To celebrate the 160th anniversary of Minerva, Montblanc has released a limited edition of 100 pocket watches that are adapted to desks and high-altitude travel.

Today the history of Minerva is united with the history of Montblanc. With the 1858 collection, the manufacture wanted to preserve the spirit of the professional watches designed in the 1920s and 1930s. These robust watches were worn by soldiers and explorers in all latitudes. The impressive 1858 Pocket Watch Limited Edition 100 commemorates this tradition. This all-terrain watch is equipped with a protean, 60mm-wide titanium case and contains over 50 elements. A stand is included, so you can use it as a small table clock. It can also be securely worn on the wrist with a large, brown, aged calf-leather Sfumato strap equipped with two tang buckles. And so that you never get lost, a compass is unveiled when you open the timepiece.

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The inclusion of a monopusher chronograph means you can measure split times to be read using a large central second hand and a 30-minute totaliser at 12 o’clock. A running seconds display at 6 o’clock balances the dial composition. The hours and minutes, meanwhile, are shown with a single red hand. It points to a 24-hour graduated scale made up of large figures with a beige surface coated with luminescent material. The dial is made of dumortierite. This deep-blue, fibrous material provides an ideal background against which the time information stands out perfectly.

As for the mechanism, the 1858 Pocket Watch Limited Edition 100 is driven by an automatic mechanical movement, the calibre MB M16.24, providing 50 hours of power reserve.

 Price: 48,000 EUR

By Dan Diaconu

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