In a major product reshuffle, Montblanc has streamlined its classical timepieces into the Star Legacy line with a spanking new interpretation of its emblematic Rieussec monopusher chronograph that was first launched in 2008.
The reworked Star Legacy line takes inspiration from the pocket watches made by Minerva in the early 20th century. The brand's Minerva manufacture turns 160 next year and Montblanc intends to celebrate with a clutch of chronograph releases. Montblanc has also released a TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph with an in-house column wheel chronograph movement as part of its pre-SIHH 2018 novelties.
The case and the dial of the Rieussec chronograph have been redesigned while keeping its distinctive face, with the chronograph’s turning discs and off-centred dial. The watch is named after Nicolas Rieussec who invented the first inking chronograph in 1821.
It uses a 44.8 mm case with curved finishing on the sides and has stepped lugs. A domed sapphire crystal glass surrounds the three-dimensional dial and gives a refined pebble effect. The case is fitted with an onion-shape crown that has the Montblanc emblem.
The silvery-white dial has been entirely reworked, with particular attention paid to the proportions. The idea was to create more white space allowing better visibility and fine watchmaking aesthetics. The off-centred hour-circle and the chronograph’s titanium turning discs have been domed, giving a three-dimensional effect.
The black Arabic numerals are slimmer now and surrounded by a railway minute track. Classic blued leaf-shaped hands complete the overall design. The date has been placed at 6 o’clock and enhanced with a display applied on the dial with blued screws. The dial features a guilloché pattern in places, azuré finishing in the centre of the hour-circle, and a filet sauté guilloché decoration that runs around the dial. A ring with the Nicolas Rieussec inscription has been applied on the outer part of the dial.
It is powered by Caliber MB R200, an automatic manufacture monopusher chronograph movement with a column-wheel mechanism. The connection between the gear train and the chronograph's wheels is alternately engaged and disengaged by a vertical coupling and functions nearly without any wear and tear and prevents the elapsed time discs from jumping when the chronograph is switched on. The movement has two barrels which store enough energy for 72 hours of power reserve.
The Montblanc Star Legacy Chronograph Rieussec is water resistant to 30 metres and is certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500. It is fitted with a new matching blue Sfumato alligator leather strap supplied by the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence and equipped with a triple folding clasp. The watch is priced at €7,450.
As part of its pre-SIHH2018 releases, Montblanc has also introduced the Star Legacy Automatic Chronograph, a classically-styled chronograph with the design codes of the Star Legacy line and equipped with an ETA 7753-based chronograph.
It features redesigned black Arabic numerals, classic blued leaf-shaped hands, a refined filet sauté guilloché and a unique railway minute track that encircles the dial and counters, completing the design and paying tribute to the elegance of historical Minerva timepieces.