Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph Anniversary Edition Watch
This is probably my most favorite interpretation of the dial on Montblanc's impressive Nicolas Rieussec timepieces. For 2011 Montblanc will release a few versions of this Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph Anniversary Edition watch. The dial has numerous subtle changes to it, and the result is something beautifully refined and extremely high-class in appearance. The dial itself is guilloche machine engraved. The case is about 43mm wide and available in either 18k rose gold, white gold, or platinum (the platinum version has an 18k white gold crown).
Inside the watch Montblanc uses their MB R110 manually wound movement. This is sort of skeletonized version of the R100. It has the time, a date disc, and a 60 minute monopusher chronograph that has a column wheel and vertical clutch. It also has a power reserve of 72 hours. The chronograph discs appear wonderfully simple and straight forward, with the skeletonization located between them - revealing parts of the movement workings. Montblanc redid the time dial to enhance legibility. This process sort of inset the date, making it a disc rather than a hand. A small arrow under the "Anniversary Edition" label indicates the precise date. The original model suffered from a bit of a legibility issue in this area - but this design offers a distinct improvement. The dial still features blued steel hands, and exposed palette synthetic sapphires to add color to the look.
The rose gold version will be available as a set of 190 pieces, 90 pieces in white gold, and the platinum model will have only 20 pieces available. Montblanc really ups the value of the entire Nicolas Rieussec range by having this beautiful version available in the collection Expect prices in the $30,000 - $40,000 range for the gold models, over $50,000 for the platinum model. The only thing I don't get yet is what Anniversary this watch is meant to celebrate.
Ariel Adams publishes the luxury watch reviews site aBlogtoRead.com