montblanc 1858 2017


With its resolutely retro style, bronze/orange elements and unique look, the new chronograph by Montblanc takes us back to a vintage era.

The new 1858 collection introduced at the SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie) in January 2017 included three watches dressed in bronze, including the Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter. Just a few weeks away from the SIHH 2018, Montblanc has unveiled a new version of the timepiece, available in a limited series of 100 pieces, with its vintage style intact, and this time equipped with an original salmon-coloured dial. The dial, together with the use of bronze, strongly underlines the watch’s vintage aesthetic.

montblanc 1858 2017 closeup

As well as an undeniably warm hue, vintage charm and a unique appearance, bronze provides a watch with a patina that develops in an unpredictable way over time (depending on where it is worn, the humidity, climate, etc.). So, the Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter has all the makings of a unique piece, and you need do is leave the metal to “improve with age”, like an excellent wine. Montblanc has played with the nuances by designing a satiny bronze case and a salmon-coloured dial with a sunburst finish, which is somewhat reminiscent of the historic watches by the Minerva manufacture which inspired the collection.

montblanc 1858 2017 caseback

On top of the exterior design, this new timepiece is driven by the calibre MB M16.29, which is itself inspired by the calibre Minerva 17.29, originally made for pocket watches and wrist watches in the 1930s. With this hand-wound monopusher chronograph movement, the Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter runs at a rhythm of 18,000 vibrations an hour and has a power reserve of 50 hours. Wide, luminous cathedral-style hands, along with blue hands for the chronograph and the seconds accompany the original Montblanc logo from the 1930s, with the whole design providing a vintage look to the piece, although at that period, Montblanc was not yet making watches. This timepiece, with its authentic alloy, will certainly withstand the passing of time with elegance.

Price: 28,100 CHF

By Isabelle Guignet