In less than two weeks’ time Montblanc will be revealing new additions to their 1858 collection at SIHH, and this year the theme is military designs harking back to the 1930s, each with bronze casing, a first for Montblanc. The brand explains their decision for this move:
‘Bronze combines traditional Swiss artisanal watchmaking with a genuine material from watchmaking history, embodying the true military spirit of the 1930s. Bronze complements both the colors of the dials and the antique-style straps with its warm sheen…’
The collection is identified by large Arabic numerals and cathedral-style hands, which is the same design previously used on the stainless steel versions of the 1858 launched in 2016. The line-up will include these three new pieces:
Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition
A 44mm limited edition watch in a satinated bronze case with a hypoallergenic bronze colored titanium case back and polished bezel for increased depth. The watch comes on a cognac alligator leather strap crafted at the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence, with bronze plated buckles. Limited to just 100 pieces. Price: €27,500 including 19 % VAT.
Montblanc 1858 Automatic Dual Time
Another 44mm piece, the Montblanc 1858 Automatic Dual Time is in satinated stainless steel case with a bronze bezel and crown. It runs on Caliber MB 29.19 (based on the Sellita SW 200) with a dual time complication developed and assembled in-house. The watch features a second time zone hand together with a day/night display. Price: €4,490 including 19 % VAT.
Montblanc 1858 Automatic
A design based on Minerva military wristwatches and pocket watches from the 1930s. This entry-level model has a clean design featuring only hours and minutes. It’s equipped with the caliber MB 24.16, which is based on a Sellita SW200, a robust and low cost self-winding movement. Price: €3,490 including 19 % VAT.