Introducing the blue ceramic bezel fake Montblanc 1858 Geosphere Limited Edition dedicated to Reinhold Messner, the legendary climber and explorer. We manage to get a hands-on session with the watch, one of only 5 in Singapore and No 1/262 (!). Here is our detailed look.
The watch is made to honour the legendary mountaineer, Reinhold Messner (born 17 September 1944). He is renowned for his pioneering ascents of the world’s highest peaks, and his variation of the Seven Summits Challenge, known as Messner’s List.
“A reliable and high performing watch is an essential companion to any adventurer setting out on a major expedition. It is exciting to be associated with a watch inspired by Minerva and its rich heritage of manufacturing companions to so many adventurers before me who relied so faithfully on these professional watches. Also, a meaningful and personal reminder of the thousands of feet climbed over the course of my career as a professional mountaineer”, says Reinhold Messner.
Montblanc 1858 Geosphere Messner Limited Edition 262
The bronze case replica Montblanc 1858 Geosphere is the key model of the 1858 line with its two distinctive domed turning globes and its innovative worldtime complication. We carried the following reviews of the earlier versions:
Montblanc 1858 Worldtime Geosphere
Montblanc 1815 Geosphere Khaki and Bronze
This new timepiece harmoniously combines bronze, blue, and rose gold-coated elements, giving it a true vintage aesthetic reminiscent of the mountaineering exploration tools from the past.
The new watch is a creative and inspiring collaboration with Reinhold Messner. Limited to 262 pieces, the timepiece is a nod to all the peaks over 26,200 feet that he climbed during his career.
And let us start right off the bat by proclaiming that this is an absolutely stunningly beautiful watch. The lines are sleek and sensuous. The colours chosen complement each other magnificently, from the graduated blue on the dial to the bezel and to the bronze hue of the case.
The case, dial and hands
The Swiss movement copy Montblanc watch is a variant of the earlier versions of the Geosphere, particularly close to the Khaki and Bronze model which we reviewed.
The case remains 42mm executed in a special bronze alloy with slim, curved horns. The shape is particularly lovely and the curves sensuous to elicit romanticism. The surfaces are finished in a fine polish and satin matte. the bezel is also in bronze and is bi-directional with an inset of shiny blue ceramic with the four cardinal direction points engraved and coated with SuperLumiNova.
The dial is in a beautiful gradient of deep blue in the edges to a lighter, bright hue in the center. The other dial elements are rose gold coated and beige, and provide a perfect contrasting foil for a highly legible face. The hands are the classic Montblanc cathederal style hand, and the even hour markers are in arabic numerals, while the odd are pointer shaped. The two turning domed hemisphere globes, which make a full rotation in 24 hours complete the dial layout. The northern hemisphere at 12 o’clock turns anticlockwise, while the southern hemisphere turns clockwise. They are both surrounded by a scale with the 24 time zones, along with a day/night indication in contrasting colours. The longitude reference meridian for both hemispheres is highlighted with a white line coated with SuperLumiNova. Additionally, a second time zone display is located at nine o’clock and a date (linked to the local time) is indicated in an aperture at three o’clock.
In the dark almost all the elements of the dial and bezel are luminescent, matching with the tool watch spirit of the 1858 product line. The hours, minutes, second timezone hands, cardinal points on the bezel, as well as the arrows (that are used for the compass) are highlighted in green SuperLumiNova, while the globes with their continents, Arabic numerals, and indexes appear in blue SuperLumiNova. This is a nod to the importance of the look of a watch at night and its power to create emotion and pleasure, as well as to build an even stronger bond with our historic tool watches.
The movement MB 29.25
The movement of the Montblanc fake within is the Caliber MB 29.25. This movement is based on the Sellita SW300, fitted with an in-house module that features a worldtime complication with two turning domed hemisphere globes, which make a full rotation in 24 hours. The northern hemisphere at 12 o’clock turns anticlockwise, while the southern hemisphere turns clockwise. They are both surrounded by a scale with the 24 time zones, along with a day/night indication in contrasting colors. The movement is well tested, and proven in use in all the Geosphere watches.
The movement is tested for 500 hours of simulated wear, with specific testing and controls under extreme conditions. The Geosphere is also tested to a water-resistance of 100 meters to be Certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500.