Montblanc pays homage to Italian mountaineer, explorer, and author Reinhold Messner’s 2004 solo trek of 2000 km across the Gobi Desert with the new Montblanc 1858 Geosphere Limited Edition 1858. The timepiece features a satin-finished bronze case with a special engraving on the case back, a bi-directional brown ceramic bezel, a smoked brown and beige lacquered dial, and a matching vintage-brown Sfumato calf strap.
The case back showcases a unique engraving that shows the Gobi Desert’s famous Flaming Cliffs. Also known as Bayanzag, the cliffs are famous for the significant paleontological discoveries like fossilized dinosaur eggs and specimens of Velociraptors. The case back also depicts a wind rose compass.
The smoked brown to beige dial features warm rose gold-coated hands and applied indexes. For great readability, the day/night indicator, the cathedral-shaped hands, the indexes, the compass indications, and the hemisphere globes are all coated with beige-colored Super-LumiNova®.
The Montblanc 1858 Geosphere Limited Edition 1858 is powered by the Manufacture automatic Calibre MB 29.25. This complication displays two hemispheres. The watch 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 longitude reference meridian for both hemispheres is highlighted with a black line coated with Super-LumiNova®. A second time zone, used as a home time indication, is located at nine o’clock and a date aperture (linked to the local time) is located at three o’clock. The Montblanc 1858 Geosphere Limited Edition 1858 comes on a vintage-style brown Sfumato calf strap with beige stitching.