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Montblanc continues to develop the 1858 collection with a new version of Geosphere at Watches & Wonders 2021 This is good news that should calm any questions about the model’s future following the recent departure of Davide Cerrato, former director General of Montblanc Watch Division (and architect of the current 1858 line) with a new MD on board (Swiss watch industry veteran Laurent LeCamp; stay tuned for more later this week) and the recent introduction of legendary mountaineer Reinhold Messner as ambassador, the fate of the 1858 should remain in more than capable hands

Geosphere’s latest limited edition features a sandy beige smoky dial with light and dark brown accents that takes direct inspiration from Messner’s breathtaking solo trek in 2004 through the Gobi Desert, during which he traveled over 1200 miles in five weeks full stop

Montblanc once again uses bronze for the case (an alloy that has become somewhat of a signature of Geosphere Limited Editions), and the functionality of the watch remains an integral part of the established Geosphere identity. This means separate hemispheres that show the time anywhere in the world, a time zone display from 12 o’clock to nine o’clock, a date window at three o’clock, and a bidirectional rotating ceramic bezel that can be used as a compass. in a pinch The inspiration for the watch is hammered out by an illustration of the caseback of the famous Blazing Cliffs of the Gobi Desert (For more on Messner, check out James’ recent coverage here)

There is also some good technical work to highlight Montblanc developed an in-house world time module (which it first featured in 2015 in a six-digit tourbillon watch) for the construction of duel hemisphere which – in the current geosphere – is then placed above a Sellita In addition, the MB 29 Movement 25 undergoes the brand’s underrated Laboratory Test 500 certification, which involves a battery of tests that the fully-cased watch must undergo over a three-week period to simulate actual wearing conditions.

I have become a geosphere fanatic since its introduction a few years ago.I have always found watches with multiple time zones to be endlessly convincing (and I know I am not alone in this constraint), it so it’s no surprise that I’m more than happy to welcome a new candidate to the table And since its debut in 2018, it has been a pleasure to see how Montblanc has slowly – but surely – iterated over the geosphere.I have personally found that last year’s combination of a blue dial, titanium case and a bracelet of rice beads was the most attractive geosphere to date

Even though I’m not much of a trekker, Geosphere’s latest limited edition has a number of charming elements to distinguish it from previous versions in the range.The brown to beige lacquered dial combines with the profile of the case in bronze for a clean, compelling look that’s nice and warm, almost reminiscent of caramel or caramel

It’s also worth pointing out that while aesthetically complex with multiple textures and a rich sense of dial depth, the Geosphere has always performed quite well for a self-winding sports watch with a winding movement. automatic With 42mm in diameter and less than 13mm thick, the Geosphere stands out in terms of comfort on the wrist Which should come in handy for your next epic journey

Diameter: 42 mm Thickness: 1280 mm Case material: special bronze alloy with polished and fluted finish with embossed Montblanc emblem Dial color: smoked brown to beige, luminescent second time zone hand in lacquered beige color, northern hemisphere globes Luminescent beige hour markers Index: rose gold color Luminescent applied Arabic numerals Light: Yes, Super-LumiNova Water resistance: 100 meters Strap / Strap: Brown Sfumato calfskin strap with beige stitching and coated stainless steel triple folding clasp bronze

Caliber: MB 2925 with world time manufacturing complication; certified by the Montblanc Test 500 laboratory Functions: Central hours and minutes, date at three o’clock; Second time zone at nine o’clock; Dome-shaped rotating globes of the northern and southern hemisphere at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock with 24-hour scale and day-night indication Power reserve: 42 hours Winding: automatic Frequency: 28,800 vph Jewels: 26 Certified chronometer: N / A Additional details: Certified by Montblanc 500 laboratory test

As you may know, the HODINKEE store is an authorized dealer for Montblanc, so if you are looking to purchase the 1858 Geosphere Limited Edition “Desert”, you can now register your interest in the store.

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Gobi Desert

News from the world – FR – Presentation: Montblanc arrives in the Gobi desert with the last limited edition of 1858 Geosphere – HODINKEE