MOUN­TAIN HIGH AND PRICES LOW

Esquire (Malaysia) - - MACHINERY -

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.

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