Renowned for his pioneering ascents of the world’s highest peaks, including his first solo ascent of Mount Everest and his first ascent of Everest without supplemental oxygen, among other unforgiving locations on the planet, Reinhold Messner is definitely the kind of person you want to take outdoor exploration and mountaineering tips from. So when he puts his name on a highly functional, heritage inspired, line of wristwatches, we’re definitely paying attention. Montblanc and Italian mountaineer, explorer, and author Reinhold Messner have just unveiled a new 262 piece limited edition timepiece – Montblanc 1858 Geosphere Reinhold Messner Limited Edition.
“A reliable and high performing watch is an essential companion to any adventurer setting out on a major expedition. It is exciting to be associated with a watch inspired by Minerva and its rich heritage of manufacturing companions to so many adventurers before me who relied so faithfully on these professional watches. Also, a meaningful and personal reminder of the thousands of feet climbed over the course of my career as a professional mountaineer”, says Reinhold Messner.
Messner’s achievements and inspiring journey through a life led by passion are living proof that following your personal path of success and fulfilment defines you as a person, making him the perfect Mark Maker for the Maison, celebrating those who have already found true vocation and inspiring others to express their full potential on their own terms.
Introduced in 2018, the 1858 Geosphere (Inspired by the legendary professional Minerva watches from the 1920s and 1930s that were conceived for military use) is a key model of the 1858 collection characterized by its indication of the world time in a bold way with two recognizable turning discs representing the northern and southern hemispheres. Trusted companions for outdoor adventures, these timepieces are designed for modern-day explorers who set their own challenges, express their own personal style, live authentic lifestyles and find harmony with nature to reach new heights in life.
Marrying Messner’s sense of adventure with Montblanc’s heritage and artisanal know-how, the new Montblanc 1858 Geosphere Reinhold Messner Limited Edition features a 42mm special bronze alloy case with slim curved horns that are decorated with both polished and satin-finishing. The bi-directional bezel on this limited edition is made from bronze with a blue ceramic insert and a knurled edge for better grip. Four Cardinal points are engraved on the ceramic bezel and are coated with Super-Luminova. The gradient blue dial serves as an ideal backdrop for the rose-gold coated and beige elements, delivering a nice warm contrast.
Both the dial and bezel are made in a way that add a lot of depth to the overall look irrespective of it being day or night. Almost all elements of the dial and the bezel are treated with Lume including the rose-gold coated and beige cathedral-style hour and minute hands, rose-gold coated and beige time zone hands, the cardinal points and arrows (Used for the compass) on the bezel. On the other hand, the gradient blue with beige Arabic numerals, the northern and southern hemisphere globes with red dots featuring the world’s seven summit and the indexes appear in blue Super-Luminova.
The case back is engraved and not transparent. It features an image of the Mont blanc mountain, the complete Messner List (his route is one of four variations of how to climb the highest peaks on each of the seven continents and is considered the most difficult version of all), a compass and two crossed ice pick-axes.
Limited to 262 pieces, as a nod to all the peaks over 26,200 feet Messner climbed during his career, the watch is powered by an automatic winding MB 29.25 movement with a power reserve of approx. 42 hours. The movement drives the world time complication that includes two turning domed globes representing the northern and southern hemispheres that make a full rotation every 24 hours. They are surrounded by a fixed scale with the 24 time zones and include a day/night indicator. Furthermore, a second time zone is located at nine o’clock and a date aperture (linked to the local time) is located at three o’clock. The longitude reference meridian for both hemispheres is highlighted with a blue line coated with Super-Luminova. In order to guarantee the performance of the product line, all 1858 models undergo over 500 hours of simulated wear, with specific testing and controls under extreme conditions.
Crafted with sartorial knowledge, the new Montblanc 1858 Geosphere Reinhold Messner Limited Edition is enclosed with a blue NATO strap with bronze coated stainless steel pin buckle. Montblanc’s luxury NATO straps are complex to make, using a large number of thin yarns on specialized machines. They are made in several steps that require dexterity, experience and savoire-faire that has been transmitted from generation to generation by highly-skilled craftsmen. The manufacturing process makes the straps comfortable, soft, long-lasting, highly resistant and light. This is something that cannot be achieved using industrial textile strap production methods. Furthermore the color of the straps remain unchanged over time as the textile is already coloured at the beginning of the process. The straps also dry quickly allowing the wearer to keep the watch of the wrist while swimming, for example.
Available in Montblanc boutiques from October 16, 2020.