Inspired by race cars and created for their drivers, the Replica Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph 1000 Limited Edition 18 is a masterpiece of micro engineering and design that’s indeed limited to just 18 units. As far as aesthetics go, the watch instantly impresses with a chronograph power reserve indicator inspired by old fuel gauges, while the black and red details that adorn the dial remind us of old dashboards.
The power comes from a manually wound monopusher chronograph, namely Montblanc’s Manufacture Calibre MB M66.26, which flaunts exquisite decorations such as circular graining, burnishing, chamfering, and the renowned Côtes de Genève. The case measures 46.4mm, and it was created using satin black DLC titanium. It is complemented by a black ceramic bezel, a sapphire caseback, a sapphire crystal at the front, and it offers a water resistance of 30 meters or 98 feet.
The movement features a power reserve of 100 hours, and it includes 46 jewels. Last but not least, the black alligator strap comes with asymmetric holes, red stitching, and a black DLC triple folding clasp.
The annual swiss replica montblanc watches gala dinner at the Salon International Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva is usually a time to showcase new products, brand ambassadors and multi-media promotions. However, this year the event took an unexpected turn as it gradually morphed into a joyful final farewell for Jérôme Lambert, the French native who serves as the CEO for the German luxury jewelry brand.
Luxury goods holding company, Compagnie Financière Richemont, which owns Montblanc, is moving Lambert into a corporate position, head of Operations responsible for central and regional services for all brands with the exception of jewelry and watchmaking. The appointment will take effect April 1. He is being replaced by Nicolas Baretzki, currently Montblanc’s executive VP of sales.
The dinner held January 16 at Brasserie Des Halles de L’Ile was the last chance Lambert had to publicly address his top-line staff, many of whom he hired, and the international celebrities associated with the brand, many of whom he recruited. His energetic ad-libbed remarks were often interrupted by cheers and applause—overshadowing the celebrities at the event, including Hugh Jackman, Montblanc’s international brand ambassador.
“Every time it’s a little bit of an adventure so it looks good on Monday morning,” he said about preparing Montblanc’s luxurious apartment-sized exhibition space at SIHH, the luxury watch trade show. “There’s a lot of people involved and a lot of stories.”
He added, “For many of you who started on the very first days, weeks and months of our history. I remember the tough nights. Thanks for the good energy, investment and strong belief that everything was functioning perfectly.… Thank you for the amazing time. Thank you for being our partners, brand ambassadors, friends and sources of inspiration.”
In 2013 Richemont moved Lambert from the top position at Jaeger-LeCoultre to Montblanc. In less than four years he managed to place his stamp on every aspect of the Montblanc operation and its broad category of products—which includes writing instruments, watches, leather goods and jewelry. Even the arrangement of long tables at the annual dinner are a signature of Lambert.
Among Lambert’s accomplishments during his short tenure at Montblanc:
* He created consistent storylines based on Montblanc’s heritage over multiple product categories and produced innovative products that adhered to brand’s legacy. For example, a year ago, Montblanc celebrated its 110th anniversary with a wide collection of writing instruments, timepieces, leather goods, cufflinks and jewelry called “Montblanc Heritage Collection, Rouge & Noir” that took design inspiration from various periods of the brand’s history.
* He championed the first design partnership in Montblanc’s history, working with contemporary designer, Marc Newson, for the Montblanc M collection of writing instruments.
* He named contemporary art curators, Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, as co-chairs of the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Awards, also a first for the brand and the 25-year history of the awards program.
Arguably his biggest success was merging the talents of its two watchmaking operations: Villeret (formerly known as Minerva), a watchmaking workshop in the town of the same name that produces a limited number of timepieces with hand-made chronograph movements; and the Montblanc Le Locle watch manufacturing operation. Richemont acquired Minerva in 2006 and turned it over to Montblanc to add a bit of Swiss heritage to its young watchmaking operation, which began in 1997. The two facilities operated separately with Villeret making a small numbers of hand-made haute horlogerie timepieces and the Le Locle facility producing more accessible models.
