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Montblanc’s vintage exploration
New Models

Montblanc’s vintage exploration

Monday, 27 April 2020
By The FHH Journal editors
The FHH Journal editors

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Montblanc adds two new models to its vintage-inflected 1858 collection, inspired by Minerva and its heritage. They include the single-hand 1858 Automatic 24H which features a map of the Northern Hemisphere on the dial, case elements in bronze and a hand-made NATO strap.

Directly rooted in the Spirit of Mountain Exploration, the Montblanc 1858 timepieces combine the back to nature trend with vintage design codes that are reminiscent of the original Minerva chronographs and pocket watches from the 1920s and 1930s. For better legibility and design, the dials highlight striking colour contrasts with their luminescent hands; Arabic numerals coated with SuperLumiNova®; railway minute tracks; and the original Montblanc logo from the 1930s.

1858 Automatic 24H © Montblanc
1858 Automatic 24H © Montblanc

In the same spirit, the 1858 Automatic 24H features a new complication with a 24H indication via a single hand that allows the timepiece to be used both as a timekeeper, to read hours and minutes, and as a compass. The timepiece indicates the time on a 24-hour scale using a red-coloured hand coated in SuperLumiNova® for better readability both day and night. This red-tipped hand not only indicates the time but also acts as a compass. For precision purposes, the compass scale is displayed in a beige-coloured ring that runs around the outside of the dial, with markers for approximately every 5°, and includes the cardinal points in red.

1858 Automatic 24H © Montblanc
1858 Automatic 24H © Montblanc

Special attention has been paid to the black dial with its map of the Northern Hemisphere and 24 meridians made out of luminescent material. The SuperLumiNova®-coated elements are subtly visible during the day, while at night, the 24-hour numerals, indexes and single hour hand take on a mysterious glow, making the timepiece truly distinctive. The automatic timepiece comes with a new 42mm bicolour case made of stainless steel and a bezel made of a special alloy of bronze, providing a vintage aesthetic. The timepiece is completed with a special “Spirit of Mountain Exploration” engraving on the case back. The 1858 Automatic 24H is equipped with a matching black, hand-crafted NATO strap that is made in a traditional 150-year-old strap manufacture in France.

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