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Montblanc's 1858 Watch Collection Gives a Nod to Its History of Exploration

The collection was made for true collectors.
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Montblanc's heritage is rooted in travel and innovation. Each of the brand's different products—from writing instruments to luggage pieces and even fragrances—always hearken to this spirit of exploration. And the timepieces are no different.

As if that wasn't enough, Montblanc went deeper into its roots with the 1858 Collection in tribute to the rich heritage of Minerva, a watch company that the company acquired in 2006. The result is a collection that celebrates mountain exploration. Think nature, bronze cases, NATO straps, and a whole lot of khaki green.

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Throughout the '20s and '30s, Minerva conceived watches mainly for military use and exploration. It's a source of inspiration for the 1858 collection, specifically the Montblanc 1858 Automatic, Montblanc 1858 Automatic Chronograph, and Montblanc 1858 Geosphere.

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The watches come in an elegant pairing of green and bronze and made to capture the spirit of the great outdoors. The NATO straps are a highlight in itself. Handcrafted in France, the robust and durable straps provide a contemporary look. This time around, the collection was made with modern-day explorers in mindhiking through forests or across fields and the highest peaks. But it's also a trusty companion, as Montblanc says, for "setting their own challenges, expressing their own personal style, living authentic lifestyles, and finding harmony with nature to reach new heights in life."

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A true standout in the collection is the Split Second Chronograph, a timepiece that Montblanc touts as a watch for true collectors. It features a telemeter scale that runs around the dials, a tachymeter at the center in a snail shape, and a complex split-second complication developed by the brand. All three pay tribute to Minerva's extraordinary heritage while serving different purposes. The telemeter scale allows the wearer to measure any phenomenon such as lightning and thunder in a storm, while the tachymeter can show the speed of a moving object over a known distance. The split-second complication, on the other hand, can be used to measure intermediate times without interrupting the ongoing measurement.

Housed in a bronze case, the Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph comes with a striking black lacquered dial and red-gold elements that offer a contrast. The anti-magnetized glass allows great precision while handcrafted finishings top it all off.

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The 1858 might seem fully contemporary but really, it's a collection made up of Minerva's best. After all, if it worked then, why change it now?

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Paolo Chua
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