That changed quickly when Lambert arrived. In less than a year Montblanc began producing familiar and new Montblanc watch models with Villeret movements at a broader range of prices and styles.
Two watch collections and a limited edition model introduced at SIHH 2017, the final models under Lambert’s watch, showcased both his skills at promotional storytelling and in this case the use of Villeret’s heritage. In fact, the brand dove so deeply into the watchmaker’s heritage that the Minerva name is used almost exclusively.
The new models consist of a limited edition haute horlogerie piece made entirely in Villeret; a vintage-inspired collection of watches using bronze watch cases (a first for Montblanc); and a collection of vintage-inspired motorsport watches.
This is a watch produced entirely in Villeret with its Minerva heritage intact. The movement was inspired by the rattrapante watches by Minerva in the 1930s and the design motif was taken from the Minerva Pythagore timepiece developed in 1948.
The 47mm 18k red gold case houses a dial with a well-balanced display despite many indicators. The ExoTourbillon at 12 o’clock is highlighted by an exterior double infinity tourbillon bridge. Raised counters and subdials have different finishes. The small seconds subdial and the 30-minute counter have an azuré motif in the center and an opaline decoration on the external ring; while the second time zone and day/night subdials are embellished with a sunray pattern. Faceted sword-shaped hands are used for the hours, minutes, seconds, second time zone and chronograph minutes. Baton-shaped hands are used for the day/night and chronograph seconds hands. A grey satin-finished flange is calibrated with a fifth-of-a second scale for the chronograph while showing the running minutes.
The local time is indicated in the center (hour and minute hands) with the small seconds in a subdial at 9 o’clock. Home time is shown in hours in the subdial at 6 o’clock, and is linked to the day/night indication displayed between 4 and 5 o’clock. A subdial at 3 o’clock displays the 30-minute chronograph counter; while the chronograph’s seconds and split-second times are recorded by chronograph hands in the center.
When travelling, the new local time is set by pressing on the corrector at 8 o’clock, which advances the central hour hand in hourly increments without affecting the minute hand or the home time at 6 o’clock.
“Exo” (derived from Greek meaning external or outside) refers to the screwed balance wheel positioned outside the tourbillon’s rotating cage. It allows the cage to be smaller in size and free of the weight of the balance wheel, saving 30 percent more energy than a conventional tourbillon, the company said.
Rattrapante (from the French word “to catch up”) refers to chronographs with a split-second function that allows a watch to measure two separate events of different durations. All functions of the chronograph complication is activated through the pusher within the crown, including the split-seconds function.
The watch is powered by the Villeret in-house manually wound caliber MB M16.62 with a 50-hour power reserve.
This was Montblanc’s big unveil for SIHH 2017 and the focus of the gala dinner. The collection takes its inspiration from the pioneering work of Minerva in the development of chronographs that could record in 1/100th of a second as early as 1916. It consists of five professional motorsport watches. They all feature satin-finished black cases and semi-skeletonized horns with architecturally carved flanks, reminiscent of the aerodynamic lines of classic cars. Details include knurled finishes on the flank of the black ceramic bezel, crowns and pushers, which are reminiscent of vintage car caps; smoked glass case backs inspired by the glass windows that reveal V12 engines; and strap holes similar to vintage leather racing gloves. Black, white and red color contrasts and three-dimensional counters are inspired by vintage dashboards. Most of the TimeWalker timepieces feature an iconic central seconds hand coated in red with the tip crafted in the shape of the Minerva arrow.
The collection consist of the Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph 1000 Limited Edition 18, Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph Rally Timer Counter Limited Edition 100, Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph UTC, Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph Automatic and Montblanc TimeWalker Automatic Date
The 46.4mm chronograph with a case made of Black DLC titanium contains a high-frequency Villeret in-house movement with two patents and 22 auxiliary patents that measures elapsed to 1/1,000th of a second.
