Watches: Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Pulsograph (+live pics)
By Thierry Ané on March 11, 2014
This year Montblanc celebrates the ninetieth anniversary of a writing instrument that came to symbolise the brand, the Meisterstück. For this occasion, the brand unveiled an entirely new line of timepieces that share the same values: conservative, discreet, timeless and elegant.
The so-called Meisterstück Heritage collection already counts four models: a sober Automatic watch, a refined Moonphase model, a much talked-about Perpetual Calendar and the Meisterstück Heritage Pulsograph that I would like to discuss today.
It is a nod to the horological tradition of doctor’s watches with the presence of a pulsometer scale along the periphery of the silver sunburst dial. Calibrated for 30 pulse beats, it allows reading the pulse rate per minute without having to feel the patient’s pulse for a full sixty seconds.
The watch is equipped with the manually-wound MB M13.21 movement inspired by a Minerva calibre dating back to 1923. This monopusher column-wheel chronograph is entirely developed and produced in-house by the brand’s Minerva Manufacure and presents all the usual features of a High Horology calibre with superlative finishing: levers and springs are polished on their flat surfaces, satin-finished on their sides, and manually bevelled along their edges. The plate and bridges are made of rhodium-plated silver. The bridges are bevelled by hand and all functional surfaces are individually and manually adjusted.
This outstanding movement proudly bears the name “Minerva Villeret” and to further attest of its manufacture status, a small diamond cut and polished to form the brand’s six-sided star emblem is set into the case band at 6 o’clock.
Produced in a limited run of 90 pieces, this Meisterstück Heritage Pulsograph comes in a classic round 41 mm rose gold case with sapphire back. It is paired with a black alligator strap and a rose gold pin buckle. This perfect example of classic design and elegance retails for €27,000.