Adhering to the spirit of mountain exploration, Montblanc gave a new interpretation of Minerva’s historical military chronograph from the 1930s, and launched a limited edition 1858 chronograph chronograph (model: 119910). With its 1858 product line, Montblanc pays tribute to the traditional professional timepieces of Menela designed for military and adventure.

Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Chronograph Limited Edition

   Like the prototype, the Montblanc 1858 chronograph chronograph has a rangefinder scale around the dial, which is also a typical feature of Minerva chronographs. The rangefinder can measure the distance between the observer and the point where the phenomenon occurs (both visible and audible), such as lightning and thunder in a storm. When you see the phenomenon (lightning), you start the pointer, and when you hear the sound (thunder), it stops timing. The scale pointed by the pointer is the distance (unit: kilometers) between the observer and the point where the phenomenon occurs. The scale is set based on the speed at which sound travels through the air and is approximately 340 meters per second.

Minerva chronograph in history

   There is also a speedometer in the center of the dial of this watch. The scale mark is snail-shaped and the measurement time is up to three minutes (the traditional chronograph scale is only one minute). It is used to show that a moving object (such as a car) is passing a known distance ( 1000 meters). The car starts the pointer when it passes the starting point and stops timing when it reaches the end point. The scale pointed by the pointer is the average speed when passing a known distance.

   The combination of timing and tracking needle complex functions allows the user to record two events that occur at the same time but end at different times. Like traditional timepieces with this function, the watch’s sapphire crystal back allows a glimpse of the subtle operation of the chase mechanism.

   Montblanc 1858 chronograph chronograph uses a 44mm diameter satin bronze case with a black lacquered dial and red gold markings, highlighting the retro style while providing excellent legibility. The sapphire crystal is anti-magnetically treated inside, allowing the two chronograph seconds hands to ensure extremely high precision. The red gold-coated central chronograph second hand, the white central chase second hand, and the chronograph minute hand at 3 o’clock together display the chronograph information.

M16.31 movement

   Montblanc’s 1858 chronograph chronograph is equipped with the brand’s new M16.31 single-button chronograph movement, which is equipped with a double-column wheel and a horizontal coupling clutch device, and can provide a 50-hour power reserve. The M16.31 movement was inspired by the Calibre 17.29 movement developed by Minerva in 1930 for pocket watches and watches. This modern movement features exquisite hand-finished finishes such as Geneva patterns, round grain and chamfers-as well as exquisite details such as Minerva small arrows, ‘V’ shaped chronograph bridges, and 18,000 times per hour ( 3 Hz) Large balance wheel with traditional vibration frequency operation.

   Montblanc 1858 chronograph chronograph features a black alligator leather strap with beige stitching. It is reported that the watch is now on the market, with a limited edition of 100 pieces, priced at 31,000 US dollars, equivalent to about 210,000 yuan. (Photo / text watch home Xu Chaoyang)