Montblanc: Honouring The Mountains
The five watches in the new Montblanc 1858 collection continue to seek their inspiration from the world of mountain exploration
Montblanc’s watchmaking tradition began 160 years ago, when Charles-Yvan Robert founded a watch workshop in the SaintImier valley, Switzerland, in 1858, starting the Minerva era. At the beginning of the 20th century, the brand gained recognition for its precise chronometry. The characteristics that made Minerva famous in an earlier era find their expression in the new Montblanc 1858 Collection, inspired by the world of mountain exploration. The watches are a reinterpretation of the Minerva pocket watches and chronographs from the 1920s and 1930s that were meant for mountaineers and the military.
This watch pays tribute to the ‘Spirit of Mountain Exploration’ and honours the heroes of mountain climbing. It is also dedicated to the Seven Summits Challenge — the holy grail of climbers. To date, only 500 athletes have managed to reach the highest peak of each continent. The dial features the world’s seven summits, which are marked with red dots on two turning globes.
1858 Monopusher Chronograph Limited Edition
The MB M13.21 Calibre that powers this watch is a direct heir of the iconic 13.20 Calibre, which was developed by Minerva in the 1920s specifically for use in a wristwatch. It features the iconic V-shaped chronograph bridge along with the iconic Minerva arrow decorated by hand.
1858 Automatic Chronograph
The first watch in the collection in the collection to have bi-pushers to activate it. Comes in a 42 mm steel case, whose case back is engraved with a compass, two crossed ice pickaxes and the Mont Blanc mountain.
1858 Pocket Watch Limited Edition
This watch honours the 160th anniversary of Minerva with its new MB M16.24 Calibre, a beautifully hand-crafted monopusher movement with the iconic V-shaped bridge and Minerva arrow. Composed of over 50 elements, the versatile and adaptable case can be transformed into a wristwatch.
This watch features all the unique codes of the collection while introducing a smaller case size. It is essentially a new interpretation of the historical Minerva timepieces with a black or smoked champagne coloured dial and beige luminescent Arabic numerals as well as precise railway minute tracks.