Pre SIHH 2017: Montblanc 1858 Collection “Bronze”12 December 2016
Montblanc’s watchmaking expertise goes back to 1858, the year Minerva was founded in Villeret, Switzerland. And since 2007, Montblanc has been exploring Minerva’s incredible heritage, finding inspiration in historical functions, mechanics and design codes.
The resulting timepieces capture all the spirit of the past in a modern way. The Montblanc 1858 Collection continues this journey by reinterpreting the famous Minerva military chronographs from the 1930s, with distinct designs and exceptional mechanics that traverse time. For the first time in its watch collection, Montblanc unveils new vintage-inspired timepieces using bronze. Through this choice of metal, Montblanc combines traditional Swiss artisanal watchmaking with a genuine material from watchmaking history, embodying the true military spirit of the 1930s. Bronze complements both the colours of the dials and the antique-style straps with its warm sheen, unifying all the elements for a true vintage design. For the first time in the watchmaking industry, bronze is coupled with steel for two new models, and it results in a bi-colour, bi-material combination that brings out the best of vintage design at an extremely attractive price point.
Montblanc is proud to unveil three new bronze versions within the Montblanc 1858 Collection, a Montblanc 1858 Chronometer Tachymeter Limited Edition 100, a Montblanc 1858 Automatic Dual Time and a Montblanc 1858 Automatic timepiece.
Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter
The 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition showcases a vintage style from the design of the case, to the movement, strap and details on the dial. The timepiece comes with a retro-vintage champagne dial that has a sunray finishing to match the bronze colour of the case. This combination of colours and finishing gives drawing attention to the details, such as the historic cathedral-shaped hands and beige Super-LumiNova® markings that accentuate the vintage style while also providing excellent readability at night.
This limited edition is housed in a 44mm full satinated bronze case with a bronze coloured titanium case back and polished bezel for increased depth. Other noteworthy features include cognac alligator leather straps that, like all the straps in the 1858 Collection, have been crafted at the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence, and feature satinated bronze plated buckles that complement the overall design.
At the heart of the timepiece lies a traditional manual monopusher chronograph, the Minerva MB M16.29, with a column wheel mechanism, horizontal coupling, chronograph bridge in a “V” shape, a large screwed balance wheel and a power reserve of 50 hours. This in-house chronograph has been entirely handcrafted at the Montblanc Manufacture in Villeret and is a sight of unparalleled beauty thanks to its exceptional finishing. Designed in a large “pocket watch” style, the MB M16.29 has been inspired by the original 17.29 Calibre designed for pocket watches and wristwatches in the 1930s. This new version uses almost the same shape of components as the 17.29 Calibre, but features different finishings, such as inside angles, Côtes de Genève stripes and circular graining. For the first time, the Calibre MB M16.29 bears red gold-coloured components that offer a totally new look and that perfectly match the bronze material and vintage appeal of the timepiece, while also reinforcing its monochrome aspect. As with all the Minerva calibres, one of the movement’s components is shaped into the form of the Minerva arrow to pay tribute to the Manufacture’s heritage.
The chronograph indications are displayed via a central chronograph seconds hand and a chronograph minute counter at three o’clock. Other indications on the dial include a tachymeter scale that runs around the dial and a small seconds’ counter at nine o’clock.
Montblanc 1858 Automatic Dual Time
The vintage Montblanc 1858 Automatic Dual Time, with its highly recognizable styling, recalls the famous military Minerva timepieces from the 1930s. Traditional black dials, cathedral-shaped hands and beige Super-LumiNova® Arabic numerals come together in this highly legible, vintage-inspired timepiece.
The Montblanc 1858 Automatic Dual Time comes in a 44mm satinated stainless steel case with a bronze bezel and crown. Powered by the Calibre MB 29.19, this automatic movement features a dual time complication entirely developed and assembled in-house with a home time indication and a day/night display. A skeletonised home time hand is positioned in the centre with a touch of Super-LumiNova® on its tip to distinguish it from the hour hand, which is completely filled with Super-LumiNova®. The dual time function comes into play while travelling as the user can set the local time hour hand to the new destination time zone without affecting the home time hour hand. The minute hand and the second hand also both continue to run uninterruptedly during this setting process, thus preserving the exact time. A day/night indicator, which is connected to the central home time hand, is visible in a small aperture at 12 o’clock. At six o’clock, a subdial indicates the small seconds and the date, which is linked to the local time.
The timepiece is completed with the authentic Montblanc logo from the 1930s on the dial and a brand new cognac-coloured calfskin strap from Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence.
Montblanc 1858 Automatic
For watch aficionados who love a pure, clean vintage look, the Montblanc 1858 Automatic combines all the essential elements from the vintage 1858 Collection in an attractive and striking design that harks back to Minerva’s military wristwatches and pocket watches from the 1930s. A deep black dial provides the perfect canvas for the cathedral-shaped hands and Arabic numerals that have been enhanced with beige Super-LumiNova®. The 44mm case is in satinated stainless steel, while the bezel and crown have been produced in bronze. The case back reveals an engraving of the Minerva Manufacture in Villeret, with the Jura Mountains in the background. There is also the Roberts Frères Villeret logo, the historic Minerva logo, the Montblanc name and the arrow from the Goddess Minerva’s spear. The timepiece is powered by the Calibre MB 24.17, a precise automatic movement for the young and modern watch aficionado who appreciates both the vintage look and horological functionality.
The timepiece is completed with a brand new aged, cognac-coloured calfskin strap with beige stitching that has been crafted by Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence.