Montblanc : Tachymeter Chronograph 1858

Tachymeter Chronograph 1858

Case : 18K pink gold, cambered sapphire crystal, crown with integrated single pusher and mother-of-pearl emblem, sapphire back, water-resistant to 30m Diameter : 44mm Movement : mechanical self-winding movement (Caliber MB 1629, 52h power reserve), 252 hand-assembled and decorated components, horizontal clutch column-wheel chronograph mechanism, Haute Horlogerie finishing Functions : hours, minutes, seconds, two-counter mono pusher choronograph Dial : black, luminescent hands Strap : black alligator leather with 18K pink gold pin buckle 100-piece limited series

20th century Minerva watchmakers would doubtless scarcely believe their eyes if there were to witness the striking resemblance with the original model produced in the 1930s. Even the black dial dotted with the same Arabic numerals and shaped hands, as well as the same case with its domed sapphire crystal, albeit in a slightly smaller diameter to make a better fit with the caliber which is no longer a pocket-watch movement. Launched in 1929 with a 17-ligne diameter, Minerva Caliber 1729 proved exceptional and substantially inspired the contemporary MB Caliber 1629 with its horizontal coupling-clutch column-wheel chronograph mechanism, although the latter was perfected using state-of-the-art technologies. The finishes of this 100-piece limited series testify to a deep-seated love of pure traditions. Entirely developed and produced in-house, the movement of the Tachymeter Chronograph 1858 is a marvel of horological craftsmanship, manually adjusted part by part. The Montblanc watchmaking teams wished to pay tribute to the heritage of the Manufacture Minerva that has been integrated within their production facility for around ten years. This model intended for experienced collectors appeals as much for its technical and historical content (Minerva was created in 1858) as for its vintage aesthetic approach symbolized by touches such as the Montblanc logo stamped on the dial in its 1929 version. The contemporary Montblanc emblem is carved in mother-of-pearl on the crown. It is indeed at a Salon for connoisseurs that this monopusher chronograph is being officially introduced, the SIAR in Mexico. Brand enthusiasts will be relieved to know that the Tachymeter Chronograph 1858 will be available worldwide.

As the 1858 collection continues to grow, Montblanc also wanted to offer two more affordable variations for devotees of retro-style timepieces with an authentic heritage underpinning current creations. The Manual Small Second 1858 comes in a 44mm steel case with sapphire crystal back issued in an 858-piece limited series (pictured left, see also the photoshoot on page 80).

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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