Montblanc Picks of 2017

Montblanc 1858 Automatic

Evoking designs and themes of timepieces past is a formula that can either work fantastically or come across as contrived. Montblanc’s 1858 collection, in particular the Montblanc 1858 Automatic, tastefully pays tribute to the Minerva chronographs of the 1930s, while making subtle changes for the sensibilities of the modern day.

A deep black dial set creates the perfect backdrop for the cathedral-inspired hands. The bronze bezel is housed within a 44-millimetre stainless steel case, creating a subtle yet stunning pairing. The automatic movement, powered by calibre MB 24.16, is perfect for the connoisseur who seeks vintage appeal with contemporary functionality. Lastly, the aged and earthy calf-leather strap, crafted in Florence, garnishes this timepiece brilliantly. Simple, sleek, sophisticated.

Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph Rally Timer

For watch enthusiasts with a penchant for flair and edge, the Montblanc TimeWalker 100 pushes boundaries while staying true to the rich heritage of Minerva. The inspiration stemming from the legendary Minerva rally timers is clear and unmistakable; the TimeWalker Rally Timer 100 is the perfect amalgamation of the different pillars of timekeeping – part stopwatch, part wrist chronograph, part dashboard-mountable rally timer, part table clock… the multi-functionality lies within the case design.

To turn it into a table clock, simply remove the strap, retract the lugs and pull out the retractable stands; this watch remains completely legible thanks to the generous-sized dial housed within a 50-millimetre titanium case. Fold the stands in and the TimeWalker 100 becomes a stopwatch. The TimeWalker 100 also easily slots into a specially made dashboard holder that can be secured to a car dashboard.

A Montblanc calibre M16.29 powers this timepiece, inspired by the original Minerva calibre 17.29 used in both Minerva pocket watches and wristwatches of the 1930s. With a sizeable balance wheel and slow frequency, the TimeWalker 100 is undoubtedly one of the most stunning manually wound chronographs on the market.