hands. All the lume has an off-white aged hue.

Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Limited Edition for Hodinkee caseback caliber MB13.21

Underneath the dial is caliber MB M13.21 which is a made by Minerva, which is owned by Montblanc. The beautifully finished movement has a column-wheel and lateral clutch. The bridges are made of rhodium-plated German silver (as opposed to the more commonly used brass). The column-wheel lever has an arrow-shaped tail and every component is expertly finished. Edges are chamfered and polished, which is the sign that this is a hand-made high horology movement. Almost everything for the movement is manufactured in Villeret (with the exception of the jewels and some of the screws).

​Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Limited Edition for Hodinkee wristshot

The Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Limited Edition for Hodinkee has a 55-hour power reserve, is water-resistant to 100 meters, and comes with both a brown Sfumato alligator strap and Hodinkee Bedford strap in olive green. The caseback is transparent and is laster engraved with “HODINKEE” and the limited edition “XX/25.” Limited to 25 pieces, available exclusively in the Hodinkee Shop and select Montblanc boutiques in US. Each purchase includes an invitation for a special three-day, all-expenses-paid trip to Le Locle and Villeret, with members of the Hodinkee team. (Ref. 123749)

Minerva Villeret manufacture

Retail is $30,000. Learn more at Hodinkee.

​Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Limited Edition for Hodinkee side shot

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