Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Bronze Watch Hands-On

Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Bronze Watch Hands-On

Pre-WWII chronographs worked by Minerva are among the absolute most criminally misjudged vintage watches of that specific period, so it should come as nothing unexpected that with Montblanc ‘s acquisition of the Villeret-based manufactory in 2004, we’d see a lot of ensuing visits to the documents, just as execution in Montblanc’s cutting edge contributions. This has been executed in different structures to extraordinary impact – including the treated steel 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter presented in 2016 , however what we hadn’t seen done as of not long ago at Montblanc on a brand level, is any execution in bronze. Uncovered at SIHH 2017, the Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Bronze follows the execution of its 2016 archetype – a vintage-enlivened monopusher chronograph done in bronze.

All pictures by Ariel Adams

This time around, we’re treated with a couple of new changes around the equivalent physically twisted development described by its bi-compax dial format. Most strikingly, the case is currently delivered in a silk cleaned bronze – another sign that the ‘bronze age’ pattern in watchmaking is as yet conveying some steam. What’s more, while most may contend that the marine-grade composite is best held for jump watches like the Tudor Black Bay Bronze , the case material has additionally seen enough accomplishment with other race and avionics themed watches, similar to the Zenith Pilot ‘Additional Special’ line ( whose Type 20 Chronograph we went involved with recently ), so it should come as little amazement that Montblanc looks to add its own exceptional patina to the blend. Preferred late over never, right?


The new 1858 Chronograph (named so in perception of Minerva’s establishing year) case gets a couple of stylish changes also; especially another champagne-shaded sunray dial, which is a treat in ‘just’ the correct light, while complementing the warm, vintage tasteful of the bronze case. The radiant house of prayer formed hour/minute handset and the bolt molded chronograph hands additionally channel the vintage vibe perfectly, yet where the watch begins to lose focuses against the source material comes in its truly present day 44mm case. It doesn’t wear excessively enormous, nonetheless, and the unbiased, natural tones of the bronze and the dial quiet those extents fairly. It’s fitted to a tan crocodile calfskin lash with eggshell-shaded sewing, which complements the bronze and champagne tints beautifully.

The Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Bronze is controlled by the MB M16.29, which is a completely in-house fabricated segment wheel development intended to copy the conduct of the 17.29 pocket chronograph development, a Minerva-portfolio type which dates to the mid 1930s. Notwithstanding, the advanced M16.29 is comparative just in inciting conduct to its motivation – the development is home to some generally broad changes which add to the rear of the watch being the genuine star of the show.

At first look, it’s the remarkable even coupling and V-formed chronograph connect that gets the attention, however a nearer assessment uncovers some out and out noteworthy shading coordinating to the actual components. Select scaffolds are indeed, rose gold-plated, yielding a degree of attachment (front and back) and contrast that is generally incomprehensible at this value point. It’s additionally an incredible visual illustration of how Montblanc’s interest in Minerva has drawn out the absolute best in the two names – and no one successes more than watch fans.


On the chronometric front, the actual development murmurs at a moderately low 18,000bph, however it’s a rate that concedes a liberal 50 hour power save. Like the customary pocket watch chronograph types whereupon it’s based, every one of the three inciting capacities (start, pause and reset) of the 1858 Chronograph are performed by the single pusher at 3:00. It makes for a marginally extended crown length, yet it additionally eliminates the pair of ordinarily present pushers, yielding the cleanest conceivable case plan for a chronograph.

Once cased, the development additionally goes through Montblanc’s Laboratory Test 500 cycle, a thorough, three-week ‘torment trial’ of sorts intended to reenact the principal year of the watch’s life, and guarantee things are running precisely to spec prior to being conveyed to the wrist. Montblanc is a long way from the primary brand to do this – Omega has its ‘Lord Chronometer’ certificate, and Montblanc’s own older sibling Jaeger LeCoultre has a 1000 Hours Test, for instance, yet even still – it’s consoling to take note of that Montblanc stands behinds its in-house created calibers.

The 44mm size of the watch is probably going to be its most disruptive component – which shouldn’t come as a very remarkable astonishment. In any case, with the development estimating a couple of hairs under 40mm (it was a pocket watch development, all things considered), the decision behind the case size has all the earmarks of being one made due to legitimate need, and not the passing pattern. Montblanc may be delivering 50 bits of this extremely restricted release. Fans and gatherers can scoop one up at the requesting cost from €27,500. montblanc.com