Although Baselworld 2020 is canceled, that didn’t prevent watch brands to release their new stunning pieces. Such one example comes from Montblanc who managed to add a new vintage-inspired wristwatch to its 1858 collection.
Called the 1858 Automatic 24H, this watch feature design elements reminiscent of the original Minerva timepieces from the 1920s and 1930s. This cool new single-hand, 24-hour complication from Montbalnc allows you to use the new 1858 Automatic 24H as both a watch and a compass.
The timepiece indicates the time on a 24-hour scale using a red-coloured hand coated in SuperLumiNova for better readability both day and night. This red-tipped hand not only indicates the time but also acts as a compass. For precision purposes, the compass scale is displayed in a beige-coloured ring that runs around the outside of the dial, with markers for approximately every 5°, and includes the cardinal points in red.
The automatic timepiece comes with a new 42mm bicolour case made of stainless steel and a bezel made of a special alloy of bronze, providing a vintage aesthetic. The timepiece is completed with a special “Spirit of Mountain Exploration” engraving on the case back. The 1858 Automatic 24H is equipped with a matching black, hand-crafted NATO strap that is made in a traditional 150-year-old strap manufacture in France.
Scheduled to go on sale later this year, the watch will retail for $3,030.