Yesterday, we kicked off our series of videos from SIHH 2018 with François-Henry Bennahmias, CEO of Audemars Piguet, talking us through the new collection. This morning, we are sitting down with the inimitable Davide Cerrato, Managing Director of Montblanc Watches, to learn about what has inspired the Montblanc collection this year. Not surprisingly, the 160th anniversary of Minerva is a big focus as is the theme of mountain exploration, which, as you will see in the video, has led to some truly cool, vintage-inspired pieces.
In our pre-SIHH coverage, we already got hands on with several of the new models that Montblanc is debuting this year, including; the Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph and the TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph, as well as a few others. One of my personal favourites, so far at least, is the new Montblanc 1858 Automatic Chronograph, which we got hands on with yesterday. The watch offers many of the same design elements as the highly popular 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter watches, i.e. a military/pilot-style chronograph with cathedral hands and an overall 1930s aesthetic, but pairs it with a standard automatic chronograph movement to make the price more accessible.
Another welcome surprise is the new 1858 Geosphere, which we will be featuring in more detail on MONOCHROME later this week. According to Mr. Cerrato it’s his favourite watch of the whole collection and he is already predicting that it will become the watch of the fair. There’s also some cool pocket watches, plus the Star Legacy collection is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year. In short, lots to discover from Montblanc at SIHH 2018, so stay tuned for more!