The chronograph power reserve indicator on the black dial is inspired by old fuel gauges, while the black and red details and the 1/100th of a second indication are reminiscent of early car dashboards. It also has a high-frequency balance wheel and a titanium monopusher chronograph at 12 o’clock, which mirrors the Minerva stopwatches that were used for timing car races.
The Villeret in-house MB M66.26 manually wound monopusher chronograph uses two balance wheels. The hours and minutes are at the center of the dial with a small seconds counter with a rhodium-plated hand at 9 o’clock are regulated by a large balance with 18 screws. The chronograph’s small balance can be seen at 10 o’clock and beats at a rate of 360,000 semi-oscillations per hour (50 Hz). For finer adjustment and to further improve its precision, the chronograph’s small balance wheel is equipped with two hairsprings fixed on top of each other.
The chronograph is controlled by a two-level column-wheel: one level controls the whip to start, stop and reset the seconds, minutes and the 1,000th-of-a-second; and the other level guides the hammers to reset the seconds and the minutes.
The chronograph function is powered by its own barrel, which has a reserve of 45 minutes.
The black dial contains a lot of information but it’s surprisingly easy to read. A double counter at 6 o’clock has a long, red-tipped hand to tally seconds from 1 to 60, as well as a shorter, all-red hand to count a maximum of 15 minutes. The chronograph’s large red center hand rotates once per second indicating hundreds-of-a-second through a scale on the dial’s periphery. The thousandths of a second is displayed at 12 o’clock along a 0 to 9 scale. It engages when the chronograph is stopped, pointing to the proper 1/1,000th of a second. The resting position is indicated by the letter “N” (for neutral).
Turning the crown clockwise operates the normal clock functions. A counter-clockwise turn powers the chronograph functions. A display at 3 o’clock indicates the 45-minute power reserve for the chronograph movement. To tally lengthier intervals, power can be conveyed to the chronograph’s barrel by turning the crown while the chronograph is running.
This wristwatch, with its black leather calf strap, can easily be converted into a pocket watch by folding the strap attachments under the case and turning the case from 0 to 180 degrees. The pocket watch can then be either placed on a table, resting on two arms that come out of the caseback, used as a stopwatch with the strap as a handle, or clipped into a metal plate covered with leather that attaches to a car’s dashboard.
The 50mm case with tachymeter scale is crafted out of grade-two titanium. The middle section of the case is knurled and coated with black DLC. Satin-finished titanium is also the material for the vintage-inspired knurled monopusher, crown and strap attachments. The open caseback is in the shape of a car grill.
On the dial the chronograph’s 30-minute counter at 12 o’clock is vertically aligned with the small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock, reminiscent of the original Minerva Rally Timer.
The watch is powered by the Villeret in-house manually wound monopusher chronograph caliber MB M16.29 that features a column wheel, horizontal coupling and a power reserve of 50 hours. The caliber takes its inspiration from the original Minerva caliber 17.29 developed in the 1930s, used for both pocket watches and wristwatches. This new version adds Côtes de Genève stripes, inner angles, circular graining and beveling, the iconic Minerva arrow, a chronograph bridge shaped in the form of a “V” (patented in 1912), and a large screwed balance with a frequency of 18,000 semi-oscillations per hour.
Replica Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph UTC
The 43mm black case is topped with a unidirectional rotating black ceramic bezel with a silvery-white engraved 24-hour scale.
Strong color contrasts with silver and red elements and three-dimensional counters resemble vintage car dashboards. The chronograph seconds are indicated with the red central hand with the tip shaped in the form of the Minerva arrow. The chronograph hours are displayed in a subdial at 6 o’clock, and the 30-minute chronograph counter is at 12 o’clock.
The high quality montblanc replica watches is powered by the Montblanc automatic caliber MB.25.03 that shows the time in three different time zones. Local time is indicated with rhodium-plated hands, and the home time can be read via a central hand enhanced with a red arrow. The local time is set by the crown. The date is synchronized with the local time. A third time zone can be added by turning the unidirectional rotating bezel to the new time zone with the 24-hour hand being the point of reference.
