A Spirit Of Adventure and Military-Themed Watches Steal The Show at Montblanc
SIHH

SIHH 2019: A Spirit Of Adventure and Military-Themed Watches Steal The Show at Montblanc

New rugged timepieces in the Montblanc 1858 collection are fit for professional explorers in the harshest conditions.

By Hyla Bauer
Contributor & Special Projects

Montblanc’s three new watches in the 1858 collection embody the spirit of expedition and exploration. The just-introduced timepieces are constructed with bronze cases, khaki green dials and performance-grade NATO straps. In terms of the movements, Montblanc has the benefit of 160 years of watchmaking from the legendary Minerva workshop. In fact, Minerva made watches in the 20’s and 30’s specifically for exploration and military use. An early pioneer in “tool” watches, Minerva developed a manual monopusher chronograph movement small enough to fit in a wristwatch in the 1920’s.
 

Reconnecting through nature with new Montblanc Timepieces in Khaki Green

The 1958 Automatic is a solid choice for adventurers. Its dial features easy-to-read Arabic numerals, coated in SuperLumiNova that glows beige, fitting with the color scheme and vintage style. The watch’s hands are coated with the same material for ease in reading the time in darkness. The Automatic’s bronze case has a titanium case back to protect the wearer from skin sensitivities. The domed sapphire crystal further enforces the vintage look and feel of the timepiece. The watch is also available starting this year with a stainless-steel case and black dial.
 

Montblanc 1858 Automatic Limited Edition

The new 42mm 1858 Automatic Chronograph limited edition features the MB 25.11 self-winding movement. Its bi-compax counters are integrated into the khaki dial. With just one pusher, the watch has a sleek and rugged look while packing lots of horological know-how on the inside. The 1858 Chronograph will be produced in a limited edition of 1858 pieces.
 

Montblanc 1858 Automatic Limited Edition

Montblanc tests all of its 1858 Collection timepieces to ensure that the watches will perform in extreme conditions. Each watch is put through at least 500 hours of of simulated wear. The specific tests and controls under extreme conditions confirm the watch’s performance, allowing the owner to be worry-free whether he’s scaling the heights of Kilimanjaro or motorcycling through the Mojave desert.
 

Montblanc 1858 Automatic Chronograph Limited Edition

With the 1858 Geosphere Limited Edition, the world is literally on your wrist. The timepiece features an in-house world-time, movement, the calibre MB 29.25. On the dial, two domed globes representing the Northern and Southern hemispheres rotate in opposite directions over the course of 24 hours. Day and night indicators provide extra clarity and the domes are encircled by a full 24-hour scale.
 

Montblanc 1858 Geosphere Limited Edition

The watch is “dedicated to the world’s Seven Summit mountaineering challenge, the holy grail of mountaineering adventures,” according to the brand. The watch features the bronze case and khaki green dial in keeping with the new 1858 novelties, further boosting the rugged look of the new timepiece.
 

Montblanc 1858 Geosphere Limited Edition

(Photography by Liam O'Donnell)

Montblanc Revisits Its Minerva Past With A New Split Second Chronograph

By Hyla BauerContributor & Special Projects
The 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 100 has a sensational combination of military complications in a robust 44mm case. Telemeter collectors:...

Video: SIHH 2019 Best of Show - J.Philip Rathgen

By Marco GabellaCo-Founder - Executive Publisher
Classic Driver CEO, J. Philip Rathgen is, first of all, an absolute vintage car lover and connoisseur, but he also has a genuine interest and taste for...

Video: SIHH 2019 Best of Show - Mo Coppoletta

By Marco GabellaCo-Founder - Executive Publisher
Watch experts can quickly identify and explain the value of a relevant watch, but the taste of an esthete is entirely different. Mo Coppelatta gives us his...

SIHH 2019: Hands-On With A Handful Of Montblanc's 2019 Novelties

By Josh ShanksManaging Editor US
Ahead of SIHH 2019, Montblanc has released a small selection of novelties to whet collector's appetites. While the entire collection for 2019 is under...
Made With Support From Montblanc

A Visit To Villeret: Montblanc’s Minerva Manufacture And Interview With Davide Cerrato

By Josh ShanksManaging Editor US
“Monblanc is Minerva and Minerva is Montblanc” a visit to Montblanc’s iconic Minverva manufacture.
Made With Support From Montblanc

In-Depth: The Montblanc 1858 Collection And Its Minerva Heritage

By Hyla BauerContributor & Special Projects
Montblanc’s New 1858 Collection is inspired by historical Minerva timepieces in honor of its 160th anniversary. With surprisingly modern style!

Goodwood Festival of Speed : Montblanc Takes it to the Top

By Simon de BurtonJournalist and author
Watch brand debuts as official timing partner of the Goodwood Festival of Speed.’

Montblanc Collection 1858 Bronze: metal with mettle

By Vincent DaveauManaging Editor France
Montblanc has launched a collection of watches highlighting bronze: a real premiere in terms of style. The alloy has been appreciated for its inherent...

Reconnecting Through Nature With New Montblanc Timepieces In Khaki Green

Precise, legible and robust for use in extreme conditions, the legendary professional Minerva watches from the 1920s and 1930s were conceived for military...