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."
From Minerva historical chronograhps to Montblanc 1858
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).
"From past to present."
1920-30 Chronographs using: 19.09 and 17.29 calibres.
Minerva military chronograph from 1930
1920-30 Chronographs using: 19.09 and 17.29 calibres.
1929: Development of the caliber 17.29 one of the slimmest chronograph at that time.
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.
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.
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.
With its two rotating hemispheres and in-house worldtime complication, the 1858 Geosphere is a key piece of the collection. And after ascending mountains, trekking forests, and exploring glaciers, this year's Montblanc 1858 Geosphere finds inspiration in the colours of the desert.
The new theme is a nod to Reinhold Messner’s 2004 solo trek across the Gobi Desert – 2000 kilometres of extreme temperatures and incredible adventure. To capture the rocky terrain's colour scheme, the timepiece harmoniously combines a satinated bronze case, brown ceramic bezel, smoked brown to beige lacquered dial, and a matching vintage-brown calf strap.
We use a very special technique recreate the Gobi Desert on the titanium case back. First the relief of the landscape is precisely engraved with a laser, and then shading is added with laser-generated oxidation. The finished image is remarkably lifelike, and unlike any engraving you've seen before.
Underneath, the automatic calibre MB 29.25 remains, with ist worldtime complication. Developed by Montblanc engineers in Villeret, its Northern and Southern hemispheres each complete one rotation every 24 hours.
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.
This year we are pleased to unveil the new 1858 Monopusher Chronograph Origins Limited Edition 100, honouring that legendary monopusher chronograph. Equipped with the calibre MB M16.29, this re-edition features a 46 mm case made of a special bronze alloy, a vintage style black dial with beige elements, and a matching brown Sfumato alligator strap. It's distinctive officer’s case back opens to reveal the movement inside and features an engraving of Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom. The engraving's incredible depth and near photo-realism is only possible thanks to a very innovative technique.
The Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 18 offers a new reinterpretation of the historical 46 mm Minerva military chronographs. Created for connoisseurs with a taste for vintage design, and crafted out of an innovative and exclusive 18 K gold alloy we’re calling Lime Gold, which veers towards a distinct, pale yellowy green, while delivering a truly vintage aesthetic. There are a variety of contrasting, green-coloured elements, including the cathedral-shaped hours and minutes hands which are coated with white Super-LumiNova®, the minuterie, and a central split-second hand. There’s a telemetre around the dial to measure distance, and the tachymetre at the centre enables the measurement of speed over a known distance for up to three minutes.