The 43mm satin-finished stainless steel case contains a black dial with a red chronograph seconds hand in the center, chronograph hours displayed in a subdial at 6 o’clock, and a 30-minute chronograph counter at 12 o’clock. All the readings are legible due to black rhodium-plated dauphine hands with Super-LumiNova, a silvery-white minute track with Super-LumiNova and red markers for the 15-minute marks.
The watch is powered by the automatic caliber MB 25.07 and comes with a choice of three different strap options: perforated leather, perforated rubber, and a metal bracelet with three links.
Replica Montblanc TimeWalker Automatic Date
The 41 mm stainless steel case with unidirectional rotating black bezel allows users to track a second time zone. Powered by the automatic caliber MB 24.17, the indications include hours, minutes and seconds in the center and a date display at 3 o’clock. The dial with its scale from 5 to 60 is reminiscent of the Minerva stopwatch dials from the beginning of the 20th century.
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This year’s Montblanc 1858 Collection is highlighted by the use of bronze—a first for the luxury brand—giving this watch a vintage appeal. Two models feature a bronze bezel mounted on a steel case, which the brand claims is a first in the history of watchmaking. This particular bronze alloy is designed to develop its own patina as it wears, the company said.
They are modeled after Minerva chronographs from the 1930s. The use of bronze complements the colors of the dials, antique-styled straps, 1930s Montblanc logo with its historical font and emblem of the Mont Blanc Mountain in the center, and other vintage elements.
Large cathedral hands, with their cloisonné design filled with beige Super-LumiNova, Arabic numerals, vintage shaped crowns and classic minute railway tracks that encircle the dials are taken from the 1930s Minerva chronographs. Other vintage codes include the original Montblanc logo from the 1930s era with its historical font and emblem of the Mont Blanc Mountain in the center, along with new cognac colored calfskin and alligator straps that were given an aged look by the artisans at the Montblanc leather goods facility in Florence.
The three bronze models that make up the collection are: the Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition 100, the Montblanc 1858 Automatic Dual Time and the Montblanc 1858 Automatic.
The Replica 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition 100
This 44mm watch houses a champagne-colored dial with a sunray finish that matches the bronze color of the case. The bronze case is backed with titanium to avoid allergic reactions. It is powered by a traditional manual monopusher chronograph movement, the Villeret in-house caliber MB M16.29, with a column wheel mechanism, horizontal coupling, chronograph bridge in a “V” shape, a large screwed balance wheel vibrating at a frequency of 18,000 semi-oscillations per hour and a 50-hour power reserve. For the first time, the caliber bears red gold-colored components that match the bronze material. As with all the Minerva calibers, one of the movement’s components is shaped into the form of the Minerva arrow.
Replica Montblanc 1858 Automatic Dual Time
Housed in a 44mm stainless steel case with a bronze bezel and crown, this watch is powered by the caliber MB 29.19 automatic movement with a dual time complication. A skeletonized home time hand is positioned in the center with a touch of Super-LumiNova on its tip to distinguish it from the local hour hand, which is completely filled with Super-LumiNova. The user can set the local time hour hand to the new destination time zone without affecting the home time hour hand. The minute and second hands run without interruption during this setting process. A day/night indicator connected to the central home time hand, is visible at 12 o’clock. At six o’clock, a subdial indicates the small seconds and the date, which is linked to the local time.
Replica Montblanc 1858 Automatic
This automatic montblanc 1858 replica watches features all of the same vintage design details of the Dual Time piece on the front, including the bronze bezel with stainless steel case. The caseback reveals an engraving of the Minerva Manufacture in Villeret, with the Jura Mountains in the background with the Villeret logo, the historic Minerva logo, the Montblanc name and the arrow from the Goddess Minerva’s spear. The timepiece is powered by the caliber MB 24.16.
Limited to only 18 pieces, montblanc automatic replica watches‘ newest creation looks like it’s capable of handling anything you would throw at it, and it’s ready to go at any given moment. Just one glimpse of its marvelous dial, and you’ll instantly feel like the Transporter, driving along the coast and evading the police on his way towards the destination.
