Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph LE 8 smoked red dial

Dec 13, 2020,02:29 AM

Glad to have some hands on time with the red hot Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph LE 8.

This is a 44mm vintage style titanium mono-pusher, rattrapante chronograph which is inspired by 20th century chronographs. It features a rather interesting and gorgeous smoked red gradient dial with telemeter as the outer track and snail-shaped tachymeter in the centre. The movement here is the large MB M16.31 which is derived from a pocket watch movement. Needless to say, it is a large and beautiful one!

I definitely feel that this is a watch with strong presence that stands out on the wrist. I personally prefer it over the blue enamel version.

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The dial looks good ...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : December 13th, 2020-03:04
Personally, I feel that a case size of around 39mm would have been perfect.

I feel the same 41 would be max

 By: Gelato Monster : December 13th, 2020-03:09

I completely agree...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : December 13th, 2020-03:26
It’s still a beautiful watch, but sometimes less is more.

Yes Less is more

 By: Gelato Monster : December 13th, 2020-04:30

Ya no doubt this big movement won’t fit into a smaller case

 By: singingbee : December 13th, 2020-22:30
Downside is it will be limited by its size because not everyone can carry it off.

Same sentiment here

 By: singingbee : December 13th, 2020-22:29


 By: Gelato Monster : December 13th, 2020-03:08
My favorite iteration

Here are more pics of this beauty

 By: singingbee : December 13th, 2020-03:10

I feel the same

 By: singingbee : December 13th, 2020-22:31
Last I heard 3 pieces are taken.

Thanks Nico

 By: singingbee : December 13th, 2020-22:32
But I did not take the plunge for this as I prefer smaller watches.

+1 The movement is asking for 44 mm.

 By: COUNT DE MONET : December 13th, 2020-04:36

That's it.

 By: amanico : December 13th, 2020-22:38

A stunning looking Interpretation!

 By: COUNT DE MONET : December 13th, 2020-04:44
All alterations of this line are very nice and this one adds a very low number and titanium to it. A magnificent piece with a top tier chrono movement!

Gorgeous piece!

 By: s031746 : December 13th, 2020-05:20
The red dial is stunning! You will love it!

Thank you for posting live pictures!

 By: penfriend : December 13th, 2020-13:39
Will you order one?

It’s my pleasure my friend

 By: singingbee : December 13th, 2020-22:35
However I didn’t order one although I was tempted for awhile as I can’t carry it off. As you can see from the wristshot, the lugs sticks out from my wrist.

My pleasure mate

 By: singingbee : December 13th, 2020-22:33
However I did not take the plunge on this beauty as I generally prefer smaller pieces in the classic 38-40mm size.

Yes I know, which is sad

 By: singingbee : December 14th, 2020-09:59
I can still wear the 1858 Tachymeter with the 16.29. I guess it’s because the case is slimmer.