Montblanc 1858 Tachymeter 3rd Anniversary.

Mar 08, 2019,00:16 AM

8th of March, 2016. A trip in Hamburg, Germany, to pick the Montblanc 1858 Tachymeter. 

My first pictures:

And my first wrist shot: 

8th of March 2019, the watch is still on my wrist, for two weeks, now, without interruption. 

One of the watches I wore the most, during these three last years, which means a lot. And, if you remember well, I even wore it for 5 months during the contest organized by Arie, two or three years ago!

I brought the 1858 Tachymeter a bit everywhere, in the world, as a great companion it is. 

Here are some postcards. 

Why do I love it so much? 

First because of its movement, which is, in my opinion, one of the best decorated and finished one. 

The Cal 16.29 in all its splendor:

The finishings are among the best I've seen. And at this level of price, totally unbeatable. 

Then because of its face, its dial. The blue dial is mesmerizing. 

The onion crown and its mono pusher located on the top of it are the two last details which please me a lot. 

Any flaw? 

The size? No, 44 mm is big, indeed, but here, with a 38 mm + movement, it is hard to go for a smaller case. 1 mm smaller would have been perfect, but not a deal breaker. 

The only thing I regret is that Montblanc didn't decide to give some bevels to the lugs.

They did it for the 1858 Tachymeter Steel Green Dial Cal 13.21with its 40 mm case. They could / should have done it on this Blue version. 

The Two 1858 Tachymeters, side by side: 

Other than that reserve on the case, my love for the 1858 Tachymeter Cal 16.29 is intact. 

I don't really care they decided to introduce three other variations, with a bronze case, later ( one piece unique bronze case / green dial, one series of bronze case champagne dial, and another series of bronze case salmon dial ). I am pretty much in love with my steel. 

And I even wonder if I would not double my pleasure with another one... Cal 13.21, this time, or... Split Seconds! 

This Chronograph, for me, is one of the finest I know, along with the Jaeger LeCoultre Duomètre à Chronographe and the Lange Datograph, if we exclude the Split Seconds, and I am very proud and happy to own it. 

It is an ever growing love affair!



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Superb watch Nico!!

 By: sham1 : March 8th, 2019-01:13
A very under rated movement and an easy watch to be loyal to!! Happy 3rd anniversary!!

Superb photos Nico.

 By: M4 : March 8th, 2019-02:25
I get mine back from servicing today. Actually it is its second servicing for the same problem (minute counter hand sticking). I've missed it as you can imagine. It will be a happy reunion today. M4

It’s a great looking movement ....

 By: Cpt Scarlet : March 8th, 2019-04:26
keep enjoying it !

Thanks. [nt]

 By: amanico : March 8th, 2019-06:55

Gracias, Mar. [nt]

 By: amanico : March 8th, 2019-05:56

Happy 3rd anniv!!

 By: Watcholic_id : March 8th, 2019-20:18
it's an awesome piece, one of the best chrono movements. love your 2nd pic, the movement resembles the city map on the background and it fits your wrist really well. enjoy her in great health, my friend. cheers

This is truly a fantastic chronograph!

 By: KMII : March 9th, 2019-07:37
And I can fully understand your love for it! Was too slow on the draw when they came out and am thinking whether to correct this with one of the versions now. Many great ones to choose from...

Both are great...

 By: KMII : March 10th, 2019-04:40
Hope the split will come in a non-bronze case, too 👍🏻

Wonderful watch and photos!

 By: : March 9th, 2019-09:27
Than you for the great review and comparison to the other models, and huge congratulations! I own this model and thought so highly of it I just got the bronze with salmond dial and rose gold used in the movement. These watches would be $50k+ if they didn’...  

Congratulations Nicolas!

 By: rwk : March 9th, 2019-23:14
Looking very sharp. Enjoy! -- Richard.