The combination of old and new is always an interesting idea. This is more so if the classic style is reinterpreted with modern creativity, capturing the essence of the past while venturing further into the future. A lot of luxury brands have succeeded in churning out items with such a principle, and one, in particular, is Montblanc with their new 1858 Geosphere watch.
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Release date: January 2018
Price when reviewed: US$6,124.00 to US$6,950.00
The watch debuted back in January during SIHH 2018 as part of Montblanc’s new 1858 collection. It was regarded as an exciting but familiar new approach for the German luxury watch manufacturer who’s already sold a few geosphere pieces in previous years. For the 1858 Geosphere, Montblanc offers the model in two versions: one in stainless steel and the other in bronze. The former is priced at $6,214 a piece while the latter retails at a higher price of $6,950.
- Diameter: 42mm
- Movement: Automatic
- Water Resistant: 100 meters
- Power Reserve: 42 hours
- Frequency: 4 Hz
- Strap: Brown Calfskin leather or NATO
- Buckle: Steel pin
The modern luxury consumer wants (and needs) practicality as well as quality and design, and Montblanc’s new 1858 Geosphere watch contains all three. With a face as classic and vintage as the year on its name, the model harks back to the elegance and refinement the German company has been known for in more than a century. The watch also features a new geosphere complication, perfect for the nomadic traveler of the 21st century. And whether one gets it with a calfskin leather or NATO strap, a number of enthusiasts who were lucky enough to see and wear the new watch have all attested that it’s comfortable and easy to wear.
A busy dial often turns off many clients and this new Montblanc model certainly has a complex face. Despite its captivating design and elegant vintage style, it’s easy to confuse any wearer with too much of its features vivid on the dial. This makes for a worrisome gadget to wear when hiking or simply traveling, yet the watch was specifically made for. those activities. Although the luxury is still very much present, as is the practicality, this model might be better suited for less adventurous undertakings than, say, climbing Mt. Everest.