At a year ago’s SIHH Montblanc introduced the 1858 Split Second Chronograph, giving a complication that is otherwise called a “Rattrapante”. This watch comes in a vintage plan and with a development in a commonplace conventional format. The completing of this development is amazing. The real sensation about this watch is its price.

If you sneak around watch gatherings you regularly read about “chalice watches” or even “leave watches”. Some shocking watch addicts attempt to cause you to accept that on the off chance that they had the option to get that one explicit (and just) watch, they would be glad for the remainder of their existence without requiring some other watch. Sadly, the idea of habit is an alternate one. You understand what I mean. In the event that there is a watch at the forefront of your thoughts that you can’t in any way, shape or form bear, however which you can’t fail to remember possibly, it can just become a fantasy. Yet, once in a while dreams come true.

Complicated, three-dimensional movements

When you own more than one watch, you effectively own an assortment. This transforms you into a gatherer. At the point when the watch infection taints you and your assortment is going to develop the inquiry for a proper expansion emerges. You could go gaga for a specific brand. You could gather a select sort of watch. Or then again you could cause watches of a particular time to become the topic of your collection.

For me, watchmaking is about the creation, the plan, the development, and the completing of developments and their functionalities, the supposed complications. Device watches with straightforward time-just developments, in the end giving a date, are incredible diversion for me. However, what thrills me, are watches with complicated, three-dimensional developments in top of the line finishing.

A tourbillon offers a pleasant liveliness, however, as long as it’s anything but a two-pivot 3D tourbillon, it isn’t excessively complicated. An unending schedule contains many cog wheels yet doesn’t really highlight significant profundity. Brief repeater is the apex of complications (aside from Grand Complications which combine a few complications in an incorporated development). Yet, here we are entering a value range that is out of reach for the vast majority of us. The complication that is offering all that makes a watch fan murmur and that occasionally becomes reasonable is a chronograph.

The Minerva heritage

When the Richemont Group gained the Minerva manufacturing plant , situated in Villeret, in 2006, they added a watchmaking crown gem to their portfolio that actually is for the most part belittled. The structure that currently conveys the name “Institut Minerva de Recherche en Haute Horlogerie,” is really a watchmaking historical center where watches are as yet created like they were 100 years ago.

Okay, on the ground floor they have added two CNC machines and one wire disintegration machine close to the huge stepping machines to fabricate the crude pieces of developments. Also, presently there is a room loaded up with realistic workstations on which the present watchmakers plan their developments. Be that as it may, the rest are stays from a far off past. The old customary watchmaking devices populating the workshops are a fortune all alone. A couple of watchmakers actually realize how to utilize them. They have a place with a little organization of preservers of a specialty that has nearly been forgotten.

Hand completing really implies wrapping up by hand

There are enormous watchmaking work areas loaded up with many type components that structure the current task of one watchmaker. At the point when the following part is picked to get its completion you can watch the watchmaker take it to one of those old instruments. There he puts that scaled down development part into the machine to set it up in a manner that is so completely unique in relation to the act of most other brands.

Hand completing really implies wrapping up by hand and not . All aspects of a development gets a very good quality wrapping up. This incorporates parts and surfaces of parts that no one, other than the watchmakers amassing these developments, will at any point see. Indeed, even the inner parts of barrels get a Perlage (roundabout graining). At Minerva, you can in any case see watchmakers playing out their specialty wearing loupes on their heads and amassing developments in a manner that in different spots is simply depicted as an advertising feature.

The Minerva factory

The Minerva industrial facility, which is the thing that you can truly call an assembling incidentally, even delivers hairsprings, which are the parts that control the exactness of a watch development. Most of hairsprings on this planet are created by Nivarox FAR, which is essential for the Swatch Group. A couple of different brands have the ability to create this part, without which a mechanical watch can’t function.

Major watch marks as of late have begun to supplant customary hairsprings by hairsprings made of silicon , which shows that in any event, for these brands the creation of regular hairsprings is a test. Minerva delivers its hairsprings by a technique that is preferably a specialty over modern assembling. These hairsprings work precise and solid (they do!), yet this method of delivering this focal watch part is one reason that limit Minerva’s creation ability to a couple hundred developments each year. This clarifies why watches with Minerva developments are rare.

Outstandingly solid chronographs

Almost 100 years prior Minerva was celebrated for creating remarkably solid chronographs. As pocket and wristwatches, these chronographs made the standing of this brand whose name today makes proficient authorities raise an eyebrow. My first private contact with a Minerva chronograph development was SIHH 2014. Montblanc, where Jérôme Lambert just had started to lead the pack, introduced the main genuine coordinated effort of the Montblanc watchmaking destinations in Le Locle (Montblanc’s more present day watchmaking office) and Villeret (Minerva) bringing about the Meisterstück Heritage Pulsograph.

