Watch & Jewellery
PUT YOUR WRIST IN THE LIMELIGHT: Montblanc's 1858 Split Second Chronograph
Text by Kee | Photos courtesy of Montblanc
The case and dial of the '1858 Split Second Chronograph' are made using a gold alloy called Lime Gold
The manual-winding movement is inspired by century-old versions made by Minerva
The case and dial of the '1858 Split Second Chronograph' are made using a gold alloy called Lime Gold
Plates and bridges are made in Maillechort (German silver)

We know what you’re probably thinking. And no, you’re not colour blind. Here is a wristwatch that’s giving us one of the sexiest spin on gold – and deserves to be on your radar because of that and more. Called Lime Gold, Montblanc has taken the liberty to introduce an alloy cooked up from an in-house recipe of gold, silver and iron to garner a pale yellow green type of gold alloy. But such is the retro tint of this hue that it reminds us of a natural discolouration of old photos and film except this one’s intentional (and done right). This nostalgia-driven colourway has also landed on a wristwatch that plays to its strengths. The 1858 Split Second Chronograph is championed by Montblanc-owned Institut Minerva de Recherche en Haute Horlogerie (or formerly known as Minerva) that is recognised as one of the foremost manufacturers of high-end chronograph movements for a good chunk of its 160-year-plus history. Montblanc has greatly benefited from the association, generating with it some of the most drool-worthy collector-grade chronographs around that don’t often look like it is stuck in the past. While the Lime Green hue is certainly in its best 21st century outfit, the engine that runs this split-second monopusher chronograph celebrates the past century in glorious fashion. Based on a larger Minerva military chronograph from the ‘30s, it has also outfitted it with a movement that draws inspiration from an original Minerva production from that era which was used to power pocket watches and wristwatches. There’s also no lack of proper finishing here with several top-drawer techniques used to ensure it looks good from the see-through case back. The movement is responsible for the wristwatch’s capability to mark time with a single pusher integrated at the crown. To perform split timings, a pusher at 2 o’clock has been handed the duties, keeping the entire package sleek and rakish. And if you are wondering why there’s a need for an old-school telemetric scale here, well, just in case someone needs to know the distance of a storm from your position – and you’ve actually got the answer.

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