Precise, legible and robust for use in extreme conditions, the legendary Montblanc professional Minerva watches from the 1920s and 1930s were conceived for military use and exploration. Inspired by these historic timepieces, the Montblanc 1858 pays tribute to the Minerva Manufacture’s extraordinary heritage. In an elegant pairing of green and bronze, the new edition captures the spirit of the great outdoors.
THE CONNECTION TO NATURE
The polished and satin-finished bronze cases feature slim bevelled horns while the case back is crafted from titanium featuring a bronze colour coating. The case back is also engraved with the emblematic Mont Blanc mountain, a compass and two crossed ice pick-axes, as a nod to the spirit of mountain exploration. Other details include fluted crowns that recall those on period timepieces and robust, domed, sapphire crystal glass boxes that highlight the vintage look of each watch.
For legibility and design, the khaki-green dials contrast with historical luminescent cathedral-shaped hands with a “cloisonn” design that has been slightly domed for one of the finest finishes. Other details include beige SuperLumiNova*-coated Arabic numerals, a railway minutes track and the original Montblanc logo from the 1930s era with its historical font and emblem of the Mont Blanc Mountain.
Providing a contemporary look, the watches are equipped with high-quality woven “NATO” straps. These straps are handcrafted in France at 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 very comfortable on the wrist.
MONTBLANC 1858 GEOSPHERE
This year marks the arrival of the new 1858 Geosphere, which is dedicated to the world’s Seven Summit mountaineering challenge, the holy grail of mountaineering adventures, is now also available in this new bronze/khaki colour scheme.