The Montblanc ‘1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition 100’ in a bronze case

This again is one of those chronographs where my eyes get really big, my mouth falls open, and I forget how to talk.

Crazy, but this chronograph should be worn the other way round, so one can always admire the beauty of the Montblanc / Minerva Manufacture Calibre MB M16.29. 

The timepiece is limited to only 100 pieces and for what you get absolutely fair priced at 27.500 Euro including 19 % VAT. 

Montblanc ‘1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition 100’ ¬†

The is sold for the first time with a retro-vintage dial in salmon-colour featuring a sunray finishing reminiscent of historical Minerva timepieces that had dials of this distinctive colour. Completing the design the chronograph features large historical luminescent cathedral-shaped hands with a cloisonné design, blued chronograph and second hands for utmost refinement and better readability, luminescent Arabic numerals, a classic minute railway track and the original Montblanc logo from the 1930s era with its historical font and the emblem of the Mont Blanc Mountain.

The chronograph is powered by the manual monopusher chronograph calibre¬†MB M16.29 featuring a¬†column wheel mechanism, horizontal coupling, chronograph bridge in a “V” shape and a large screwed balance wheel oscillating at¬†18,000 A/h or 2.5 Hz. The calibre MB M16.29 has been inspired by the original Minerva calibre 17.29, developed for pocket watches and wristwatches in the 1930s. Of course at that level of quality the MB M16.29¬†features hand-made C√ītes de Gen√®ve stripes, circular graining and red gold-coloured¬†components, offering a look that matches perfectly the bronze alloy and the salmon-coloured dial.


 

Montblanc / Minerva Manufacture Calibre MB M16.29, manually wound monopusher chronograph with column-wheel and horizontal coupling.

Dimensions: Diameter = 38.4 mm; height = 6.3 mm
Number of components: 252
Number of rubies: 22
Power reserve: Approx. 50 hours
Balance: Screw balance, diameter = 14.5 mm; moment of inertia = 59 mgcm2
Frequency: 18,000 A/h (= 2.5 Hz)
Hairspring: With Phillips terminal curve (in-house made by Minerva)
Plate: Red gold-plated (4N) German silver with circular graining on both sides
Bridges: Red gold-plated (4N) German silver with ‚ÄúC√ītes de Gen√®ve‚ÄĚ
Going-train: Gold-plated, faceted arms, diamond polished surfaces

Displays 

Hours and minutes from the center
Small seconds at ‚Äú9 o‚Äôclock‚ÄĚ
Chronograph’s elapsed-seconds hand from the dial’s center
Counter for 30 elapsed minutes at ‚Äú3 o‚Äôclock‚ÄĚ
Tachymeter-scale

Habillage 

Case: Special alloy of bronze
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire and antireflective crystal
Back: Screwed titanium bronze-plated case back with inset pane of sapphire crystal
Dimensions: Diameter = 44 mm; height = 13.15 mm
Watertightness: 3 bar
Crown: Bronze with Montblanc emblem in raised relief
Pusher: Monopusher chronograph integrated into the crown

Dial

Salmon-coloured dial with beige Arabic numerals with Super-LumiNova¬ģ coating, 18 carat¬†red gold-plated luminescent hour-hand and minute-hand, blued chronograph and second hands, historical Montblanc emblem at 12 o‚Äôclock, tachymeter scale on the external part of the dial

Wristband 

Vintage cognac-aged alligator-skin with beige stitching and satin-finish bronze-plated buckle

A limited edition of 100 pieces

The entire watch is certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500

Price 

27.500 Euro including 19 % VAT