Seconde au Centre Retour a Zero Calibre 13.18

Oct 06, 2021,11:25 AM

Some fresh pics of this very rare Montblanc Villeret Minerva timepiece. I believe it is pretty unique because within the Retour a Zero watches it could be the only one with a central second hand doing this job. In fact we are talking about a chronograph center hands that is permanently running without minutes or hours subdials.

The calibre 13.18 was used 58 times in red gold cases with silver dials, 8 pieces in white gold with either black or silver dial and one piece in platinum with mother of pearl dial. My watch gains about 3 seconds a day so the retour a zero function can be used for time-taking pretty well.

Here are some more facts on this particular watch:

Model Seconde au Centre Retour à Zéro

Ident No. 104343


Calibre: MB M13.18

Movement type: Manually wound retour à Zéro movement

Chronograph: -

Indications: Central hours - minutes and seconds - seconds hand with zero-reset function

Displays (Chronograph): -

Diameter: 29.50 mm

Height: 6.40 mm

Number of components: 196 components

Number of jewels: 21 jewels (hemispherical, cambered, olive-cut)

Power reserve: Approx. 55 hrs

Balance: Screw balance, Ø 11.40 mm; 26

Frequency: 18,000 vibrations per hour (2.5 Hz)

Balance spring: With Phillips curve

Plate: Rhodium-plated German silver, circular-grained on both sides, hand-chamfered edges

Bridges: Rhodium-plated German silver, “Côtes de Genève”, recesses circular-grained on both sides, hand-chamfered edges

Going train: Wheels: gold-plated, circular-grained, chamfered, diamond hubs on both sides

Pinions: polished faces and toothing, burnished pivots


Material: 18 K white gold

Bezel: -

Sapphire crystal: Cambered sapphire crystal

Case back: Screwed domed sapphire crystal case back, hinged cuvette with patented release mechanism

Crown: With Montblanc emblem in mother-of-pearl

Dial: Solid 18 K gold dial with hand-crafted silver-plated circular-grained decoration

Hands: 18 K gold, central second hand in Pfinodal ®

Horns: With patented cuvette release mechanism

Diameter: 41 mm

Height: 14.80 mm

Water resistant: 3 bar (30 m)


Material/Colour: Hand-stitched alligator-skin / Black

Clasp/Buckle: Pin buckle in 18 K white gold

Limitation: 8 pieces

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Ah I recognize the painting

 By: Cookies : October 6th, 2021-11:32
Henri Matisse, drawn during the later years of this time in Paris. One version resides in Moscow, while Moma has another version called Dance (1). Nice MB too. This MB looks different and very highly technical.

you have good eyes ;-) thxs

 By: penfriend : October 6th, 2021-13:48

U too

 By: Cookies : October 6th, 2021-21:07
To be having that book, tells u probably like art. What are your fav artists of all time? I like Henri Matisse most, and also Chagall, Frida Karlo, and Francis Bacon.

there are so many

 By: penfriend : October 6th, 2021-22:26
next to yours as well the classics like van Gogh, Picasso and Dali. But also Mel Ramos, Andy Warhol and Edward Hopper. I do collect a well-known german artist named Stephan Balkenhol who does large sculptures out of wood or bronze.


 By: Cookies : October 6th, 2021-13:34

I must say that i love this complication and furthermore the case wears so well in this size

 By: penfriend : October 6th, 2021-13:51
totally different compared to the 16.29 at 47mm :-0

Oh, I have a 16.29 at 43.5mm

 By: penfriend : October 6th, 2021-14:04
it is a black enameled snake

:)))) you Little Devil. :)

 By: amanico : October 6th, 2021-15:57

nothing devilish in here I would say

 By: penfriend : October 6th, 2021-17:14

Actually yes, its beauty!

 By: amanico : October 6th, 2021-21:56

thanks to the devils tail ;-)

 By: penfriend : October 6th, 2021-13:51
thank you

Now here’s something truly special.

 By: Lankysudanese : October 6th, 2021-15:11
Bedazzling; back and front. Thanks for sharing. Looks marvelous

thank you for looking

 By: penfriend : October 6th, 2021-17:14

A time only watch with a chronograph movement?

 By: Credor : October 6th, 2021-17:46
Interesting indeed.

yep, that is the concept.

 By: penfriend : October 6th, 2021-17:50
but: no subdials compared to full fledged chronographs

Great job

 By: Weems@8 : October 6th, 2021-21:17
Montblanc made a nice watch with Minerva spirit. I guess Montblanc knows watch fans like Minerva’s heritage, so i guess Montblanc will go on making Minerva with todays knowledge. Interesting wat they do. Sure.