I had focused on possessing a top of the line old style chronograph some time previously, and afterward Montblanc was offering precisely this at an incredibly competitive cost. I needed to have this watch, which contains the extraordinary M13.21 movement.

What is more than a chronograph?

So, this achievement in my watch gathering history I had set as of now. As I have portrayed in the basic part of this article, a watch compulsion demands for expanding an assortment by additional as well as more unique watches. The improvement of a chronograph is a brief instant chronograph or Rattrapante.

Not numerous Rattrapantes have been introduced in the new past. Every now and then IWC presents another variant of its Portugieser Rattrapante including a development that is gotten from the ETA 7750 development. That development is an improvement of Richard Habring, who worked for IWC previously. He is presently offering a developed adaptation of this arrangement in watches of the brand which he works along with his better half Maria, Habring2.

These 7750-based Rattrapantes are indeed open (from the strange viewpoint of a genuine watch geek). In opposition to this, the genuine exemplary Rattrapantes are definitely not. I recollect contributions from and that both expense around 250,000. Indeed, I contemplated on approaches to figure that measure of cash out. Luckily, I understood that there are more significant things in my day to day existence than claiming one of these watches.

Split-minute functionality

But that thought —  this dream — of claiming a Rattrapante settled in my brain. Thusly I was energized when Sinn introduced their 910 Jubiläum in 2016 to commend their 55th commemoration. This watch contains a development from La Joux-Perret. Amazingly, an altered 7750. The expansion of split-minute usefulness and a section wheel made it rather special.

That section wheel broadens Richard Habring’s plan thought by this customary control system for a chronograph, which today is viewed as a top of the line arrangement. The development additionally displays an amazing completing for a 7750. Despite the fact that this watch is restricted to 300 pieces and the cost is (just) 5,500 Euros, there still appear to be a few pieces left. I had my Rattrapante! This subject lost noticeable quality and took a back seat.

Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph

I had not gone to SIHH 2019. I had followed the inclusion of the curiosities introduced there on every single accessible channel. Two other new watch models caught my consideration, being conceivable absolute necessities. Just when that occasion was finished, reports of the Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph appeared.

I perceived the development from a previous model of the Montblanc Villeret assortment, named Exo Tourbillon Rattrapante. It was a similar development as utilized in that great complication, with the exception of the tourbillon (and a day-night sign). While the Exo Tourbillon had cost (the standard thing) 250,000, this new unadulterated Rattrapante should cost a smidgen more than 30,000. A great deal of cash! Be that as it may, a small part of the standard cost for something like this. I needed to rest about this for an evening, and I requested it the following business day.

On the wrist

It ought to have become clear now that this watch is about the development. In any case, when you wear it, there are just minor traces of that development. Thusly how about we begin to investigate this watch at its generally visual appearance.

This watch is large. 44mm doesn’t sound outrageous, and, as this at last is a device watch, certainly aren’t. Yet, this watch looks and feels huge. Likewise, the thickness of about 15mm is significant. All things considered, on the off chance that you need a pocket watch development, you’ll need to acknowledge pocket watch measurements. However, the width and stature of the case are even, and this watch fits better under the sleeves of my shirts than some different watches. The dark dial should allow the watch to seem more modest, however I surmise the difference to the bronze case and the durable bezel make this impression.

A warm and gentle hue

The visuals are acquired from a 1930s Minerva chronograph. Hour records as numerals and basilica hour and moment hands overwhelm the dial. All these are loaded up with beige-shaded iridescent material that shines green in obscurity. The beige signs give a decent differentiation to the dark foundation while safeguarding a warm and gentle tone across the front of the watch.

White is saved for itemized tachymeter and moment scales to upgrade lucidness. A telemeter scale at the external edge of the dial is hued beige again to separate it from the moment scale. All hands are plated with rose gold to move toward the tone of the case. A couple of little red accents improve the shading range however possibly show up when you take a gander at the watch from a brief distance. The visual effect of the subdials for little seconds and chronograph minute counter is decreased to the base. Through and through the dial offers many intriguing subtleties without being cluttered.

The patina

The case surface is primarily brushed, making a delicate impression. Hardly any cleaned edges highlight the shape and give a clue that this is a genuine extravagance watch. During the four months for which I’ve possessed this watch, I just saw a negligible change of the bronze. The patina that created is exceptionally light. Working on it back, the content “TITANIUM/BRONZE” is engraved to educate that the case back is made of titanium. To coordinate the shade of different pieces of the case a bronze-hued PVD covering has been applied to this titanium case back.

