Introducing the Montblanc Homage to Nicolas Rieussec II Monopusher Chronograph

Montblanc Hommage to Nicolas Rieussec II  watch - Perpetuelle

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 (see Did You Know below for more).   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 (see below for more pics).

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Montblanc Villeret Tourbillon Cylindrique Geosphères Vasco Da Gama

SIHH 2015…what a watch!

Montblanc Villeret Tourbillon Cylindrique Geospheres Geosphères Vasco Da Gama watch - Perpetuelle.

Introducing the Montblanc Tourbillon Cylindrique Geospheres Geosphères Vasco Da Gama.  Yea, it’s a mouthful, but this piece from the Montblanc Villeret collection — it’s most prestigious — is an incredible watch.  Montblanc has just killed it here in form and function.  It is a timepiece that unites for the first time ever a cylindrical tourbillon and unique, functional worldtime indication.  Only 18 pieces of the Tourbillon Cylindrique Geosphères Vasco da Gama will be made, at a price of MSRP is 250,000 Euros per.

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Montblanc Heritage Chronometrie ExoTourbillon Chronograph ‘Vasco da Gama’

SIHH 2015…aventurine dial…

Montblanc Heritage Chronometrie ExoTourbillon Chronograph 'Vasco da Gama' - aventurine dial - Perpetuelle

As I mentioned in my introduction of the Montblanc Heritage Chronometrie ExoTourbillon Chronograph, a special “Vasco da Gama” edition is being produced in a limited edition run of only 60 pieces.  Montblanc has introduced several pieces this year across the range in recognition of the famous Portuguese explorer of the late 1400s, the first to reach India by sea from Europe.

Sharing the same mechanical characteristics of the non-limited piece, the Heritage Chronometrie ExoTourbillon  Chronograph “Vasco da Gama” edition is housed in a 44mm 18-carat white gold case.  Its aesthetic is distinguished by its beautiful dial.  Made of aventurine with a Montblanc star-shaped diamond inset, it is nothing short of gorgeous.  Further, the sub-dial which sits just inside of the 31-day date ring has a special blue patterned finish to it.  Have a look.

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Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph

SIHH 2015…

Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph - Perpetuelle

Let’s shift focus now to a brand whose 2015 lineup we have not looked at yet, Montblanc.  With Jerome Lambert (former CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre) at the helm for two full cycles now, it is apparent that the watch culture at Montblanc has changed dramatically.  Last year Montblanc surprised us all with its very nicely styled and relatively affordable perpetual calendar, Moonphase ($12,800 stainless steel) , Moonphase ($14,700 red gold), and Pulsograph ($34,500 red gold), all part of a new Meisterstück Heritage collection.  This year, they have a very diverse lineup, with exciting products across the range from affordable to super high end.  I’ll start near the middle, with the Heritage Chronométrie ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph.

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