Meet the Montblanc 1858 GMT Automatic Date Watch
Tuesday - 19 April 2022
Released for Watches and Wonders 2022, the Montblanc 1858 GMT Automatic watch introduces a new and innovative way to track a second time zone with this robust 42mm stainless steel model geared for travellers and adventurers.
GMT watches have so many uses, even in the modern-day world. If you own a GMT watch you can travel often. If you travel often – you need a GMT watch. And if you just so happen to love the style of one, well – that’s also a good enough reason as any. They’re a handy tool if you have frequent connecting flights or layovers. You can quickly adapt to new time zones or use it for tracking time back home before scheduling a call to a loved one. Montblanc’s new 1858 GMT Automatic Date watch does all this, but it displays the second time zone in a very unique and exciting way.
The new Montblanc 1858 GMT Automatic Date watch has been released for the annual Watches and Wonders 2022 event and presents itself alongside some other very special timepieces indeed. There’s the new 1850 Iced Watch Automatic Date collection offered in three glacial-inspired dial colours, the new Montblanc 1858 Minerva Monopusher Chronograph Red Arrow, the 1858 Unveiled Secret Minerva Monopusher Chronograph Limited Edition watches with a completely reversed movement shown through their exposed dials, and the Montblanc 1858 Geosphere Chronograph 0 watch with a case completely extracted of oxygen.
There are two versions of the new Montblanc 1858 GMT Automatic Date watch. One with a black sunray dial, the other with a blue sunray dial. Each of these is offered on a stainless steel bracelet or a matching coloured rubber strap. There’s also a model available with a blue sunray dial and a stainless steel bracelet that offers a personalised engraving option on its caseback. All models have been crafted from satinated and polished stainless steel and all measure a 42mm diameter. Surrounding each dial is an anodised aluminium fixed bezel bearing a 24-hour scale in white against an inlay that matches the watch’s respective dial colour. Protecting each dial is a rounded sapphire crystal glass front with layers of anti-reflective treatment upon its surface. Sitting at a height of 11.2mm, each new Montblanc 1858 GMT Automatic Date watch is integrated with 100-meter water resistance, whilst a fluted crown adorned with the famous Montblanc emblem along with satinated and polished finishes can be found at 3 o’clock.
A unique GMT dial with no second time zone hand
The Arabic numerals that make up the hour track on each dial are treated with a blue emission Super-LumiNova coating to match the finish on the brass central hour, minute and second hands. Whether fitted on the brand’s adjustable and highly stylish stainless steel bracelet with a double deployment buckle, or the matching blue and black rubber straps with a grey lining and steel double deployment buckle – all strap options on the new Montblanc GMT watch are interchangeable, enabling the watch to become transformed to something sportier or more sophisticated without the use of additional tools.
Here, upon the dial, is where the new Montblanc 1858 GMT Automatic Date watch gets more interesting. Instead of an additional hand to represent the second time zone, this watch indicates the second time zone with a red square that moves around the outside of the dial. Positioned next to the blue or black fixed bezel, it shows the position of the second time zone on a 24-hour scale so it becomes incredibly easy to decipher between day or night time hours. In addition to this, half hours are also indicated in the form of a red rectangular shape. Lastly, a clear and legible date window is located at 3 o’clock.
At the heart of each Montblanc 1858 GMT Automatic Date watch is the Calibre MB 24.33 – an automatic movement that provides central hours, minutes, seconds, a date, and a dual time function. It performs at a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour, features a flat hoop balance spring and produces a useful 42-hour power reserve. The movement sits behind a titanium caseback meticulously engraved with the world’s continents and oceans, along with the names of cities in each of the 24 time zones to create a worldtime indication. To achieve this special decoration upon its caseback, Montblanc artisans choose a complex process that involves structuring the titanium by a laser before creating the image in relief. Laser applying the colours and textures upon the caseback also gives the design a 3D rendering, further adding a sense of depth and dimension to the timepiece. One small detail on the worldtime caseback is the Central European Time. which has been switched from Paris to Villeret in this unique design – a nod to Montblanc’s Swiss watchmaking headquarters.
If you’re looking for a personalised gift for a loved one, the new Montblanc 1858 GMT Automatic Date watch might be just the thing. There’s an option to have the caseback of the watch engraved with the wearer’s hometown in red and their local time zone. If you’d like more information on the new Montblanc 1858 GMT Automatic Date watch, you can check out more details here or call and register your interest with a member of our Jura Watches sales team today on 01335 453453