Pre-SIHH 2017: Montblanc goes bronze (Updated 16.12.2016)

Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition
Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition

With the 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition, the 1858 Automatic Dual Time and the 1858 Automatic Montblanc shows its first three bronze watches.

 

I wanted to know why Montblanc goes bronze now and this is what I have been told:

“Alexander, we have further enhances the vintage style of the Montblanc 1858 Collection has by the introduction of bronze. Through this choice of metal, we combine traditional Swiss artisanal watchmaking with a genuine material from watchmaking history, embodying the true military spirit of the 1930s. Bronze complements both the colours of the dials and the antique-style straps with its warm sheen, unifying all the elements for a true vintage design. And for the first time in the watchmaking industry, bronze is coupled with steel for two new models, and it results in a bi-colour, bi-material combination that brings out the best of vintage design at an extremely attractive price point.”

Three new watches will debut during the SIHH in January 2017.

The Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition

the Montblanc 1858 Automatic Dual Time and

the Montblanc 1858 Automatic

 

Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition

This limited edition is housed in a 44 mm (height = 13.15 mm) full satinated bronze case with a bronze coloured titanium case back (to avoid allergies) and polished bezel for increased depth. Other noteworthy features include cognac alligator leather straps that, like all the straps in the 1858 Collection, have been crafted at the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence, and feature satinated bronze plated buckles that complement the overall design. Limited edition of 100 pieces. Price: 27.500 Euro including 19 % VAT.

 

Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition
Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition

 

The timepiece is powered by a traditional manual monopusher chronograph, the Minerva MB M16.29, with a column wheel mechanism, horizontal coupling, chronograph bridge in a “V” shape, a large screwed balance wheel with a frequency of 18,000 semi oscillations per hour (A/h) = 3 Hz and a power reserve of 50 hours.

 

Montblanc Minerva MB M16.29
Montblanc Minerva MB M16.29

 

Montblanc Minerva MB M16.29
Montblanc Minerva MB M16.29

 

Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition
Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition

 

 

Montblanc 1858 Automatic Dual Time

The Montblanc 1858 Automatic Dual Time comes in a 44mm satinated stainless steel case with a bronze bezel and crown. It is powered by the Calibre MB 29.19 (based on a Sellita SW 200), this automatic movement features a dual time complication entirely developed and assembled in-house with a home time indication and a day/night display. Price: 4490 Euro including 19 % VAT.

 

Montblanc 1858 Automatic Dual Time
Montblanc 1858 Automatic Dual Time

 

Montblanc 1858 Automatic

For watch aficionados who love a pure, clean vintage look, the Montblanc 1858 Automatic combines all the essential elements from the vintage 1858 Collection in an attractive and striking design that harks back to Minerva’s military wristwatches and pocket watches from the 1930s. The timepiece is powered by the Calibre MB 24.16 (a Sellita SW 200), a precise automatic movement for the young and modern watch aficionado who appreciates both the vintage look and horological functionality. Price: 3490 Euro including 19 % VAT.

 

Montblanc 1858 Automatic
Montblanc 1858 Automatic

 

Montblanc 1858 Automatic
Montblanc 1858 Automatic

 

My short resume:

Deepest respect again for Montblanc!

Especially the chronograph is a masterpiece and absolutely fair priced.

I also like the two Automatic-watches, their cool look and the fair pricing.

There is only one little flaw: The minute-hands are too short!

A golden rule of Swiss Watchmaking says, that the minute-hand´s point must reach the so called minuterie (= the minute graduation).

Please look here underneath, there are some lousy 3 or 4 mm missing. Savings?!?!

When I first got these pictures some weeks ago I told it Davide Cerrato, the head of the Montblanc Watch Division, and I told it to Jérôme Lambert 

On the pictures available nothing has been corrected so far… now let us hope it will be done on the product.

After seeing the real watches live in Geneva at the SIHH we will know …

 

By the way, this is THE picture I sent to Jérôme Lambert with my remark in German …

 

Montblanc 1858 Automatic with a to short minute hand
Montblanc 1858 Automatic with a to short minute hand

 

 

UPDATE:

I just talked to Jérôme Lambert for an half an hour an he confirmed me that the length of the hands has been adjusted… BRAVO! So what you guys now get is a real cool watch!  

 

 

 

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