#FirstClassFriday: Montblanc's 1858 Chronometer Tachymeter Limited Edition 100
Gussied up in yesteryear
Going back to the beginning of one's roots is no easy task, particularly if it's a storied watch manufacture whose history stretches back decades and has spanned many a haute horlogerie design. But Montblanc is pulling out the vintage card with a grand flourish as they debut a new (yet old) addition to the celebrated 1858 collection. Imbuing a fresh element into the classic lines, they have gone for bronze in a limited edition version, an element never utilised by the watchmaker before.
Combining its rich history with artisanal watchmaking by taking the military codes of the 1930s' into the 21st century, the timepiece is completely burnished in said material and complemented by a rare, eye-catching dial of cool-toned champagne gold layered with a sunray finish. Sized at 44mm, the generous dial further lends the watch that antique feel with cathedral-shaped hands and Arabic indexes coated in beige SuperLuminova — ringed in by a classic railroad tachymetre scale. Topped by a grooved crown, a traditional manual monopusher chronograph, the Minerva MB M16.29, lies within the core of the chronometre, crafted entirely in-house at the Montblanc manufacture. A labyrinth of components that include a column wheel mechanism, horizontal coupling and a distinctive bridge cut in a 'V' shape, next to which spins the balance wheel at 18,000 semi oscillations per hour, this is engineered precision for cutting-edge timekeeping unassumingly shielded by its vintage veneer.
And as with all vintage items, the new 1858 Chronometer Tachymeter Limited Edition 100 only gets better with time. Prolonged wear results in the bronze alloy developing a patina unique to the owner. The final touch to this vintage-inspired piece? Intentionally aged, cognac coloured calfskin straps crafted in Florence, accented by beige stitching. Now this is retro swag even the millennials would be hardpressed not to rock.
The 1858 Chronometer Tachymeter Limited Edition 100 is available at Montblanc boutiques, limited to 100 pieces.