The first major watch fair of the New Year is already on the starting blocks, and one of the contenders for attention is the new interpretation of the Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Models in Steel and Red Gold.

Originally launched in 2008, the Montblanc Star Legacy Chronograph is named after Nicolas Rieussec, who invented the first inking chronograph in 1821.

The dial of the watch with a distinctive guilloché pattern has been redesigned with the off-center hour circle below 12 o’ clock and the chronograph’s titanium turning discs now domed, giving them a three-dimensional effect. Both models are 44.8cm with a silver skeletonized second-time-zone hand, which sits on the same axis and a date window at 6 o’ clock.

Reminiscent of Minerva pocket watches, the Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph features curved finishing on the sides and horns that have stepped sides. The watch is powered by the in-house monopusher chronograph movement, the Calibre MB R200 with automatic winding has a 72-hour power reserve. This column wheel mechanism features 60-second and 30-minute counters, which turn below a blued fixed double index, as on the original 1821 device. Additionally, a second time zone is displayed via a skeletonized hand on the off-center dial.

Both models come on a Grey Sfumato alligator skin strap from the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence, Italy with a triple-folding clasp in the metal matching the case.

How much?

In steel: CHF 8,135

In red gold: CHF 22,500


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