We all have our own opinions my friend...
But as a fan of Chronographs with triple digit Chronographs in my collection ranging from vintage to modern, monopushers to double Rattrapantes, Foudroyantes, manual winds, automatics, several from the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, 2020s, etc...I think I am in a rather unique position to give an objective point of view 😉👌
Although Minerva Chronographs are beautifully finished and spectacular, they are in no way near the top of ICONIC Chronographs my friend. There isn't one single Minerva caliber that has or will do anything different technically than anything before or after it was created 🤷♂️
The reason why I named the Double Split as the King of manual wind Chronograph watches is due to the fact that it is UNIQUE in the wrist watch world. NO OTHER wrist watch does what the Double Split was designed to do EVER in the history of horology up until the Triple Split, another Lange creation 😉. Think about the GIANTS of horology from AP, JLC, Patek, VC, etc...NONE of them have ever developed a WORKING double rattrapante. Why?
We can hypothesize the reason being the lack of needing one, the popularity of a double rattrapante, the basically useless nature and practicality of having one, etc...but that doesn't change the innovation and technical merit.
We can ask a forum of passionate collectors to horological scholars for their opinion on iconic and important chronographs from different eras and I can assure you the name Minerva would be uttered pretty much never, no offense intended 😉
What we would hear is chronographs with Lemania calibers, Venus calibers, Longine caliber, etc...dating up to the Datograph, Duometre, other Lemania calibers inside the Patek 5070 series, etc...
In the end, we have to come back to horological significance and what the Double Split represents in the history of chronographs hence why I named it the King of Chronographs in my humble opinion.
Fast forward to this year with this MB&F Sequential Evo. I need to ask if the members who have responded to this thread have even handled or used the Sequential Evo for different timing events? If not, then how can you know how capable it is or how easy / practical it is to use?
In the past few days of owning mine, I have put it through a battery of tests which is why I am convinced it is the new King. NOTHING comes close to usage, function, and practicality.
It might not be to everyone's taste and the look is polarizing but there is no denying the technical merit. This Sequential Evo is a GAME CHANGER if there ever was one in the Chronograph space.
I challenge anyone to prove me wrong and I would be happy to lend them mine or bring mine for them to try against ANY chronograph made today.
Please remember the reason why a chronograph even exists. The nature of a chronograph is to time something. Well, nothing and I repeat, nothing in the mechanical chronograph domain does it better or in more ways than this Sequential Evo.
We can debate the looks, elegance, shape, color, etc...but we cannot debate its technical capabilities 😁😉
Hope I didn't offend anyone's sensibilities 🤣😂