MONTBLANC – STAR LEGACY NICOLAS RIEUSSEC CHRONOGRAPH
WRITING THE MEASUREMENT OF TIME
Montblanc opens a new chapter for its GMT monopusher chronograph. While technically it remains unchanged, the design has considerably changed, helping the dial gain in readability.
In 2008, Montblanc introduced a chronograph that was unusual in measuring short time with the help of two rotating discs. A fixed double index was used to read the time results in the 60-second and 30-minute counters. Ten years later, the brand has revisited its monopusher chronograph Nicolas Rieussec. There are no radical changes, but an aesthetic progression in the details. So, the timepiece has kept the unique time information layout on the silver white dial. Nonetheless, it has been revised to improve readability. The titanium chapter ring and rotating discs of the chronograph are now curved to provide relief. The Arabic numerals are slimmer. A discreet railroad-scale timer runs around them. The date is now displayed at 6 o’clock in a sophisticated counter. A guilloché pattern and azure finish provide an overall effect that is worthy of this fine piece of watchmaking. The steel case has also been redesigned, with its diameter increasing from 43 to 44.8mm. Settings are now made using a rounded and grooved crown for easier handling.
The watch is still driven by the automatic calibre MB R200. With twin barrels, it provides a healthy power reserve of 72 hours. The caseback reveals the components decorated by Geneva waves.
The Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph is worn with a new Sfumato blue alligator leather strap, designed by the brand in Florence.
By Dan Diaconu