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Montblanc Revives a ’30s Classic

James D. Malcomson

Montblanc’s new Vintage Pulsographe ($47,200) is a pang of nostalgia for the 1930s, an era when chronographs were practical instruments. During that period, Minerva, whose Villaret-based manufacture is now run by Montblanc, was a specialist in such instruments, like chronograph scales that assisted physicians in quickly measuring the pulse of a patient. The Vintage Pulsographe offers many features of the original watches, including the modest 39.5 mm case and the monopusher chronograph function. The high level of finish on the movement, visible through the sapphire caseback, and the grand feu enamel dial are modern luxurious touches that exceed the spirit of the originals. (800.995.4810, www.montblanc.com)

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