Watches & Wonders 2020: Montblanc Offers A High Quality/Value Ratio With New Complications And Creative Dials



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Montblanc has just given us seven more reasons to love its prestigious 1858 and Heritage collections. The 1858 collection, first introduced in 2015, has showcased some of Montblanc’s most advanced movements, many made by hand at the Minerva Institute, the brand’s high watchmaking atelier. This includes the split-seconds chronograph caliber MB M16.31, which debuted last year in a limited edition 1858 with a black lacquered dial. This year’s model has a blue lacquer dial, with the same striking snail shaped tachymeter scale at its center. It is limited to 100 pieces, priced at $36,000.

Another new piece with a blue dial is the 1858 Geosphere, a world timer with an interesting, esoteric theme. It is dedicated to the Seven Summit mountaineering challenge, the holy grail of mountaineering adventures, where climbers set out to ascend the highest mountains on each continent. The seven summits and the Mont Blanc are marked on the globes with blue dots. The 42 mm cases are grade 5 titanium. It is priced starting at $5,800 on strap.

Another star debut of the 1858 collection is a Limited Edition Monopusher Chronograph with a standout black dial and beige indications, including huge, statement-making cathedral shaped hands. The case is steel with a bezel made of a special bronze alloy, and it comes attached to a groovy beige colored woven NATO strap. It is priced at $5,600.

Even more esoteric is the 1858 Automatic 24H, with a fascinating complication, a 24-hour time indication via a single hand that allows the watch to be used both as a timekeeper and a compass. The compass scale is displayed in a beige-colored ring that runs around the outside of the dial, with markers for approximately every 5 degrees and cardinal points in red. North is located at 24h and South at 12h. It is priced at $3,030.

Montblanc also debuted three pieces in its Heritage collection with noteworthy dials. The Heritage Monopusher Chronograph is a standout, with the same salmon-colored dial that made the Heritage Spirit Pulsograph the hit of last year’s introductions. The Heritage is inspired by Minerva watches, including chronographs from the 1940s and ’50s, and while this particular watch does not contain a Minerva movement, it represents great value, at $4,950.

By the way, the Pulsograph is back with a new tobacco brown dial in rose gold and a Minerva-made movement coated in gold to match the case. It is limited to 100 pieces, at $33,000. There is also a new Heritage Automatic in yellow gold with a British-racing green dial, so called because it is the traditional color of green British racing cars. $8,900.

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