What We Love Today: Montblanc’s 1858 Monopusher Chronograph Limited Edition

Inspired by the heritage of the legendary Minerva manufacture, the new timepiece from Montblanc features vintage aesthetics with new colored dials and case elements made of a special alloy of bronze.

When it comes to Montblanc’s watches, the Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Chronograph is one of the technical pillars of the maison. This year, though, Montblanc reinterprets a historical Minerva chronograph from the 1930s in a new version with a touch of a vintage design codes.

Design-wise, just like on the original timepiece, we can see that the 1858 Monopusher Chronograph features a black dial with a beige-colored railway track, as well as two counters at three and nine o’clock.

On top of that, for better legibility and design, the dial also highlights the striking color contrasts with their historical, luminescent, cathedral-shaped hands. The latter also feature a touch of beige-colored SuperLumiNova for better visibility at night.  Last but not least, there is the original Montblanc logo from the 1930s with its historical font and emblem of the Mont Blanc mountain.

Speaking of which, in the Spirit of Mountain Exploration, the watch comes in a 42mm case that’s made of a special alloy of bronze that evolves over time and forms a patina. To make it even more special, this new watch is also completed with a special “Spirit of Mountain Exploration” engraving on the case back.

Moving on to inside, the watch is driven by the calibre MB. 25.12 that indicates elapsed time with a central second hand and a 30-minute counter, both featuring white-colored hands to create a contrast against the black dial and allow better readability. More importantly, the wearer can start, stop and reset the chronograph through a single pusher integrated into the crown.

Finally, the watch is completed with a new matching beige-colored NATO strap and there are also two other non-limited models in stainless steel; one of which comes with a new stainless steel bracelet made of a mix of link shapes and the other with an aged, cognac-colored calfskin strap.