Montblanc's 1858 collection gets one of its most comprehensive updates this year with a lineup of new styles that are inspired by exploration and the brand's Minerva heritage. First up is the 1858 GMT ($3,515-$4,100), which ditches the traditional GMT hand for a simplified system that rotates a red square around the dial and positions itself against the 24-hour aluminum bezel to indicate the second time zone. The watch features a 42mm steel case on a steel bracelet or rubber strap and is powered by a Caliber MB 24.33 automatic movement with a 42-hour power reserve.
1858 Iced Sea Automatic Date
For its new dive watch, Montblanc looked to the icy lakes of Mont-Blanc Massif to inform the design of the 1858 Iced Sea Automatic Date ($2,975-$3,190). The watch features a unique dial that uses a technique called gratté boisé to give it a glacial effect. The 41mm case features a unidirectional ceramic bezel and it's fitted to a quick-release, adjustable bracelet for a perfect fit both on the wrist or on a wet suit. The ISO 6425-certified watch is powered by a MB24.17/SW200 movement, which has a 38 hour power reserve.
1858 Geosphere Chronograph 0 Oxygen LE 290
The Montblanc 1858 Geosphere Chronograph 0 Oxygen LE 290 ($8,600) is a watch that will be making its way up Mt. Everest on the wrist of mountaineer Nimsdai Purja MBE, who plans to make the trek this May. Montblanc has removed the oxygen from the watch so it can operate at higher elevations, removing any potential for fogging and oxidization. The 44mm watch features a lightweight titanium case and a ceramic knurled bezel with cardinal points. This surrounds a glacial blue dial finished in a gratté boisé technique, which is also home to turning globes that represent the Northern and Southern hemispheres and each feature a 24-hour scale with day/night indication. The watch is powered by a MB 29.27 automatic movement, which has a 46-hour power reserve and also features a chronograph function.
1858 Minerva Monopusher Chronograph Red Arrow LE88
Borrowing the rotating bezel functions of two vintage Minerva timepieces, the Montblanc 1858 Minerva Monopusher Chronograph Red Arrow LE88 ($30,500) takes those design elements into 2022 with an 18k white gold fluted bezel and the Maison's signature red arrow that ensures easy reading of elapsed time. The watch features a 42mm stainless steel case and is powered by a Montblanc Manufacture Caliber MB13.21 manual monopusher chronograph with a 60-hour power reserve.
1858 The Unveiled Secret Minerva Monopusher Chronograph LE18 & LE58
Montblanc is so proud of the movement in The Unveiled Secret Minerva Monopusher Chronograph ($33,500-$48,000) that they flipped the movement over so it can be displayed on the dial side of the watch. Available in 18 K Lime Gold or stainless steel, the watch features a 43mm case and a fluted bezel. The Montblanc Manufacture Caliber MB M16.26 manually-wound movement with a 50-hour power reserve and required an additional 21 components for it to be reversed and used as the watch dial.