Montblanc 1858 Collection – New Watch Models with Bronze Case and Khaki Green Dial

Montblanc has updated their 1858 Collection by unveiling new watch models that capture the spirit of the great outdoors with an elegant pairing of bronze case and khaki green dial.

Precise, legible and robust for use in extreme conditions, the legendary professional Minerva watches from the 1920s and 1930s were conceived for military use and exploration. The new timepieces from the 1858 Collection pays tribute to the Minerva Manufacture’s extraordinary heritage.

Hiking through forests, across fields or up to the highest peaks, the Montblanc 1858 Automatic, Montblanc 1858 Automatic Chronograph and Montblanc 1858 Geosphere are trusted companions for fearless adventurers and explorers.

The Montblanc 1858 finds its inspiration in the world of mountain exploration, with the introduction of a new khaki-green colour that enhances the connection to nature. A reinterpretation of the Minerva pocket watches and chronographs from the 1920s and 1930s, the new Montblanc 1858 timepieces capture the spirit of the past in a modern way combining a vintage looking bronze case enriched with aluminium that evolves over time and innovative, highly functional in-house complications.

The polished and satin-finished bronze cases feature slim bevelled horns while the case back is crafted from titanium featuring a bronze colour coating. The case back is also engraved with the emblematic Mont Blanc mountain, a compass and two crossed ice pick-axes, as a nod to the spirit of mountain exploration. Other details include fluted crowns that recall those on period timepieces and robust, domed, sapphire crystal glass boxes that highlight the vintage look of each watch.

For legibility and design, the khaki-green dials contrast with historical luminescent cathedral-shaped hands with a “cloisonné” design that have been slightly domed for one of the finest finishes. Other details include beige SuperLumiNova-coated Arabic numerals, a railway minutes track and the original Montblanc logo from the 1930s era with its historical font and emblem of the Mont Blanc Mountain.

Providing a contemporary look, the watches are equipped with high-quality woven “NATO” straps. These straps are handcrafted in France at a traditional weaving manufacture that has been in production for over 150 years. Thanks to this artisanal know-how, the “NATO” straps are refined, robust, durable and very comfortable on the wrist.

In order to guarantee the performance of the product line, all the Montblanc 1858 models undergo over 500 hours of simulated wear, with specific testing and controls under extreme conditions. The Automatic, Chronograph and Geosphere models are also water-resistant to 100 metres ensuring performance in all environments.

This year marks the arrival of four new 1858 editions: Two new 1858 Automatic models, an 1858 Chronograph and an 1858 Geosphere. The two new 1858 Automatic models come in a choice of a full-bronze 40mm case (previous versions had a steel case and a bronze bezel) paired with a khaki-green dial, or a steel case with a black dial.

The new 1858 Chronograph comes in a 42mm full bronze case with khaki-green dial, providing an ideal backdrop for the bi-compax counters. And last, but not least, the 1858 Geosphere, which is dedicated to the world’s Seven Summit mountaineering challenge, the holy grail of mountaineering adventures, is now also available in this new bronze/khaki colour scheme.

Technical details

Model: Montblanc 1858 Geosphere Limited Edition – 1858 pieces, Ident. 119909

Movement
Calibre MB 29.25
Type of movement: Mechanical movement with automatic winding, worldtime
Number of rubies: 26
Power Reserve: Approx. 42 hours
Balance: Flat hoop
Frequency: 28,800 A/h (2.5 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat

Displays
Hours and minutes from the centre, date at 3 o’clock
Second time zone at 9 o’clock
Turning northern and southern hemisphere globes at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock with a 24-hour scale and day-night indication
Habillage

Case
Bronze with slim curved horns featuring polished and satin-finishing
Bidirectional bronze bezel with green ceramic, knurled finishing and engraved cardinal points
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire crystal with antireflective coating
Back: Bronze-coated titanium with “Spirit of Mountain Exploration” special engraving
Diameter = 42 mm; Height = 12.8 mm
Watertightness: 10 bar (100 m)
Crown: Fluted in bronze with Montblanc emblem in relief
Pusher: Monopusher chronograph at 2 o’clock

Dial
Khaki green with beige Arabic numerals coated with Super-LumiNova®, red gold coated luminescent cathedral-shaped hour-hand and minute-hand, beige time zone hand coated with Super-LumiNova®, historical Montblanc logo at 3 o’clock

Wristband
High-quality khaki green “NATO” strap with special stainless steel pin buckle

Limited Edition
1858 pieces

Certification
Certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500

Model: Montblanc 1858 Automatic Chronograph Limited Edition – 1858 pieces, Ident. 119908

Movement
Calibre MB 25.11
Type of movement: Mechanical movement with automatic winding, chronograph
Number of rubies: 27
Power Reserve: Approx. 48 hours
Balance: Flat hoop
Frequency: 28,800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat

Displays
Hours and minutes from the centre, small seconds at 9 o’clock
Chronograph’s elapsed-second hand from the centre
30-elapsed minute-counter at 3 o’clock
Habillage

Case
Bronze with slim curved horns featuring polished and satin-finishing
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire crystal with antireflective coating
Back: Bronze-coated titanium with “Spirit of Mountain Exploration” special engraving
Diameter = 42 mm; Height = 14.55 mm
Watertightness: 10 bar (100 m)
Crown: Fluted in bronze with Montblanc emblem in relief

Dial
Khaki green with beige Arabic numerals coated with Super-LumiNova®, rhodium coated luminescent cathedral-shaped hour-hand and minute-hand, white chronograph’s second-hand and white counter-hands, historical Montblanc emblem at 12 o’clock

Wristband
High-quality khaki green “NATO” strap with special stainless steel pin buckle

Edition
Limited Edition 1858

Certification
Certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500

Model: Montblanc 1858 Automatic Limited Edition – 1858 pieces, Ident. 118222

Movement
Calibre MB 24.15
Type of movement: Mechanical movement with automatic winding
Number of rubies: 26
Power Reserve: Approx. 38 hours
Balance: Flat hoop
Frequency: 28,800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat

Displays
Hours and minutes from the centre
Habillage

Case
Bronze with slim curved horns featuring polished and satin-finishing
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire crystal with antireflective coating
Back: Bronze-coated titanium with “Spirit of Mountain Exploration” special engraving
Diameter = 40 mm; Height = 11.07 mm
Watertightness: 10 bar (100 m)
Crown: Fluted in bronze with Montblanc emblem in relief

Dial
Khaki green with beige Arabic numerals coated with Super-LumiNova®, rhodium coated luminescent cathedral-shaped hour-hand and minute-hand, historical Montblanc emblem at 12 o’clock

Wristband
High-quality khaki green “NATO” strap with special stainless steel pin buckle

Edition
Limited Edition of 1858 pieces
Also available with a stainless steel case, black dial and a khaki green nubuck calf leather strap (119907)

Certification
Certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500

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