ooking at this timepiece based on a historic Minerva calibre from 1923, a keen eye will immediately notice the absence of chronograph pushers, raising the question: how does this chronograph work? Thanks to a new mechanical function. The Unveiled Timekeeper Minerva chronograph is activated via its elegant 18K gold fluted bezel!
In 1927, Minerva was among the first manufactures to make a fluted bezel as well as an internal countdown rotating bezel. This was followed in 1939 by its first wristwatch chronograph with an external rotating bezel and a reset function. In 2022, Montblanc unveiled the 1858 Minerva Monopusher Chronograph Red Arrow LE88 inspired by these rare external rotating bezel models. The new Montblanc Unveiled Timekeeper Minerva takes the fluted bezel from this model and turns it into a chronograph function.
- The 42mm Montblanc Unveiled Timekeeper debuts with two limited editions. The first comes in a stainless steel case with an 18K white gold bezel, blue dial, and red accents. This model is limited to 100 pieces in reference to the 100-year anniversary of the 13.20 calibre. The second limited edition is housed in a Lime Gold case, features a dark green dial, and comes in a more exclusive limited edition.
The chronograph function is operated through the unidirectional rotating bezel (turning clockwise), avoiding any mishandling. One click will start the chronograph, the second will stop it, and the third will reset it. The bezel has 30 jumps/steps per whole turn, meaning that it can time 10 separate events in one complete turn. Montblanc is one of the rare watchmaking companies to have developed such a system and has filed several patent applications for it.
The MB M13.21 calibre is the latest version of the historical Calibre 13.20 movement that celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. The MB M13.21 calibre is a hand-finished, manually wound movement with a 60-hour power reserve. The Montblanc Unveiled Timekeeper Minerva is completed with a caseback that features key dates from Minerva’s chronograph story.
Price range: CHF 40,500-54,000