Watch Of The Day: Montblanc 1858 Automatic Dual TimeWritten by Joshua Yap
Your one-minute primer to the Montblanc 1858 Automatic Dual Time.
Since taking Minerva under its wings in 2007, Montblanc has benefitted from the storied manufacture’s archives, and here is a recent example. Inspired by Minerva military watches from the 1930s, it exudes plenty of vintage verve from its black dial to its cathedral-shaped hands. In keeping with this theme, its calfskin strap has been treated to give it an aged appearance, and its bezel and crown are made in a special bronze alloy that will develop a uniform patina over time. Its automatic movement, however, is thoroughly modern, featuring dual time and day/night indications.
Though he wasn’t inducted into the world of watch journalism by choice, Joshua was hooked by mechanical horological wonders in no time. Although he personally favours modestly sized, no-nonsense timepieces, he sometimes misses the outrageous mind-bogglers of the pre-Credit Crunch years. As he dreams of owning a modern haute horlogerie watch one day, he’s currently content scouring the Internet for vintage value buys.