Sep 25, 2020

The Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Limited Edition for HODINKEE

by Zac Vineyard

HODINKEE introduced the Montblanc 1858 Monopusher (limited edition) today. While high-end timepieces aren't usually recommended for purchase on Availed, it was hard to overlook the heritage, history, and appeal in the HODINKEE Montblanc 1858 Monopusher. While you might not have an excess $30,000 lying around to pick up this unique chronograph, you will likely be interested in the history of Minerva, the watchmaking company now part of Montblanc.

HODINKEE does an excellent job of talking about Minerva. I learned a lot about that watchmaker and I'm glad HODINKEE gave us the insight into that company. To be honest, I have seen Minerva watches on eBay and watch forums, but didn't really understand how they fit into the watchmaking industry until now.

The most eye-catching features of this watch are the exquisite movement, the pencil hands, and the rich creme colored lume. HODINKEE claims the lume doesn't look too much like faux vintage lume, but I don't think that would be a negative quality to the overall aesthetic of the watch. The matte finished sub-dials contest well against the overall dial design. It is hard for me to imagine a chronograph with more iconic design flare.

Specifications & Dimensions

  • Water Resistance: 10 ATM, 100 meters
  • Case width: 40mm
  • Case thickness: 12.15mm
  • Case material: Stainless Steel
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Movement: MB M13.21
  • Price: $30,000 (comes with all-expenses paid trip to Switzerland)

The story doesn't end with the watch on this release from HODINKEE. Each purchase of the Montblanc 1858 Monopusher includes a three-day trip to Villeret and Le Locle in Switzerland. The all-expenses-paid trip will be hosted by HODINKEE and will include a watchmaking class. I guess that makes the $30,000 price tag feel a little less daunting. And if you've been listening to the HODINKEE podcast recently, you see exactly how HODINKEE is positioning themselves alongside the Swiss watchmaking industry. In HODINKEE Radio Episode 54, for example, Jack Forster talks about his connections with the Swiss watchmaking industry and the heritage of Swiss watch manufacturers. I think the conversation in that episode may have foreshadowed the move HODINKEE made today with the release of the Montblanc 1858 Monopusher Limited Edition.

As more details become available, we'll post them here.

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What could you purchase instead?

If you aren't entirely sold on the $30,000 Montblanc 1858 Monopusher and the trip to Switzerland with HODINKEE, what could you purchase instead? How about the Hanhart Pioneer MonoScope. You get vintage chronograph aesthetics from a company with a deep history in chronograph technology.


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Zac Vineyard

Zac is a watch enthusiast, writer, and web developer. He's interested in telling the story of watches and the people who wear them, with particular interest in how watches have been part of the adventure in the lives of others.