SIHH 2014 Novelties – Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Pulsograph (Hands on!)
As we continue with the SIHH novelties for this year I couldn’t pass on the newest addition to the Montblanc family, and their new ‘Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage’ collection. Yes, we all know the brand in the watch industry for the famous Nicolas Rieussec chronograph and some very interesting complicated watches, but many people still haven’t recognised or discovered the horological side of Montblanc. This year, the new collection is here to show them why it has to have more recognition ‘time’-wise.
Meisterstuck, translating to masterpiece from German brings up the very horological side in the watches. All of the models in the collection have extremely refined details and show what it means to have the watch movements made by all of the true Swiss standards. Starting from the hands on the dial and to the movement finishing it all shows that a lot of work has been put in the making of the new pieces.
The classy elegant look of the case and dial can easily be pulled off with a nice suit or formal menswear (so here are some lifestyle pics for you) and the traditional yet not tiny 41 mm diameter doesn’t flash or attract too much attention, but at the same time the 18 K gold gives the perfect dress look to the watch.
We decided to talk about the ‘Pulsograph’ in this post, a model equipped with an in-house chronograph movement (also underlined by a diamond inserted in the case at 6 o’clock) and the pulsometer scale indicator going around the dial. As the brand explains itself – ‘Calibrated for 30 pulse beats, a pulsometer scale enables a doctor to read the pulse rate per minute without having to continue feeling the patient’s pulse for a full sixty seconds.’ So this is not just a fancy traditional watch, but also a functional wrist-machine.
The centre seconds are meant for the chronograph as well as the indicator at 3 o’clock that tells us the chronograph minutes, while the off-centered dial at 9 is the regular seconds (easily differentiated by the hand colour). Overall it is a very nice and easily readable watch, with a superb finishing and a very nice see-through case back. Even though I would prefer to see more of the movement in front it was meant to be a ‘heritage’ type of a wristwatch so I have absolutely no doubt that people who enjoy the simple look would definitely go for this one.
With only 90 pieces being made the retail price for the 18K Rose Gold is 27’000 Euros – pretty reasonable in my opinion, as well as competitive in today’s market for luxury in-house chronographs. Very nicely accompanied by the Montblanc accessories like the Meisterstuck pen or cufflinks. Now leaving you with a couple more photos I hope you’ve enjoyed the article and tune in later tomorrow to see more novelties from this year’s SIHH!