The watch comes with a stainless steel bracelet or a brown Sfumato-aged calf leather strap with perforated holes. The strap is handpicked in the Montblanc Watches Australia Replica Pelletteria in Florence and comes fitted with the brand’s triple folding clasp.Next upward, we’ve got a timepiece that inverts the “Panda Dial” trend with all the Montblanc TimeWalker Rally Timer Chronograph, which is limited to 100 total pieces. Here, we have a timepiece that’s motivated by a 1960s stopwatch Minerva had generated, but it dollars its past life by allowing the ability to personalize the opinion into either a pocketwatch or a dash clock.The watch is powered by one of Minerva’s iconic hand-wound manufacture monopusher chronograph calibers: MB M16.29, to be precise. At 50 mm, the watch is unquestionably large but that is in part due to its customizable attributes. All but the center section of this case –that can be coated with black DLC and knurled — is made from grade-two titanium that has been satin-finished. It also comes on a Sfumato-aged leather calf strap, which permits easy conversion from wristwatch into pocketwatch by folding the strap attachments under the case. The pocketwatch can subsequently be either placed on a table, thanks to two arms below the case, used as a stopwatch with the strap as a handle for security, or trimmed to a metal plate coated with leather that attaches to a vehicle’s dashboard. The caseback is spacious and in the shape of a car grill that displays the gorgeous, hand-finished movement.
Modelled on an oversized 1930s Minerva chronograph, the Montblanc Watches G818 Price Replica 1858 line started with a chronograph, and last year grew to encompass more affordable models in steel and bronze. Thing is, handsome as they were, the 1858 watches were large: 47mm for the chronograph and 44mm for the automatics (which had disproportionately short hands).
Just a year on the design has been refined, leading to a pair of new models that are both well sized and affordable – the 1858 Automatic and 1858 Automatic Chronograph.
Beyond the size the new 1858 has a subtly tweaked case with shorter lugs that now sport a polished bevel lengthwise. The look is now more compact and refined, suiting the retro style better. The sapphire crystals retain their domed form so as to resemble Plexiglas on vintage watches.
Both models have a solid, pressure-fit case back featuring a relief depicting Montblanc’s new theme for the 1858: mountaineering. A curious choice for a pilot’s style watch, the back depicts the Montblanc peaks along with a pair of crossed pickaxes.
The 1858 Automatic is 40mm and steel with a bronze bezel, matched with a gold-plated crown. It appears to use the same set of hands as on its larger 44mm cousin, but now they are the exact size, reaching the minute track nicely.
The dial is available either in traditional black, or an unusual “smoked champagne”.
Inside is the cal. MB 24.15, actually a Sellita SW200, an automatic with a 38-hour power reserve derived from the ETA 2824.
The 1858 Automatic with a black dial (refs. 117832 or 117833) or in “smoked champagne” (ref. 119065) costs €2490 all the same.
The 1858 Automatic Chronograph similarly styled, but slightly larger at 42mm in diameter.
That’s partially due to the MB 25.11 inside. That’s a rebadged Sellita SW500, which is a clone of the Valjoux 7750. Here it’s been modified for a “bi-compax” layout that suits the pilot’s style well (though the mountain and pickaxes are still on the back).
Three versions are available: steel case with a black dial, or a bronze case with a “smoked champagne” dial.
The steel model (refs. 117835 or 117836) costs €3990, while the bronze version (ref. 118223) is €4690.