December 13, 2015
Montblanc recently launched a new collection named for the founding year (1858) of Minerva. Minerva was once a stand alone watch manufacture, but is today part of the watchmaking operations of Montblanc. Two models are now offered, both inspired by 1930’s pilot’s watches from the brand’s history, both with a throwback Montblanc logo. But one is more interesting than the other, in my opinion, so we’ll focus on it here and now.
The Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition has a 44mm x 13.5mm red gold case that has a very thin, sloping bezel. It frames a nicely arranged black dial with luminous hands and hour numbers, along with a a small seconds register at 6 and a chronograph minutes register at 3. The watch is a monopusher chronograph, operated through the single, bevelled crown. It is powered by an in-house monopusher chronograph caliber that looks absolutely killer through the sapphire casebackand is really what makes this watch a winner in my book.
The Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter (ref. 112637) is a limited edition of just 100 pieces will retail for $32,900, available late fall 2015. Those looking for something at a lower price point can check out the other piece in the new collection, the Montblanc 1858 Small Second (Ref. 113860) in stainless steel. This watch is also limited (858 pieces) and will retail for $3,395.