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MONTBLANC 1858 GEOSPHERE – World Records Set!

MONTBLANC 1858 GEOSPHERE – World Records Set!

On May 16th 2022, Nimsdai Purja achieved the extraordinary feat of being the first mountaineer to ascend the summits of Everest, Lhotse as well as Kanchenjunga without supplemental oxygen in the record-breaking timeframe of just 8 days, 23 hours and 10 minutes. He also set a second record for doing the Everest to Lhotse traverse without oxygen in just 26 hours. He undertook this challenge wearing the Montblanc 1858 Geosphere Chronograph “0 Oxygen” LE290 on his wrist. Nimsdai put the timepiece, which is, of course, devoid of all oxygen, through the ultimate test. 

In May 2022, Nepal-born British mountaineer Nimsdai Purja pushed the boundaries of what is possible. First he climbed Kanchenjunga. Then he climbed Everest and finally Lhotse, all without any oxygen to assist him. 

“I am thrilled to have completed the challenge I set myself, and in doing so, continue to prove what humankind can do with the right preparation and focus. I am very thankful for Montblanc’s support, not just providing me with this innovative watch built for extreme conditions, but also participating in our collective efforts to tackle the issue of the accumulation of expedition waste that is polluting the environment of the Himalayas.”

Nimsdai Purja.

Montblanc 1858 Geosphere Chronograph “0 Oxygen”

The 1858 Geosphere Chronograph “0 Oxygen” timepiece, limited to only 290 pieces, has several benefits for explorers who need their equipment to work in some of the harshest environments. Zero oxygen inside the movement not only eliminates fogging, which can occur with drastic temperature changes at altitude but also prevents oxidization. Without oxygen, all the components last far longer and will provide greater precision over time. 

Each timepiece comes coupled with a zero-oxygen certificate. The certificate obviously attests to the fact that the watch has been successfully encased without oxygen. In addition to the certificate, each timepiece undergoes the Maison’s unforgiving 500-hour test. Montblanc, however, wanted to take things one step further. They submitted the 1858 Geosphere 0 Oxygen LE290 Chronograph to a real mountaineering expedition up Mount Everest. 

Big Mountain Cleanup

Montblanc is also proud to support the Nimsdai Foundation’s Big Mountain Cleanup initiative to keep these magnificent mountains clean for future generations. The initiative aims to address the waste generated by the increasingly popular mountain expedition culture by providing full time, seasonal cleanup teams on all widely climbed mountains around the globe. The cleanup teams are also paired with associated regional recycling and educational initiatives.

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