When Montblanc gave us a privileged preview of its new Heritage collection in Miami back in October, our gut told us that they had a winner in the salmon-dialled Heritage Pulsograph. Forward three months to SIHH: 36 exhibiting brands and I-donít-know-how-many-hundreds of new watches later, our opinion is, if anything, stronger than ever. With the Heritage Pulsographís immaculately judged balance of good looks, technical content, quality of execution and price, Montblanc has hit the nail on the head. First, letís talk aesthetics: vintage-inspired watches have been a thing*for some years now Ė and thanks to its head of watches, Davide Cerrato, Montblanc is a shining example of how to do it right. (Cerrato has previous form, as you may know, having harnessed Tudorís archives to transform it from also-ran to super-cool brand half a decade ago.) At Montblanc, he has the rich archives of Minerva to draw on Ė and the Heritage Pulsograph is very similar to a 1940s Minerva monopusher chrono. But itís no slavish copy. We were able to line up both watches together and, on the new model, the lines of the case and lugs are cleaner, the surfaces flatter, giving the whole watch a more contemporary…

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