MOUNTAIN HIGH AND PRICES LOW
This year has been an invigorating one for Montblanc. While the Swiss brand continued to put out good watches, there was a feeling that in terms of pricing, things could be better. But this year, with the 1858 vintage collection reissue, the brand has synced up the product and the price. For instance, one of our favourites from SIHH this year was the 1858 Automatic Chronograph. This 42MM timepiece comes in either stainless steel or bronze. There’s a certain robustness about this collection, and in the Chronograph you see it in the simplicity. The driving aesthetic here is mountaineering adventure, which is captured by the calfskin (or if you prefer, the NATO) strap and vintage dial design. This comes from the Minerva inspired watch designs, a company Montblanc bought in 2006. The caseback, as you would expect for a chronograph, is engraved with the likeness of the Mont Blanc mountain. The kicker, as mentioned earlier, is the pricing which has the steel at just under RM18,000 and the bronze at RM21,000. If the bi-compax vintage look is what you’re after, then this is what you want.