I recently had a chance to try on the Montblanc 1858 small seconds collection. I first want to thank the fine staff at Montblanc for spending so much time with me and showing me around the store. They clearly love what they do and are quite passionate about the product and are open to learning NEW things.
So they had the 1858 small seconds on a butter soft calf strap and on a stainless steel bracelet. I got to try on both as you can see in the above pictures. When these watches came out over a year ago I was in love. So when I had the opportunity tp try them on I was excited.
I first tried on the strap version and it was a homerun. Super clean, minimalist and bold all at the same time. The 44mm case is the perfect size. Even though there is a large sub seconds hand at the six o’clock position, I didn’t mind it. It makes the watch interesting . The best part is the way Montblanc is written and that there is no other unnecessary writing on the dial. The large black dial has incredible contrast between the large white arabic numbers, luminous cathedral hands and sub seconds hand at the six o’clock position. The watch has a sapphire see through back where you can see the ETA/Valjoux 6498 hand wound movement which has been nicely finished. This watch retails for $3,045.
I then tried on the version on a stainless bracelet and I was even more blown away. I was not expecting to like it on this meshy retro bracelet and thought it was going to look too monochromatic. If anything the bracelet makes the watch look even more contrastic! The bracelet was refreshing familiar and original and I really liked it. The best part is that this bracelet version is only $315 more than the strap version putting the watch at $3,360 which in my opinion is quite reasonable. The rest of the specs are the same as the strap version. I forgot to mention above that both these versions have a very cool refined styled screw down onion crown which make the watch water resistant to 30m or 100 feet.
The question that needs to be answered “is it worth it?” Well yes it is. If you see what available for this price point with this level of finish and quality that’s somewhat exclusive. Most gear heads will debate that this doesn’t have an in house movement but my answer is so what! When we compare this to Tudor for instance it’s right up there. Tudor has shown us that an in house manufactured movement can be had on their models for a couple of hundred dollars more. So that means when Montblanc decides to equip this with an in house movement it will probably be the same . I love this collection for Montblanc because it’s a heritage type collection for the brand even though they are relatively new to the watch game. It’s utilitarian, on the affordable side and stylish. When I wore both these watches on my wrist, I totally forgot that I was wearing a watch made by a company who are known just for pens!