Below: I absolutely love the new Montblanc 1858 collection which is inspired by the heritage of Minerva as one of Switzerland's most revered timekeeping specialists. With this collection, Montblanc revives the spirit of the legendary watches Minerva has been creating since 1858 - and gives them a new, contemporary vintage expression. Adore the period looking winding crown and the old Montblanc logo used during that era!
I have always loved designs of vintage watches. Details and styling from yesteryear adds a deeper character and makes the watches more endearing. Like an heirloom piece that you had owned for many generations, something to treasure and tell a story.
To my delight, Montblanc have released a new collection of watches, The Montblanc 1858 Collection that takes inspirations from the heritage of Minerva, a watchmaking manufacture founded in Villeret in the Saint-Imier valley in 1858 — the eponymous year of the collection. Minerva was renowned throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries for its incredible precision watchmaking. Since 2006, Montblanc have taken over the facility and now as a tribute, the 1858 collection is born.
I adore the designs of the collection, with details that encompasses history, successfully blending vintage inspiration and modern-day appeal.
I am particularly loving the period looking winding crown (Supposedly, they are, ergonomically designed so pilots during that time could wind them up in-flight while wearing gloves), watch dials that bear the historic logo of Montblanc used during 1858 and a large 44mm diameter case that references the actual chronographs manufactured during that era. Super-LumiNova®* coated Arabic numerals and indexes on the dial stays luminescent for a long time, making these timepieces perfect for function during night or day.
When worn, these vintage character timepieces look charming while packing relevant modern features that makes them efficient time keepers.
The Montblanc 1858 Collection features 4 unique designs:
1) 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter’ Limited Edition (only limited to 100 pieces) is a true collector’s dream with a 44 mm pink-gold case and an impressive caliber MB M16.29 manually-wound movement.
2) 1858 Small Second Limited Edition with Alligator Strap (limited to 858 Pieces) is well priced at USD3,255 and yet collectible due to a limited number of releases.
3) 1858 Small Second with Bracelet, priced at USD3360 is for those with prefer a more extravagance option most suited as an evening companion.
4) Lastly the more casual and easy to wear, 1858 Small Second with tan coloured calfskin strap, highly attainable at USD3045 (SGD4600) is a great addition on your wrist for injecting some historical flair to your style. (See 1st pic above)
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