The watchmaker to the French royal court, Nicolas Rieussec, invented the first inking chronograph in 1821 to measure the running times of race horses more precisely.
Nicolas Rieussec’s device was literally a “time writer,” so he accordingly named it a “chronograph” from the Greek words “chronos” (time) and “graphein” (to write). In this new version, the silvery-white dial has been entirely reworked and the offcentered hour circle and the chronograph’s titanium turning disks have been domed, giving it a 3-D effect.
The black Arabic numerals have been slimmed down and are surrounded by a precise railway minutes track. Reminiscent of Minerva pocketwatches, the Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph features a newly designed, round case of 44.8 mm, curved finishing on the sides, and lugs that have steps on the sides.
A domed sapphire crystal covers the dial. Other details include an onion-shaped crown adorned with the Montblanc emblem. The monopusher chronograph is powered by Caliber MB R200 with column wheel. The movement has two barrels offering a 72-hour power reserve.
The stainlesssteel case is water resistant to 30 meters and is certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500. The watch is fitted with a matching blue Sfumato alligator leather strap from the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence, Italy, equipped with a triple folding clasp. List price is €9,000 (approximately $10,700).