Inspired by the Minerva archive, Montblanc has launched the new 1858 collection with a number of models. It features a svelte 40mm case in brushed steel with a bronze bezel and bronze crown to add a little two-tone flavor to the mix. You’ve also got the choice of either a classic black dial or a less traditional sunburst champagne, with the latter offering a really unique look. These are everyday watches that will appeal to a lot of consumers looking for something mid-sized that nods to vintage models without being an all-out tribute watch.
Why This Watch Matters
If you’ve been paying attention at all to Montblanc over the last few months, you’ll definitely remember the bronze 1858 monopoussoir chronograph with classically beautiful Minerva movement that went up for auction during Only Watch 2017. And, of course, the previous versions in steel or gold debuted to a considerably enthusiastic reception. And if you have any sense of what constitutes an attractive watch at all, you’ll have been waiting for Montblanc to bring out even more variations of this watch and similarly vintage styled pieces.
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The 2018 SIHH offerings from Montblanc include three automatic 1858 watches, with the emblematic round case, narrow bezel and streamlined lugs. The cathedral hands with cloisonné-style divisions are replicated throughout, filled with SuperLumi-Nova for maximum readability, even in low light conditions. The bi-metallic automatic 1858 has been extended to include a version with bronze bezel and a smaller 40mm case diameter to reflect vintage inspirations.
Also coming in three versions is the new 1858 automatic chronograph, the most outstanding of which comes with a woven fabric NATO-style strap. The automatic chronograph is completely in line with Montblanc’s commitment to bringing heritage and authenticity together with their strong industrial capabilities, and features the more familiar two-pusher actuation system.
In addition, this watch is dedicated to the Seven Summits challenge, a mountaineering Holy Grail that involves climbing the highest peak in each of the world’s seven continents. Celebrating extraordinary levels of aspiration and human accomplishment is a natural association to make with watchmaking, which, like mountaineering, is as much a mental as well as physical activity.
Last, but not least, are two limited editions of 100 pieces each — the 1858 Monopusher Chronograph in stainless steel with a smoked green dial and the 1858 Pocket Watch, which can be converted to be worn on the wrist as well as in its pocket-watch form.
For all the variety in the new 1858 collection from Montblanc, there is absolutely no doubt about their levels of performance, since all the products have been through the stringent in-house 500 Hours test that ensures each model is up to the standards set by modern lifestyles and Montblanc’s own exacting demands.
Model: 1858 Automatic
Reference Number: 117833
Case Material: Stainless steel with bronze bezel and crown
Dial Color: Black or smoked champagne
Indexes: Arabic numerals
Lume: Beige Super-LumiNova
Water Resistance: 100m
Strap/Bracelet: Cognac colored calf or black NATO
Caliber: MB 24.15
Power Reserve: 38 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph)