If you woke up today with an insatiable craving for a truly exceptional timepiece, your search ends here. Picture this: a watch with a rich historical legacy, exceedingly rare with only 33 pieces available, and exclusively retailed in the United States by the aficionados at Collective Horology. Sound enticing? Say hello to the Montblanc x Collective Horology 1858 Minerva Monopusher Chronograph “Blue Arrow” P.05.
Let’s begin by getting to know Collective Horology. This Southern California-based retailer is no ordinary watch purveyor; it’s a haven for independent watch brands. But what sets Collective Horology apart is its penchant for crafting special editions in collaboration with these brands. Despite its relatively short existence since 2018, Collective Horology has amassed an impressive portfolio of collabs. Partnerships with the likes of Czapek, Armin Strom, IWC, and Urwerk grace their repertoire.
The genesis of this special edition dates back to 2021, but the stars aligned when Gabe and Asher of Collective Horology crossed paths with Eric Wind at the Windup Watch Fair. Wind offered them a Minerva stopwatch with a pristine white dial, and the Collective team seized this moment of inspiration.
What immediately catches the eye is the captivating color scheme – a pristine white dial complemented by cream sub-dials, a combination that’s a rarity in the watch world. Add to that the vibrant blue telemeter and tachymeter scales, along with a secondary Minerva logo, and you have a distinct aesthetic that stands out in a crowd. The black textile strap takes its cues from classic stopwatch cords, tying the vintage and sporty elements together seamlessly.
Beneath the 42mm stainless steel case, crowned with an 18K white gold reeded bezel, lies the star of the show – the caliber MB M13.21. Montblanc’s reverence for Minerva’s heritage shines through in this movement, based on the historic 13.20 caliber from 1923.
Crafted almost entirely in-house, the assembly and meticulous finishing of this caliber demand two full days. Notably, the “devil’s tail” lateral clutch, an intricate piece of decoration, showcases Minerva’s prowess in finishing internal angles – a feat known to be incredibly challenging. Each caliber undergoes the watchmaking equivalent of a symphony, orchestrated by a single watchmaker, ensuring perfection before it leaves the manufacture.
While specifications might take a back seat when it comes to movements like these, it’s worth mentioning that we’re dealing with a manual chronograph caliber boasting a 60-hour power reserve. Constructed from rhodium-plated German silver, it operates at 18,000 vibrations per hour (2.5Hz).
The Collective Minerva Monopusher is currently in production, with all 33 pieces slated for delivery in December of this year. As mentioned earlier, this horological gem is exclusively available through Collective Horology, priced at US$34,500 – a $3,000 premium over Montblanc’s black-dial version with the iconic red arrow. To secure your piece of this limited edition masterpiece, head to the Collective Horology website now.