Wednesday, September 23

New: Montblanc Novelties for 2020 with Editorial Commentary

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Montblanc 1858 Automatic 24H, SGD4,470.

In the Spirit of Mountain Exploration, the Montblanc 1858 Automatic 24H features a new complication with a 24H indication via a single hand that allows the timepiece to be used both as a timekeeper, to read hours and minutes, and as a compass. The timepiece indicates the time on a 24-hour scale using a red-coloured hand coated in SuperLumiNova for better readability both day and night. This red-tipped hand not only indicates the time but also acts as a compass. For precision purposes, the compass scale is displayed in a beige-coloured ring that runs around the outside of the dial, with markers for approximately every 5 degrees, and includes the cardinal points in red.

Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 100, €39,500*.

The new Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 100 comes in a vibrant blue colour executed in gradated enamel combined with a 44 mm full satin-finished, grade 5 titanium case enabling robustness.

Special attention has been paid to the dial which is crafted from solid gold and is adorned with a gradated blue grand feu enamel, allowing an authentic shiny aesthetic. The Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 100 is equipped with the Manufacture monopusher chronograph calibre MB M16.31 that features two column wheels, horizontal coupling and a power reserve of 50 hours.

In addition to this year’s blue novelties, Montblanc is also presenting two new 1858 models inspired by Minerva’s heritage. These new timepieces feature vintage aesthetics with new colored dials, case elements made of a special alloy of bronze, hand-made NATO straps, and unique complications.

Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Chronograph Limited Edition 1858, SGD8,320.

The Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Chronograph Limited Edition 1858 is one of the technical pillars of the Maison. Like on the original timepiece, the 1858 Monopusher Chronograph features a black dial with a beige-coloured railway track, as well as two counters at three and nine o’clock. Matching the overall vintage design, other details include a telemeter scale; beige-coloured SuperLumiNova numerals; and rose gold-coated, cathedral-shaped hands that are also highlighted with a touch of beige-coloured SuperLumiNova for better visibility at night.

The Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Chronograph Limited Edition 1858 features the automatic winding calibre MB. 25.12 that indicates elapsed time with a central second hand and a 30-minute counter, both with white-coloured hands to create a contrast with the black dial and allow better readability of the function. The start, stop and reset can be activated through a single pusher integrated into the crown. The timepiece is available with a new matching beige-coloured NATO strap that is made in a traditional 150-year-old strap manufacture in France. Diameter = 42 mm; height = 14.7 mm

Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Chronograph in stainless steel case with calfskin leather strap, SGD7,240, with steel bracelet, SGD7,700.

Montblanc 1858 Geosphere in blue calfskin, SGD8,630.

This year, Montblanc is presenting the 1858 Geosphere in grade 5 titanium combined with blue and contrasting icy white design details, finding inspiration in the colours of glaciers and ice that can range from the purest white to the deepest shades of blue. All those elements create both a very cold and modern look. This icy-blue colour is the result of millions of years of pressure that removes the air bubbles in the ice, causing the light to reflect only the blue from the colour spectrum.

Our Thoughts

Montblanc is building up its identity as the adventurer brand, heritage sports. In particular, there is, as with many other brands, the obsession with navigation and the reminiscence of European adventurism. Of the models this year, the brand has mostly stuck to its guns with the Geosphere, and Monopusher. The 24 hour single hand watch is also rather unique. The case dimensions for the watches remain on the more hefty side of things, as expected especially with the thicker movement Monopusher automatic.

The Minerva edition looks good as usual, and yes, more blue dials.

The most exciting piece in the collection has to be the Monopusher on steel bracelet. Steel bracelet ‘sports’ watches are in vogue once again, and the more accessible automatic model with its beads of rice bracelet is set to turn heads. If it was 1-2 mm thinner than its current 14.7 mm it would be even more delightful. That said, the dial side shows promise, with a well spaced subdial, and a nicely fitting movement to case ratio. The subdials are not squeezed at the center, but sit nicely spaced from the periphery of the case.

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