One of the Greatest Mountain Climbers in the World is honored by Montblanc's Latest Limited Edition Watch
Reinhold Messner's storied climbing career is honored in the 1858 Geosphere limited edition.
From Sir Edmund Hillary, for whom the 1953 Rolex Explorer was famously named, to Kenton Cool, a Bremont ambassador, watchmaking history is full of accomplishments of famous mountaineers, who ranged from Sir Edmund Hillary to Kenton Cool.
A new high-end watch brand has partnered with a mountaineering legend who is by far one of the most successful climbers and authors of all time, Reinhold Messner, a 76-year-old Italian explorer and author who has had one of the most successful climbing careers of all time.
His friend Peter Habeler and Messner reached the summit of the Everest mountain without using any supplementary oxygen in 1978, making them the first people to accomplish this feat. Two years later, Messner became the first person to solo that mountain, without any help from supplemental oxygen. It is known that Messner’s List - the hardest version of the “Seven Summits”, which is comprised of the highest peaks on each of the seven continents - is the hardest version of the four. In short, he is regarded as a hero among the best mountain climbers in the world.
He has now been hired by Montblanc.
A special world time model, the 42 mm watch is encased in a special bronze alloy made by the brand. Named the 1858 Geosphere Limited Edition in honor of Messner, last week the brand presented this unique world time model.
With its fluted bi-directional bronze bezel coated with blue ceramic, four engraved cardinal direction points coated with Super-LumiNova, it has all the quintessential tool watch features, including the fluted bi-directional bronze bezel. In addition to the in-house automatic movement of the watch, the luminescent globes depicting the northern and southern hemispheres on its dial, which rotate 360 degrees every 24 hours, are what really set this watch apart from the rest. On the front of the globe are red dots marking the world's Seven Summits and Mont Blanc itself, flanked by an historical Montblanc logo at 3 o'clock that shows the company's heritage.
Additionally, the watch is equipped with a second time zone situated at 9 o'clock and a date window at 3 o'clock in addition to displaying 24 time zones and a day/night indicator. There are images of Mont Blanc, a compass, two crossed ice pick-axes, an engraving of Messner's signature and a complete list of Messner's accomplishments on the titanium caseback.
This watch comes in a limited edition of 262 pieces on a luxury blue Nato strap, which is a reference to all Messner has climbed above 26,200 feet in his lifetime. It retails for $6,500, but if you are interested in getting one, you will need to find it in a Montblanc boutique or an authorized retailer in order to find one.