The Seven Summits Challenge
The Seven Summits are the highest mountains of each of the seven continents. There are different lists with slight variations, depending on the definition used for a continent or the tectonic plates or the mountaineers first completing the list. Undisputed are Mount Everest, 29,029 feet (Eurasian Plate); Aconcagua, 22,837 feet (South American Plate); Denali (formerly known as Mount Mckinley), 20,310 feet (North American Plate); Mount Kilimanjaro, 16,100 feet (African Plate); Mount Vinson, 16,050 feet (Antarctic Plate); followed by either the Mont Blanc in Europe with 15,777 feet or Mount Elbrus in Russia with 18,510 feet, Puncak Jaya (or Carstensz Pyramid) with 16,024 ft or Mount Kosciuszko with 7,310 feet (both on the Australian Plate); and occasionally Mauna Kea on Hawaii with 13,802 feet (Pacific Plate) or Mount Wilhelm in Papua New Guinea with 14,793 feet. Interestingly, Montblanc went with a version without the Mont Blanc (but consequently one of the two most commonly used lists), focusing on the seven highest mountains per continent: Denali, Everest, Elbrus, Puncak Jaya, Vinson, Kilimanjaro and Aconcagua. The Seven Summits achievement is regarded as a mountaineering challenge, first achieved on April 30, 1985, by American adventurer and mountaineer Richard Daniel "Dick" Bass (1929 - 2015). In only one year, 1983, Bass climbed six peaks (Aconcagua, Denali, Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, Vinson and Kosciuszko). Two years later, Bass finally reached the summit of Mount Everest and was able to complete his list. Having been neither a geologist nor a geographer, Bass defined each continent by its outline and therefore included Australia’s highpoint, Mount Kosciuszko. In the same year, American mountaineer Gerry Roach became the second person to climb the same Seven Summits. The first mountaineer to ascend Everest, Aconcagua, Denali, Kilimanjaro, Vinson, Carstensz Pyramid and Mont Blanc was famous Italian climber Reinhold Messner in 1986.
Nicolas Baretzki, Montblanc's CEO, sees the 1858 as "a recognition of that effort, of that challenge, and of the pleasure of being outdoors."
The titanium snap-on caseback is perfectly aligned and PVD treated. It features a list of the Seven Summits, an engraving of the Mont Blanc mountain, a compass symbol and two crossed ice pick-axes.
The comparatively low position of the crown is a clear indication of a module placed on top of the automatic movement. The crown features the brand's logo, a representation of the snowcovered peak of Mont Blanc.