I recollect Minerva watches being available to be purchased in nearby watch shop here in The Hague. It probably been around 1999 or so I was taking a gander at these Minerva Pythagore watches in that shop, fresh out of the plastic new. They were accessible in 34mm and 38mm and the last one struck me as large at that point. Something you can’t envision these days taking a gander at new watches. Accessible as a dress watch and a pilot looking watch on the off chance that I recollect correctly.
I didn’t wind up getting one yet my stepbrother did in the long run, similar to the one above ( ). A 34mm Pythagore with the renowned type 48 development. A wonderful planned case, dial, hands and development that stood apart from numerous different brands around then. Particularly mulling over the sticker price. I can’t recollect precisely, yet these watches had a low sticker price at that point. Considering the way that they utilized in-house created and made developments. The Minerva company was sold sooner or later back then and not a lot occurred with it. There were plans to re-dispatch the brand however it never came that far.
Until Montblanc purchased the Minerva make in Villeret in the Jura area of Switzerland and made a point to protect its name and heritage.
Using the Villeret name in their very good quality watches, Montblanc presently presents this wonderful Heritage Chronométrie Ultra Slim model to commemorate the first Minerva Pythagore watches. The Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Ultra Slim uses a manual injury type MB 23.01 that ticks at 21.600vph and has a 42-hour power save. The plan of the thin watch case has been propelled by the previously mentioned Pythagore models from Minerva.The red gold form that is being highlighted here has an ivory dial with a lovely fine grain. The dial has applied twofold facetted lists and Arabic numerals. Wonderful gold dauphine hands coordinates the ivory dial and applied hour markers impeccably. The exquisite case highlights bended horns that have decent thick aspects on them.
The Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Ultra Slim is – as the name recommends – slender, just 5.8mm and has gone through a test enduring no under 500 hours. During these 500 hours, Montblanc reenacts real wearing under both ordinary just as outrageous conditions. Thusly, Montblanc ensures that the watches conveyed are in amazing working request. Chronométrie doesn’t allude to the watch being a chronometer guaranteed watch, yet represents “measuring time” or “timekeeping”. Just to get that clear.
Montblanc’s watch tie merits a unique notice, as it has been made in the company’s cowhide fabricate in Florence (Montblanc Pelleteria) and comes on a gold Montblanc pin buckle.
Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Ultra Slim
Reference number 112516
Case 18 K red gold (5N); cleaned case
Precious stone Scratch-safe, level and hostile to intelligent sapphire gem
Back 18 K red gold with inset sheet of sapphire gem
Measurements Diameter = 38 mm; Height = 5.8 mm
Water-opposition 3 bar
Crown 18 K red gold with Montblanc image in alleviation
Dial Ivory grainé dial, facetted hour files and Arabic numerals as gold-plated appliqués, red gold-plated facetted blade hour and moment hands
Tie Black gator skin lash made in the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence with 18 K red gold-plated pin clasp (5N)
Movement Caliber MB 23.01
Sort of development Mechanical development with manual winding
Number of gems 17
Force hold Approx. 42 hours
Equilibrium Flat circle
Recurrence 21,600 vib./h (3 Hz)
Presentations Hours, minutes
Certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500
Price 5’890 euros for the 18 K red gold (5N) version
Also accessible in a treated steel version.