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Montblanc 1858

Sporty vintage timepieces inspired by exploration

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Spirit of exploration

Montblanc 1858 timepieces are designed as the tool watches for exploration, taking inspiration from the Minerva pocket watches and chronographs, and leaning into the global trend of enjoying the outdoors and our new-found relationship with nature.

Trusted companions for outdoor adventures, these models are created for explorers who set their own challenges, express their own personal style and live authentic lifestyles.

"Directly rooted in the spirit of exploration with distinctive elements that are reminiscent of the original Minerva chronographs from the 1930s."


Minerva Origins

1920-30 Chronographs using: 19.09 and 17.29 calibres.

Minerva Origins

Minerva military chronograph from 1930

Minerva Origins

1920-30 Chronographs using: 19.09 and 17.29 calibres.

Minerva Origins

1929: Development of the caliber 17.29 one of the slimmest chronograph at that time.

Minerva Origins

1912 : V-shape bridge design patented

From Past to Present

The calibre MB M16.29, the modern interpretation of the 17.29, is handcrafted with the most refined codes of Haute Horlogerie in Villleret.

Precise, legible, and robust for use in extreme conditions, the legendary professional Minerva watches from the 1920s and 1930s were conceived for military use. Indeed, the Manufacture wrote a new chapter with the first manually wound monopusher chronograph specially developed for wristwatches – the calibre 13.20 (13 lines/developed in 1920).

It featured the iconic V-shape bridge, a column wheel, a horizontal coupling and a 18,000 A/h frequency. In addition to the calibre 13.20, during the 1930s, the calibre 17.29 (17 lines/developed in 1929) was produced and was one of the slimmest monopusher chronographs of the time, measuring a mere 5.6 mm in height.

Montblanc timepieces continue the legacy of over 160 years of Minerva’s history in fine watchmaking exploration such as the Montblanc 1858 line, linking the past and the present through design, style and technical innovation.

"From past to present."

Vintage design reinterpretation for modern adventurers

The design codes of the Montblanc 1858 product line are directly rooted in the spirit of exploration with distinctive elements that are reminiscent of the original Minerva chronographs from the 1930s.

The 1858 models are matching ideally with the exploration look: their material, such as steel, titanium or bronze, have high properties and provide evolving looks. Other details include fluted crowns, that recall those on period timepieces, and domed sapphire crystal glass boxes, increasing the robustness and the retro touch of each watch. For utmost legibility and design, the dials highlight striking colour contrasts with their historical white, luminescent cathedral-shaped hands with a “cloisonné” design.

The dial includes Arabic numerals coated with white SuperLumiNova®, railway minute tracks and the original Montblanc typeface from the 1930s era with its historical font and emblem of the Mont Blanc Mountain.
Furthermore, the 1858 Geosphere watch unveils a unique picture of the Mont Blanc mountain that has been engraved on the case back, along with a compass and two crossed ice pick-axes, which further reinforce the spirit of mountain exploration and the iconic peak which inspired the founders of the Maison.

The timepiece has also been linked to the Seven Summits theme featuring Reinhold Messner’s version of the challenge. Referred to as “Messner’s List”, his route is one of four variations of how to climb the highest peaks on each of the seven continents and is considered the most difficult version of all.

Finally, to complete the vintage aesthetic, the 1858 models are equipped with high-quality woven Nato, Sfumato calf or alligator straps and metal bracelets."

Highly functional movements

Continuously aiming for new heights, the Montblanc 1858 collection includes the 1858 Geosphere, a manufacture timepiece with a new way of displaying the indication of the worldtime in a bold way with two recognizable turning discs representing the northern and southern hemispheres.

The delightfully retro 1858 Automatic 24h, a 24-hour watch that can also be used as a compass. The Striking 1858 Split Second Chronograph, with distinctive dial comprising a snail shape tachymeter scale in the centre and a telemeter scale on the internal flange, is featuring a complex split-second, or “rattrapante”, high-end watchmaking complication with hand-crafted decorations.


Over 160 years of tradition