SIHH 2017 PREVIEW: Montblanc draws on historic 1858 Minerva connection

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Montblanc will continue the evolution of its 1858 Collection in 2017.

The range draws its ideas from historic movements at the Minerva manufacture (founded in 1858) that is also owned by its parent company Richemont.

Montblanc has been in the watch business since 1997, but adopting Minerva’s history as its own gives Montblanc the sort of back story that its more venerable Richemont stablemates enjoy.

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SIHH will see the use of bronze in Montblanc 1858 Collection timepieces; an on-trend colour today and a material used in early watchmaking.

Bronze complements both the colours of the dials and the antique- style straps with its warm sheen, unifying all the elements for a true vintage design.

For the first time in the watchmaking industry, bronze is coupled with steel for two new models, and it results in a bi-colour, bi-material combination that brings out the best of vintage design.

Two 44mm models have been revealed to journalists ahead of SIHH, the Montblanc 1858 Chronometer Tachymeter Limited Edition 100 using a Minerva Calibre MB M16.29, and a Montblanc 1858 Automatic Dual Time and a Montblanc 1858 Automatic timepiece, which uses the Minerva Calibre MB 29.19 automatic movement with a dual time complication.

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