Take A Look At The Montblanc 1858 Small Second Replica

The 1858 Small Second was the final proof, if any was needed, that the ‘new’ Montblanc Mens Replica is planning a full on assault at all styles of replica Watchmaking – fine, high and accessible – and all styles of replica Watches. Now including the military classics this one references.

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Don’t worry. The 1858 was a complete surprise to us too. As it was to everybody, except Jerome Lambert. No sooner had we all adjusted to the slimmer, dressier Montblanc Heritage Replica Chronometrie range (which we excitedly received, despite mutterings from some quarters about its likeness to the new CEO’s old employer) than we were all being asked to consider yet another visage of Montblanc. This time a military, 30s era trope with closer ties in design code terms to Minerva than ever before.

So, let’s recap. We have the chunky, bold art-deco blockiness of the Timewalker range. The Rieussec Timewriter range. The bigger-seller-than-anybody-realises (apparently) 4810 stalwart. The Star entry level. The breakthrough Heritage Chronometrie range which has housed huge steps forward technically too, like the ‘troublemaker’ / accessible perpetual calendar and the ExoTourbillon. This is also not to mention the rarefied Villeret range, Montblanc’s impressive top end of town.

Take A Look At The Montblanc 1858 Small Second Replica

If you’ll excuse me, I’m distributing a quick slap to the cheeks. Eyes to mine. Are you still reading? See, it’s not a dearth of ideas that plagues Montblanc, it might well be a surplus. If there isn’t some refinement, and some falling into line, in coming collections we may find the brand’s momentum compromised, or dispersed, by confusion. Montblanc may want to cast an eye over Tudor’s 2013 / 2014 and 2015 collections to see that less is almost always more when it comes to crafting memorable stories around replica Watches. There’s one particular person that has been a key figure in these campaigns, perhaps they could connect with him? Oh wait, they have. Welcome to the team, Davide Cerrato.

Because, even with the long preamble, we haven’t even got to the 1858 Small Second yet. The replica Watch that, in its assured, classic way might be the buzziest model yet, if not just for its appearance in the middle of last year on people’s Instagram feeds absolutely out of nowhere.

If this replica Watch were a military man, his uniform would fit nice. Over a muscular body. And he would have integrity. You see, this replica Watch, right off the bat, does not reference military replica Watches, it perfects them. The cathedral hands, the railroad chapter ring, the onion crown; it’s all there, and there’s plenty in the detail to discover. But we’ll get to that. For now, let’s approach this replica Watch the way Montblanc should be approaching their ranges from now on; with the simplest possible premise. It’s a military style replica Watch made for the intrepid outdoors-type. It even has a mountain for a logo.

When it came to the review itself, timing was impeccable. In the same week I was invited to join a wolf pack on an unusually – un-urban mission. To tackle one of Australia’s most famed and fabled bushwalking tracks, the ‘Overland Track’. It suddenly because as clear as the air at Montblanc summit altitude. We should do a week on the wrist in the wild. Look, it’s not Anapurna. But people do die attempting it every other year. Stupid (usually unprepared) people that is. Or really cavalier ones. I have been known to be both at times, so there was no guarantee this was a sound idea, but it was happening, which dawned on me at Melbourne airport as we studied a guide book (from the 60s, my love of vintage carries through from replica Watches to paraphernalia too) and undertook some crucial carb loading (drinking beers) before the flight south to Tasmania.

Fittingly, Cradle Mountain National Park has a central European connection. The drive to first protect and preserve its pristine nature was led by Austrian-born naturalist Gustav Weindorfer. When he climbed the peak, in 1910, he declared that “This must be a national park for the people for all time. It is magnificent and people must know about it and enjoy it.” It’s the kind of post-barrel-of-schnapps hyperbole I can really get behind. And anyway, he’s quite right, it’s an indescribably perfect natural environment, bereft of practically any human mark. Which makes it the best possible backdrop for an outdoors-oriented replica Watch like this.

If there had have been a sexpile before we set off it would have looked like we were lost in the wilderness at a TechCrunch G2G . Bloody Garmins and Polars everywhere. Oh how they laughed at old WW2 and Grandpa in the mix. But hold that thought / hilarity.
When it comes to first impressions, I have to admit it. I liked this replica Watch instantly. I liked that it was utilitarian and had the look of a viable daily beater but had some refinements that were revealed with a closer inspection. I wasn’t as keen on the strap though. It was no butch, studded Big Pilot strap which perhaps might have completed the picture. Maybe. Or perhaps it was just a little clean and unsullied? Maybe it needed some blood, sweat and bourbon soaked into it? We would see.

The case

Take A Look At The Montblanc 1858 Small Second Replica

This is where, after a bit of wearing, it gets interesting. The 44mm wide by just under 11mm 1858 is surprisingly svelte on the wrist and the lines of the case are plain and simple; it doesn’t actually wear or feel at all like a tool replica Watch. There’s some subtle sculpting to reduce sharp, un-machined angles or edges. It’s almost sensuous, which is frankly weird for a military replica Watch. A weird you can get quite ok with.

