Aaaah, bronze. What watch collection is complete today without at least one model made from the copper alloy that gently patinates over time to create a timepiece unique to its wearer? This year has seen an array of new bronze cases appear in stores and one of the first to make an appearance in 2017 will be the Montblanc 1958 Automatic Dual Time (along with its siblings the 1858 Automatic and 1858 Tachymeter Limited Edition 100).

By now the story of the 1858 Collection is pretty well known.  Named for the year that the watch manufacture Minerva was founded in Villeret, this family of Montblanc watches celebrates the heritage and chronometric perfection that Minerva was famed for. And, as Minerva has been in the hands of Montblanc since 2007, this family of vintage-inspired timepieces is able to call on all the design codes and watchmaking mastery that the original company excelled in.

With a 1930s military flavour, the new GMT model combines materials to create a 44mm bi-colour case with satinated steel body and bronze bezel and winding crown. The look is typical period Minerva with matte-black dial, cathedral hands and Arabic numerals featuring lashings of creamy Super-LumiNova for ultimate legibility.  The skeletonised central hand representing home time is tipped with more Super-LumiNova, while the hour and minute hands are solid and entirely coated with lume. The home time day/night indicator is at 12 o’clock, while a small seconds resides in the 6 o’clock position. orper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

Within the case beats the automatic Calibre MB29.19 –with a dual-time complication plus a day/night indication – that was assembled in-house. An independent setting mechanism means that the home-time hour hand is unaffected during the setting of the destination hour hand. During this operation, the minutes and seconds keep ticking so timekeeping accuracy is unaffected.

In a final nod to the past, the dial features the Montblanc logo from the 1930s and the watch is completed by a beautiful cognac-coloured calfskin strap with vintage-inspired beige stitching made in the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence.

Montblanc 1858 Automatic Dual Time
Movement
Automatic Calibre MB 29.19; hours, minutes and small seconds; second time zone; day/night indication; 42-hour power reserve
Case
44mm satinated stainless steel with bronze bezel and crown; water-resistant to 30m
Strap
Cognac-coloured aged calf-leather strap with vintage beige stitching and satinated stainless-steel buckle

Montblanc 1858 Automatic
Movement
Automatic Calibre MB 24.16; central hours and minutes; 38-hour power reserve

Case
44mm satinated stainless-steel case with bronze bezel and crown; water-resistant to 30m

Strap
Cognac-coloured aged calf-leather strap with vintage beige stitching and satinated stainless-steel buckle

Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition 100
Movement
Hand-wound Montblanc manufacture Calibre MB M16.29; monopusher chronograph with column-wheel and horizontal coupling; hours and minutes from the centre; small seconds at 9 o’clock; central chronograph elapsed-seconds hand; counter for 30 elapsed minutes at 3 o’clock; tachymeter scale; 252 components; 50-hour power reserve; certified by the Montblanc Performance Test 500

Case
44mm bronze; screw-on caseback in bronze-coloured titanium with inset of sapphire crystal; bronze crown; water-resistant to 30m

Strap
Cognac-coloured aged calf-leather strap with vintage beige stitching and satinated bronze-plated buckle