Montblanc’s march into building their heritage-inspired watch collections has picked up pace in recent years. One of these collection families, the 1858, was introduced as a modern take/ tribute to Montblanc’s history and that of the Minerva manufacture, and it is a new addition to this that is the subject of today’s post.
The lineage of Montblanc’s new 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 18 is the 1858 Split Second Chronograph first seen in 2019, itself drawing inspiration from a 1930s Minerva military chronograph and updating it with an 18K “lime gold” case and dial. Mechanically, this new model is identical to the earlier 1858 Split Second Chronograph, which means that its inspiration is not just on the dial but extends to the movement, which was inspired by and derived from, the Minerva Calibre 17-29 pocket watch movement.
It is powered by the same manually wound in-house Calibre MB M16.31 column wheel chronograph, which you can see through the open case back. It is the Calibre M16.29, to which they have added a rattrapante mechanism. For this limited edition, it has been finished in 18k gold, and its finishing includes perlage, anglage, Côtes de Genève, and brushed and mirror polishing. There is, of course, the Minerva arrow as well. Beating at 18,000VPH, its power reserve is fifty hours.
The case is 44mm with a thickness of 4.2mm, made from the new “lime gold” alloy that is a combination of 18k gold, silver, and iron. It features a combination of bushed and polished finishing.
Green is very visibly extended to the dial as well, with the numerals, hour and minute hands, and the snail tachymetre and telemetre scales in green. Both the applied numerals and hands have Super-LumiNova. It is a monopusher split-seconds chronograph i.e. start/ stop/ reset functions for the chronograph are performed by a single button at the crown. The button for the rattrapante/ split function is at 2 o’clock. The chronographs are in green for the split seconds functionality, and gold for the regular chronograph seconds.
This latest addition to the green trend we’ve been covering over the last twelve months comes on an olive green nubuck alligator strap with beige stitching. The Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 18 will be available via their brand boutiques and online with a limitation number of eighteen pieces, and a price of EUR 49,500.
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