In the past, Montblanc was most carefully connected with luxury pens, the Meisterstück being its most legendary and effective. The brand’s watchmaking debut didn’t come until 1997, if this opened up up its watchmaking division in Le Locle, Europe. The its first timepiece? The Meisterstück. Like its namesake, the timepiece would be a finely finished bit of craftsmanship, however the brand didn’t really find its footing in horology until 2006, when Richemont (who already owned Montblanc) also acquired the esteemed Swiss movement-making firm Minerva.
Montblanc required over control over Minerva’s manufacture, and launched the Nicolas Rieussec watch-while using MB R100, Montblanc’s first official in-house calibre. Since that time, Montblanc has created numerous beautiful timepieces with equally beautiful movements, earning its devote the ranks of high-finish horology-and also the new 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter is a superb illustration of this.
The look is dependant on a 1930s pilot’s watch-out of the box the entire 1858 Collection, which this watch is a component. Subtly vintage and stylishly styled, its champagne-coloured dial and Arabic numerals are wonderfully understated, and perfectly complement the look element that actually sets the watch’s appearance aside from other pieces: the 44mm brushed bronze situation. Combined with the broad cathedral hands, retro-styled minute track round the fringe of the dial and brown leather strap, the timepiece includes a wonderfully sophisticated antique turn to it.
The timepiece utilises the MB M16.29, a very handsome movement that has red gold plated bridges and baseplate, eschewing the greater commonplace rhodium plating present in other Montblanc Minerva movements. It’s hands-wound and beats at 18,000vph, having a power reserve of fifty hrs. The timepiece includes a monopusher column wheel chronograph, run by a pushpiece that’s built-into the onion crown at 3 o’clock.