SIHH 2019: Hands on review on the Montblanc Heritage Manufacture Pulsograph Limited Edition 100 Pieces.

Jul 10, 2019,01:20 AM

Truth to be told, I was not very fan of the Heritage line till this year. 

There were some good products, as, for example, the Meisterstück Heritage Pulsograph from the 2014 Collection... 

... But it left me cold, despite the beautiful movement, the Cal 13.21. 

This year, there are two pieces I already reviewed which are interesting and appealing, Heritage the Perpetual Calendar and the Automatic. 

Link to reviews:

But the third one I want to show you is, in my opinion, a big step above, the Montblanc Heritage Manufacture Pulsograph LE 100. 

Here, at the contrary of the Meisterstück Heritage Pulsograph from 2014, you have beauty, charm and soul. 

If the 1858 Tachymeters or Split Seconds are too big for you, with their 44 mm case, then this one may well be made for you.

Indeed, the case of the " Heritage Pulsograph " is 40 mm big, and thinner than the 1858 Chronographs, with a height of 12, 65 mm. 

Made in steel, the case has sensual lines and curves with beveled lugs, and a thin bezel. The proportions are harmonious. Good point. It also has the good taste to be water resistant to 50 meters.

The other part of the watch which is dign of interest is the salmon dial, which is slightly domed, whose finishings are complex: Grained, sunburst for the main dial, and circular decoration for the sub dials. Add applied round and numeral ( 6 and 12 ) hour markers, a blue pulsometer scale, and, nod to the vintage chronographs, markers at 3, 6 and 9 minutes in the chronograph minutes counter to time the telephone calls. 

The inspiration from the past: 

One thing I definitely don't understand is the option of putting luminova in the hands and in the small dots around the dial. they are so tiny that they are useless, and without lume, the outcome would be purer. And while we are at it, change the Dauphine hands for leaf shapes ones, for more sensuality! 

Some words on the movement, which gives to this watch its lettres de noblesse, the Cal 13.21 from Minerva Villeret. A masterpiece of a chronograph movement, smaller than the other marvel, the 16.29, more compact, too, less aerial, but not less appealing, with the same level of finishings, and the famous " Devil's Tail, in fact a chronograph break lever. 

The Cal 13.21 is 29, 50 mm big ( 9 mm smaller than the " giant " Cal 16.29! ), 6, 40 mm high, with a big balance wheel ( 11, 40 mm diameter ), beats at 18, 000 vibrations per hour, and offers a power reserve of 55 hours. 

The official picture featuring the Cal 13.21: 

To me, this Heritage Pulsograph LE 100 is a great complement to the 1858 Tachymeter. 

More refined but less cool, a perfect size, easier to wear,  and housing a different chronograph movement, it makes sense to consider both of them to have the Creme de la Creme, with a price which is a bargain, considering the high quality of this watch. 

The flaws? The hands, the lume which is ridiculously small, and maybe the fact that it shares the same dial finishings than the even more affordable perpetual calendar, or the color of the first access " Heritage Automatic "? 

An enamel dial in this Chronograph would have driven me crazy, totally crazy. 

But still, as it is, a great offer from Montblanc, in my opinion. 

Looking forward to reading your comments and thoughts,



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Thanks Nico, great review as always!👍🏻

 By: 1WatchMan : July 10th, 2019-02:08
It's definitely an interesting watch.

Keep us posted! [nt]

 By: amanico : July 10th, 2019-02:52

Sure!👍🏻 [nt]

 By: 1WatchMan : July 10th, 2019-03:19

Hope to see it in flesh one day

 By: henryrover : July 10th, 2019-02:43
In a previous walk-in (forgetting AD or boutique), I only got the chance to see it's 3 hand version (not Minerva movement), so attractive it's dial color. But when I ask about this chronograph, I was politely informed that it is simply not "realistic"

I had a similar experience once in a boutique

 By: 1WatchMan : July 10th, 2019-03:18
The stock was only composed of "normal" watches

Nice statement 🥂 [nt]

 By: 1WatchMan : July 10th, 2019-06:31

Only 100 pcs of this watch, thousands of boutiques globally.

 By: jmpTT : July 10th, 2019-21:30
That means no chance of these being available at 95% of Montblanc boutiques. I would guess this watch will be found in boutique locations such as the Palazzo in Las Vegas and Marina Bay Sands Shops in Singapore. I’ve had an opportunity to try on a few Min... 

great review, thanks

 By: Izhik : July 10th, 2019-03:10
personally I must admit, that if I would be faced with the option, having on the table the Minerva vintage with the pink dial, versus this modern pulse would probably beat towards the original....something you don't see everyday...

d'accord! [nt]

 By: Izhik : July 10th, 2019-03:27

Superb review Nico!

 By: sham1 : July 10th, 2019-04:26
I tried the watch on yesterday. It was lovely against my skin tone and arguably excellent value for money against the competition. I prefer the dial of the Montblanc but I prefer the thinness of the Patek and the way its movement fills up the case back be...  


 By: sham1 : July 10th, 2019-04:47
How would you compare the Minerva 13.21 movement against the A Lange 1815 chronograph in terms of finishing?

Thank you Nico! [nt]

 By: sham1 : July 10th, 2019-05:56

Fantastic review... as usual, my friend :)

 By: Watcholic_id : July 10th, 2019-06:12
Would need to find the boutique to try one. Really like it, absolutely stunning! Thanks for the superb write up! Cheers

After few months I find the design is great, not sure if I'll like the dial in person.

 By: Pour le Mérite : July 10th, 2019-09:03
It's predecessor was great on pictures but then I saw the dial in person it just didn't fit the watch at all. I'll hope this one does better... I need a new watch, ASAP!

A Pink Salmon Beauty

 By: 997c4gts : July 10th, 2019-10:35
It’s a stunning watch I was able to try at Goodwood Festival of Speed. The finishing is very high quality and the colours are beautiful-the sfumato strap can pass for grey/brown. It is in steel though when previous LEs were PM for a similar price ...  


 By: 997c4gts : July 10th, 2019-11:00
Thanks Nico, always like your posts on this forum!

Lovely Review

 By: SALMANQ8 : July 10th, 2019-14:02
very detailed and great pics. I agree it is a very lovely watch, Montblanc is becoming one of my favorite brands when it comes to great value for money pieces. I really like this one as well: Pic Credit: watchesbysjx abd ablogtowatch S ...  

It is a wonderful, romantic watch!

 By: jmpTT : July 10th, 2019-21:48
The varied and intricate dial finishing is beyond anything you’d find in true vintage watches, so this is a fantasy retro watch. I’ll get ribbed, but I think this watch is nicer than the vintage pieces that inspired it. Everything on this watch can still ...