The Montblanc 1858 Geosphere is one of the key icons of the Montblanc 1858 line with its two distinctive domed turning hemisphere globes and in-house world time complication. Inspired by the explorations of legendary mountaineer Reinhold Messner, Montblanc unveils the new Montblanc 1858 Geosphere Limited Edition 1858 that pays tribute to his five-week solo trek across the Gobi Desert in 2004. Reproducing the rocky terrain colour scheme, the timepiece harmoniously combines a satin-finished bronze case with a special engraving on the case back, a bi-directional shiny brown ceramic bezel, a smoked brown and beige lacquered dial, and a matching vintage-brown Sfumato calf strap.
Inspired by Reinhold Messner’s 2004 trek, the case back unveils a unique engraving that shows the Gobi Desert’s famous Flaming Cliffs, also known as Bayanzag, that were on Messner’s route across Northern Asia. The cliffs are famous for the significant paleontological discoveries that have been found there, especially those unearthed by the American palaeontologist Roy Chapman Andrews, who in 1920 found fossilized dinosaur eggs and specimens of Velociraptors. Roy Chapman Andrews gave the name to the location, referring to the red or orange colours of the sandstone cliffs that light up like fire at sunset. The case back also depicts a wind rose compass with a decoration representing the wind whose patterns are inspired by traditional Mongolian ornaments.