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Hi Guys and Gals,
How many versions of the MB NICOLAS RIEUSSEC are there?
I dont mean material variations as in steel, gold etc. I mean models like home time, rising hour etc.
 

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There were quite a lot made. Unfortunately I do not believe there was a documented database of releases and their site does not contain historical releases/discontinued models. Then you also have models with slight dial (or other cosmetic) variations, would those count too?

Off the top of my head, the first few releases were manual wind, so those would be certainly different. Then you have the rising hours, gmt versions.
 

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yes how many. I was looking at this one, model#102337.

What's a decent price to pay for this?
 

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New I say about 5000 USD?
 

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I know, but 50% under the MSRP must be possible for older models of Montblanc.
 

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Hi Guys and Gals,
How many versions of the MB NICOLAS RIEUSSEC are there?
I dont mean material variations as in steel, gold etc. I mean models like home time, rising hour etc.

Every Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph was powered by Montblanc's in-house movements, the hand-wound MB R100 or the automatic MB R200. Both are mono-pusher chronographs with 72 hour power reserve thanks to double barrels.

Star Nicolas Rieussec Monopusher Chronograph
The first generation Rieussec was released at SIHH in 2008. It was named the Star Nicolas Rieussec Monopusher Chronograph and used the hand-winding MB R100 movement. The display included a central sweep date hand and the Rieussec chronograph discs for seconds and 30-minute counting. Chronograph time was indicated with pointers to 12:00 on these discs, supported by a wishbone shaped disc above the dial.

Generation 1 was a limited edition, with 25 pieces in platinum, 75 each in white and yellow gold, and 125 in rose gold.

Models:
102332 - Platinum case (25 pieces)
102333 - White gold case (75 pieces)
102334 - Rose gold case (125 pieces)
102335 - Yellow gold case (75 pieces)

Open Date
Montblanc followed up at SIHH in 2009 with a new version of the hand-wound Rieussec. Rather than a hand, this featured a date disc or wheel with a pointer at 12:00. It was partially open-worked so some of the movement wheels could be viewed below the dial, and the modified movement was renamed MB R110.

Models:
104981 - Stainless steel case with anthracite dial
104705 - Rose gold case with silver dial

Silicon Escapement
For SIHH 2010, Montblanc introduced a version of the hand-wound Rieussec chronograph with a silicon escapement. This new model featured a calibre named MB R120 which was very similar to previous models. The main dial features hour and minute hands and, visible through slots in the dial, a rotating disc with a pointer at 6:00 to display the date. The chronograph discs are similar to previous models, with chronograph seconds and 30-minute counters indicated by pointers. As with previous Rieussec models, a power reserve indicator is present on the reverse of the movement, visible through a sapphire case back.

Just 25 Silicon Escapement models were produced, all in rose gold (model #105920).

Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph Automatic
In 2011, Montblanc finally released the long-promised automatic Rieussec chronograph. Although the automatic calibre MB R200 had been shown along with the very first Rieussec calibre MB R100, it was not released for sale for three years.

Models:
102336 - Stainless steel case with anthracite dial and stainless steel bracelet
102337 - Stainless steel case with anthracite dial and black numerals
104273 - Stainless steel case with silver dial
106487 - Stainless steel case with silver "guilloché grain d'orgs"
106488 - Stainless steel case with black dial
106595 - Stainless steel case with silver dial
108733 - Rose gold case with diamonds and silver "guilloché grain d'orgs"
109996 - Stainless steel case with black "guilloché grain d'orgs", stainless steel bracelet
111833 - Stainless steel case with silver "guilloché grain d'orgs", stainless steel bracelet
111834 - Rose gold case with silver "guilloché grain d'orgs"

Horological TimeWriter
Montblanc made a splash at SIHH in 2011 by releasing a limited-edition table clock, complete with an integrated watch winder and a Rieussec watch. The Horological TimeWriter table clock came with a Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph Automatic Limited Edition watch. This was an automatic, equipped with calibre MB R200, but cased in rose gold. The Horological TimeWriter and Limited Edition watch was issued in an edition of just 19 pieces.

Ginza Boutique
To celebrate the 7th anniversary of their Ginza, Tokyo boutique, Montblanc introduced a special Rieussec Chronograph Ginza Edition in 2013. The Ginza edition is a standard Automatic with a black dial, steel case, and red numerals at 3, 9, and 12. Additionally, the numeral 7 is printed in red inside the crystal.

The Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph Ginza Edition was limited to 77 pieces.

