Bronze Com­ple­ments

An an­cient ma­te­rial meets Min­erva’s his­tor­i­cal chrono­graphs in Mont­blanc’s lat­est 1858 Col­lec­tion.

Robb Report (Malaysia) - - Contents - By KEN­NETH TAN

An an­cient ma­te­rial pro­vides vin­tage ac­cents to Mont­blanc’s 1858 col­lec­tion.

T he choice of bronze in Mont­blanc’s 1858 Col­lec­tion is the de­lib­er­ate en­hance­ment on an al­ready vin­tage style. Min­erva, the Villeret-based man­u­fac­ture that’s now part of Mont­blanc, had been pro­duc­ing chrono­graphs since the 1930s.

Its his­tor­i­cal de­signs of cathe­dral hands, art deco-in­spired crowns and clas­sic minute rail­way tracks en­cir­cling the di­als were trans­posed by Mont­blanc into the 1858 Col­lec­tion, which was first un­veiled in 2015.

Just last month, Mont­blanc paid an ode to the vin­tage tri­umph of time­pieces with pur­pose­ful bronze edi­tions within the col­lec­tion.

The glo­ri­ous patina of bronze was achieved by Mont­blanc’s re­search into en­sur­ing it would de­velop unique and uni­form coloura­tion across years of wear.

The three re­cent bronze propo­si­tions are the 44mm Mont­blanc 1858 Au­to­matic (€3,490, S$5,295), the 44mm Mont­blanc 1858 A uto­matic D ual T ime (€4,990) and the Mont­blanc 1858 Chrono­graph Tachymeter Limited Edi­tion (€27,500).

Mean­while, the chrono­graph – limited to 100 pieces – is pow­ered by the man­ual-wound MB M16.29 mono­pusher move­ment which re­sides within a 44mm full bronze case. Its cham­pagne dial is embellished with sun­ray fin­ish­ing while cognac al­li­ga­tor leather straps – crafted at Mont­blanc’s Pel­let­te­ria in Florence – com­pletes the vin­tage aes­thetic.

Its move­ment boasts fur­ther tech­ni­cal and de­sign touches that re­call Min­erva’s over­ar­ch­ing in­flu­ence; the in-house de­vel­oped MB M16.29 is in­spired by Min­erva’s orig­i­nal 17.29 Cal­i­bre used in pocket watches and wrist­watches from the 1930s.

A closer ex­am­i­na­tion of the red gold-plated move­ment, re­veals com­po­nents crafted in the shape of the Min­erva ar­row.

The chrono­graph is pow­ered by the man­ual-wound MB M16.29 mono­pusher move­ment.

This and fac­ing pages: like its his­toric pre­de­ces­sor from the 1930s, the Mont­blanc 1858 Chrono­graph Tachymeter comes with a black dial and his­tor­i­cal shaped hands.

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