Where Everything Started
The Montblanc 1858 collection, unveiled at SIAR 2015, pays tribute to the manufacture founded under the name Minerva by introducing contemporary timepieces quoting vintage lines and being inspired by chronometer watches created throughout its 157-year history.
The monopusher chronograph developed by the manufacture during the 1930s to meet the needs for precise timekeeping has served as a guide for developing the new Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter chronograph. Adorned with an 18-karat round, red gold case with curved horns, it is operated by a hand-wound mechanical calibre finished in accordance with the strictest criteria of haute horlogerie.
With its luxurious finishes, this time-keeping instrument, manages to capture the spirit of technical advancement that marked the 1930s period by integrating key historical design features, like the bevelled crown with its coaxial push-piece and a black dial combining large luminescent Arabic numerals with a tachymetric scale.
Montblanc’s wish to demonstrate the value of 157 years of rich heritage and to be constantly looking for best watchmaking performance is also expressed through its ability to draw inspiration from its abundant past to enrich its history with new pieces.
The Montblanc 1858 collection launched at SIAR 2015 also features a stainless steel, 44 mm-diameter model. This contemporary interpretation, in a design that extrapolates the codes of the historical chronographs produced by Minerva, indicates the hours and minutes, with direct-drive small seconds at 6 o’clock. Just like the models of the past, this creation operated by a hand-wound calibre has a bevelled winding crown that is ideally proportioned for everyday use.
In the same vein, its fine, curved horns, designed to follow the natural curvature of the wrist, make this creation, with a design that is both pure and yet strong, particularly pleasant to wear. This new vintage-style watch features a black alligator-skin strap with ecru saddle stitching, fastened at the wrist with a stainless steel pin buckle. It is a limited edition of 858 pieces, paying tribute to the birthday of Minerva in 1858.