There’s something magical about salmon-colored dials. It’s not a dial colour you see fairly often, however the love for them amongst fanatics is palpable. I additionally love an exquisite salmon dial. So I used to be very happy to see Montblanc add the Heritage Monopusher Chronograph to its assortment. With its classic aesthetic and nice salmon dial, this would possibly simply be probably the most fashionable piece within the catalog.
We’ve seen a stylistic progress from Montblanc over these previous few years. The model makes use of the classic seems to be of the Minerva watches from the early 20th century to develop its personal model. Minerva skilled instrument watches from the 1920s and 1930 impressed the 1858 assortment; the Heritage assortment is impressed by the Minerva watches from the 1940s and 1950s. Each collections have helped place Montblanc on a extra decisive path aesthetically.
The Heritage assortment
Let’s zoom in on the Heritage assortment. There’s a division throughout the assortment that have to be talked about. First, there are the common releases with modified actions from exterior suppliers like ETA and Sellita. Subsequent to that, there are the Haute Horlogerie items with gorgeous fashionable variations of the legendary Minerva actions. It’s these watches particularly which have captured the hearts of many watch collectors.
The watches powered by Minerva actions utterly overshadow the items within the common assortment.
This creates a large distinction in enchantment and value. The watches that function Minerva actions have been restricted editions which might be far dearer than the common fashions. With costs beginning round 25ok and transferring up fairly considerably, they’re in a very completely different phase of the market.
Because of this, for me, the watches powered by Minerva actions utterly overshadow the items within the common assortment. The brand new Heritage Monopusher Chronograph, nonetheless, may bridge the hole between the 2.
The Montblanc Heritage Monopusher Chronograph might look acquainted to these of you aware of the manufacturers’ current releases. Final 12 months on the SIHH 2019, Montblanc launched the Heritage Manufacture Pulsograph that Balazs wrote about here. The watch stood out throughout the present due to its gorgeous Calibre MB M13.21 — based mostly on the legendary Minerva Monopusher Chronograph 13.20 motion from the 1920s — and its beautiful salmon dial.
It was a kind of unique items (restricted to 100 items) that many fell for instantly. And I did as nicely. My solely beef with it was the sunshine blue colour Montblanc used for the pulsation scale. Positive, it did make for wonderful readability, nevertheless it additionally took away from the stylish aesthetic its attainable to attain with salmon dials when that colour is left alone to breathe, or complimented by one thing just a little extra chromatically strong…
The darker shade of blue integrates properly with the salmon dial and the darkish gray leather-based strap.
And it’s just like the folks at Montblanc have listened as a result of the brand new Heritage Monopusher Chronograph doesn’t use that gentle blue colour. For the brand new Heritage Monopusher Chronograph, Montblanc determined to make use of a darker shade of blue on the dial and for the arms. I’ve to say I like that mixture rather a lot higher as a result of it integrates properly with the salmon dial and the darkish gray leather-based strap.
A Domed Dial
Talking of the dial, it’s absolutely the point of interest of the watch. The domed form and the completely different textures Montblanc has used are fairly extraordinary. The outer a part of the dial has a clean floor and options the seconds and minutes monitor in darkish blue.
The purple numerals at 60, 15, 30, and 45 are refined little colourful parts that be certain that the dial doesn’t develop into boring. The identical colour blue can also be used for the central chronograph seconds arms, which additionally includes a purple lacquered tip.
It’s this grained end that mixes issues up on the dial.
A second grainy texture is used for the chapter ring for the hours with Arabic numerals utilized at 12 and 6 o’clock. Smaller studs mark the remaining hour indices. It’s this grained end that mixes issues up on the dial.
The domed middle a part of the dial has an exquisite sunray end with the 2 sub-dials. The sub-dials are barely recessed within the dial. Each sub-dials additionally function the identical darkish blue colour. The left sub-dial signifies the small seconds. The proper is the 30-minute counter for elapsed time with small purple markings at 10, 20, and 30 minutes.
A classic Montblanc brand completes the dial together with the small luminous dots positioned on the minute monitor for every hour marker. They’re the one luminous parts together with the skinny central slithers of the dauphine-style hour and minute arms.
Fashionable case measurement
Regardless of its classic seems to be, the case measurement is a really fashionable 42mm in diameter. The case is 14.7mm in peak. That peak is considerably elevated by the domed box-shaped sapphire crystal. It provides the watch numerous wrist presence. The stainless-steel case has a mix of polished and brushed finishes. As it’s a monopusher chronograph, the chronograph mechanism is operated with the massive crown. It retains the aesthetic of the case clear and classy.
The closed case again that options a big engraving of the Minerva Manufacture in Villeret.
The Monopusher Chronograph has a closed case again that options a big engraving of the Minerva Manufacture in Villeret. It’s the identical manufacture that has been a part of the Montblanc model since 2006 and develops the unbelievable in-house actions for the extra unique watches within the assortment just like the talked about Heritage Manufacture Pulsograph.
Montblanc Caliber MB25.12
Contained in the watch, you’ll not discover an in-house produced motion, although. The watch is powered by the automated Montblanc Calibre MB 25.12. This motion is a modified Sellita SW510. The Sellita SW510 motion is called a dependable motion and a Valjoux 7750 clone. It beats at 28,800vph and has an influence reserve of 48 hours.
Carrying the Heritage Monopusher Chronograph
The very first thing that stood out once I put the Heritage Monopusher Chronograph on my wrist was its measurement. It’s in no way a small vintage-looking watch. At 42mm, the watch wears like a contemporary watch. I needed to get used to its measurement a bit due to its retro styling. The 2 didn’t instantly mesh. It’s bizarre how the mind works typically.
After I obtained used to it, I shortly discovered that the Heritage Monopusher Chronograph wears very comfortably. Its measurement is ideal for my wrist, and throughout the time I had it, the attraction of the dial was immense. If you’re into salmon dials like I’m, this watch will put a smile in your face for certain.
One other factor I appreciated is the general construct high quality. It looks like an excellently made watch that would simply be a day by day beater. Utilizing the chronograph was not solely enjoyable nevertheless it additionally feels very strong. Though I’m in no way a monopusher chronograph fanatic, I perceive their appeal. And the Heritage Monopusher Chronograph has appeal by the bucketload.
One other win for me is the colour mixture that Montblanc selected. As a substitute of utilizing a brown leather-based strap, Montblanc selected a “Sfumato” gradient alligator strap with a metal triple folding clasp. By stepping away from the standard brown or black, it provides the watch only a bit extra fashionable enchantment.
Total I believe the Heritage Monopusher Chronograph is a great transfer by Montblanc. It bridges the hole considerably between the fashions that function Minerva actions and the common fashions within the Heritage assortment. The worth tag is €four,800. That’s not an enormous chunk of change for a monopusher chronograph impressed by Minerva’s wealthy historical past.
Positive, it doesn’t have that distinctive Minerva motion, however total this can be a watch that could be very nicely made, makes use of a dependable motion, and appears very good. For extra info go to the official Montblanc web site right here.