Montblanc | 1858 Geosphere
Automatic movement with 42-hour power reserve
42mm in bronze or steel
$9,400 (bronze, limited to 1,858 pieces), $8,300 (steel)
As more bronze watches hit the shelves, it takes a distinctive design to stand out. Montblanc’s 1858 Geosphere does that with its unusual design featuring two rotating hemispheres that function as an approximate world- time display, and a second time display at nine o’clock. A simpler version of the high-end Tourbillon Cylindrique Geospheres models, the Geosphere was first launched last year in steel or bronze (limited edition), both with a black dial.
A New Icon:
This year, the Geosphere gets a new look with a bronze case and a gradated khaki dial. This adds to the 42mm watch’s outdoorsy, old-world charm – its bezel is also a compass – and unusual style. It’s complemented by vintage-esque details like beige-Superluminova-coated numerals, a railway minutes track and a Montblanc logo from the 1930s. I like its well-made, dimensional feel, in large part due to the lume-treated domed globes on its dial.
Quality From Within:
Montblanc continues to push its value-for-money proposition: This watch, just like all the watches in the 1858 collection, undergoes the brand’s Laboratory Test 500, whereby timepieces are exposed to over 500 hours of simulated wear in different conditions. Making for a better wearing experience are details such as a caseback made from titanium (because bronze can cause allergic reactions) but finished with a bronze-coloured coating.