Anniversary Edition
Also at SIHH in 2011, Montblanc released a series of hand-wound Rieussec chronographs to celebrate the 190th anniversary of his original "time writer". These models flipped the date disc with the pointer at 6:00, though the movement remains with the MB R110 name.

Models:
106486 - Rose gold (190 pieces)
106485 - White gold (90 pieces)
106484 - Platinum (25 pieces)

Open Home Time
Montblanc introduced another revision of the Rieussec at SIHH in 2012. This was an automatic with "Home Time" shown on a disc beneath the dial, indicated by a pointer at 6:00. It was otherwise similar to the previous Rieussec automatic but was named Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph Open Home Time. Because of this modification to the movement, it bore a new name as well, MB R210.

The Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph Open Hometime is an unlimited edition in steel or rose gold.

Models:
111835 - Stainless steel case with silver "guilloché grain d'orgs"
107067 - Rose gold case with black dial
107068 - Stainless steel case with silver dial and stainless steel bracelet
107070 - Stainless steel case with black "guilloché grain d'orgs"
107071 - Platinum case with silver dial

Rising Hours
At SIHH in 2013, Montblanc introduced a "rising hours" version of the automatic Rieussec. It features a double-disc display of the hours from 11:00 to 1:00. The top disc features cut-out numerals for each of 12 hours in the classic Rieussec font. Below this is a bi-color disc, blue and black, that shows through the numerals to indicate day and night, from 6:00 to 18:00. In addition to the hours disc, this model added two major complications: A day wheel at 9:00 and a date wheel at 3:00 shown through dial apertures similar to the previous Automatic model. This new movement is named MB R220.

Models:
108788 - Platinum case with silver dial
108789 - Rose gold case with silver dial
108790 - Stainless steel case with black dial

Only Watch
Montblanc created a unique black and gold version of the Rieussec Rising Hours for Only Watch in 2013.

Homage to Nicolas Rieussec
The 2014 entrant at SIHH was a limited edition Homage to Nicolas Rieussec model. It features the same MB R200 movement as the unlimited Automatic model but with styling changes that set it apart: The chronograph discs now reset to 3:00 and 9:00, with a diamond-shaped pointer between taking the place of the forked bridge used previously. For the main dial, no hour numerals are shown, but the minute track is composed of a special hybrid ceramic with Super Luminova integrated into it so the hour numerals appear in the dark.

The Homage to Nicolas Rieussec was limited to 565 pieces in stainless steel (model #111012) and 193 pieces in rose gold (model #111592).

Additionally, a special model was produced for Watches and Wonders in 2014 featuring a luminous galloping horse on the main dial at 6:00, a bit of Super Luminova on the chronograph bridge, and a horse and text on the display caseback. This was limited to 100 pieces in stainless steel and 30 in rose gold.

Homage to Nicolas Rieussec II
Montblanc quietly introduced an updated Homage to Nicolas Rieussec at SIHH in 2015. Like its predecessor it was a limited edition in steel with a white dial and embedded Super Luminova. But this model is the first Rieussec chronograph to feature moving hands for the chronograph seconds and minutes rather than the rotating discs that had been the trademark for this model. Despite this change, the movement retains the same name, MB R200.

The Homage to Nicolas Rieussec II (model #111873) was limited to 565 pieces in steel.

Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph
For SIHH in 2018, Montblanc released another Rieussec chronograph, the Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph. Ref. 118537 was priced lower than previous models and features an ornate closed dial. Powered by Cal. R220, it features a more-traditional date aperture at 6:00 and day/night indicator at 9:00. This is the first Rieussec model to be certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500.

Source: https://www.watch-wiki.net/index.php?title=Montblanc_Nicolas_Rieussec_Chronograph
 

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Thanks for the breakdown of all the models. I love the distinctive style of this chronograph as I don't think there's anything else out there like it.
 

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I was able to get my hands on the new 2019 model (Ref: 119954) this past weekend. The anthracite dial is a nice addition to the line and the only major change from the 2018 release (Ref: 118537) with the silver/white dial that is still listed on the Montblanc website. (sorry for the smudges)

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Picked up a Model 111012 a couple weeks ago for 65% off MSRP ... The watch is not exactly my style, but as another member noted earlier in the thread, there's nothing else quite like it. While it isn't exactly a practical stopwatch, the dual time function w/quickset main hour hand and day/night indicator is very handy. I'm just starting to give it some wrist time ... most of my watches are sports or field watches, so it's a nice addition to the rotation.

