Montblanc is one of the world’s best known luxury brands. Founded in 1906 by Claus-Johannes Voss, Alfred Nehemias and August Eberstein, Montblanc produced fine luxury fountain pens.
The first collection of Mountblanc watches was unveiled in 1997 using the same high level of uncompromising quality synonymous of the Montblanc brand. Since then the Montblanc watch collection has evolved ensuring all needs are catered for whether the wearer prefers classic elegance or sporty functionality.
In 2003 Montblanc added to the development of its watchmaking production with the opening of a new watch factory in Le Locle, Switzerland. This impressively modern atrium-style building proved that the luxury brand was becoming a serious part of the Swiss watch industry. The release of the highly desirable Collection Villeret 1858 range in 2007 brought Montblanc watches into the high-end luxury watch market. These timepieces were even more intriguing because they contained Minerva movements – the historical Minerva brand having been acquired by Montblanc’s parent company the Richemont Luxury Group.
One piece in the Villeret 1858 collection is the Villeret Vintage 1858 Chronographe. This new release has a traditionally crafted grand feu enamel dial which provides a crisp and clean canvas for the blued steel hands and calibrated scales. The particular appeal of this sporty yet elegant timekeeper lies with the dial layout which features two timing devises, a telemeter scale which measures distances based on the speed of sound located on the periphery of the dial and a tachymeter scale which measures speed over a given interval which is seductively coiled in the centre of the dial in a snail-like spiral. The location of the tachymeter is reminiscent of earlier chronographs and largely due to lack of space on the dial, but in fact it becomes an intriguing feature in itself and adds to the overall vintage styling of this impressive watch.
The Villeret Vintage 1858 Chronographe is powered by the Minerva 16-29 manually wound column wheel chronograph movement. The 30 minute chronograph is operated via a monopusher on the crown which allows the classically rounded case shape to remain uncluttered.
The Minerva manufacture was founded in 1858 and not only is the Montblanc Vintage Collection named in honour of this date, pieces in the collection are released in limited series of 1, 8 or 58 pieces thus paying further tribute to the iconic Minerva movements. The Vintage 1858 Chronographe will continue this tradition and will have a release of 58 pieces crafted from 18ct red gold with a white enamel dial and a further 58 pieces crafted from white gold with contrasting black enamel dial making this another highly desirable and collectable watch from Montblanc.