Racing drivers always manage to find a new goal, wanted to shave at least 0.1 seconds from their lap times every single time. Increasingly powerful and efficient vehicles have been designed and developed to break records, while Montblanc has never stopped innovating and pushing the boundaries of fine watchmaking. This limited-edition copy watch blends the best of both worlds.
Showing off a bold yet retro design, the Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph 1000 Limited Edition 18 represents state of the art horological technology. The chronograph power reserve indicator is inspired by old fuel gauges, while the black and red details are reminiscent of early dashboards, with vintage petrol tank caps and old driving gloves being also in our thoughts right now.
Surprisingly easy to read, this spectacular watch follows a familiar pattern. Equipped with swiss cheap Montblanc’s Manufacture Calibre MB M66.26, this manually wound monopusher chronograph is decorated to the finest standards of Swiss watchmaking, with decorations and finishings that include Côtes de Genève, circular graining, hand chamfering and burnishing.
A sophisticated combination of high-tech materials has been chosen for the TimeWalker Chronograph 1000, enhancing its sporty and racing aesthetic. The 46.4 mm case comes in satin black DLC titanium, featuring a black ceramic bezel, a sapphire crystal, a sapphire display back panel, and being water resistant to 30 meters.
Movement is provided by the Swiss manual-wind Minerva for high quality montblanc replica watches in-house caliber MB M66.26, with 46 jewels and a power reserve of 100 hours for the time and 45 hours for the chronograph. In the end, we should also mention the superb black alligator leather strap, which comes with red stitching and asymmetric holes, and a steel and black DLC triple folding clasp. Feel free to get one.
Earlier this month, Montblanc formally debuted a new limited edition writing instrument, the High Artistry Homage to Johannes Kepler Limited Edition. The German-born Johannes Kepler, as you probably know, is revered for his genius in the fields of math and astronomy displayed during the late sixteenth century through the mid-seventeenth century. And the German-born Montblanc, known for its pens, uk replica watches and other luxury accessories, does the scientist proud with this latest offering. As is usual with most of the Montblanc limited edition pens, there are several versions of it, including the Johannes Kepler High Artistry Stella Nova Limited Edition 1-a one-of-a-kind pen priced at an astronomical €1.4 million. The cap and barrel feature a total of 570 diamonds and 5,294 blue sapphires designed to recall the magic of the Milky Way in the night sky.
The Homage to Johannes Kepler High Pede Serpentari Limited Edition 39 (comprising 39 pieces) is inspired by Kepler’s book De Stella Nova in Pede Serpentarii. The silhouette of the Au750 white gold pen recalls the Kepler telescope developed to observe the heavens, and the white gold of the cap top, cone and fittings contrast with the diamond-set deep blue lacquer of the cap and barrel. Three-dimensional hand engravings beneath the lacquer depict the Ophiuchus and Sagittarius constellations that Kepler addressed in his book, and his drafting compass inspired the distinctive design of the clip, which is adorned with a princess-cut blue sapphire. The pen’s rhodium-coated Au750 gold nib is set with a blue sapphire, and a uniquely colored opal decorates the cap crown.
The Johannes Kepler High Artistry Astronomia Nova Limited Edition 9 commemorates the year 1609 when Kepler first published Astronomia Nova, regarded as one of the greatest books on astronomy. The Ophiuchus and Sagittarius constellations from his book De Stella Nova have been recreated as a Au750 gold skeletonized overlay that contrasts with the deep blue lacquer beneath. The intricate constellation map is punctuated by white diamonds that represent the stars, while colored gemstones evoke planets. A globe-shaped lapis lazuli, surrounded by three rows of pavé diamonds, tops the cap.