The watch comes on a dark crocodile tie which is produced in Montblanc’s Pelletteria in Florence, Italy. It is a superior quality item, and the way that it is made by Montblanc makes it a considerably more proper accomplice to this watch. However, I don’t care for it particularly at this watch. Most importantly, I lean toward earthy colored lashes as I’m wearing earthy colored shoes and wear earthy colored belts.

This watch, despite the fact that it has a dark dial, with its warm tone bronze case, as I would like to think, additionally shouts for an earthy colored lash. What pesters me most on the first lash is an emphatically differentiating beige sewing up and down its edges. I have supplanted it with a Caiman softened cowhide lash in earthy colored with insignificant sewing. The calfskin surface of this lash, as far as I might be concerned, better matches this hearty watch. That it is Caiman cowhide saves the extravagance which is fitting to the value level of this watch. A bronze pin clasp conveying an intense marking adjusts the tie off.


This is a mono-pusher chronograph. A solitary, crown-coordinated pusher works the beginning, stop, and reset elements of the chronograph system. However long you just utilize this pusher, you won’t see that you’re confronting a brief moment chronograph. On the main press of that pusher, the focal (silver-shaded) second counter will begin to move clockwise.

When it completes a revolution following 60 seconds, the little moment counter at 3 o’clock will leap to the following moment record. This counter isn’t progressing ceaselessly yet momentarily after every moment has passed so the sign is in every case clear. This moment counter completes one revolution following 30 estimated minutes and afterward begins again at nothing, offering a most extreme estimating span of 30 minutes. A second press of the pusher in the crown will stop the development of the hands of the second and moment counters. A third press will reset these two hands to their zero position.

Split-second functionality

The pusher at the two o’clock position controls the brief instant usefulness. However long the chronograph isn’t running, squeezing this pusher has no utilitarian impact. Be that as it may, underneath the white chronograph seconds hand, there is a second (brilliant) hand for following split-seconds. Set the chronograph running. Press the 2 o’clock pusher. Out of nowhere, the subsequent seconds hand flies into view and dominates. The white hand halts abruptly. The brilliant hand proceeds with its happy excursion around the dial.

The enactment of the brief instant capacity stops the development of the essential second counter while the extra hand, which was covered up previously, continues to proceed onward. The utilization of this capacity is the capacity to peruse precisely when you squeezed the brief moment pusher permitting you to gauge transitional time stretches. After you read that middle time, you press the brief instant pusher again, making the essential second counter promptly bounce over the extra hand to follow it simultaneously once more. This conduct of the brief instant hand to find the fundamental chronograph hand has given this complication its unique name “Rattrapante” as the French word rattraper signifies “to get up”.

Why the fuss?

That’s it! Things being what they are, the reason the quarrel? While this capacity is easy to work, it is similarly as complicated to make it work dependably and adequately. The test? To save the precision of the chronograph’s slipped by time estimation and the exactness of the development’s overall time estimation. Making the brief instant hand in a real sense leap to the situation of the essential chronograph hand includes extensive power. In the wake of having found the essential chronograph hand, the brief instant hand’s amazing development should be halted completely, bringing about a synchronized development of both hands.

A complex animation

This prompt slowing down of that hand’s incredible swing may not impact the precision of the development of the passed time estimation. As you will find in the following segment on the development of this watch, the stopping of the brief moment hand’s development is acknowledged by a fragile component looking like a smaller than usual pincer which is getting and holding the wheel that moves the brief moment hand. A minuscule section wheel controls the activity of this incredible little pincer. The entire component should be changed most decisively to work properly.

The split-second capacity completely is a complex liveliness on a watch’s dial that is under complete control of the wearer. This is unadulterated watchmaking enchantment at your fingertips.

An oddity

In my depiction of the brief moment work, you may have seen a peculiarity. At the point when you start the chronograph, the silver second counter begins to move (with the brilliant split-second counter after undetectably under). At the point when you press the brief moment pusher, this silver hand stops and the brilliant hand underneath it proceeds with the development. This way the two second-tallying hands trade their roles.

First, the silver hand denotes the typical chronograph capacity, and afterward the brilliant hand takes over until you press the brief instant pusher once more. I can live with that as there is one moving and one halted hand, however practically it doesn’t bode well. It is regularly the reverse way around. Regardless of whether this method of activity is verifiably motivated is obscure. On the off chance that I at any point find the opportunity to mine Minerva’s documents, I will try to discover out.

If you take a gander along the edge of the watch you will see that the crown and the brief moment pusher are not adjusted. Regularly, this recommends a measured development. In spite of the fact that there are some genuine models out there, many think about secluded chronographs as solely second rate compared to their coordinated partners. Be that as it may, this isn’t the situation here. The development in the Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph isn’t just incorporated yet in addition impeccably wrapped up. Welcome to one more exemption for one more rule.