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The build quality, fit, finish, timekeeping, power reserve are all A+. The mono-pusher is the smoothest and most precise "click" I've ever had on a chronograph. I'm not in love with the nipple-shaped crown -- it doesn't offer much grip -- and the printing on the date wheel is quite a bit darker than the printing on the dial, but I'm just getting nit-picky. For a pen company, they make a pretty good watch.
 

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The build quality, fit, finish, timekeeping, power reserve are all A+. The mono-pusher is the smoothest and most precise "click" I've ever had on a chronograph. I'm not in love with the nipple-shaped crown -- it doesn't offer much grip -- and the printing on the date wheel is quite a bit darker than the printing on the dial, but I'm just getting nit-picky. For a pen company, they make a pretty good watch.
A few months late to this thread but I've been looking at Rieussec models for about a year now and lately mulling over the idea of selling off a Seamaster to get one - specifically your model, the 111012.

Are you still enjoying the watch or now that its been awhile, have you found it getting less and less wrist time?
And speaking of wrists, does it sit well on yours? I know it's a bit chunky but I've got a 44mm Panerai that wears well - its definitely the max though.

One hesitation I've had is, should I ever want to flip it for something else, it would be difficult.
Do you have any regrets with it or is it as nice as all the photos lead me to believe?
 

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A few months late to this thread but I've been looking at Rieussec models for about a year now and lately mulling over the idea of selling off a Seamaster to get one - specifically your model, the 111012.

Are you still enjoying the watch or now that its been awhile, have you found it getting less and less wrist time?
And speaking of wrists, does it sit well on yours? I know it's a bit chunky but I've got a 44mm Panerai that wears well - its definitely the max though.

One hesitation I've had is, should I ever want to flip it for something else, it would be difficult.
Do you have any regrets with it or is it as nice as all the photos lead me to believe?
I'm so happy to have a chance to discuss this wonderful watch.

1 - Not much wrist time so far, but mainly because it's been a hot and humid summer, and I haven't had a chance to research a bracelet option for it. The OEM alligator strap & deployant are very nice, btw.

2 - it's a chunk, for sure, but it wears significantly smaller and more compactly than my Radiomir, which was 45mm x 49mm and 1.5mm thinner than the MB. If your 44mm PAM is a good fit, you should be happy with how this fits. It wears comfortably on my 7-inch wrist, and not at all top-heavy. And despite the 14.8mm thickness, the caseback and bezel both curve inward, so the profile is slightly more svelte than you'd expect. However, the 51mm L2L is right at my limit ... (see picture below).

3 - I knew going in that resale on MB is not good. I also realize that MB isn't a widely appreciated brand on WUS, but ... you gotta wear the watch that you like, and I like this watch. I might feel differently if I ever do sell, but right now I feel like I got an extremely good deal on a very beautiful, well-made, and unusual watch.

4 - No regrets at all. I had handled NR models several times at the AD, and my brother-in-law has one, so I had a pretty good idea of the fit & finish. This particular model w/the fixed chronograph pointer and simpler white dial closed the deal for me. My estimation since then has only risen. It winds and sets as precisely as any watch I've ever handled, the embedded lume blazes, and there's actually an interesting movement behind the display back. Despite everything packed onto this dial, it's doesn't seem cluttered at all. It is legible. IMO, it's a beautiful piece of sweet horological candy, and pictures/video don't do it justice.

5 - But no watch is perfect. Refer back to my original comments about the date wheel and the crown ... the date bugs me slightly less because it is very legible, while the crown bugs me more ... What's the point of a quickset main hour hand if it's not easy to set?

I've never owned anything quite like this watch -- everything up to now have been sports watches. I haven't figured out how exactly this fits into my rotation, but I'm definitely still in the honeymoon period and willing to figure it out. I love it.

Hope this was useful to you!

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So this is the best picture I could find that shows the L2L size on my unfortunate 7-inch flat knobby wrist. I think the diameter and thickness are fine, but the 51mm L2L is just shy of being too big.
 

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This is a great write-up, thanks!
The thickness doesn't bother me so much but those lugs.
They have quite a reach, don't they.

Your opinion on the crown is noted and I can imagine it being a little slippery or hard to grip.
I don't think that sort of thing would put me off too much, especially since I only switch watches once a week.
I put up with the Speedmaster's recessed crown and I have to wind that 7 days straight.

I think what attracts me most is not just the dial design and movement but its got a very nice, classy look without being a full dress watch.
Most of my collection is sports too, so I'd like to get a little variety in that regard and I don't really like dress watches.