Comprising just five pieces, the Homage to Johannes Kepler High Artistry Somnium Limited Edition 5 is alight with hundreds of sapphires carefully chosen by color. This edition also features an automatic replica montblanc watch movement at the top of the cap inspired by Kepler’s drawings of the phases of the moon. Montblanc developed this special moon phase in the Maison’s manufacture in Villeret in the Swiss Jura, and in order to ensure its full functionality, the writing instrument is accompanied by a re-winder in a handcrafted wooden box. Both the compass-shaped clip and the nib of the fountain pen is set with a red ruby.
Circling back to the one-of-a-kind pen that opens this piece, which is set with a diamond on both its nib and compass-style clip-and a 6.20-carat diamond on the cap crown-the Johannes Kepler High Artistry Stella Nova Limited Edition 1 comes with a porcelain pen stand produced by Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg, with whom Montblanc partnered. The off-white porcelain is shaped like the seventeenth century scrolled collar Kepler wore on top of which is set an open porcelain scroll depicting one of Kepler’s planetary drawings.
The precision of montblanc watches‘s TimeWalker Chronograph 1000 is determined by the speed of its parts.
Dressed in black and gray with bold red accents, Montblanc’s newly redesigned TimeWalker collection takes cues from certain vintage timepieces by Minerva, a maker of stopwatches and chronographs that was purchased by Montblanc in 2006. Of the series’s many new models, the Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph 1000 Limited Edition 18 (about $185, montblancreplica.co.uk), with its ability to measure one thousandth of a second, is not just the most complex; it also best embodies the heritage of Minerva, which was known for innovative stopwatches with extremely small divisions of time.
The movement inside the TimeWalker Chronograph 1000 is actually a refinement of a mechanism that the Spanish watchmaker Bartomeu Gomila developed for Montblanc’s Villeret manufacture (formerly Minerva) in 2012. Like other modern chronographs built to measure small fractions of a second, the watch relies on two balances: one at a conventional 2.5 Hz for normal time indication, and another—now regulated by two opposed hairsprings—running at a speed of 50 Hz for the chronograph. The enormous power consumption and wear generated by this high-speed assembly means it is only practical to run them when the chronograph is engaged. A long lever, nicknamed “the whip” for its rapid movement, holds and releases the 50 Hz balance when the chronograph is engaged.
Reading the elapsed time is an even more delicate high-speed operation. The 50 Hz balance drives a 10-bladed thousandths wheel, which makes 10 complete rotations each second. Each of the blades has an additional 10 steps on its edges that are read like the time-recording snails in a minute repeater but at a much higher rate of speed. A replica montblanc watches maker must carefully adjust the mechanism in order for it to mechanically read the thousandths wheel and the information that is then displayed on a scale at 12 o’clock.
During SIHH 2017, the 111-year-old Swiss brand montblanc replica staged some pretty impressive watch introductions and launch events. The day before the show even opened, Montblanc brought journalists out to enjoy a day of auto racing — all to show off its newest focus on TimeWalker Rally Timer and Chronograph 10000 watches. In fact, most of the collection this year was all about the auto-inspired influences of the TimeWalker line. The brand had new pieces in bronze, a new Chronograph UTC, Chronograph Automatic and Automatic Date all in the TimeWalker Line. It is the TimeWalker Chronograph 1000 Limited Edition watch, however, that is one of the most innovative watches in the line up.
Why? Because Montblanc deftly blended the high-watchmaking technology and history of Minerva, it’s Villeret-based division, with its LeLocle-based watchmaking Manufacture to turn out a new piece that times to 1/1000th of a second.
Back in the early 1900’s,Minerva was already specializing in making stopwatches to time different events, including auto racing. First the brand made watches to time to 1/5th of a second, then 1/10th of a second, and a few decades later to 1/100th of a second. Now the brand takes the pioneering spirit to new heights with the Fake TimeWalker Chronograph 1000 Limited Edition 18.
