At their core Montblanc are, and have always been, synonymous with adventure. From the highest peaks, to your daily commute these Germanic watchmakers are a quintessential brand within the horology landscape. Now, with the 1858 Collection, Montblanc honour the spirit of mountain exploration\u2014and with that, man's tireless efforts to conquer of the wild.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nBut to truly understand the importance of this new collection, we must first look at how it came to be. The Montblanc watchmaking tradition began with Charles-Yvan Robert in the Saint Imier valley, over 160 years ago. It was at the beginning of the Minerva era, a movement renown for precise Chronometry and famed for measuring small measurements of time with the utmost exactitude, that the Montblanc essence was born.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nMinerva shaped the history of time measurement and its same guiding principles of innovative power and highly developed time measurement technology can be found in the Montblanc 1858 Collection, today.\r\n\r\nDesigned with the explorer in mind, the 1858 collection features time-honoured movements such as the 1858 Monopusher chronographs MB M13.2. This exquisite piece is unique thanks to its iconic V-shaped chronograph bridge and Minerva arrow which is decorated by expert hands.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe 1858 collection is defined by its ability to withstand in the face of high-altitudes and the like. Boasting high accuracy, legibility and robustness for use in extreme conditions, Montblanc have reinterpreted and reimagined the Minerva pocket watches and chronographs from the 1920\u2019s & 30\u2019s to make them new once more.\r\n\r\nInitially used by mountaineers and the military, the Monopusher chronograph pays tribute to the historical 13.20 Calibre\u2014the first fully integrated chronograph movement of Minerva, specially developed for use in a wristwatch in 1920.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe result? A calibre that is a true depiction of consistency and performance. Composed of a large balance wheel with 18 screws and beating at the traditional frequency of 18,000 A\/h, along with a column wheel and horizontal coupling, the Montblanc Monopusher chronograph makes for an unrivaled execution in timekeeping.\r\n\r\nHowever, one could be forgiven for assuming that with a delicate hand in its craftsmanship, comes a delicate timepiece. This is most certainly not the case here. Montblanc have aspired to bring you a collection that is not only inspired by the splendour of nature, but is able to withstand its treatment too.\r\n\r\nEach of the Montblanc 1858 timepieces are subject to the Montblanc Laboratory test 500\u2014a more than rigorous series of practical tests, designed to push a piece to its limits and ensure certified perfection.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThis particular practice is unique to Montblanc and is comprised of a myriad of meticulous trials. The tests namesake, 500, is no random number, either. Each piece in this collection, along with all Montblanc timepieces, are subject to a minimum of five hundred hours at extreme conditions.\r\n\r\nTaking around three weeks per watch the aim of this test is to ensure that no matter the owners predilection, beit climbing, skiing, hiking or something more extreme, their new timepiece will endure. Coupled with numerous setting and resetting pilots, it is apparent that Montblanc are in the business of designing and creating lifelong companions.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nTake the new Montblanc Manufacture Calibre MB M16.24, found in the Montblanc 1858 Pocket Watch Limited Edition. This statement piece is defined by its hand-crafted monopusher movement and Minerva arrow, inspired by the historic Minerva Monopusher Chronograph Calibre 17.29 for pocket watches.\r\n\r\nDown to the finest of its many details, the 1858 Pocket Watch Limited Edition is the embodiment of class. The bridges are decorated with \u201cC\u00f4tes de Gen\u00e8ve\u201d, circular graining on both sides and hand-chamfered edges. It\u2019s Montblancs way of tipping its hat to the finest watchmakers of old.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Montblanc 1858 collection is championed by our very own explorer, Hugh Jackman, along with renown outdoor photographer, Chris Burkard, with good reason. Timepieces such as the Montblanc Geosphere 1858 pay tribute to the spirit of mountain exploration, honouring the heroes of mountain climbing throughout history.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIn particular, this piece is a nod to those rare few who have braved the seven summits challenge. No kidding; less than 500 athletes have managed to reach the highest peak of each continent. To reflect this, the dial on the Geosphere 1858 features a representation of the world\u2019s seven summits, marked with red dots on two turning globes.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThat\u2019s right, \u2018turning\u2019. Every 24 hours, these miniature worlds will make a full rotation, turning in opposite directions before coming back to their original placements. As an added touch of elegance, you\u2019ll find these designs engraved on the case back.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAs we've said, Montblanc are not in the business of beauty without toughness. The combination of high quality materials such as steel and ceramic is a true reflection of the durability and calibre of this particular new timepiece.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Montblanc 1858 collection is truly for those whose souls yearn to discover, explore and venture forth. Fortune favours the bold, as they say, and you cannot be any closer to true boldness than in the exploration of our planets most rugged settings. It's \u00a0Montblancs innate understanding of this that has solidified the brand as a true force de jour in the timepiece world. \r\nView the collection\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHave you subscribed to\u00a0Man of Many? You can also follow us on\u00a0Facebook,\u00a0Twitter, and\u00a0Instagram.