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 regular conventional format. The completing of this development is stunning. The real sensation about this watch is its price.

If you prowl around watch gatherings you much of the time read about “vessel watches” or even “leave watches”. Some shocking watch addicts attempt to cause you to accept that in the event that they had the option to acquire that one explicit (and just) watch, they would be glad for the remainder of their existence without requiring some other watch. Lamentably, the idea of habit is an alternate one. You understand what I mean. On the off chance that there is a watch at the forefront of your thoughts that you can’t in any way, shape or form manage, yet which you can’t fail to remember possibly, it can just become a fantasy. Yet, now and then dreams come true.

Complicated, three-dimensional movements

When you own more than one watch, you effectively own an assortment. This transforms you into an authority. At the point when the watch infection contaminates you and your assortment is going to develop the inquiry for a fitting augmentation emerges. You could go gaga for a specific brand. You could gather a select sort of watch. Or on the other hand 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 purported complications. Device watches with straightforward time-just developments, ultimately giving a date, are extraordinary diversion for me. In any case, what thrills me, are watches with complicated, three-dimensional developments in very good quality finishing.

A tourbillon offers a decent movement, however, as long as it’s anything but a two-pivot 3D tourbillon, it isn’t excessively complicated. An unending schedule contains a variety of pinion wheels yet doesn’t really include extensive profundity. Brief repeater is the apex of complications (aside from Grand Complications which combine a few complications in an incorporated development). However, here we are entering a value range that is unreachable 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 obtained the Minerva plant , situated in Villeret, in 2006, they added a watchmaking crown gem to their portfolio that actually is generally belittled. The structure that presently conveys the name “Institut Minerva de Recherche en Haute Horlogerie,” is really a watchmaking gallery where watches are as yet delivered 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. What’s more, 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 removed 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 huge 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 small scale development part into the machine to set it up in a manner that is so completely not quite the same as the act of most other brands.

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

The Minerva factory

The Minerva processing plant, which is the thing that you can truly call an assembling coincidentally, 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 important 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 ordinary hairsprings is a test. Minerva delivers its hairsprings by a technique that is preferably an art over mechanical assembling. These hairsprings work accurate and solid (they do!), however this method of delivering this focal watch part is one reason that limit Minerva’s creation ability to two or three hundred developments each year. This clarifies why watches with Minerva developments are rare.

Outstandingly dependable chronographs

Almost 100 years prior Minerva was renowned for creating exceptionally 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 primary genuine cooperation 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 very good quality traditional chronograph some time previously, and afterward Montblanc was offering precisely this at an amazingly 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 habit demands for expanding an assortment by additional as well as more exceptional watches. The upgrade 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 adaptation 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 before. He is presently offering a developed form of this arrangement in watches of the brand which he works along with his significant other Maria, Habring2.

These 7750-based Rattrapantes are truth be told open (from the abnormal viewpoint of a genuine watch geek). In spite of this, the genuine exemplary Rattrapantes are most certainly not. I recollect contributions from and that both expense around 250,000. Indeed, I considered 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 psyche. Consequently I was energized when Sinn introduced their 910 Jubiläum in 2016 to praise their 55th commemoration. This watch contains a development from La Joux-Perret. Amazingly, a changed 7750. The expansion of split-minute usefulness and a section wheel made it rather special.

That section wheel expands Richard Habring’s plan thought by this customary control component for a chronograph, which today is viewed as a very good quality arrangement. The development additionally shows 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 point lost unmistakable 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 oddities 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 excellent complication, aside from 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 ton of cash! However, a negligible portion 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. Yet, when you wear it, there are just minor traces of that development. Subsequently how about we begin to investigate this watch at its by and large visual appearance.

This watch is enormous. 44mm doesn’t sound extraordinary, and, as this ultimately is a device watch, unquestionably aren’t. Yet, this watch looks and feels large. Additionally, the thickness of about 15mm is significant. Indeed, on the off chance that you need a pocket watch development, you’ll need to acknowledge pocket watch measurements. Yet, the breadth and tallness 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 differentiation to the bronze case and the solid bezel make this impression.

A warm and gentle hue

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

White is saved for definite tachymeter and moment scales to improve comprehensibility. A telemeter scale at the external edge of the dial is shaded 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 yet 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. Inside and out the dial offers many intriguing subtleties without being cluttered.

The patina

The case surface is primarily brushed, making a delicate impression. Scarcely any cleaned edges emphasize the shape and give a clue that this is a genuine extravagance watch. During the four months for which I’ve claimed this watch, I just saw a negligible change of the bronze. The patina that created is exceptionally light. Working on this issue back, the content “TITANIUM/BRONZE” is engraved to advise 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 lash which is fabricated 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 much more proper assistant to this watch. In any case, I don’t care for it particularly at this watch. Above all else, I incline 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, likewise shouts for an earthy colored tie. What irritates me most on the first lash is an unequivocally differentiating beige sewing up and down its edges. I have supplanted it with a Caiman softened cowhide tie in earthy colored with insignificant sewing. The calfskin surface of this lash, as far as I might be concerned, better matches this strong watch. That it is Caiman cowhide protects the extravagance which is proper to the value level of this watch. A bronze pin clasp conveying a striking marking adjusts the lash off.


