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Pre-SIHH 2017: Montblanc - 1858 Collection, Bronze models

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The 1858 Collection that Montblanc introduced at the end of last year - you can read about it here -  keeps expanding by reinterpreting the famous Minerva military watches from the 1930s. The vintage style of the collection has been further enhanced by the introduction of bronze, a first for the Maison, in three new models.


Special attention has been paid to researching the ideal alloy of bronze that will evolve with its owner by developing its own unique, uniform and attractive patina over the years.

In terms of design, the influence of the original 1930s Minerva timepieces can be found in the  large cathedral hands with their cloisonné design filled with beige Super-LumiNova, the luminescent Arabic numerals, the vintage shaped crowns and the classic minute railway tracks that encircle the dials.

Other vintage codes include the original Montblanc logo from the 1930s era with its historical font and emblem of the Mont Blanc Mountain in the centre, along with new cognac-coloured calfskin and alligator straps that have been given an aged look by the artisans at the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence.


The 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition comes with a retro-vintage champagne dial that has a sunray finishing to match the bronze colour of the case. This combination of colours and finishing gives an appealing monochrome and mono-material aspect to the timepiece.


The chronograph indications are displayed via a central chronograph seconds hand and a chronograph minute counter at three o'clock. Other indications on the dial include a tachymeter scale that runs around the dial and a small seconds’ counter at nine o'clock.

At the heart of the timepiece - housed in a 44 mm satin-finished bronze case with a bronze coloured titanium case back (to avoid allergies) and polished bezel - lies a traditional manual monopusher chronograph, the Minerva MB M16.29, with a column wheel mechanism, horizontal coupling, chronograph bridge in a "V" shape, a large screwed balance wheel with a frequency of 18,000 vibrations per hour and a power reserve of 50 hours.


This in-house chronograph has been entirely handcrafted and finished at the Montblanc Manufacture in Villeret. For the first time, the Calibre MB M16.29 bears red gold-coloured components that nicely match the bronze material of the timepiece.

The 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition Ref. 116243 will be priced at around Euro 27,500.


In the other two models, bronze is coupled with steel resulting in a bi-colour, bi-material
combination which enhances the look from the past, so appealing for many watch enthusiasts.

The Montblanc 1858 Automatic Dual Time comes in a 44 mm satin-finished stainless steel case with a bronze bezel and crown framing a traditional black dial.


Powered by the 4 Hz (28,800 vph) Calibre MB 29.19, this automatic movement features a dual time complication entirely developed and assembled in-house with a home time indication and a day/night display.

A skeletonised home time hand is positioned in the centre with a touch of Super-LumiNova on its tip to distinguish it from the hour hand, which is completely filled with the luminescent material.

The dual time function comes into play while travelling as the user can set the local time hour hand to the new destination time zone without affecting the home time hour hand. The minute hand and the second hand also both continue to run uninterruptedly during this setting process, thus preserving the exact time.


A day/night indicator, which is connected to the central home time hand, is visible in a small aperture at 12 o’clock. At six o’clock, a subdial indicates the small seconds and the date, which is linked to the local time.

The new Montblanc 1858 Automatic Dual Time Ref. 116479 will have a price of around Euro 5,000.


The Montblanc 1858 Automatic offers an even cleaner look while maintaining all the distinctive elements of the 1858 Collection.


The 44 mm case, also made from satin-finished stainless steel with bezel and crown in bronze, frames a deep black dial where the rhodium-plated hour and minute hands stand out very clearly, even in poor light conditions, thanks to the heavy treatment with beige Super-LumiNova. Similar coating is used for the large Arabic numerals.


The case back reveals an engraving of the Minerva Manufacture in Villeret, with the Jura Mountains in the background. There is also the Roberts Frères Villeret logo, the historic Minerva logo, the Montblanc name and the arrow from the Goddess Minerva’s spear.

The new model is powered by the self-winding Calibre MB 24.16 beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour and offering 38 hour of power reserve.

Retail price of the Montblanc 1858 Automatic Ref. 116241 will be around Euro 3,500. montblanc.com 

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