Back in 2014, just after Jérôme Lambert was named CEO of the brand (and who is currently COO of practically all the Maisons at Richemont Group), Montblanc presented the Heritage assortment – a line-up of old style, exquisite watches with an unmistakable vintage request, in both the plan and the utilization of complications. There was some Minerva motivation, at this point with the typical “affordability” the brand is known for. Close by the beneath 10k never-ending schedule (a watch that seemed like an impact at that time) was another watch, the
Montblanc Heritage Spirit Pulsograph, and here, it’s enlivened by Minerva, however includes genuine Minerva watchmaking abilities. Why talk about this watch today? All things considered, simply take a gander at the photographs and you’ll comprehend. A return to this watch is for delight only…
When he joined Montblanc in 2013, Lambert injected another energy into the brand. Most importantly was the idea of “accessible luxury“, so dear to him (he began it at JLC, yet truly appeared well and good at MB). The thought was to offer a wide scope of complications – from straightforward schedules, moonphases or super slim watches – that covered practically the whole apparition of watchmaking, including the amazing Heritage Perpetual Calendar, which in steel, was back in the days, the most moderate QP available (below EUR 10,000). This was the specialized part. As far as style and plan, Lambert additionally brought back elegance and tastefulness, by injecting a touch of vintage request into the watches, albeit not the vintage style as a rule seen these days in 1960s-motivated games watches. Montblanc and its Heritage assortment were taking a gander at the exemplary style of 1940s dress watches.
Among these watches, the majority of them fueled by ETA/Sellita developments and valued sensibly, was such a UFO, a genuine collector’s piece as a leader for the assortment, a watch that common numerous components as far as style and motivations, anyway with a completely extraordinary specialized methodology: the Montblanc Heritage Spirit Pulsograph (even if, truth be told, the “accessible luxury” idea was not altogether failed to remember here). It includes a similar 1940s style, same plan hints, same generally look, yet the Heritage idea was driven miles further here… Just on account of what was ticking inside the situation: a verifiably significant and vintage-developed Minerva monopusher chronograph development. This watch was obviously planned for the more adult gatherers around, as restricted to 90 pieces just and outwardly a long way from illustrating, it is a covered up beauty!
Today, we needed to investigate it, for our own (and we trust your) delight. This watch was not the primary Minerva-fueled watch. Since Richemont procured the old assembling in 2006 and influenced it to MB in 2007, we have seen numerous noteworthy watches – and we keep on seeing some. Nonetheless, the Minerva-fueled “Villeret” assortment was right around a sub-brand inside Montblanc, with incredibly complex and – not surprisingly – profoundly evaluated pieces (see the ExoTourbillon Rattrapante or the Tourbillon Bi-Cylindrique ). The Heritage Spirit Pulsograph was unique, as bringing Minerva into a standard MB assortments – something that has become very normal now, with for example the military-inspired Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter . Not any more 6-figure costs, not any more exceptionally classified creation, Minerva was back under the spotlight because of this Pulsograph watch. Indeed, it very well may be viewed as a significant watch in Montblanc’s late history.
What we have here essentially is a watch that shares the general plan of the Heritage Spirit assortment, which means a rich and clean case, with a flat cleaned bezel, tightened drags and configuration enlivened by the 1940s dress watches delivered by Minerva. No super extravagant highlights, no complex plan components, simply a traditionally formed watch with a fairly enormous case (41mm diameter) and more grounded drags than the remainder of the assortment. The sides are brushed and in general, the case feels enjoyably executed, in a quite warm 18k red gold combination. A prudent crown and the unrivaled pusher complete the package.
