A week before SIHH 2012, Montblanc has released an image of a hot new in-house mono-pusher chronograph, the Villeret 1858 Vintage Tachydate, showing that the vintage trend in the high-end watch industry is still alive.
This classically styled Tachydate features a newly developed Minverva based manufacture monopusher chronograph caliber MB M16.32, which means that all functions are controlled through the single integrated crown pusher set on the right side of the case. This caliber is specifically created for this timekeeper.
The elegantly looking Montblanc Vintage Tachydate timepiece is the first chronograph+date display in the Villeret 1858 Collection. This retro-looking Tachydate is housed in a classically rounded case with the diameter of 43.5 mm which is a little bit larger for the vintage timepiece. The case is available either in white or red gold and it is attached to the wearer’s wrist with an elegant brown alligator leather strap. The front side of the case, as well as its case back are coated with sapphire crystals that protect the watch from scratches. Although it has a sapphire crystal display back, we still do not have any pictures of the newly developed movement, but I am sure that it is quite eye-pleasing.
The Design of Its Dial is a Real Treat for the Eyes
Unlike most of the watches with a tachymeter scale which look very sporty, the double-ring tachymeter scale of the Montblanc Vintage Tachydate is elegantly laid-out on the dial. The pristine looking dial with the ivory lacquer surface (silver finish on the white gold model) features painted Arabic numerals as hour markers and three sub-dials.
A 30 minutes chronograph totalizer is located at the 3 o’clock position, whereas a small hacking seconds counter is situated at the 9 o’clock position. The right date of a month is available through a little bit larger sub-dial positioned at the 6 o’clock position.
If you look closer, you will see a very cool “Minerva 1858″ notation at the very bottom of the dial.
The hour and minute hands are blued, as well as sub-dial hands, while the central seconds hand is red. The red is also used for the tip of the date sub-dial hand.
Montblanc Vintage Tachydate Watch will be limited in the release of just 58 pieces in white gold and 58 pieces in red gold cases. The Montblanc’s masterpiece will be officially unveiled at SIHH 2012, and it will be available this spring.