Arctic Adventures: Chilling With The New 1858 Geosphere From Montblanc

Arctic Adventures: Chilling With The New 1858 Geosphere From Montblanc

Montblanc unveils its latest 1858 Geosphere in a glacial blue that will have you dreaming of adventures to the North Pole.

By Sophie Furley

Montblanc unveiled a host of new timepieces during the Watches & Wonders digital fair, and one theme that came shining through was the brand’s love for glacial shades of blue. This cool color scheme lends itself beautifully to Montblanc’s 1858 Geosphere tool watch that is just begging to be taken on an adventure.

Montblanc 1858 Geosphere In Blue

The latest edition to the Montblanc 1858 Geosphere Collection is this striking icy blue version with a smoky blue dial, dual hemisphere turning globes, and world time complication.

The timepiece finds its inspiration in the colors of icebergs and freezing waters, bringing a more contemporary look to the collection and reinforcing the brand’s link to nature and the great outdoors.

A Rough And Tough Case Design

The timepiece is housed in a 42mm grade 5 titanium case. A cool choice of material for a modern tool watch as it is robust, durable, and particularly resistant to scratches. The dark-gray color of the titanium also matches the icy blue theme.

The timepiece is fitted with a fluted, bi-directional stainless steel bezel that is enhanced with a shiny blue ceramic and shows the four engraved luminescent cardinal directions. The case is also fitted with a domed sapphire crystal glass box, increasing the toughness of the timepiece.

Turn the timepiece over, and you will discover a special engraving that pays tribute to the Seven Summits challenge.

For those who have never heard of this challenge, the Seven Summits challenge is the holy grail of mountaineering adventures. To complete it, climbers have to ascend the highest mountains on each continent. So: Denali in North America, Aconcagua in South America, Vinson in Antarctica, Kilimanjaro in Africa, Everest in Asia, Puncak Jaya in Oceania, and of course, Mont Blanc in Europe.

An Action-Packed Dial

The dial includes all the much-loved design codes from the 1858 collection with its Arabic numerals, indices, historic Montblanc logo from the 1930s, domed cathedral-shaped hands, and railway track. White Super-LumiNova has also been applied generously to the dial for utmost visibility at night.

The Geosphere Movement

The timepiece is powered by an automatic movement with a manufacture-made world time complication. The world time display is read on the two turning domed hemisphere globes at 6 o’clock (Southern Hemisphere) and 12 o’clock (Northern Hemisphere). The globe representing the Southern Hemisphere turns clockwise, and the Northern Hemisphere globe turns counterclockwise.

Both hemisphere globes are surrounded by a fixed scale with the 24 time zones and include a day/night indicator. The prime meridian (0º longitude) is highlighted on both hemispheres by a blue line coated with Super-LumiNova. There is also a second time zone located at 9 o’clock and a date at 3 o’clock.

A New Bracelet

The timepiece is fitted with a choice of a new blue Sfumato calf leather strap with white stitching or a new vintage-inspired, bi-metal technical bracelet made from satin-finished titanium and polished stainless steel. The choice of a hand-crafted “NATO” strap also comes as an accessory.

For gentlemen who love a tool watch that can withstand the rough and tumble of everyday life, but who don’t want to sacrifice elegance, the Montblanc 1858 Geosphere is a top contender with its “blue steel” (and titanium) good looks!

(Images provided by Montblanc)

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