Montblanc has been making waves in the watch industry the last 5 years. Every year they are being taken more and more seriously as a watch brand amongst watch journalists, collectors and the like.
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.
Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter – Limited Edition of 100 Pieces
The case is 18kt red gold, measures 44mm x 13.1mm. It has an AR-coated sapphire crystal, has a sapphire display back, and it is water resistant to 30 meters. The crown is 18kt red gold with a Montblanc emblem in raised relief and the cronograph monopusher is integrated into the crown.
The Montblanc 1858 Small Second Special Edition (Ident. 113860)858 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.
The dial is black with SuperLuminova-coated Arabic numerals, rhodium-plated luminescent cathedral hour-hand and minute-hands, historical Montblanc emblem at 12 o’clock. and It comes on a black alligator leather strap with a stainless steel pin buckle.
They are both exceptionally gorgeous timepieces. The stainless steel version is much more versatile, clean and utilitarian and the price is not bad at $3,395. The 18k red gold version is much more limited but is way overpriced for what it is. at $32,900.