Montblanc’s annual Black & White Week event to present the luxury Maison’s new launches for 2019, provided the perfect showcase for the latest editions in its vintage-inspired 1858 timepiece collection. Hosted by Alain Dos Santos, Regional Managing Director of Montblanc Africa, the event in Johannesburg offered VIP guests and media the opportunity to enjoy a special preview of this latest timepiece collection, as well as the chance to see the latest products across the luxury Maison’s writing instrument, leather, and jewellery & accessory categories.
Inspired by the legendary professional watches from the 1920s and 30s that were created for military use and mountain exploration by Montblanc’s Minerva manufacture in Switzerland, the Montblanc 1858 collection pays tribute to Minerva’s extraordinary 161 year heritage. The name 1858 refers to the year that the manufacture was founded, with each timepiece in the collection capturing the spirit of the past in a modern way, and expressing the current trend of re-connecting with nature and the appeal of outdoor lifestyle pursuits.
This year marks the arrival of four new 1858 editions in an elegant pairing of green and bronze that captures the spirit of the great outdoors, as well as a new Automatic version in steel, and a brand new Split Second Chronograph inspired by the Minerva Chronographs of the 1930s.
The distinctive 1858 Geosphere has not only become a signature timepiece for Montblanc, but also an immediately recognizable reference for the watch world. Dedicated to the world’s Seven Summit mountaineering challenge, the holy grail of mountaineering adventures, the Geosphere is now available in the bronze/khaki colour scheme, and created to inspire us to explore life to the fullest.
Two new versions of the 1858 Automatic have been introduced to the collection; one with a 40mm full bronze case paired with a khaki-green dial, and one with a steel case and black dial. The new 1858 Chronograph comes with a 42mm full bronze case with
Commenting during the event, Alain Dos Santos said: “Montblanc’s 1858 Collection is without doubt the showpiece of this year’s event, and the immediate appeal it has enjoyed in this first preview has been exciting. We are privileged, throughout Africa, to be able to experience the beauty of nature and feel connected to the earth even when we’re in the city. Both these elements have inspired this collection, so the fact that there has been immediate resonance with all the 1858 models is quite understandable. ” The Montblanc 1858 Collection, as well as the other new collections presented during Montblanc Black & White Week are available at all Montblanc boutiques throughout Africa.