This is a mono-pusher chronograph. A solitary, crown-incorporated pusher works the beginning, stop, and reset elements of the chronograph component. However long you just utilize this pusher, you won’t see that you’re confronting a brief instant chronograph. On the principal 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 consistently however momentarily after every moment has passed so the sign is in every case clear. This moment counter completes one pivot following 30 estimated minutes and afterward begins again at nothing, offering a greatest estimating term 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 useful impact. However, 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. Unexpectedly, the subsequent seconds hand flies into view and dominates. The white hand halts abruptly. The brilliant hand proceeds with its joyful 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 instant pusher permitting you to quantify transitional time stretches. After you read that halfway time, you press the brief moment pusher again, making the essential second counter quickly bounce over the extra hand to follow it simultaneously once more. This conduct of the brief moment hand to find the principle 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! Anyway, why the fight? While this capacity is easy to work, it is similarly as complicated to make it work dependably and adequately. The test? To safeguard 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 significant power. In the wake of having found the essential chronograph hand, the brief instant hand’s incredible development should be halted completely, bringing about a synchronized development of both hands.

A complex animation

This quick slowing down of that hand’s incredible swing may not impact the exactness of the development of the slipped by time estimation. As you will find in the following area on the development of this watch, the stopping of the brief moment hand’s development is acknowledged by a fragile system looking like a little pincer which is snatching and holding the wheel that moves the brief instant hand. A small section wheel controls the activity of this ground-breaking scaled down pincer. The entire system should be changed most definitely to work properly.

The split-second capacity completely is a complex activity on a watch’s dial that is under complete control of the wearer. This is unadulterated watchmaking wizardry 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 imperceptibly under). At the point when you press the brief instant pusher, this silver hand stops and the brilliant hand underneath it proceeds with the development. This way the two second-checking 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 moment 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 typically the opposite way around. Regardless of whether this method of activity is verifiably enlivened is obscure. In the event 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 instant pusher are not adjusted. Regularly, this proposes a secluded development. In spite of the fact that there are some genuine models out there, many think about secluded chronographs as only sub-par compared to their incorporated partners. In any case, this isn’t the situation here. The development in the Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph isn’t just incorporated yet in addition flawlessly wrapped up. Welcome to one more exemption for one more rule.

The movement

Here we are at the viewpoint 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 unified in an overwhelmingly tasteful plan. The complexity strikes you from the outset sight. Taking a gander at this development from a level point uncovers its profundity and three-dimensionality.

A pincer-molded system that is the vital component of an exemplary Rattrapante dominates the focal point of this development. Marginally covered up underneath it you discover the mark bolt demonstrating a Minerva development. You can see three gems held by gold chatons. A couple of segment wheels control the brief instant system and the essential chronograph work uncovered obviously various plans. A few independently and resplendently formed 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, regularly called Geneva Stripes, are simply applied to the generally little surfaces of cocks and scaffolds. They are generally clear on the brief moment cockerel in the focal point of the development and on the equilibrium chicken. The switches and the bigger springs are brushed. The highest point of the crown haggle ratchet wheel show an unpretentious snailing. The base plate, which you can see beneath the equilibrium, conveys round 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 a mind boggling mirror clean. It is smooth to such an extent that at specific points, light isn’t reflected toward the onlooker by any stretch of the imagination. 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 (additionally called Anglage) is a strategy that sees edges recorded at a point. The stylish impact is staggering. These calculated and cleaned edges get the light perfectly. Watches wrapped up by machines regularly have adjusted edges. Mechanized 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 instant cockerel 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 chicken. Taking a gander at the chronograph connect beneath the brief instant extension, 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 associates 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 extraordinary about the completing seen on the brief moment chicken and the chronograph cockerel. There isn’t only a 45-degree slant between the top and the side of the cockerel yet 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 stores 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 closeout was an adaptation 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 an uncommon release 1858 Split Second Chronograph comprising of eight pieces with a similar bronze case as the standard release however a smoked green dial made of nephrite jade. This variant expense €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 cheerfully ever after

So, has my excursion to get hold of that apparently unreachable dream come to an end? For the present, gracious, yes! Until further notice? 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 strong however not showy. Montblanc offers the 1858 Split Second Chronograph at a value that really is inconceivable for this kind of watch. We have seen comparable interruptions in the new past. Recall 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 monetary plunge of the watch business could discover its end soon. Yet at the same time numerous brands truly attempt to offer an incentive for cash (generally talking). Let’s see which offers this watch year will bring us.

Does the arrival of this watch imply that other split-second chronographs lose their worth? Certainly not. In any case, 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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