New to the Montblanc 1858 collection: Bronze retro look

Montblanc goes for bronze

Words: Gisbert L. Brunner
Photography: Gisbert L. Brunner and Montblanc

New to the Montblanc 1858 collection: Bronze retro look
Gisbert L. Brunner

Gisbert L. Brunner has been writing about watches and chronometry since 1981

Minerva was founded in Villeret in 1858. The company made a name for itself with a variety of chronograph movements and stopwatch calibres and has belonged to Montblanc since 2006. The so called Villeret collection has stood out ever since for its high-end items, including both tourbillons and special chronographs.

Montblanc are bang on trend with three brand new models with cases made partly of bronze. As time passes, the metal creates a stunning and highly unusual vintage look.

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Sooner or later, body heat, humidity and other climatic factors are going to make a bronze case unique. The oxidation process and the fact that the copper in the bronze alloy can stain the skin green explains why some manufacturers are sceptical if not actively opposed to it.

But for those who like the aged-looking metal that church bells, cymbals, works of art, coins, medals, even pasta-shapers are made of but don’t like the inevitable stains, all you need is the right cleaning fluid, dexterity and some patience and the original sheen will be back in no time.

That goes for all the Montblanc timepieces shown here, ranging from the entry-level automatic watches to the noble hand-wound chronographs with in-house movement. Somewhere in between is the Dual Time, a hybrid watch aimed at the cosmopolitan amongst us, which combines an external automatic movement and in-house time-zone module.

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The Montblanc 1858 Automatic 

Movement:

  • MB 24.16 calibre, equivalent to the Sellita SW 200
  • Bidirectional rotorwind
  • 38-hour power reserve
  • 4Hz frequency

Case:

  • Satin-finished stainless steel with bronze bezel
  • Sapphire glass
  • Decorated steel back
  • 44mm across  
  • Waterproof to three bar
  • Antique-look cognac-coloured calf-leather strap
  • The cost: €3,490 
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The Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition 100 

Movement:

  • Montblanc MB M16.29 in-house hand-wound calibre
  • 38.4mm across, 6.3mm thick
  • Comprised of 252 parts
  • Plate and bridge made of pink gold German silver
  • Approximately 50-hour power reserve
  • Screw balance wheel, 14.5mm across, moment of inertia 59mg.cm²
  • Breguet coil
  • 2.5Hz frequency
  • Monopusher chronograph with column wheel control, horizontal wheel coupling and 30-minute counter
  • Tachymeter scale on dial

Case:  

  • Bronze with bronze-coloured titanium transparent back
  • 44mm across, 13.15mm thick
  • Waterproof to three bar
  • Crown with integrated chronograph button
  • Cognac-coloured crocodile-skin bracelet
  • Certified by the Montblanc Performance Test 500
  • 100-piece limited edition 
  • The cost: €27,500 

The Montblanc 1858 Automatic Dual Time

Movement:

  • MB 29.19 calibre (Sellita SW 300 with in-house time-zone module, bidirectional rotorwind)
  • Approximately 42-hour power reserve
  • 4Hz frequency
  • Two hour hands. The one for the local time can be adjusted back or forward in hourly increments. The date window will adjust accordingly in either direction. The hand for the local time is linked to the day/night indicator.

Case:

  • Satin-finished stainless steel with bronze bezel
  • Special decorated steel back
  • 44mm across, 12.30mm thick
  • Waterproof to three bar
  • Antique-look cognac-coloured calf-leather strap
  • The cost: €4,490 
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12/2016 The Red Bulletin

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