The dial of this watch is likewise traditional and exquisitely vintage-propelled. A two-tone silver plate, matte outwardly where the pulsometer scale stands (again an outdated feature), brushed with a sun-beam design in the middle. On this dial are applied some facetted rod, some Roman numerals (at 12 and 6) and all offer reverberation to the similarly completed dauphine hands. The bi-compax design is in the vein of the remainder of the watch: traditional, exquisite, adjusted and marginally retro-motivated. The sub-dials are proportional and the 30-minute counter highlights a decent bolt hand. At last, this dial is moderately downplayed regarding writing and feels just superb…
While the plan of this Montblanc Heritage Spirit Pulsograph feels shockingly in accordance with the remainder of the “accessible” Heritage watches, the watch, in any case, hangs out as far as execution and quality. On the wrist, it is bigger than the old Minerva watches, yet it keeps a specific class and differentiation. It’s not incredibly huge, nor absurdly thick… but rather it’s current with a vintage curve. However, how decent this watch is, it is basically what’s inside that legitimizes its actual presence. It might have been a Valjoux-controlled watch, however it isn’t… Really not!
As referenced, with the Montblanc Heritage Spirit Pulsograph, it was the first occasion when that crafted by both of MB’s fabricates was combined: a Montblanc-just marked watch with a development from the Minerva/Villeret-based production. Back in 1923, Minerva made one of the principal chronograph developments particularly for a wristwatch, with the type 13.20. Inside the Heritage Pulsograph is its worthy beneficiary, the Minerva type MB M13.21 – and indeed, it is steadfastly founded on the 90 years of age engineering of the 13.20… A piece of history, resurrected, marginally modernized for the event and widely improved, in the customary Haute-Horlogerie style.
Old development implies a conventional arrangement. With the calibre MB M13.21, we have a cutting edge chronograph, with section haggle wonderful flat grip (maybe not comparable to a vertical grasp as far as accuracy, yet such a great deal more pleasant to look at…) It additionally includes a huge screwed balance that sways at the traditional speed of 18,000vph (2.5Hz). It flaunts a comfortable 55-hour power save after complete winding. What’s more, interestingly, here, on the opposite of vintage watches, this development can be respected from the back – and without a doubt, there is a ton to admire.
First is the look and state of this type MB M13.21, with the classical V-formed chronograph-connect, the profundity of the development, the entwining lines made by various switches or the “icing on the cake” that is the small sharp bolt toward the finish of one of the switches – at Minerva, the demon truly is in the details. After that, there’s the finishing. The plate and extensions are manufactured from rhodium-plated nickel silver; the scaffolds are angled by hand, and the chamfered surfaces are then physically cleaned. Old style Geneva stripes decorate the planar surfaces of the extensions, while the primary plate is enhanced with perlage. The switches are altogether straight grained and sloped as well, as are the spokes of the wheels.
About the improvement of the MB M13.21 found in this Montblanc Heritage Spirit Pulsograph, our editorial manager in-boss Frank said back in 2014 that “The completing is of the most extensive level, and without saying it’s unrivaled, it discovers its equivalents among the absolute best watch brands with shortenings like PP, VC and AP. This is exemplary Haute Horlogerie…” And trust us, he was correct. This watch is Montblanc/Minerva at its best.
The Montblanc Heritage Spirit Pulsograph was presented back in 2014 and was a restricted release of 90 pieces. It is evaluated at EUR 29,900. On the whole decency, that is a serious noteworthy cost for a Montblanc. However, remember the hefty gold case, the great dial, the completely hand-improved and generally important development and you end up with a watch that is very much a bargain… And while Montblanc said it was sold-out soon after the SIHH 2014, indeed, a few pieces (less than a handful) are as yet accessible some place around… Just like this model number 40! More subtleties on montblanc.com .
Specifications – Montblanc Heritage Spirit Pulsograph Calibre MB M13.21
- Case: 41mm distance across x 11.8mm stature – 18k red gold case, cleaned and brushed – sapphire precious stone on the two sides – 30m water resistant
- Movement: Calibre MB M13.21, in-house created in Minerva/Villeret – hand-wound – 2.5Hz recurrence – 55h force hold – hours, minutes, little seconds, mono-pusher chronograph – balance and hairspring, which closes in a Philips terminal shape, produced and physically changed in-house
- Strap: dark croc with 18k red gold pin buckle
- Reference: 111626
- Limited Edition of 90 pieces, dispatched in 2014
- Price: EUR 29,900