Inspired by Minerva’s 1/100th of a second stopwatch that had been made back in 1916, Montblanc created the high-frequency Caliber MB M66.26 for the new watch. The watch holds two new patents and an additional 27 existing patents in its complex movement. The watch boasts a large balance wheel (beating at 18,000 vph), and a small balance for the chronograph that beats at an incredible 360,000 semi-oscillations per hour. Two two hairsprings are fixed on top of each other. The two-level column wheel chronograph offers — on one level –start, stop and reset of seconds, minutes and thousandths of a second. The second level controls the reset of the seconds and minutes.
The chronograph is powered by its own barrel and can measure intervals up to 45 minutes, but by turning the crown counterclockwise while the chronograph is operating, the elapsed time measurement can be extended. A second barrel equips the watch with 100 hours of power reserve. The replica watch was several years in the making and the master watchmakers at Montblanc spent a great deal of time developing the toothing to split the timing of 100th of a second by 10 to achieve the 1/1000th of a second timing.
Three new bronze timepieces have been revealed at this year’s Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH): 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition 100, 1858 Automatic Dual Time, and 1858 Automatic.
The number 1858 refers to the year the Minerva Manufacture (later bought by the Richemont Group and solidly under Montblanc) was founded in Villeret, Switzerland, and is a collection that pays tribute to the Manufacture’s heritage and impeccable watchmaking expertise.
The copy watches are re-interpretations of past Minerva chronographs from the 1930s and boast a classic look. The timepieces feature the signature large cathedral hands, beige Super-LumiNova Arabic numerals, and the minute railway tracks that circle the dial. They also feature the vintage Montblanc logo from the 1930s.
Bronze was chosen because of its warm tone and ability to complement the overall vintage vibe. Perhaps the biggest appeal for watch aficionados is the fact that bronze has a transformable character to it. The bronze will, with time and various environmental factors, develop a patina that is unique to the owner over the years. It is, if you’re very sentimental, a diary that you can wear on your wrist or a visual memento of the passing time.
The most impressive is the 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition, a model that is limited to only 100 pieces. Simply put, it’s a real stunner, from its Champagne-coloured dial to its 44mm bronze case and cognac-coloured alligator leather straps. A bronze-coloured titanium case back is used to avoid any allergic reaction, and is inset with a sapphire crystal pane to allow the wearer to admire the calibre.
And the calibre is indeed worth admiring. Inside the timepiece beats the Swiss Montblanc Manufacture calibre MB M16.29, a manually wound monopusher chronograph with a tachymeter scale. The calibre incorporates red gold in its design – the plate and bridges are plated in red gold – which has a visually appealing effect.
The 1858 Automatic Dual Time and the 1858 Automatic, on the other hand, feature black dials and a 44mm stainless steel case complemented by a bronze bezel and crown. The Automatic Dual Time features a day and night indicator at 12 o’clock, and a small date window inside a small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock.
Both feature cognac-coloured calfskin straps that have been aged to give a classic look. On the stainless steel case back is an engraved illustration of the Minerva Manufacture set against the picturesque Jura Mountains.
Montblanc ambassador Hugh Jackmann helped the brand launch its new models at SIHH 2017.
Inspired by the irreproachable Minerva Rally Timer stopwatch, the timewalker replica Rally Timer is one of Montblanc’s most recent creations, and it is also one of the brand’s most stylish pieces to date. Just like its name indicates, this model is a part of the TimeWalker line, and it offers quite a few wearable variants thanks to a series of adjustable strap attachments. This means that it can be worn on the wrist, as a pocket watch, or clipped onto a metal plate and attached on a dashboard.
The power comes from fake Montblanc’s own MB M16.29 movement, which is manually wound and features a 50-hour power reserve. It is housed within a 50mm satin titanium case, and it complements a beautiful dial face in shades of red, gray and black. The timepiece is part of a limited edition of 100 units, each priced at $345.
swiss replica montblanc watches major launch at SIHH 2017 is its revamped TimeWalker collection, with designs heavily influenced by the vintage stopwatches developed to time motor races in the early 20th century by Minerva, a renowned producer of chronographs that is today a part of Montblanc. The Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph Rally Timer Counter, a limited edition of 100 pieces, is perhaps the most direct descendant of these Minerva road-race timers.
