A CLAS­SIC REBORN

The Peak Selections: Timepieces - - Fan Faves -

FAN OF THE BRAND: Melvin Lim, in­vestor

FAVOURITE NOV­ELTY: 1858 Chrono­graph Tachymeter in bronze , $41,600

TIME FOR A CHANGE

Not too long ago, 44-year-old horol­ogy afi­cionado Melvin Lim never thought that he would se­ri­ously con­sider Mont­blanc’s fine time­pieces. That is, un­til he was in­vited to view topof-the-line time­pieces made at the brand’s Villeret and Le Lo­cle fa­cil­i­ties in Switzer­land. A year and a half later, he owns two of Mont­blanc’s top-end chrono­graph watch, the vin­tagein­spired 1858 Chrono­graph Tachymeter: one in steel, and one in its 2017 cas­ing, bronze.

FROM THE IN­SIDE

He can’t get enough of this watch’s move­ment, “the beau­ti­ful hand­wound Cal­i­bre M16.29”. He adds: “I love the de­tails of the fin­ish­ing, es­pe­cially the in­ward an­gles, which are hard to fin­ish. Oper­a­tion of the mono­pusher is very smooth, and the onion-shaped crown makes wind­ing pleas­ing. Also, the size of the move­ment is just right for this big, 44mm watch. Some­times, you see watches with good move­ments, but the move­ments are too small and the chrono­graph coun­ters look squeezed to­wards the cen­tre.”

TWICE AS NICE

When he saw the 1858 Chrono­graph Tachymeter’s new bronze edi­tion, Lim couldn’t re­sist buy­ing a sec­ond piece, which is rare for him. He says: “But it shows how much I like this watch. The steel ver­sion with blue dial has more of a con­tem­po­rary, ca­sual feel. The bronze one has a more vin­tage feel, and a mil­i­tary, rugged look. Even though I would have pre­ferred the watch a tad smaller, the curved lugs make it com­fort­able to wear.”

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