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Montblanc’s new sports diving watch gets the ‘frozen’ treatment

When dreaming up a new sports diving watch, you’d expect watchmakers to delve into the depths of the world’s seas and oceans for inspirations. Interestingly, however, this was not the case for Montblanc’s latest offering – the 1858 Iced Sea Automatic Date. Instead – and rather appropriately given its name – the brand scaled the Alps to the glacial lakes of Mont Blanc massif mountain range. In particular, it was the Mer de Glace (Sea of Ice) and its interlocking network of ice crystals that inspired the timepiece’s new look.

Montblanc 1858 Iced Sea Automatic Date - Black (1)

Utilising the near-forgotten technique of gratté boisé as its base, Montblanc’s skilled artisans were able to capture the depth and grandiosity of Mer de Glace on a dial just 0.5mm thin. Encased in a stainless steel case replete with a two-toned ceramic unidirectional rotating bezel, its caseback features a stunning 3D relief engraving of a scuba diver exploring the glacial waters beneath an iceberg.

Montblanc 1858 Iced Sea Automatic Date - blue, green, black

Equipped with an automatic calibre MB 24.17/SW200 movement, it is available with three different dials that encompass the various hues of glacial ice – blue, green or black. The 41mm watch’s inherent flexibility is further enhanced with the option of interchangeable rubber or V-shaped stainless steel straps, chosen for their durability in salt-water conditions. What’s more, switching between them can be done without the need for any tools, and are all adjustable on the wrist so owners can ensure a perfect fit, particularly when donning it over a wetsuit. Meticulously crafted with the brand’s renowned craftsmanship skills, the new 1858 Iced Sea Automatic Date is a true stunner.

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2022-03-30T17:11:54+00:00 March 30, 2022|Watches|