Montblanc 1858 Automatic Chronograph Hands-On

Montblanc 1858 Automatic Chronograph Hands-On

I’ll let it be known, SIHH was never precisely the career expo I’d strictly tune into as a watch fan and not once did I feel any sort of regret about my psychological nonattendance – work commitments aside, obviously. This year, in any case, you can’t reject that we saw the business move marginally as brands investigated new value sections, rotated their showcasing endeavors, and moved to rebuild their way to deal with building up the best in class items for the new year. Don’t misunderstand me, the 35 partaking companies actually put a lot of the haute in haute horlogerie but this year, I felt less like a rocker horologist observer and more like an expected purchaser, which is actually the outcome these brands need to go for. One brand that made this potential was Montblanc with the presentation of their newest Montblanc 1858 Automatic Chronograph. What’s more, while it’s genuine that we can be by and large unforgiving with regards to vintage reissues, this watch does a particularly extraordinary occupation of making up for a shortcoming in Montblanc’s product offering up that we needed to offer our appreciation to it.

All pictures by Bilal Khan

Until now, the most recent versions of the Minerva-style 1858 Chronograph have been by and large distant for most of authorities. That’s expressly clear when you take a gander at estimating for watches like the Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition and its bronze partner uncovered at SIHH 2017 . This year’s version –offered in both bronze and spotless steel –rearranges the plan and jettison the monopusher approach for a more simple automatic chronograph development. The outcome is a simple watch that’s really deserving of the abused term, “tool watch.” The most awesome aspect? The two adaptations fall inside the $5,000 value reach and show us that Montblanc actually has a lot of motivation to take advantage of after purchasing Fabrique d’Horlogerie Minerva SA back in 2006.


Modestly estimated at 42mm, the Montblanc 1858 Automatic Chronograph has a lot to bring to the table for fans looking for a watch that’s current with a vintage contact. While a considerable lot of the old Valjoux 69-based Minerva chronographs came in at around 36mm, I wan’t shortcoming Montblanc for keeping things applicable in today’s market. Plus, most would likely concur that 42mm is entirely generous without feeling senseless or unwieldy. The dark dial adaptation, with its fundamental two-register format and utilitarian plan approach, wavers near the very edge of cool “dad watch” region. That’s in light of the fact that it’s basically everything a lively chronograph ought to be –dark dial, decipherable showcase, automatic development, and a lot of water obstruction. The watch is likewise very thick at 14.55mm however to me, this offsets out with the 42mm case diameter.

One thing that’ll truly set off a couple of potential purchasers is the utilization of beige Super-LumiNova on the hour numerals and focal hour and moment hands. Love it or disdain it, for the present, this sort of false patina look is setting down deep roots. I without a doubt have never been troubled by it however here, I just can’t help yet understand that it doesn’t precisely coordinate with the hands in the auxiliary dials and the focal chronograph seconds hand. It most likely won’t be an issue during everyday use except it makes for an absence of coherence while noticing the dial intently. All things considered, I feel like the bronze form utilizes the beige Super-LumiNova since it figures out how to mix pleasantly with the smoked champagne dial and coordinating sub-dial hands.

Other highlights of the case incorporate direct brushed getting done with cleaned subtleties along the caseband, 100m of water obstruction, heavy siphon pushers, and a bended drag structure that causes the 42mm size to feel marginally more modest. A more intensive gander at the dial likewise uncovers how the watch could truly engage a subset of bad-to-the-bone authorities. For one, there is no date window –and I’m glad to see Montblanc show the sort of guts it takes to truly pull that off. Text is likewise restricted except for the old fashioned Montblanc logo and the necessary “Swiss Made” just shy of 6 o’clock. At long last, I love the nonappearance of the tachymeter scale, which has demonstrated to be completely futile by and large and mishandled by a few brands as a course reading afterthought.


Driving the spotless presentation is Montblanc’s calibre MB 25.11, which is based off a Sellita SW-510 and altered to run just a 30-minute aggregator and running seconds sub-dial. The sub-dials themselves are additionally very clear and on the off chance that you can disregard the way that they cut into four of great importance Arabics, I’d say that it’s one of the more adjusted plans you can get from Montblanc nowadays. Discussing the sub-dials, every one of them includes a pleasant railroad style track for expanded decipherability and more modest alpha hands that compliment the strong and very much measured house of prayer handset for the fundamental time show. On the specialized side of things, Montblanc’s MB 25.11 conveys 48 hours of force save, works at 28,800 bph, and gives the accommodation of an automatic winding games chronograph.

While we get a pleasant domed sapphire gem over the actual dial, the caseback doesn’t uncover significantly more than an emblazoned mountain theme, a streamlined compass rose, and a couple of ice tomahawks intended to inspire the feeling of experience one would feel with the Montblanc 1858 Automatic Chronograph on wrist. It’s cool, amusing to take a gander at, and presumably proper considering the base development inside. Both the treated steel and bronze renditions of the watch come with such a matured cognac-shaded cowhide tie while a dark & dim “Bond-style” NATO is incorporated with the hardened steel form. Both the nylon and cowhide lashes give off an impression of being high in quality and keeping in mind that I’m not a gigantic enthusiast of calfskin ties, I simply love the manner in which the cognac shading tone sets with the bronze cased form of the watch.

With the Montblanc 1858 Automatic Chronograph in hardened steel and bronze out this year, I think we at last have a watch that’s going to pull in another arrangement of purchasers for the brand. This is particularly significant for Montblanc, whose name may regularly be related with a huge number of irrelevant items according to easygoing shoppers. Notwithstanding, considering watches like the 1858 and the patched up Montblanc Timewalker Manufacture Chronograph , I think Montblanc has exhibited perhaps the most grounded start to 2018 we’ve seen from any watch company –particularly when you consider the potential these watches have for drawing in new shoppers. All things considered, talking openly, I never truly gave a lot of consideration to Montblanc until SIHH 2018, and that’s saying something. Cost for the Montblanc 1858 Automatic Chronograph in treated steel is $4,300 while the bronze form with the smoked champagne dial is estimated at $5,000montblanc.com