September 20, 2015
Here’s your first look at the Montblanc “Homage to Nicolas Rieussec II” model, designed to commemorate the second invention presented in 1825 by Nicolas Rieussec, the inventor of the first “inking chronograph” patented in 1821. Rieussec’s inking chronograph featured a process for marking the duration of time periods through the tip of a direct-drive seconds hand loaded with ink. The use of ink now of course long gone as a matter of practicality, the new Homage to Nicolas Rieussec II chronograph in the Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec collection displays the date, a second time zone indication and a day/night indication as well as being a monpusher chronograph with a Manufacture caliber. Issued in a limited edition of 565 timepieces, the 43 mm-diameter Montblanc Homage to Nicolas Rieussec II watch in steel is a sophisticated and elegant looking timepiece with great lume-views.
Whereas the counters indicating the seconds and the recording of 30-minute time periods used to rotate (while the indicator was fixed), the configuration is now are replaced by slender chronograph hands for a more traditional manner of reading. The chrono is operated via a single pusher situated at 8 o’clock. The impact of the dial is further accentuated with its surface displaying a grained appearance. A second time-zone indication is displayed by means of a skeleton hours hand.
For the hour ring and the graduation of the counters, Montblanc has again opted (like the Homage to Nicolas Rieussec I chronograph) to use a hybrid ceramic with the exclusive Montblanc Mysterious Super-LumiNova for an impressionable night time view. The automatic mechanical MB R200 caliber is made in-house by Montblanc at its Villeret workshops, with a double barrel configuration providing a solid 72 hour power reserve.
Great looking piece — elegance and modernity also while paying tribute to a great watchmaker of the past. I would expect the price to be in the same ballpark as the last edition, which is presently offered at $11,500.