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Montblanc - Homage to Nicolas Rieussec II

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In 2014 Montblanc presented the Homage to Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph, a monopusher chronograph inspired to the "Chronograph with Seconds Indicator" invention presented in 1821 by the French watchmaker Nicolas Rieussec.

In 2015, with the new Homage to Nicolas Rieussec II model, Montblanc commemorates the second invention of Nicolas Rieussec, an improved version of his chronograph where the use of a rotating graduated enameled disc was abandoned in favor of a long, slender central seconds hand (christened the Diablotine) which would rotate to follow a minute-circle displayed around the dial. The tip of this hand, loaded with a drop of ink, was made up of an ingenious mechanism to enable users of the device to deposit a tiny portion of this ink wherever they wished on the surface.


The ink-trace chronograph created by Nicolas Rieussec in 1825

Operating in the same way as a calligraphic pen, his new device made possible the recording of even very short time periods guaranteeing its users an accuracy in the measurement of the duration of performances that had never been achieved before, of the order of 1/5 of a second.

With its ties with Nicolas Rieussec's 1825 ink-trace chronograph, the new Homage to Nicolas Rieussec II fits nicely with Montblanc's tradition in the manufacturing of writing instruments.

For the hour ring and the graduation of the counters, Montblanc has opted for a hybrid ceramic whose clarity and brilliance in the daylight is reminiscent of the enamel used in traditional dials.


To deliver exceptional luminescence in the dark, this ceramic incorporates pigments of Super-LumiNova to trace out Roman numerals in a typographic style identical to that employed by Nicolas Rieussec for his 1825 chronograph.


In order to ensure the accuracy of the measurements of short time periods while remaining faithful to the method of indication used in the second chronograph of Nicolas Rieussec, the rotating counters indicating the seconds and the recording of 30-minute time periods - respectively on the left and right of the dial - are now replaced by slender chronograph hands.


The grained background displays the date at 3 o'clock and the day/night indication at 9 o'clock. A second time-zone indication is displayed by means of a skeleton hours hand.


The 43 mm steel case houses the self-winding MB R200 Manufacture calibre which combines traditional watchmaking craftsmanship with highly innovative technical research. The column-wheel links the movement's gear-train to the monopusher chronograph mechanism through the mediation of a vertical clutch that operates with practically no friction and prevents any undesired jumping action of the seconds hand when the chronograph function is activated.

Produced and assembled in the Montblanc workshops in Villeret, the movement beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour and, thanks to the double barrel, offers a 72-hour power reserve.

The transparent case back allows the wearer to admire the traditional finishes of the movement, such as bevelling, Côtes de Genève motif and blued screws.

The new Montblanc Homage to Nicolas Rieussec II is issued in a limited edition of 565 timepieces with a retail price of around Euro 9.800. montblanc.com


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