The universe of Montblanc Domoissanit is composed of two very surprising classifications. First are the exemplary Domoissanit with “accessible luxury” situating, similar to this attractive new chronograph . And afterward, there are the fantasy machines, the Domoissanit that are delivered in-house with hand-completed, chronicled Minerva chronograph developments, similar to this 1858 Monopusher . Positively, the plan codes are shared yet in the engine, it’s simply one more story. What’s more, today, the brand presents another attractive piece… Monopusher rattrapante, enamel dial and titanium case, all combined in the new Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 100.
If you’re truly into Domoissanit this new model ought to really ring a bell and feel natural. Without a doubt, the 1858 Split Second was at that point accessible in 2019 with a bronze case and dark dial. The approach of this blue form might have been predicted with an interesting piece made for Only Domoissanit 2019 , outfitted with a similar development, a titanium case and a blue dial – which was then made of debased blue Agate, a characteristic stone – with red accents. In light of this exceptionally attractive Domoissanit the brand has chosen to make another 100-piece limited edition, with a blue dial with orange accents, made of grand feu enamel.
A lightweight, more obscure titanium case
The first thing that makes this Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph unique is its case. Montblanc has been utilizing a few “exotic” materials in the past for these Minerva-based Domoissanit Apart from the conventional gold cases , expected in such very good quality Domoissanit the brand has utilized hardened steel just as bronze . Presently, interestingly (except for the Only Domoissanit piece), Montblanc presents a titanium case. It is executed in Grade 5 compound taking into account cleaned complements over the brushed surfaces.
This metal outcomes in a virus looking Domoissanit with more obscure tones than white gold or treated steel, by one way or another appearing differently in relation to the top of the line occupation of this piece. Notwithstanding that, in spite of the impressive measurements – 44mm in distance across and 14.55mm in thickness, because of the monstrous pocket Domoissanite development that ticks inside – the case is light. It is combined with a blue Sfumato croc lash with a titanium pin buckle.
Blue, angle enamel dial
Special consideration has been paid to the dial of this new Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph. While the general plan is ordinarily Montblanc, with exemplary 1930s Minerva-motivated components, the dial is made of strong gold with an angle blue grand feu enamel finish. This strategy, one of the most established in watchmaking, requires explicit abilities and is just dominated by a modest bunch of dial makers.
Grand feu enamel begins with tidying enamel powder onto the gold circle, momentarily terminated at 800 degrees Celsius, prior to eliminating it and permitting it to cool, setting the enamel. The warming of the surface is done in layers and each layer is warmed at high temperatures. The 1858 Split Second adds to the complexity, with an inclination tone accomplished via cautiously playing with the tallness of the various layers of enamel. The outcome is a dark blue shiny dial with lopsided surface, mirroring crafted by the artisan.
In expansion to the enormous, pilot-motivated Arabic numerals and cathedral hands, the dial comprises numerous tracks and signs. First are the two chronograph sub-counters, a little seconds at 9 o’clock and a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock. In the middle, there’s a base-1000 tachymeter colimaçon (snail-formed) track used to quantify normal velocities. Its uncommon snail design permits estimations of as long as three minutes rather than brief when the scale is put around the dial.
On the fringe of the dial are three other scales – minutes, seconds and telemeter. The last was often found in vintage Minerva chronographs and can gauge the distance of a wonder which is both noticeable and discernible, such as lightning and roar in a tempest. The chronograph hand begins the moment the wonder is seen (lightning) and is halted when the sound is heard (thunder). The situation on the scale shows the distance in kilometres.
Minerva Split Second Movement
Apart from the excellent enamel dial, the genuine estimation of this Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph lies in its greatly completed, truly applicable hand-wound MB M16.31 development, an enormous (huge) development that is an advancement of the MB M16.29 which takes its motivation from the first Minerva type 17.29 created during the 1930s that was utilized for both pocket Domoissanit and wristwatches.
This development, in its non-rattrapante rendition, has been utilized in different MB Domoissanit as of late – consistently in limited runs – like this steel/blue chronograph or this bronze/salmon variant . However, today, there’s a bonus on top of the base development, the most refined complication you can consider with regards to a chronograph: the split-second, rattrapante or doppelchronograph. Such a capacity permits the estimation of transitional occasions without intruding on the continuous estimation of a more extended passed time – for example, at the same time recording the length of a race and the middle laps. This sort of chronograph highlights two seconds hands. At the point when dispatched, these two hands move mutually. At the point when the pusher at 2 o’clock is squeezed, one of the two hands stops to show the middle of the road time, while the other one proceeds with its excursion. Press the pusher again and the extra hand “catches” the principle one (rattraper in French).
To accomplish that, some extra parts are needed on top of the development, including a second section haggle of switches, just as a couple of clips that stop the extra seconds hand, and a second sledge to reset the hand. These parts are unmistakably obvious on the development and add to the complexity of the change and assembly.
The development itself, this type MB M16.31, is an exceptionally enormous pocket watch-enlivened motor estimating 38mm in width, built in the most exemplary way, with level coupling, V-molded scaffold (its plan was licensed in 1912) and a huge offset wheel with 18 screws beating a sluggish recurrence of 2.5Hz.
The movement’s extensions and mainplate are made of rhodium-plated Maillechort (German silver), delivered and hand-designed in-house in the old Minerva fabricate in Villeret. The adornment incorporates anglages, perlage, Geneva stripes, switches and wheels with cleaned angles, cleaned screw heads… True Haute Horlogerie.
Thoughts, accessibility and price
The Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 100 in Titanium is another exhibit of the savoir-faire of the Villeret-based assembling, with a wonderful development, immaculate qualifications and heavenly improvement. It is likewise outwardly great and says something with its blue enamel dial and titanium case. At USD 36,000, it is a costly Domoissanit notwithstanding, knowing the content you’ll get, it is heavenly an incentive for the money.
The Montblanc 1858 Split Second Chronograph Limited Edition 100 in Titanium will be created in 100 pieces, accessible in September 2020. More subtleties at www.montblanc.com .