We talked about Montblanc’s history in this article, but today, a new chapter began with their new releases at Watches & Wonders 2020!
You might have seen some in our previous article when we presented the Heritage collection, but now the second wave is here! The highlight of Montblanc’s releases is most certainly the 1858 line. Have a look at some photos below!
Montblanc 1858 Split Second E. L. 100pz
This watch harkens back to the Minerva Chronographs of the 1930s, but with a modern take: a larger, 44m diameter case made from grade-5 titanium – a novelty for this collection.
But the main attraction is the dial, made from a combination of gold and grand feu worked enamel. Instead of the tachymeter normally being located on the outer ring, it’s now in a more central position, to make way for another feature: the telemetric scale. Don’t remember what those are? No worries – refresh your memory here!
According to official statements, this piece, almost in its entirety, is manufactured in Montblanc’s Villeret facilities, something that makes it that much more special! This Watches & Wonders 2020 limited edition release will set you back some €36,900. Have a look at this stunning piece below!
Montblanc 1858 Geosphere blue
Grade-5 titanium, deep-blue dial and bezel, icy inserts and a vintage-inspired bracelet: for those you who are looking for the perfect everyday watch that can be worn for any situation, look no further, because the Montblanc 1858 Geosphere Blue is your watch.
I totally called this watch being released. We’ve seen many watchmakers incorporate blue on their dials over these past couple of years: some too generously, some not enough, some even rather distastefully. Up until now, very few watches have made me feel what the Geosphere does – it’s blue, done right. Hopefully it’ll be on my wrist someday soon!
But how does the Geosphere actually work? In practice, it’s “simply” a watch which displays multiple time-zones, but it’s done à la Montblanc. The two atlases feature a scale on which you can read the time in a place of your choice by following the blue line. The sub-dial at the 9 o’clock position displays this time on a more familar “clock face”. Finally, at 3, we have a date window, indicating the local-time’s date.
There are two versions of this watch: one with a titanium-steel bracelet, and the other on a leater strap with a titanium deployant, priced at €6,100 and €5,800 respectively.
Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Chronograph Limited Edition 1858
Aside for the 42mm case (just on the limit!), priced at around €5,000, this steel-cased monopusher with an incredible dial and a great movement is an absolute steal. Let’s take a closer look.
Available on a leather or NATO strap, or on a steel bracelet, the Montblanc 1858 Monopusher is one of the best Watches & Wonders 2020 releases we’ve seen so far, and I cannot wait to try it on my wrist.
Only criticism? The 42mm diameter and the automatic movement. But when I look at that mesmerising dial, I forget all of that. What can I say? The ’30s are back, and I’m all here for it.
The leather strap, NATO strap and the steel bracelet versions of the 1858 Monopusher are priced at €4,800 , €5,500 and €5,100 respectively. Yep, you read that right: a NATO strap, more expensive than a bracelet? That’s because the NATO version is slightly more precious – the case is made from bronze.
All in all, only 1858 of these wil be made, so don’t sleep on them!
– Translated by Patrick R.