Montblanc joins the bronze brigade with three Minerva-minded beauties

Montblanc has unveiled three new bronze versions in its Montblanc 1858 Collection — a 1858 Chronometer Tachymeter Limited Edition 100, a 1858 Automatic Dual Time and a 1858 Automatic timepiece.

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The bronze casing is a first for Monblanc and suits the vintage style of the collection which takes it’s cues from famed Minerva models. Minerva was founded in 1858 in Villeret Switzerland where Monblanc has been manufacturing since 2007.

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1858 Chrono Tachymeter.

The resulting timepieces are all 44mm and capture all the spirit of the past in a modern way, reinterpreting the famous Minerva military chronographs from the 1930s, with distinct designs that traverse time.

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Montblanc Chrono Calibre with red gold parts.

Following in the footsteps of Panerai, Oris and Tudor, special attention has been paid to researching the perfect alloy of bronze that will evolve with its owner by developing its own unique, uniform and attractive patina over the years. The subtle changing colour of the case further enriches the vintage appeal of each timepiece.

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1858 Automatic Dual Time.

You’ll find large cathedral hands, Arabic numerals, vintage shaped crowns and classic minute railway tracks along with the original Montblanc logo from the 1930s era with its historical font and emblem of the Mont Blanc Mountain in the centre.

New cognac-coloured calfskin and alligator straps have been given an aged look by the artisans at the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence. 

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1858 Automatic.

The 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition is hand-crafted and comes with a retro-vintage champagne dial that has a sunray finishing to match the bronze colour of the case. Its in-house Villeret movement boasts a mono-pusher column-wheel operation with red-gold coloured components. The chronograph indications are displayed via a central chronograph seconds hand and a chronograph minute counter at three o’clock. Other indications on the dial include a tachymeter scale that runs around the dial and a small seconds’ counter at nine o’clock.

The 1858 Automatic Dual Time comes in a 44mm satinated stainless steel case with a bronze bezel and crown and black dial, and again the movement has been developed in-house.

A nice touch is the day-night indicator on the dial, and the watch continues to run during any time-zone adjustments.

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1858 case back.

The Montblanc 1858 Automatic has a deep black dial and case in satinated stainless steel, with the bezel and crown in bronze. The case back reveals an engraving of the Minerva Manufacture in Villeret, with the Jura Mountains in the background. There is also the Roberts Frères Villeret logo, the historic Minerva logo, the Montblanc name and the arrow from the Goddess Minerva’s spear to remind you what watch you’re wearing.

How do we rate the Montblanc’s bronze beauties? Nice. They’re not the first to offer this material and won’t be the last, but the metal suits the Minerva look.

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