A complicated collectors’ piece in bronze with a monopusher rattrapante chrono and some interesting dial layout features.
Just by looking at 6 hands and gorgeously decorated movement, you can instantly tell we’re talking one of the flagship Montblanc pieces here. Powered by Minerva-made MB M16.31 manually wound caliber and housed in a 44 mm fully satin-finished bronze case, the piece oozes horological gravitas. A rattrapante chronograph with two column wheels and a horizontal clutch is operated via a single pusher. In addition to two central second hands it features a minute counter at 3 mirroring the small seconds at 9. The power reserve is 50 hours.
The biggest design trick of the black lacquered dial is a central snail-shape tachymeter scale, capable of a three-minute measurement against the classical one-minute. Of course, it’s more an aesthetic solution, and we hardly expect you to run-around calculating the speed of various slowly moving objects, but then again, when was the last time a tachymeter scale could actually grab your attention for a while? Moreover, this feature links the watch to the minerva pieces of the 1930s and adds some nice vintage vibe. The price for Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph is $31,000 and the production is limited to 100 pieces.