Montblanc has accepted the retro-styled looks well for a lot of their watches throughout the last couple of years. With the Minerva documents as a legit and broad wellspring of inspiration for both design and developments. The latest prologue to the Minerva inspired 1858 collection is the Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Chronograph. A keen expansion that comes in a regular steel rendition and a limited release bronze version.

Over the last couple of years, Montblanc has increasingly put resources into giving the Minerva name prominent place in their collection. Seemingly an odd couple from the outset, has quickly drawn the interest of many watch devotees. I need to say I was watchful from the start in light of the fact that the names didn’t appear to be a natural fit. What’s more, still don’t on occasion even now.

But I need to concede that slowly I have been attracted increasingly more to the watches that Montblanc has presented. Simply in light of the fact that an increasing number of them look excellent. Last year’s Heritage Pulsograph with the salmon dial was another perfect example of that. Also, with the Minerva name appended, I’m always keen on finding out what’s next. Although the 1858 Monopusher Chronograph is certainly not another name in the collection, the latest releases bring a one of a kind stylish that might be the sharpest yet.

The Montblanc 1858 Collection

The Montblanc Heritage and Montblanc 1858 collections have been the two most important exponents of Minerva’s history. What Montblanc has progressed admirably, is differentiating the two collections. The Heritage collection draws inspiration from elegant Minerva timepieces from the 1940s and 1950s. The 1858 collection, then again, draws inspiration from the professional Minerva watches from the 1920s and 1930s. Tool watches that were made mostly “for military use and exploration” as the band portrays it. Although the positioning of the collections is mostly marketing talk, there is a distinction in the style of the two collections that fits the description and makes it simple to tell them apart.

The first watches released under the Montblanc 1858 moniker were the 1858 Automatic and the 1858 Automatic Dual Time from 2017. The presentation of the 1858 collection occurred a year later at the SIHH 2018. The watches from the 1858 collection that have impressed me the most have been the ones with the notorious Minerva developments of the past. The previous versions of the 1858 Monopusher Chronograph and the 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter are the champs for me. Both stunning watches with an astonishing price tag. With the presentation of the new 1858 Monopusher Chronograph, there is a watch with equally good looks and a lot friendlier price tag.

The looks of the 1858 Monopusher Chronograph

I am going back quickly to the “military and explorer” bit in the marketing text. Mountain exploration is the main thing I thought about when I opened the press photos. For anybody familiar with clothing brands, a portion of the pictures look like they are part of a photoshoot. Which in itself isn’t unusual at all on the grounds that the Boston brand also draws inspiration from vintage alpine apparel. Furthermore, I love what the brand does, so my first reference was definitely a good one.

Out of the three models available, the one that caught my eyes previously was the limited release bronze rendition. The two steel renditions have similar looks, yet the bronze case adds that little extra to make it stick out. Both the steel and the bronze rendition include a similar 42mm case with a thickness of 14.7mm. The black dial includes a beige 60-second track, and beige Super-LumiNova filled Arabic numerals. The bronze variant highlights rose gold-covered and beige luminescent hour and moment hands further improve the vintage feel of the watch. The steel renditions highlight steel and beige luminous hour and moment hands. All adaptations have a large white chronograph seconds hand and white counter hands to make a pleasant difference to guarantee good readability when using the chronograph function.

The 1858 Monopusher Chronograph includes a domed sapphire glass box with antireflective coating. The case back of the bronze variant is made of titanium and highlights a bronze-covered “Spirit of Mountain Exploration” engraving. To polish off the vintage looks, the bronze limited release comes with a beige NATO strap with a bronze-covered stainless steel pin. The steel adaptation includes a stainless steel case back, and you have the decision of a stainless steel “beads of rice” style bracelet or a cognac-colored calfskin strap.

The Montblanc Caliber MB. 25.12 movement

The 1858 Monopusher Chronograph is powered by the Montblanc caliber MB. 25.12 programmed development. This Montblanc development is based on a Sellita SW500 development and is also utilized in the Heritage Monopusher Chronograph. The cam-operated chronograph development is in all likelihood got from the Sellita caliber SW510 MP development and has a power save of 48 hours with a 28,800vph operating frequency.

The caliber MB. 25.12 development highlights central hour and minutes and small seconds at 9 o’clock. The chronograph has a central elapsed-second hand and a 30-elapsed moment counter at 3 o’clock. The Sellita caliber SW510 MP has proven itself as a truly reliable and hearty development based on the 7750-engineering. Not the slightest bit is the caliber MB. 25.12 comparable to the notorious Minerva developments utilized in a portion of different models. As referenced previously, the prices for these models are also a lot friendlier than for the limited release models that do utilize the Minerva movements.

Prices and availability

The bronze form of the 1858 Monopusher Chronograph is limited to a total of 1858 pieces and will cost $5,600. As the production numbers are very high, you will probably have the option to get your hands on one. The steel adaptation with the calfskin strap will cost $4,900, and the steel rendition with the steel bracelet is available for $5,200. With prices that are a lot friendlier and a similar vintage looks as the more expensive models, the 1858 Monopusher Chronograph is a watch that will draw in purchasers. The vintage-inspired looks certainly have a great deal of appeal, and the Minerva influence will additionally strengthen the Montblanc name.

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