Mountains are at the heart of Montblanc with the identity of the company taking its name from the famous Mont Blanc peak situated in the Alps. But it represents more than just an image for the House : it has always been a strong symbol of adventure, challenge, strength, and spiritual elevation. 

The new Montblanc 8000 Capsule Collection puts the world’s 14 highest peaks in the spotlight. These mountains – all measuring over 8000 meters above sea level – are challenging and dangerous to ascend as there is hardly enough oxygen for a human body to physiologically survive for more than a few hours. Montblanc Mark Maker Reinhold Messner was the first to climb all 14 peaks without supplemental oxygen between the years of 1970 and 1986, while Nimsdai Purja, one of Montblanc’s most recent Mark Makers, was the fastest person to climb all 14 peaks in 2019. 

All four of the Montblanc 1858 Zero Oxygen The 8000 Capsule Collection models join the House’s series of “Zero Oxygen” timepieces that feature several benefits for explorers who need their equipment to work in harsh environments. Zero oxygen inside the case not only eliminates fogging, which can occur with drastic temperature changes at altitude, but also prevents oxidization. Without oxygen, all the components last longer and will provide unfaltering precision over time.

Each timepiece is fitted with a Sfumato dark grey Glacier pattern dial that replicates the colour of the rock and ice at 8000 meters and fades darker towards the exterior of the dial. The Sfumato effect is an old Italian technique that allows tones and colours to shade gradually into one another, producing softened outlines and hazy forms. To provide the glacier pattern, the dial makers employed a special technique called gratté-boisé as the base, giving the dial the impression of genuine depth and luminosity. This time-consuming process takes three times longer than a standard dial to complete and requires over 20 separate steps. 

The latest edition of the legendary watch accompanying Mark Maker Nimsdai Purja on his adventures, the Montblanc 1858 Geosphere Chronograph 0 Oxygen The 8000 Limited Edition 290 – 44mm, is powered by Montblanc’s Manufacture automatic chronograph with worldtime complication, Calibre MB 29.27, and includes two 3D turning globes with the Northern Hemisphere at 12 o’clock and the Southern Hemisphere at six o’clock.

The Montblanc 1858 Geosphere 0 Oxygen The 8000 – 42mm is inspired by Montblanc’s Mark MakerReinhold Messner, and is powered by the MB 29.25 automatic movement with Manufacture worldtime complication, which includes turning Northern and Southern Hemisphere globes, a 24-hour scale, Day&Night indications, dual time display, and a date.

The Montblanc 1858 Automatic Chronograph 0 Oxygen The 8000 – 42mm is powered by the MB 25.13 automatic chronograph movement while the Montblanc 1858 Automatic Date 0 Oxygen The 8000 – 41mm is powered by the automatic calibre MB 24.15.