Which is another point for the MB replacing the Seamaster.
I've already got the Speedy so the Seamaster is sort of redundant - not really but that's how I'm choosing to look at it. :)
Well, that and the MB just speaks to me in a way that Seamaster doesn't.
That's not to disparage the Seamaster, really. Its an incredible watch but its the one I always think to sell first whenever I spot something new and shiny.

One final question - can you really leave the chrono running indefinitely?
When I heard that it's possible with this movement, it completely erased my concern for a missing seconds hand.
I have my doubts but I believe the source of the info to be reputable so I want to believe it.

Excellent watch and much thanks for the insight.
I might seal the deal soon!
 

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One final question - can you really leave the chrono running indefinitely?
When I heard that it's possible with this movement, it completely erased my concern for a missing seconds hand.
I have my doubts but I believe the source of the info to be reputable so I want to believe it.

Excellent watch and much thanks for the insight.
I might seal the deal soon!
Re: the chronograph, yes, I usually keep in running in lieu of an active seconds, as I feel the same way about having a seconds hand. It's a nice subtle motion on the dial, adding one more charming quirk to this watch.
I'm glad I could help, and glad to hear you're going to get one!
Cheers,
V
 

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Gonna confess ... it felt weird to have praised the watch on this thread and then a week later decide to part ways with it. Since my last post, I've been kind of obsessed with the "why," and "when," and "where" this watch fits into my rotation. Perhaps it would be worn at the occasional fancy dress function, but I live in Southern California, and our concept of "dressy" is pretty casual. I wear black tie maybe 5 times a year, almost always for work-related functions, but do I want to wear this next to a cufflink under a tight cuff? Besides, I tend to wear my sentimental favorite on those occasions, my dad's 1958 OP 6532, which is a more appropriate size for a dress watch at 34mm.

It's a versatile multifunction watch, but am I going to travel with it? I'll be honest: that was part of my justification when I made the purchase -- I love the GMT-style 12-hour dual time! But in reality? My work travel is almost always to outdoor industrial job sites, so no, as much as I like to think I'd strap this on with a pair of jeans and boots, I ain't ever gonna do it.

As a daily wear to the office? Again, just too much watch on my modest wrist. My rotation is dominated by vanilla sport watches that are more appropriate to my day-to-day existence ... Explorer, Speedmaster, Weiss field watch, my Alpinist, etc. Do I wish I could wear something a little less dull? Sure. I recently bought a Monaco for this very reason ... but ... I'm getting rid of it too. I'm just happier with simpler watches, I guess. I wish I could pull it off, but I can't. I'll continue to search for the right GMT or dual timer, because that has great practical use, but I've realized now that this NR -- as much as I love it -- isn't going to fill that role.

As a contrarian, I've enjoyed my love affair with MB. I think WUS's ambivalence toward MB is kind of shocking given what this brand has done in a short period of time. One of my first modern Swiss watches was a Timewalker Twinfly, and while it's a remarkable watch with one of MB's most amazing in-house chrono movements, it just never got wrist time. Too big, a bit too blingy. I bought a Heritage Chronometrie Dual Time recently, but my spouse claimed it, and honestly it is more her style than mine.

It's possible that buying the NR was my first and last foray into haute horologie. While I'm never going to buy a PP or ALS or JLC, I sure enjoy going to the AD to try them on, and I can honestly say that I think they don't have much on the NR except for name brand. I have no regrets about this purchase ... While many WUS members would scoff at $11.5k MSRP for a MB, I sincerely believe the watch merits it, especially compared to some recent watches I've tried on at ADs. While it's apples and oranges to compare a GMT Master II or a Panerai, I do think the NR compares quite nicely with several GP, UN, and PP watches I've tried on. I had a brief obsession with the Omega De Ville Chronoscope Rattrapante, which has a similar MSRP ($12.8k), and again, I think the NR stands up in every regard in that same price range.

So ... while it is gorgeous and unique and beautiful, I'm not going to wear it enough to justify keeping it.

Plus ... there's the Geosphere out there ... that was probably the better choice for me from the beginning, but I could never find it in stock anywhere. It's a watch that I've been obsessed with since I saw it on the cover of Watch Time Magazine. I'm always gonna be a fan of Montblanc, and I'm always gonna feel bad for the WIS who don't know what they're missing.

Anyway, sorry for the novella, I'll get over myself, but it just felt weird to have written my glowing review so recently without confessing where I ended up with it.

Here's my last picture of it just for the hell of it ...

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