advice on the new 1858 split second chronograph

Jun 13, 2020,02:31 AM

Dear All,

I had the opportunity to see the Montblanc 2020 novel 1858 split second chronograph in the MB boutique today.

My initial feelings are as follows:
1. The Minerva movement is gorgeous as expected. Polishing of the movement is exceptional. Activation of the primary chronograph hand is a bit stiff, but the activation of split second chronograph hand is much smoother and buttery like.
2. The titanium case is whiter than I expected, almost like steel case, The white metal makes the 44mm case looks "smaller" on wrist.
3. Enamel grand feu dial has a bright blue colour, not as appealing as navy blue. The graduation of colour is also not obvious in indoor lighting. It actually looks homogenous.
4. I would prefer the second chronograph hand and small numerous in red colour instead of orange.

Having said that, the price tag is still attractive for a Rattrapante chronograph of a haute horlogerie manufacture. I am seriously considering acquire my first MB reference with this one.

Your insightful advice would be much appreciated.


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Thanks for your advice, Nicolas.

 By: joenghenry : June 13th, 2020-02:53
The movement view is indeed beautiful. Only if the markings and hand are red instead of orange. The watch is also not unbearably thick. Best, Henry ...  

The movement is what drew me in, the current company (montblanc) and their atrocious customer service and after-sales services is what pushed me away.

 By: Lankysudanese : June 13th, 2020-03:04
There’s a reason why PP, VC, ALS and JLC charge higher prices for their higher get your money’s worth. Just a humble opinion of someone who’s had to deal with montblanc repairs

I cannot agree

 By: penfriend : June 13th, 2020-07:27
I have got lots of fountain pens and ten watches (four with pure Minerva calibers) and whenever there was an issue it was solved in a perfect manner. My personal experience with ALS was really bad (after a regular service I received the watch with the hou... 

Great movement but

 By: sham1 : June 13th, 2020-05:06
I have learned that the dial, hands and case are equally as important as these are what you see most of the time rather than the movement. So if you have any reservations of the dial for example, then my advice would be to give it a miss. Yes it is good v... 

Exactly my thoughts!

 By: mrds : June 23rd, 2020-10:19
And I also have the same problem with the color scheme. Red on blue, or orange on black or grey would be killer. Best, Daniel

It is a great looking watch....

 By: @lberti : June 13th, 2020-05:19
.... and the movement 👍

It is a great looking watch.

 By: jlux : June 13th, 2020-05:39
Also probably one of the best values in the real high horology. If the size works for your wrist you should go for it!

I believe they will not be available for long

 By: penfriend : June 13th, 2020-07:29
you should decide quickly

Hi, Brandon, Sorry that I did not take any pictures of the movement. As I have no hesitation that the movement is superb.

 By: joenghenry : June 13th, 2020-10:23
I just have some reservation on the dial, hence took some photos for me to think about it.

I havent had the chance to see this in the metal yet

 By: singingbee : June 17th, 2020-04:06
But based on the pics I have seen so far and the movement, its definitely a superb value chronograph for what it is. Only thing is the size and thickness is not for me personally.