SIHH 2019: Montblanc Focuses on Minerva History, Unveils Montblanc Heritage Pulsograph

SIHH 2019: Montblanc Heritage Pulsograph watch

Montblanc Heritage Pulsograph watch (photo: R. Naas)

If you were hoping to find the prefect vintage-inspired, technically advance and aesthetically beautiful watch during SIHH 2019, you are in luck. This year, as Montblanc further underscores its rich history with Minerva, the Villeret-based brand it owns, the brand focuses clearly on vintage aspirations.  In fact, Montblanc combed the Minerva archives from the 1940’s and 1950’s until it landed on a host of timepieces that inspired the brand’s watchmakers and designers to re-interpret …. magnificently.  Easily, the piece that is the collector’s dream is the new  Montblanc Heritage Pulsograph and here we go hands on with this beauty.

SIHH 2019: Montblanc Heritage Pulsograph watch

SIHH 2019: Montblanc Heritage Pulsograph watch

For this watch, Montblanc has adopted a host of design codes from the mid-Twentieth century, such as domed dials, two-zone dials, dot and numeral indications, exquisite use of color and more.  The Montblanc Heritage Pulsograph, for instance, features one of the most alluring two-zone salmon-hued dials on the market. Built in a limited edition of 100 pieces the 40mm stainless steel doctor’s watch features a pulsometer for measuring heart rates. The Puslograph is graduated for 30 pulsations. Additionally, the watch is a monopusher chronograph.

SIHH 2019: Montblanc Heritage Pulsograph watch

The salmon dial of the Montblanc Heritage Pulsograph watch shown at SIHH 2019 features applied dots and Arabic numerals for markers.

It is powered by the Montblanc Manufacture Monopusher Chronograph caliber MB M13.21 with column-wheel chronograph (that was originally inspired by thei Minerva 13.20 chronograph caliber from the 1920’s). The dial features applied Arabic numerals, as well as dots for the indexes. The Dauphine shaped hour and minute hands are curved to match the shape of the dial and are filled with SuperLumiNova for easy reading. Each watch undergoes Montblanc’s Test 500 I500 hours of testing) and is certified as having passed the criteria. The watch, which retails for Euro 28,000, is water resistant to 5 bars.

SIHH 2019: Montblanc Heritage Pulsograph watch

Just 100 pieces of theS Montblanc Heritage Pulsograph watch will be made. (Photo :R. Naas)



Montblanc Heritage Pulsograph Limited Edition – 100 pieces

Ident. 119914


Movement                            Calibre MB M13.21

Type of movement                  Manually wound monopusher chronograph with pulsometer scale

Chronograph                         Monopusher with column-wheel and horizontal coupling

Dimensions                           Diameter = 29.50 mm; height = 6.40 mm

Number of components            239

Number of rubies                    22

Power Reserve                       Approx. 55 hours

Balance                                 Balance with screws, diameter = 11.40 mm; moment of inertia = 26 mgcm²

Frequency                             18,000 A/h (2.5 Hz)

Hairspring                             With Phillips terminal curve

Plate                                    Rhodium-coated German silver with circular graining on both sides, hand-chamfered edges

Bridges                                Rhodium-coated German silver with “Côtes de Genève”, circular graining on both sides, hand-chamfered edges

Going-train                           Gold-coated, circular grained, chamfered, diamond hubs on both sides

Displays                               Hours and minutes from the centre, small seconds at 9 o’clock

Chronograph’s elapsed-second hand from the dial’s centre, 30-elapsed minute-counter at 3 o’clock

Pulsometer scale graduated for 30 pulsations



Case                                    Stainless steel, polished case

Crystal                                 Scratch-resistant, domed box-shaped sapphire crystal with antireflective coating

Back                                    Stainless steel with inset pane of sapphire crystal

Dimensions                           Diameter = 40 mm; Height = 12.65 mm

Watertightness                       5 bar (50 m)

Crown                                  Stainless steel with Montblanc emblem in relief

Pusher                                  Monopusher chronograph at 2 o’clock

Dial                                     Domed salmon-coloured dial with “grené” hour ring and sunray finishes, anthracite applied Arabic numerals and dots as indexes, anthracite luminescent bent dauphine hour- and minute-hands, blued baton second- and 30-minute chronograph counter-hands, blued bent baton central 60-second chronograph hand, historical Montblanc logo at 12 o’clock, pulsometer scale on the external part of the dial

Wristband                             Grey Sfumato alligator-skin strap coming from the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence, Italy with stainless steel triple-folding clasp

Limited Edition                     100

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