For the first time, Montblanc fuses bronze elements and launches a new inspired vintage watch. The watchmaking history of the brand can be traced back to 1858, when Minerva was just completed. Since its inception in Villeret, Switzerland, Minerva Watch Factory has become a world-renowned Swiss watchmaking expert with its exceptionally accurate timekeeping function. Since 2007, Montblanc has been exploring Minerva’s watchmaking tradition, seeking endless creative inspiration from historical classic watch functions, mechanical processes and design specifications.
The resulting series of watches inherited the classic soul in a very modern way. The new Montblanc 1858 series watch continues this concept again. With its unique design and outstanding mechanical technology, it reinterprets the famous Minerva chronograph watch from the 1930s, passing time and reproducing the classic.
The beauty of bronze
Montblanc has for the first time incorporated bronze elements into the creation of the watch, adding retro color to the new 1858 collection. By using metallic bronze, Montblanc blends traditional Swiss watchmaking craftsmanship with authentic classic watchmaking materials. Bronze metal brings a soft and warm color to the dial and retro-style strap, creating a perfect retro style. There are also two new and unique watches in the new series. The combination of bronze and stainless steel creates a new combination of two colors and two materials. It is undoubtedly the first in the field of watchmaking and brings people a unique retro style design.
In addition, through the study of bronze, we found that after years of wearing, this perfect alloy material will gradually evolve a unique, uniform and charming copper green. Small changes in the color of the case make Montblanc’s new 1858 watch more retro.
Montblanc’s three new 1858 series bronze edition watches are: Montblanc 1858 series chronograph limited edition (limited to 100 pieces), Montblanc 1858 series dual time zone automatic winding watch and Montblanc 1858 series automatic winding wrist table.
The new Montblanc 1858 series features cloisonné-style cloisonne-coated hands with beige Super-LumiNova® coating, luminous Arabic numerals, a nostalgic design crown, and a classic rail-type minute scale that surrounds the dial. Classic styling of a precision chronograph. The Montblanc logo above the dial is in the style of the brand in the 1930s: the text in historical fonts is inlaid with the Mont Blanc peak pattern, and the strap is made by the Montblanc Pelletteria leather craftsman in Florence, Italy Our carefully crafted Cognac calfskin and crocodile leather straps, with multiple details that reflect the vintage essence of the watch.
Montblanc 1858 series chronograph limited edition
Montblanc’s limited edition of the 1858 series of chronographs is retro and nostalgic in the design of the case, movement, strap and dial details. The champagne sun-shaded dial and the bronze case echo each other. The similar color matching and decoration make each detail of the watch perfectly compatible. It presents a single color tone and a single material look, and it also highlights the beauty of details: The church-style hands are very contemporary, and the beige Super-LumiNova® coating guarantees clear reading at night, adding a retro look to the watch.
This limited edition piece has a satin-finished bronze case with a diameter of 44 mm, a bronze titanium case back (to avoid allergies) and a polished bezel with deeper color. Like all Montblanc 1858 watches, the new vintage-inspired Cognac crocodile leather strap is handmade by Montblanc’s Pelletteria leather workshop in Florence, Italy, with satin-finished bronze-plated pin buckles for a perfect retro design .
At the heart of this watch is a traditional Minerva MB M16.29 hand-wound single-button chronograph movement with column wheels, horizontal disc clutches and a ‘V’ chronograph bridge, large screws The fine-tuned balance wheel operates at a vibration frequency of 18,000 times per hour and has a power reserve of up to 50 hours.
This precision timepiece is entirely hand-made in Montblanc Villeret, and has a unique aesthetic feature due to its exceptionally detailed grinding process. Continuing the style of the large-sized ‘pocket watch’, the design inspiration of the Montblanc MB M16.29 movement is derived from the 17.29 pocket watch and watch movement originally designed by Minerva Watch Factory in the 1930s. Based on the structure of the 17.29 movement, the new movement is supplemented with fine grinding treatments in different ways, such as chamfering, Geneva ripples and rotating circular patterns, making the movement more refined. The MB M16.29 movement uses rose gold parts for the first time. The new look not only perfectly matches the bronze retro style of the watch, but also makes the overall style of the work more complete and consistent. Like other Minerva movements, one of the movement parts is shaped into a small arrow shape of Minerva’s signature to commemorate the long and glorious watchmaking tradition of the Minerva Watch Factory.
The chronograph function is displayed by a chronograph second hand in the center of the dial and a minute timer at the three o’clock position. The outer ring of the dial is engraved with a surrounding tachymeter scale, and the small second dial is set at the nine o’clock position of the dial. The Montblanc MB M16.29 chronograph movement embodies the essence of fine watchmaking.
Montblanc 1858 series dual time zone automatic watch
The Montblanc 1858 series dual time zone self-winding watch has successfully restored the iconic design style of the 1930s Minerva timepiece with its distinctive and unique shape. The traditional black dial, church-style hands and Arabic numerals covered with beige Super-LumiNova® coating make up this simple and sophisticated retro timepiece. Montblanc 1858 series dual time zone self-winding watch has a satin-finished steel case with a diameter of 44 mm, a bronze bezel and a crown.
The MB 29.19 self-winding movement equipped with this watch has the dual time zone display complication completely designed and assembled by Montblanc Watchmaking Factory, which can display the home time and the day and night. The hollowed-out home hour hand is located in the center of the dial, distinguished by the Super-LumiNova® coating on the end and the local hour hand with its surface completely covered with Super-LumiNova® coating. The dual time zone display function provides travelers with a very convenient experience. When the wearer arrives at a new destination, he can easily set the local time to the local time zone without affecting the home time. During the setting process, the minute and second hands continue to run without interference, thereby ensuring the accuracy of the time. The day and night display is located in a small disc at twelve o’clock, connected to the home hour hand in the center of the dial. The small dial at six o’clock shows the second hand and the date of the local time.
The dial of this timepiece is inlaid with the classic brand logo of Montblanc from the 1930s, and the new cognac calfskin strap is made by the Montblanc Pelletteria leather workshop in Florence. The strap is stitched with traditional beige cord under the lugs, all details are designed to show pure retro feelings.
Montblanc 1858 self-winding watch
For enthusiasts of replica watches, the Montblanc 1858 series self-winding watch subtly draws the essence of the design of the 1858 series replica watches and reproduces the style of the 1930s Menela watches and pocket watches in a striking design style . The dark black dial resembles a great canvas, embellished with church-style hands and Arabic numerals covered with beige Super-LumiNova®, making it easy to read even at night. A 44mm diameter satin-brushed stainless steel case with a bronze bezel and crown. The caseback is engraved with the design of the Minerva watch factory in Villers, with the Jura Mountains as the backdrop, and the historic Roberts Frères Villeret logo, the classic Minerva logo, the Montblanc brand name and the goddess of wisdom Arrow of the spear.
This timepiece is equipped with an MB 24.17 self-winding mechanical movement. The precise and reliable performance will definitely meet the dual pursuit of modern young watch lovers for retro appearance and practical functions. This watch features a new distressed Cognac calfskin strap handmade by Montblanc Pelletteria leather workshop in Florence, Italy, and is equipped with a beige cord, creating an extreme retro style.
The new Montblanc 1858 series watches will be launched in Montblanc Global Boutiques in April 2017.