The movement

Take A Look At The Montblanc 1858 Small Second Replica

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There’s nothing else to say about the Unitas 6498 that hasn’t been said. Guys, you need to memorise this bit and remember those numbers. It’s in ERRRRTHANG. From TAG Heuer to Panerai, it’s powering away, not going busted, not losing time, not getting funny. It’s a workhorse. It’s as tough as Tom Hardy and scrubs up just as nicely through a clear caseback, as it does here. For a daily beater, it’s nice I reckon, when asked (and only when asked) to extol the virtues of not only your replica Watch, but mechanical replica Watches in general. A clear caseback helps the conversation along. It’s a 46 power reserve handwound movement, which means that recharging it on DAY THREE, when all the tech died, was as easy as pulling out the crown, winding, and then putting on the crown as the king of time. The only guy in the group who knew what time it was.
By this time, we’d worked out we were walking at an average pace of 17mins/km (not that slow! It was hilly!) The old fashioned wristreplica Watch was used to track our progress on the paper – two old buddies that were brought back together by a distinct lack of power points for charging in the wild.

The dial

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Matte was a good choice. Matte with a little texture. Again, giving the overall effect of the replica Watch a refined air. The symmetry of the small seconds at six. The lovely Arabic numerals. These little flourishes and tactile elements give the replica Watch a lot.
The strap
Ok. I take it back. By the end of the trip it had gone black at the edges and a rich chestnut brown (with a satisfying amount of scuffing and scratching) elsewhere. Way better. Still, it would be interesting to see the 1858 on a slightly more padded suede strap, like the one on the PAM 655.

For under five grand, this is a replica Watch that ticks the military box with a little more aplomb than usual and gets you in the game with the ‘new Montblanc’, a replica Watch brand we’re going to continue to write plenty about in months and years to come.

Montblanc 1858 Automatic Small Second Replica Watch Releases

The Montblanc 1858 Collection swiss watches replica online  pays tribute to the heritage of the Manufacture founded under the name Minerva by introducing contemporary timepieces with vintage lines inspired by Villeret’s legendary Minerva chronographs created throughout its 158-year history.

Montblanc 1858 Automatic Small Second Replica Watch Releases
The Montblanc 1858 Automatic Small Second replica watch is housed in a 44-mm stainless steel case with a refined decoration of the Minerva Manufacture set against the Jura Mountains on the caseback. The historic Minerva logo is also inscribed, along with the Roberts Freres Villeret “RFV” logo and the emblem of the Goddess Minerva, paying tribute to the Minerva heritage that dates back to 1858.

Montblanc 1858 Automatic Small Second Replica Watch Releases
On the dial of the Montblanc 1858 Automatic replica watch, the contemporary interpretation shines through with a design that extrapolates the codes of the historic timepieces produced by Minerva with indications for the hours and minutes and direct-drive small seconds at 6 o’clock. Both its fine curved horns, designed to follow the natural curvature of the wrist, and its pure and strong design, make this timepiece particularly pleasant to wear.

Montblanc 1858 Automatic Small Second Replica Watch Releases
Lovers of traditional watchmaking will particularly appreciate the fine bezel of the Montblanc 1858 Automatic Small Second replica watch that maximises the clarity of the dial, both at night and during the day. It does this at night thanks to 12 large Arabic numerals and “cathedral” hands coated with white Super-LumiNova , a non-radioactive material that remains luminescent for a long time.

 

Preview Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition Replica Watch

At SIHH 2016, Montblanc introduced its new “1858” replica watch collection which not only have a new logo but also contain two limited models known as the Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition replica watches that come in either steel or red gold.The collection isn’t without its quirks, but it shows just how fragmented and interesting Montblanc replica watch family has now become as they keep adding additional “watch personalities” to their product line-up.

Preview Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition Replica Watch

The Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition replica watch has a 44mm-wide case that is 13.15mm thick and very much feels like others which have come out of the Montblanc Villeret arm of the brand. As a monopusher chronograph, the pusher for the Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition replica watch is designed into the crown itself. This leaves the case feeling a bit more elegant as compared to two-pusher chronograph watches.

Preview Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition Replica Watch
While the Montblanc 1858 Chronograph replica watch is offered in a rich-looking 18k red gold case with a black dial, that model is certainly not the value-friendly option of the two limited editions even though it is undeniably good-looking. Luckily for collectors, Montblanc also includes a steel-cased version of the 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition replica watch with a trendy blue dial and matching alligator strap.

Preview Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition Replica Watch
On the wrist, the Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition replica watch is attractive with its hyper-legible dial and sporty-yet-vintage looks which are timeless in their appeal. Designs such as this have endured over the ages which makes them very versatile from a style perspective. There aren’t too many other watches of this ilk which you can easily wear with jeans or something a bit more formal. The retro aviator-style hands of this Montblanc replica watch are painted in lume as are the Arabic numeral hour markers. The slight sunburst polish on the dial adds a hint of shine while the face otherwise is pleasantly utilitarian. As the watch name implies, the dial bears a tachymeter scale which adds style, but realistically offers zero functionality as I have yet to meet anyone who ever uses these in tandem with a chronograph.