Montblanc 2020: ICE Blues

As the world is confined, everybody is craving a bit of fresh air and missing the great outdoors; The Montblanc 1858 adventure continues. It started at the top of the mountains then moved from the summit to the forest and now reached the icy caves thanks to the creative mind of Davide Cerrato and his team.

Building on the vintage brown and fabulous green themes of the previous years, blue is the main color for 2020. The new Montblanc 1858 watches are more than a color variation and have some interesting new details, and some remarkable additions. From engraving to a new vintage bi-material bracelet as well as the bezel and the case thickness; there is something for every watch aficionado.

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Montblanc’s new blue theme capsule is a nod to glaciers and snowy mountain environments. To pay homage to the brand’s heritage we recreated winter scenes featuring key products. Inspired by the legendary Minerva watches that were created for military use and exploration, the Montblanc 1858 Geosphere in Blue features a new blue and icy white aesthetic combined with a mix of materials such as titanium and ceramic.

“We are happy to have achieved full integration with Minerva, in terms of both history and design. We redesigned some of the old product collections and gave them a family feeling, giving an even greater identity to Montblanc watches.” Davide Cerrato, managing director of Montblanc watches

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This watch is dedicated to the world’s Seven Summit mountaineering challenge, the ultimate goal for mountain adventurers. The Seven Summits challenge is recognized as one of the most difficult mountaineering quests and only around 500 athletes have achieved the mission to date.

On the dial, the world’s Seven Summits and the Mont Blanc are marked on the turning globes with blue dots and engraved on the case back. This 42mm timepiece comes in grade-5 titanium to ensure its robustness and durability while giving it an ever-changing look.

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One of the highlights of this watch is its world time display of the two hemispheres which makes the reading of different time zones pretty instinctive. It is completed with a choice of a new blue Sfumato calf leather strap with white stitching or with a new vintage bi-material technical bracelet made of matte, satin-finished titanium and polished stainless steel.

The 1858 Automatic Chronograph boasts a 42 mm stainless steel case with polished and brushed finishes. Engraved on the case, just like on the geosphere, is the iconic Mont Blanc along with a compass and two ice picks. It features a bi-directional bezel and a domed sapphire.

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The 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 100 is now available in grade 5 titanium with a stunning enamel dial. Heavily inspired by the Minerva monopusher military presented at Only Watch, this 44mm timepiece stands out thanks to its tachymetric scale in white that wraps itself around the center of the dial. It is powered by the Caliber 16.31 a fine movement created by the Minerva artisans and like all Minerva watches it radiates and shines inside out.

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This is just a glimpse of the products Montblanc showcased for this year. We love the blue theme but what really resonates with us is the vintage flair of this collection.