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OXYGEN’S OVERRATED: Montblanc’s 1858 Geosphere Chronograph O Oxygen
Text by Kee | Photos courtesy of Montblanc
06.05.2022
Montblanc’s '1858 Geosphere Chronograph O Oxygen'
Montblanc’s '1858 Geosphere Chronograph O Oxygen'
Montblanc’s '1858 Geosphere Chronograph O Oxygen'
Montblanc’s '1858 Geosphere Chronograph O Oxygen'
Montblanc’s '1858 Geosphere Chronograph O Oxygen'
Montblanc’s '1858 Geosphere Chronograph O Oxygen'
Montblanc’s '1858 Geosphere Chronograph O Oxygen'
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Mountaineer Nirmal Purja has conquered all of the highest peaks with the same ease as us taking the dog for a walk. Now, he is planning to head up Mount Everest again in May without supplementary oxygen. And even the Montblanc wristwatch he would be wearing for that historic climb will be oxygen-free.

Even though Montblanc has a famous mountain as a name and a logo, its track record in being in the corner of the bravest men and women who ascend the world’s highest peaks on their own volition is a partnership that is still in its early stages. But listen, Montblanc’s as well aware of it as we are and has been working on the details behind-the-scenes to furnish successful adventurers with a death wish, a timekeeper worthy of their next historic feat. Enter Nirmal Purja (also known as Nimsdai), a Nepalese-born former Gurkha soldier-turned-mountaineer who already has the records for the fastest ascent in 48 hours for three of the top-ranked peaks on this planet (including Mount Everest) as well as being the fastest to climb all 14 eight-thousander mountains which he did in the space of six months and six days. And that’s not all, he was also one of the first to climb K2 – the second highest mountain on this planet – during the winter season just because harsher weather is simply more challenging. Looking at his expansive CV, it does appear like this 38-year-old is that man Montblanc has been waiting for. In May, Nimsdai is doing something that very few adventurers would even dare attempt. He plans to ascend Mount Everest again but without the need for supplemental oxygen. And even if you climb a fake wall for a pastime, you would know that what Nimsdai is attempting is beyond bonkers. But before you start jumping the gun and making calls to David Blaine on his behalf, just know that Nimsdai has successfully climbed without the need for supplemental oxygen just last year when he completed K2 with ease. Montblanc, being impressed with his feat, also has grand plans to throw their moral support for his climb through the creation of a mechanical wristwatch that is also oxygen-free. Now, you’re probably wondering what that means and we don’t blame you as the last time we checked, wristwatches weren’t powered by oxygen. What Montblanc is referencing with the release of the 1858 Geosphere Chronograph 0 Oxygen is that it has completely removed oxygen from the insides of its 44mm polished titanium housing, essentially vacuum-sealing it to perfection. This means there is no risk that the watch would fog up or even have its movement parts oxidise under harsh weather conditions. Things can get a little funky when there are drastic changes in altitudes, scenarios that most of us behind the desk could only parallel with getting ice-cream from the freezer with our watch-wearing hand. And even if you’re not planning to head up to Mount Everest for a caszh stroll like Nismdai, owning one of these is as good as ascending the highest peak by proxy. That’s because he will be equipped with this very mechanical watch for his next climb. The 1858 Geosphere is already known for having one of the coolest dial layouts in the last decade – it even allows you to view the time as well as whether it is day or night in the different zones of the Northern and Southern hemispheres just by peeking at the two three-dimensional globes. Lastly, this version also features a dial work that you probably don’t see very often, a blue glacial ice-textured dial achieved with a gratté boisé finish in which the surface is scratched on purpose and with precision. Montblanc will only be making 290 units, and from what we understand, you might already be late on that front.
 

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