The 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition from Montblanc is one of 72 watches chosen as a finalist in the Grand Prix D’Horlogerie de Geneve (GPHG) for 2017.
The selected watches are competing to win one of the 15 prizes that will reward the best horological creations of the year, including the prestigious “Aiguille d’Or”. The jury will convene at the start of November for the final selection, with voting taking place behind closed doors and by secret ballot, under the supervision of a notary. The 2017 winners will be announced at the award ceremony on Wednesday November 8th at the Théâtre du Léman in Geneva.
The 1858 Chronograph, which has a distinct flavor of vintage motoring, comes with a champagne dial that has a sunray finishing to match the bronze color of the case. The dial features cathedral-shaped hands and beige Super-LumiNova® markings that accentuate the vintage style with excellent legibility.
This limited-edition piece comes in a 44mm full satinated bronze case with a bronze colored hypoallergenic titanium case back and polished bezel for increased depth.
Other noteworthy features include a cognac alligator leather strap crafted at the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence, complete with a satinated bronze plated buckle that complements the overall design.
The watch is powered by the caliber MB M16.29, a column wheel mechanism, horizontal coupling, chronograph bridge in a “V” shape, a large screwed balance wheel vibrating at a frequency of 18,000 semi oscillations per hour and a power reserve of 50 hours.
The 1858 Chronograph is entirely handcrafted at the Montblanc Manufacture in Villeret. Indications are displayed via a central chronograph seconds hand and a chronograph minute counter at three o’clock. Other indications on the dial include a tachymeter scale that runs around the dial and a small seconds’ subdial at nine o’clock.