The movement

Here we are at the perspective this entire watch is about. Simply take a gander at the pictures of the M16.31. This is the thing that an exemplary Rattrapante should resemble. There is complexity, profundity, and uncompromising completing, all assembled in an overwhelmingly tasteful plan. The complexity strikes you from the start sight. Taking a gander at this development from a level point uncovers its profundity and three-dimensionality.

A pincer-formed component that is the vital component of an exemplary Rattrapante dominates the focal point of this development. Somewhat covered up beneath it you discover the mark bolt demonstrating a Minerva development. You can see three gems held by gold chatons. A couple of section wheels control the brief instant system and the essential chronograph work uncovered clearly various plans. A few separately and lavishly molded switches and springs complete the visual effect. The equilibrium wheel is generally large and conveys 18 screws. At the point when the development is running, the casual ticking at 2.5 Hz (18,000vph) spreads a languorous vintage feeling.


Let’s investigate the various finishings on this development. The exemplary wave designs, frequently called Geneva Stripes, are simply applied to the generally little surfaces of cocks and extensions. They are generally clear on the brief moment chicken in the focal point of the development and on the equilibrium cockerel. The switches and the bigger springs are brushed. The highest point of the crown haggle ratchet wheel show an inconspicuous snailing. The base plate, which you can see beneath the equilibrium, conveys roundabout graining, likewise called Perlage. Around numerous screws, you can see cleaned sinks.

Below, you can see that the screw heads are dark cleaned. Dark cleaning is an inconceivable mirror clean. It is smooth to such an extent that at specific points, light isn’t reflected toward the onlooker by any means. This outcomes in a profound dark appearance. You can likewise see that the swan neck controller is dark cleaned to a shocking standard.

Sharp angles

This watch is a genuine guide to pinpoint the distinction between hand or robotized (CNC) wrapping up. The principal things to take a gander at are the edges. Chamfering (likewise called Anglage) is a procedure that sees edges documented at a point. The tasteful impact is dazzling. These calculated and cleaned edges get the light perfectly. Watches wrapped up by machines frequently have adjusted edges. Robotized machines are as yet not ready to make complemented sharp corners. Sharp points are an indication of hand finishing.

At the M16.31 you find such sharp points at numerous spots. At the brief moment chicken in the middle, there is an intense internal point on one side behind the gem chaton and three sharp outward points near the screw that holds this cockerel. Taking a gander at the chronograph connect underneath the brief moment connect, you will see a comparative internal point behind that chaton. The mark Minerva bolt alone has five sharp points: Three at the tips of the bolt and two where the bolt interfaces with the switch. At the point when you intently look at the pincer legs, you will find a high number of sharp angles.

Special chamfering

There is something uncommon about the completing seen on the brief instant cockerel and the chronograph rooster. There isn’t only a 45-degree incline between the top and the side of the cockerel however a complete, cleaned curve coming to from the top side of these chickens to their base side, which is an obvious indicator for hand finishing.


There may be 100 bits of this watch. This is a modest number thinking about that there are in excess of 500 Montblanc shops around the planet in addition to a great deal of retailers that offer this brand.

But Montblanc has made a couple of a greater amount of these watches. Montblanc’s commitment to the 2019 release of the Only Watch sell off was a variant with a silk completed titanium case and a smoked blue dial made of agate, a semi-valuable stone. It got great CHF 100,000.

At the 2019 version of SIAR (Salón Internacional Alta Relojería), a significant watch reasonable for Latin America situated in México, Montblanc introduced a unique release 1858 Split Second Chronograph comprising of eight pieces with a similar bronze case as the standard version however a smoked green dial made of nephrite jade. This rendition cost €39,500 and was accessible at Montblanc Boutiques in Mexico only.

I figure we will see more emphasess of this model. Perhaps at the same time watches in an alternate plan containing the equivalent movement.

… and they lived joyfully ever after

So, has my excursion to get hold of that apparently unreachable dream come to an end? Until further notice, gracious, yes! For the present? All things considered, you know, if in an unexpected way the vital assets would discover their approach to me, there would be Lange’s Double or Triple Split …

I like this watch (that may be somewhat downplayed). It is intense however not garish. Montblanc offers the 1858 Split Second Chronograph at a value that really is inconceivable for this sort of watch. We have seen comparable interruptions in the new past. Recollect the responses when TAG Heuer set out to introduce a Tourbillon Chronograph , really a Grand Complication, for 15,000. There are a few signs that the financial slump of the watch business could discover its end soon. Yet at the same time numerous brands genuinely attempt to offer an incentive for cash (moderately talking). Let’s see which incentives this watch year will bring us.

Does the arrival of this watch imply that other split-second chronographs lose their worth? Certainly not. Yet, it should make you mindful of what you can expect at a specific value level. This watch and its value show you what such a watch needs to cost without demolishing a brand.

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