Montblanc’s Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph intertwines history, passion and timeless horology elegance well recognised in Middle East
Montblanc has unveiled a brand-new Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph limited edition of the historic model that began as a timekeeper on Paris’ famous Champs-de-Mars horse racing track in 1821, and has continued to be a sought-after timepiece by collectors around the world. The GCC Region Chronograph, limited to just 50 pieces, includes distinctive references to countries in the Middle East’s GCC region, where the spirit and legacy of horse racing and fine watchmaking is equally cherished.
The exclusive collection is a beautiful continuation of the Maison’s renowned “inking” chronograph, which was updated in 2022 in a new 43mm case size, and is now presented in this highly contemporary design in a stainless-steel case with black DLC coating, a multi-layered anthracite dial, and refined touches of dark green.
Combining finishes and textures that play with the light, the timepiece features a graphic anthracite Clou de Paris base plate, with added anthracite sub dials that stand out with their sunray finishing. The hour and minute indexes, along with the three counters, have been laser-cut to reveal the black finishings below, while the flange of the dial is satin finished for even more contrast.
Touches of green pay tribute to the shade of green included on most national flags of countries in the GCC, a colour that is deeply rooted in the region’s history, culture and religion, and represents unity, freedom and hope. The bevelled double indexes, skeletonized second time zone hand, screws, and Day & Night indications are also crafted in green, along with the alligator strap and the luminescence seen on the hour and minute hands when the sun goes down.
Adding both aesthetic and cultural appeal – and enhancing the watch’s uniqueness and collectability - the Limited Edition GCC Chronograph is the first Nicolas Rieussec timepiece to feature numerals on the chronograph counters and date in Arabic.
The Montblanc Star Legacy Chronograph Nicolas Rieussec GCC Limited Edition is powered by the self-winding Manufacture monopusher chronograph movement MB R200, and the first in-house movement by the Maison. Designed to reach the highest level of technical efficiency and aesthetics, the Chronograph is equipped with a column-wheel that controls the monopusher mechanism.
To improve the chronograph’s start, the connection between the gear train and the chronograph's wheels is alternately engaged and disengaged by a vertical disc clutch and functions without any wear and tear. This mechanism prevents the elapsed time discs from jumping when the chronograph is switched on. The timepiece features a monopusher, which is ergonomically positioned at 8 o’clock, where the wearer’s thumb can conveniently operate it.
Additionally, a rapid-reset mechanism for the hour and date is extremely practical for travellers who journey from one time zone to another. These indicators can be reset either clockwise or counter-clockwise without affecting the position of the minute hand.
The rate is regulated by a large 10-mm-diameter balance wheel with screws, which oscillates regularly thanks to its high moment of inertia (12 mgcm²) and its frequency of 28,800 A/h (4 Hz). The stable rate is further enhanced by the double barrel, providing 72 hours of power reserve. Furthermore, the balance bridge is open-worked, ensuring the precise positioning of the oscillator for optimal shock resistance.
The Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph GCC Limited Edition comes with two interchangeable straps – one in green alligator, and the other in anthracite textile featuring the Clou de Paris motif – and will be sold exclusively in Montblanc Boutiques across the region.
Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph 43mm Limited Edition 50
Movement Montblanc Manufacture Calibre MB R200
Type of movement Mechanical movement with automatic winding mechanism, monopusher chronograph and dual time
Chronograph Monopusher with column-wheel and vertical disc clutch
Dimensions Diameter = 31mm; height = 8.46mm
Number of components 319
Number of jewels 40
Power reserve Approx. 72 hours
Balance Screw balance
Frequency 28,800 A/h (4 Hz)
Rotor Black “Clou de Paris” pattern and open-worked Montblanc emblem
Plate Rhodium-coated and micro-blasted plates
Bridges Rhodium-coated with “Côtes de Genève”
Going train Gold-coated, special toothing for more efficient power transmission
Displays Off-centered hour and minute hands, second time zone on same axis as hour and minute hands with day & night display
Date window at 6 o’clock
60-second and 30-minute counters on rotating discs with central index
Case Black DLC-coated stainless steel polished case with black DLC
Crystal Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire crystal with double anti-reflective coating
Back Stainless steel with inset pane of sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating inside
Dimensions Diameter = 43mm ; height = 15.01mm
Water-resistance 5 bar (50m)
Crown Black DLC-coated stainless steel with Montblanc emblem
Pusher Black DLC-coated stainless steel monopusher chronograph at 8 o’clock
Dial Anthracite coloured “Clou de Paris” dial, Anthracite coloured beveled plate with sunray finishing in the center with cut-out anthracite indexes, green Day & Night indicator.
Anthracite dauphine-shaped hour and minute hands with white Super-LumiNova®and green emission, green skeletonized dual time hand, 2 rotating angled disc, 60 second and 30 minute counters with Arabic graduation, on which green-coated applied bridge is used as a hand
Date in Arabic with green-coated screws
Wristband Green interchangeable alligator leather delivered with an additional anthracite textile strap with “Clou de Paris” pattern and stainless steel triple-folding clasp
Limited Edition 50