The Spirit of Exploration with Montblanc 1858 Collection
Inspired by a history of extraordinary heritage, Montblanc pays tribute to Minerva with the 1858 collection with watches that will inspire the new generation of exploration.
The Montblanc 1858 Collection is a collection inspired by the legendary professional Minerva watches from the 1920s and 30s that were meant for military use and mountain exploration. Highly accurate, legible and robust for use in extreme conditions, the collection pays tribute to 160 years of the Minerva Manufacture and its extraordinary heritage.
Minerva was one of the first to develop the manually wound monopusher chronographs specially developed for wristwatches. The developments they created symbolized the level of mastery and innovation Minerva reached over the years and consolidate its reputation in the manufacture of monopusher chronographs with various case sizes and complications.
The new Montblanc 1858 timepieces captures the true spirit of the past in a modern way, with the expression of the trend gong back to nature and adventure. The 1858 Collection has five distinctive aesthetics with innovative complications, a mix of materials and a choice of different case sizes.
There are five different designs one can choose: the 40mm automatic watch and 42mm chronographs, a 42mm Manufacture Worldtime Geosphere, a slender 40mm wristwatch with a 13-line monopusher chronograph movement, and a new multiple-purpose pocket watch with a 24-hour indication and equipped with a 16-line monopusher chronograph movement.
The materials used in the collection are a special alloy of bronze and evolves over time with innovative and useful in-house complications, like the Worldtime Geosphere, these timepieces are designed for the modern-day explorer who likes to set his own challenges. There are also vintage codes that are directly rooted in the spirit of mountain exploration with distinctive designs that are reminiscent of the original Minerva chronographs.
Satin-finished cases have been slightly reworked with horns that have been slimmed down thanks to polished, bevelled edges that underline their shape. Other details include fluted crowns that recall those on period timepieces and domed sapphire crystal glass boxes, increasing the robustness and the look of each watch.
Each timepiece is unique in the use of living materials such as bronze cases and aged calfskin leather straps. The watches are also available with high-quality woven “NATO” straps. These straps are handcrafted in France at a traditional weaving manufacture that has been in production for over 150 years. Thanks to this artisanal know-how, the “NATO” straps are refined, robust, durable and extremely comfortable on the wrist.
All the Montblanc 1858 models undergo over 500 hours of simulated wear, with specific testing and controls under extreme conditions. The Automatic, Chronographs and Geosphere models are also water-resistant to 100 meters, ensuring performance in all environments.
Find the exploration spirit with the new Montblnac Collection, available today for purchase at any store around the world.