This is the Montblanc Villeret 1858 Vintage Tachydate.
Of course, Montblanc are one of the best known luxury brand names worldwide - it's difficult to believe that they have only been producing watches since 1997. Marketing know-how and brand familiarity have perhaps been responsible in part for the brand's ascendency into the upper echelons of horology, but the purchase of the historical Minerva movement manufacture has ensured success. Montblanc continue to pay tribute to the year Minerva was founded, 1858, with the strongly vintage-styled Villeret 1858 collection with a limited edition release of 1, 8 or 58 pieces each year.
The Montblanc Villeret 1858 Vintage Tachydate is presented in a classically rounded case, which at 43.5mm is perhaps a little on the large side for vintage. Mono-pusher operation of the chronograph via the crown keeps the polished case side unfussy and tidy. On the pristine dial are counters for 30 mins at 3 o'clock and for small seconds at 9. A Pointer Date indicator, always an eye-pleasing feature is at 6 o'clock.
The Montblanc Villeret 1858 Tachydate will be officially unveiled at SIHH 2012 and will be a limited release of 58 pieces with white gold case and 58 with rose gold case.