The 1858 collection is Montblanc’s range of sporty vintage-style watches that are inspired by the military watches Minerva made in the 1920’s and 30’s. This year after presenting a new blue capsule collection, as a nod to glaciers and snowy-mountain environments, Montblanc has now unveiled a Monopusher Chronograph.

The 1858 Monopusher Chronograph  is available in steel and bronze

Montblanc’s Monopusher Chronograph is powered by Caliber MB25.12, a Sellita SW510 movement that’s been custom-made for the brand. It is an important technical pillar for Montblanc and represents tremendous value for what it is. It was first unveiled with a domed, silvery-white dial timepiece in the Heritage collection last year.

The 1858 Monopusher Chronograph is a modern reinterpretation of a historical Minerva military chronograph powered by the Minerva Caliber 13.20. It is available in a choice of case materials – a special bronze alloy or stainless steel. The case width is a very modern 42 mm and sports a brushed finish with polished and beveled slim lugs. The case is 14.7 mm thick and is water-resistant to 100 meters. The closed caseback has “Spirit of Mountain Exploration” engraving on it.

The dial is legible and has generous use of SuperLuminova

Like on the original timepiece, the 1858 Monopusher Chronograph features a black dial with a beige-tone railway track. Matching the overall vintage design, other details include a telemeter scale, a feature of military watches; beige SuperLumiNova numerals. Time is indicated by rose gold-coated, cathedral-shaped hands with beige-colored SuperLumiNova.

As mentioned earlier, Caliber MB. 25.12 is a bicompax chronograph that has a 30-minute counter at 3 o’ clock and a running seconds hand at 9 o’ clock and a central chronograph seconds hand. Both counters have white hands that contrast well against the black dial. The start, stop, and reset is activated via a single pusher integrated into the crown. The 4 Hz movement has a power reserve of 48 hours.

At 42 mm this is a modern size for a vintage inspired chronograph

The timepiece is available with a new matching beige-colored NATO strap made by Julien Faure, the same 150-year-old weavers that supply Tudor’s fabric straps. While the bronze is a limited edition, regular production models are available in stainless steel, one of which comes with a new stainless steel beads-of-rice bracelet or an aged, cognac-colored calfskin strap.

The stainless steel version is priced at AED19,200 (on fabric strap) while the bronze version is limited to 1,858 pieces and priced at $5,600 (AED20,566).