This new offering is a nod to Reinhold Messner’s 2004 solo trek across the Gobi Desert with its extreme temperatures ranging from frozen winters to hot summers.
The Swiss watchmaker partnered with mountaineering legend Reinhold Messner for the Montblanc 1858 Geosphere Limited Edition 1858. The timepiece features a micro-blasted bronze case with a special engraving on the case back, a bi-directional shiny brown ceramic bezel, a smoked brown and beige lacquered dial, and a matching vintage-brown Sfumato calf strap.
With Reinhold’s trek of the Gobi Desert as inspiration, the back unveils a unique engraving that shows the desert’s famous Flaming Cliffs, also known as Bayanzag which is located in Mongolia. The cliffs are famous for the significant paleontological discoveries that have been found in the desert especially those unearthed by the American palaeontologist Roy Chapman Andrews, who found fossilized dinosaur eggs and specimens of Velociraptors in 1920. The paleontologist also gave the name to the location which refers to the red and orange colours of the sandstone cliffs that light up like fire at sunset, hence “Flaming Cliffs.” The case back also depicts a wind rose compass with a decoration representing the wind whose patterns are inspired by traditional Mongolian ornaments.
The colours of the timepiece are created with laser-generated oxidation that determines the final colour obtained (and desired). Montblanc is one of the most advanced Swiss maisons to use this technology on such a large surface.
The timepiece is powered by the Manufacture automatic Calibre MB 29.25. This distinctive complication displays two hemispheres that bring an instinctive way of reading different time zones. The Montblanc 1858 Geosphere Limited Edition 1858 has two domed turning hemisphere globes at six and 12 o’clock, which are surrounded by a fixed scale with the 24 time zones and include a rose gold-coated and brown day/night indicator (for both the Northern and Southern hemispheres).
The Montblanc 1858 Geosphere Limited Edition 1858 retails for PHP346,900