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INTRODUCING: Montblanc Star Legacy Grey Capsule

The Montblanc Star Legacy Chronograph.

The Mont Blanc massif gets further integrated into the brand’s watch collections.

In an interview with Laurent Lecamp, head of Montblanc’s watch division, earlier this year, he spoke about his plans to integrate the concept behind the Iced Sea further into the brand’s various watch collections. “The question of how we mimic the success of the Iced Sea everywhere is a good one,” he notes. “It’s possible, but we need to find different elements of the Mont Blanc [massif] and its six glaciers to bring into our watchmaking, especially for our higher-end watches.”  

The sheer southern face of the Mont Blanc.
The sheer southern face of the Mont Blanc massif.

With the new Star Legacy Grey Capsule, Lecamp has demonstrated how the gratté boisé dials of the Iced Sea can be translated into a watch collection that’s the polar opposite of Montblanc’s diving watches. It explores a new side of the Mont Blanc massif – the southern face, which remains bare of snow even in the deep of winter due to its steep incline. The southern face of the Mont Blanc massif features rock formations created over millions of years of tectonic activities and transformed by the expansion and retreat of glacial ice across millennia.

The Montblanc Star Legacy Automatic Date in steel case with anthracite dial.
The Montblanc Star Legacy Automatic Date in steel with anthracite dial.

That texture is what is reflected on the mien of the Star Legacy Grey Capsule. The centres of the anthracite dials feature a stamped pattern that looks similar to the gratté boisé effect of the Iced Sea. The irregular streaks look exactly like roughened rock surfaces, which contrast against the rest of the dial, which is brushed, as well as the polished watch case.   

Three models have been presented in the Star Legacy Grey Capsule: a time-and-date model, a chronograph, and a moonphase watch. They all feature a white minute track with gold Arabic numerals in a serif font, leaf hands, and a polished pebble-style case with stepped lugs and an onion crown. The time-and-date model is 39mm, while the others are 42mm across.   

The Montblanc Star Legacy Moonphase in steel case with textured dial.
The Montblanc Star Legacy Moonphase in steel with textured dial.

The counters on the moonphase and chronograph models are circular-grained. On the moonphase watch, the counter includes an analogue date display. The chronograph model has two counters for the small seconds and 30-minute totaliser, with a central chronograph seconds hand and date window at 6 o’clock.   

The Star Legacy Automatic Date is powered by the brand’s self-winding Calibre 24.17 with a 38-hour power reserve, and the Star Legacy Moonphase features Montblanc’s Calibre 24.31, which has 50 hours of reserve energy. Finally, the Star Legacy Chronograph houses the watchmaker’s Calibre 25.13, which has a 56-hour power reserve. These are all based off Sellita movements, with refinements by Montblanc.   

The Montblanc Star Legacy Chronograph in steel case.
The Montblanc Star Legacy Chronograph in steel.

The design of the Star Legacy isn’t new; Montblanc has previously done this on the Star Legacy Blue collection. Yet now, in a dark grey hue, the dial comes even more alive and realistic, as one can almost see the cliff face of the Mont Blanc massif on the watch. One imagines that if some shading or colouring is added to the dial, it will offer an even more realistic experience of the mountain range, which may well be coming in the future.    

Each of these watches is limited to 1,786 pieces, commemorating the first ascent of the Mont Blanc massif by Jacques Balmat on August 8, 1786. The Star Legacy Grey Capsule will be available from this month at all Montblanc boutiques and authorised retailers. Prices start from S$4,000; more details to come.

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Darren has been writing about, and admiring the craft of watchmaking for over a dozen years. He considers himself lucky to live in a golden age of horology, and firmly believes that the most difficult watches to design are the simplest and the most intriguing to discover.


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