Can You Take Me Higher?
Esquire Singapore|November 2020
With the world at its feet, Montblanc’s 1858 Geosphere is a watch that inspires us to strive for more.
Celine Yap

As a watchmaker, Montblanc has two distinct sides. The first is perpetually in tune with the modern urbanite, absorbing and drinking in everything we’re constantly surrounded by, staying ever relevant in our increasingly fast-paced world. The second is enrobed in history and watchmaking culture, deep-diving into the beautiful nuances of Haute Horlogerie but always interpreting them with a contemporary eye and giving them the Montblanc touch. Within this heritage-rich universe is where we find its most distinctive timepiece to date, the 1858 Geosphere.

So named for the two domed hemispheres of the globe set onto its dial, the 1858 Geosphere is an unusual watch, to say the least. Indeed it’s been dubbed by some as one of the most original world timers ever made, a review that Montblanc would surely take as a compliment. Because right from the outset, the manufacture had every intention for the 1858 Geosphere to stand far out from the crowd. Introduced in 2018, this watch was more than just some fancy novelty; it was the Chosen One. It had to distinguish Montblanc from all other luxury watchmakers. It had to encapsulate the essence of Montblanc’s horological philosophy, and carry the team, so to speak, as Montblanc strives to put its timepieces on the horological map. Turns out, the first step was to put a map on its watches.

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