Montblanc captures the spirit of the past with the introduction of three new bronze versions within the Montblanc 1858 Collection—a Montblanc 1858 Chronometer Tachymeter Limited Edition 100, a Montblanc 1858 Automatic Dual Time and a Montblanc 1858 Automatic timepiece. The first models to be introduced since the appointment of Davide Cerrato as managing director of Montblanc International Watch Division. Inspired by the incredible heritage, historical functions, mechanics and design codes of the famous Minerva military chronographs from the 1930s, the brand has truly traversed time, taking first steps for the collection with the introduction of a bronze case. Bronze complements both the colors of the dials and the antique-style straps delivering a distinctly vintage design.
The historical design codes taken from the original 1930s Minerva chronograph include large cathedral hands, with their cloisonné design filled with beige Super-LumiNova®, luminescent Arabic numerals, vintage shaped crowns and 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 center, along with new cognac colored calfskin and alligator straps that have been given an aged look by the artisans at the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence.
The Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition, the flagship model comes with a retro-vintage champagne dial that has a sunray finishing to match the bronze color of the case giving a monochrome and mono-material aspect, accentuating the volume of the timepiece. This limited edition is housed in a 44mm full satinated bronze case with a bronze colored titanium case back (to avoid allergies) and polished bezel for increased depth. At the heart of the timepiece 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 semi oscillations per hour and a power reserve of 50 hours.
The Montblanc 1858 Automatic Dual Time is powered by the 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. 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 Montblanc 1858 Automatic is powered by the Calibre MB 24.16, a precise automatic movement for the young and modern watch aficionado who appreciates both the vintage look and horological functionality.