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Montblanc Minerva World’s Best Value for Money Monopusher Chronograph in Two Editions

A Salón Internacional Alta Relojería México Limited Edition and Only Watch 2019 piece unique joins the 1858 Montblanc Minerva Split Second Chrono collection

Oct 31, 2019 | By Jonathan Ho

The world’s best value Monopusher Chronograph is now available in two special editions. In case you’re wondering what fans like Winston Kwang and us are talking about – we are articulating our passion for the Montblanc’s Minerva 1858 Split-Seconds Monopusher Chronograph.


Making its debut at Geneva’s SIHH watch-fair this year, Montblanc reinterpreted a historical 1930s Minerva military monopusher chronograph into a new , visually distinctive, Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 8, this time during the Salón Internacional
Alta Relojería (SIAR) in Mexico.

Montblanc Minerva World’s Best Value for Money 1858 Split Second Chronograph now in Two Special Editions

Combining both a bronze and green aesthetic, Montblanc’s latest 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 8 was created specially for the 12th edition of the Salón Internacional Alta Relojería México, a well-known watch exhibition in Latin America.

SIAR 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 8

Bearing a striking green dial made from Jade Nephrine, the new SIAR Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 8 continues to espouse the nascent watchmaker’s penchant, metaphorical, literal and philosophical ethos for climbing new heights and exploring new mountains through this exquisite exemplar of a timepiece. In China,  Jade Nephrine is traditionally associated with five cardinal virtues: charity, modesty, courage, justice, and wisdom; frequently turned into objet d’art carvings and sculptures.

In Mexico, the use of jade in symbolism and ideology is  highly influenced by its rarity and cultural value through history and heritage passed down from pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures, such as the Olmec, and the Maya.

Inspired by the Mexican flag, the Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 8, combines a 44-mm bronze case with a distinctive smoked-green nephrite jade dial in a visually arresting, undeniably attractive colour palette of rose-gold-coloured elements and red accents that somehow accentuate its retro-appeal whilst retaining an aesthetic of modernity.

The chronograph indications of the limited edition Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph are displayed via a rose gold-coated central chronograph second hand, a white-coloured split second hand (to measure a second time interval) and a chronograph minute counter at three o’clock.

Titanium 1858 Split Second Chronograph with Blue Agate for Only Watch 2019

“The 1858 Split Second Chronograph Only Watch 2019 is a refined chronograph complication, quite rare and incredibly rooted into the story of Minerva. This execution inside the 1858 product line represents the state of the art of our high-end hand-made hand-finished watchmaking offer” – Davide Cerrato, Montblanc Managing Director Watch Division

Montblanc continues its support of Only Watch, now in its 8th edition, in the fight against Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

For the first time, like the forementioned Jade Nephrine dial on the SIAR 1858 split second chronograph, Montblanc unveils its beloved 44 mm Minerva rattrapante monopusher chronograph in full satin-finished titanium case and topped off with a special dial made of degraded blue Agate, a natural stone, giving it a superlative, slightly sunburst-smokey effect.

Both the unique stone dials on both specimens of fine watchmaking are endowed with a tachymeter scale visible at the centre of the dial in a colimaçon or snail shape, which allows the user to measure a length of time up to three minutes instead of one minute in a traditional chronograph scale around the dial. The tachymeter scale is to show the speed of a moving object, such as a car, over a known distance.

The exquisite Montblanc Manufacture monopusher chronograph Calibre MB M16.31 was specially developed by Minerva artisans and Montblanc engineers – a rattrapante or split seconds complication on top of the iconic manually-wound chronograph calibre with Minerva’s signature “devil’s tail” bridge. A split seconds chronograph function allows the owner to measure intermediate times without interrupting the ongoing measurement of a longer elapsing time.





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