A 50-mm wristwatch with a black calf leather strap, the Rally Timer can also be converted into a pocketwatch by simply folding the strap attachments under the case and turning the case from 0 to 180 degrees (or from 3 to 9 o’clock). Two arms below the pocketwatch allow it to be placed on a table. The watch’s owner can also use it as a hand-held stopwatch, with the strap as a secure handle, or clip it into a metal plate covered with leather that attaches to a car’s dashboard, allowing the watch to be viewed by a driver behind the wheel.
The Rally Timer combines elements of the “vintage racing” look with those of modern high quality montblanc replica watches TimeWalker collection. The large, grade-two titanium case has been satinated, with a middle section that has also been knurled and coated with black DLC. Satin-finished titanium is also used for the vintage-inspired, knurled monopusher, the crown, and the strap attachments. Automotive motifs continue on the backside of the watch, which features a sapphire window in the shape of a car grille that reveals the timepiece’s movement, Montblanc’s manual-winding, manufacture Caliber MB M16.29, equipped with a monopusher chronograph function.
The black dial is engineered for maximum legibility, with white Arabic numerals, luminous coating on the indices and dauphine hands, and a central red chronograph seconds hand that runs along a tachymeter scale on the dial’s flange. The chronograph’s 30-minute counter at 12 o’clock is vertically aligned with the small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock, a layout reminiscent of those historical Minerva Rally Timers.
Monopusher chronograph Caliber MB M16.29, crafted for Montblanc by the factory formerly known as Minerva, features a column wheel, horizontal coupling, and a power reserve of 50 hours. It is a modern-day interpretation of the original Minerva Caliber 17.29, developed in the 1930s, which was used for both pocketwatches and wristwatches. Like its ancestors, it boasts numerous hand-executed finishes — including côtes de Genève, inner angles, circular graining and beveling on the German silver plate and bridges — and fine details such as the iconic Minerva arrow, a V-shaped chronograph bridge, and a large screwed balance with a frequency of 18,000 vph.
The best cheap copy Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph Rally Timer Counter Limited Edition 100 is water-resistant to 30 meters and has been rigorously tested by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500, simulating intense real-life wear for over 500 hours. Below you will find some photos we took of the watch and its movement.
This year sees best montblanc replica watches introduce bronze into its watch collections for the very first time – and we have to say they’ve done it in an unusual and (as is typical for the brand) very smart way. With the exception of the high-end Villeret piece, Montblanc has avoided releasing full bronze-cased watches, instead employing the distinctive alloy in a much more tactical manner.
In the case of the latest version of the imitation 1858 Automatic, bronze is used on the bezel and crown, leaving the rest of the 44mm body in steel. Besides offering a very different take on two-tone, this approach is quite clever. The high-touch areas of crown and bezel will patina up quite nicely, but overall the watch won’t be as overwhelming as a full bronze case (which, we suspect, will mean it appeals to more people).
The bronze elements aren’t the only vintage accents at play here – the black dial features the historic Montblanc logo, and numerals and hands painted in ‘bronze’ luminescent material. The final touch is the truly excellent strap, a supple cognac coloured calfskin number with double stitching in a style that has been very much in fashion among vintage collectors in recent years.
Most models in the fake 1858 collection are manually wound (appropriate given their heritage nature), and the few previous automatics have still kept the small seconds at six. This is the first automatic to run as a time-only piece, and some might find the lack of constant movement disconcerting. Given how unlikely it is that the automatic movement will take up too much space in the large case, the solid back is a good choice on Montblanc’s behalf. Don’t take that to mean that the caseback has gone to waste – it’s been decorated with a handsome engraving of the Minerva Manufacture building, a very visual reminder of the legitimacy of their heritage claims.
As we said at the start, Montblanc has been very smart with the copy 1858 Automatic. Not just in the judicious use of bronze, but in putting all the elements of this timepiece together in a neat and careful way, resulting in a warm and fashion-friendly vintage-styled piece at a highly competitive price.