The MontBlanc Nicolas Rieussec collection pays homage to French watchmaker Nicolas Rieussec, who patented the first chronograph in 1821. The first in-house movement produced by MontBlanc was inspired by Rieussec’s invention, which has become a prominent feature in timepieces throughout the world.
This timepiece is limited to 565 pieces ever made and is known as the Montblanc “Homage to Nicolas Rieussec” chronograph. Aesthetically, this watch pays faithful tribute to the original 1821 chronograph “time writer” machine; the elapsed time is shown on two rotating discs below a motionless hand that indicates the elapsed seconds and minutes.
A new combination of materials known as Super-LumiNova pigment is used on the dial. The Super-Luminova which is invisible in the daytime, and is inlaid all around the hour ring for enhanced visibility. The hour numerals are painted on the dial using this pigment, and only appear in the dark. The luminescence inlaid on the hour and minute hands allow clear legibility during the day and at night.
The MontBlanc Nicolas Rieussec 111012 features a 43mm stainless steel case affixed to a black alligator leather strap. The watch is powered by the in-house Montblanc Caliber MB R200 self-winding automatic movement and boasts a 72-hour power reserve. The movement and all of its precise intricacies and be viewed through the sapphire crystal exhibition case-back of the timepiece.
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