The Montblanc Minerva manufacture in Villeret celebrates its 160th anniversary this year, and the retro logo of yesteryear can be seen on all of this year's releases, including the Montblanc 1858 Geosphere Limited Edition.

The Montblanc Minerva manufacture in Villeret celebrates its 160th anniversary this year, and the retro logo of yesteryear can be seen on all of this year’s releases, including the Montblanc 1858 Geosphere Limited Edition.

The Montblanc 1858 Geosphere Limited Edition, has two globes on the dial (with either one giving the view from the north and south pole) that each rotate fully every 24 hours. The watch is a tribute to the Seven Summits challenge, which involves mountaineers climbing the highest mountain in each of the 7 continents. It’s said to be one of the world’s most difficult mountaineering challenges.

Powered by the 4Hz (28,800 vph) caliber MB 29.25, (Selitta base), this model features a world-time complication with two turning domed hemisphere globes, which make a full rotation in 24 hours. The northern hemisphere at 12 o’clock turns anti-clockwise, while the southern hemisphere turns clockwise. They are both surrounded by a scale with the 24 time- zones, along with a day/night indication in contrasting colors. The longitude reference meridian for both hemispheres is highlighted with a white line coated with Super-LumiNova.

Additionally, a second time-zone display is located at nine o’clock and a date (linked to the local time) is indicated in an aperture at three o’clock.

The watch comes in two versions, with a 42 mm stainless steel case or a limited-edition 1858-piece bronze case. Both feature polished and satin-finishing as well as vintage fluted crowns with the Montblanc logo in relief.  A new bidirectional stainless steel or bronze bezel with shiny black ceramic completes the design. The bezel is also fluted on the flank for a better grip and features the four cardinal points which have been engraved.

Water resistant to 100 meters and certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500, the watch comes on a choice of a high-quality black “NATO” strap, a cognac-colored aged calfskin strap with beige stitching or a new brown Sfumato aged calf leather Bund strap ,  reminiscent of historical Minerva timepieces from the 1920s and 1930s that were equipped with this kind of strap and that were ideal for military use and mountain exploration. The Bronze series is limited to 1858 pieces, paying tribute to the year of foundation of the Minerva Manufacture. From €5,190 to €5,890.

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