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October 20, 2021

Montblanc 1858 Split-Second Chronograph

The new Lime Gold is created using an alloy of 18-karat gold, silver and iron.

By Roberta Naas

Generally, we don’t cover watches that are a new edition of an existing timepiece in the Top Watches feature. But this one warranted coverage for a couple of reasons, not the least of which is the material. For more than a year, the experts at Montblanc worked with a collaborative team to create a new color of gold for what is only the third limited-edition collection of this 1858 Split-Second Chronograph. The new Lime Gold is created using an alloy of 18-karat gold, silver and iron, which gives the distinctive color. Because the gold has such a vintage look to it, it made sense to use it first in the complex Split-Second Chronograph that is inspired by a watch from the Minerva archives.

The inherent concept in this watch is to marry the Montblanc and Minerva watchmaking know-how for a contemporary yet traditional appeal. Additionally, Montblanc opted to use Super-LumiNova for the numerals in a bold green color that matches the scheme of the watch. Even the telemeter scale and minute track are in green. The snail-shaped chronograph counter in the center of the watch is also in matching green. Just 18 pieces will be made.

$50,000, available at Montblanc in New York, +1 212 223 8888,

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