Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec & Star Legacy Automatic Chronograph Watches

Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec & Star Legacy Automatic Chronograph Watches

Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec & Star Legacy Automatic Chronograph Watches Watch Releases

Ahead of the upcoming SIHH 2018 and to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Montblanc Star Legacy Collection, the brand has announced two new models: the Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph and the Star Legacy Automatic Chronograph. Although both models are chronographs, have "Star Legacy" in their names, and are being announced together, these are vastly different timepieces occupying separate price brackets.

Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec & Star Legacy Automatic Chronograph Watches Watch Releases

The Montblanc Star Legacy Automatic Chronograph is the more affordable model of the two, and features a dual-pusher, three-register chronograph in a 42mm by 14.23mm case. The contrast between the silvery-white dial and large black Arabic numerals provides good legibility, and the monochromatic color scheme is nicely complemented by the pops of blue on the leaf-shaped hour and minute hands and chronograph hands. The running seconds counter can be found at 9 o'clock, and a date window is discreetly (some might say distractingly) positioned at 4:30. The elapsed hour counter at 6 o'clock also features Montblanc's signature star-shaped design in guilloché that is echoed on the counterweight on the central chronograph seconds hand as well as on the crown.

Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec & Star Legacy Automatic Chronograph Watches Watch Releases

Running along the outside of the dial is a subtle but unique design element of the Star Legacy Automatic Chronograph: a railway minute track which uses dots rather than lines, which Montblanc claims is inspired by a rare feature on Minerva watches from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Outlining this minute track is a filet sauté guilloché pattern (meaning up and down guilloché lines – even if it sounds like something culinary) which adds to the visual interest of the dial when inspected closely. The case is made of steel, highly polished, and covered with a domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating. The large onion-shaped crown should make winding and setting the watch easy even with gloves on, and is a design element often associated with aviation watches.

Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec & Star Legacy Automatic Chronograph Watches Watch Releases

The lugs of the Star Legacy Automatic Chronograph are elegantly curved and stepped, and attach the watch to an included "Sfumato" blue alligator strap hand-made by the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence, Italy. The hue of the strap is brighter near the center and darker towards the edges, another small design detail that might go unnoticed at first glance but adds to the overall interest and refinement of this timepiece. Visible through a sapphire crystal exhibition caseback is the Calibre MB 25.02, which is a Montblanc-branded version of the ETA 7753 and features 27 jewels, a 46-hour power reserve, and oscillates at 28,800bph, or 4Hz.

Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec & Star Legacy Automatic Chronograph Watches Watch Releases

The Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph is significantly more expensive than its Automatic companion, but also offers greater historical interest and visual appeal. French watchmaker Nicolas Rieussec is credited with inventing the first inking chronograph in 1821, designed to precisely measure the running times of racing horses. Rieussec’s device literally wrote the time using ink, so he named it a “chronograph” from the Greek words chronos (time) and graphein (to write). Considering Montblanc has at one time or another been best known for their writing instruments, this seems like a uniquely fitting homage. This is a much bigger watch than the Star Legacy Automatic Chronograph at 44.8mm by 15.02mm and the case is inspired by the pocket watch designs of Minerva founder Charles-Ivan Robert, such as the Gold Hunter Calibre 19’’ from 1927.

Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec & Star Legacy Automatic Chronograph Watches Watch Releases

This isn't the first Rieussec-inspired chronograph the brand has released, with earlier models including the Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph Automatic in 2011 (reviewed here) and the Montblanc Homage To Nicolas Rieussec in 2014 (hands-on). This latest model features a reworked dial, which combines some key design elements from its predecessors, whilst seeking to improve both legibility and finishing. The Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph is a monopusher like the previous models, with the single pusher integrated into the crown. Also included is a GMT hand for tracking a second time zone, a day-night indicator located at 9 o'clock on the off-center hour and minute display, a date aperture at 6 o'clock, and a travel function allowing for rapid advancements of the hour hand and date display.

Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec & Star Legacy Automatic Chronograph Watches Watch Releases

The Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph uses two domed titanium discs for the 60-second and 30-minute counters, with elapsed time indicated on both discs simultaneously via a blued double index in a design similar to Rieussec’s original chronograph. A railway minute track again using dots rather than lines is also featured around the periphery of the off-center dial, along with discreet dots around the inner dial to mark the hours in a second time zone. The dial makes heavy use of guilloché for decoration, including a perimeter ring of filet sauté guilloché. The overall aesthetic is just a set of pomme-style hands away from perhaps being mistaken for a Breguet, which is certainly not a bad thing for lovers of classic decoration.

Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec & Star Legacy Automatic Chronograph Watches Watch Releases
Montblanc Manufacture Calibre MB R200

Turn the watch around and the Montblanc Manufacture Calibre MB R200 is revealed through the sapphire crystal caseback. This is a column-wheel vertical clutch chronograph movement with automatic winding, traversing balance bridge, 40 jewels, and a screwed balance wheel which oscillates at 28,800bph, or 4Hz. Two barrels offer a generous 72-hour power reserve, and the movement is well-decorated with circular graining on the base plate, Côtes de Genève on the bridges, bevelled edges, blued screws, and golden wheels. Although this is the same movement used in previous Rieussec models, for the first time it will be certified by the arduous Montblanc Laboratory Test 500. This test lasts 500 hours and checks the watch assembly, accuracy, resilience of the functions under real-world use, general performance, and water-tightness.

Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec & Star Legacy Automatic Chronograph Watches Watch Releases

The same "Sfumato" blue alligator strap is included with the Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph and it complements the dial color scheme just as well here as it does on the more affordable Star Legacy Automatic Chronograph. Although both watches in this release are very different, there is a certain familial resemblance between the two from the use of blued hands, the rather unique railroad minute track, and decorative elements of guilloché. The reference 118514, Montblanc Star Legacy Automatic Chronograph is being offered for a price of €3,990, while the reference 118537, Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph is priced at €9,000. montblanc.com

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  • Ian john horwood

    The nicolas model reminds me of a pumkin and pumkin coach. Hate those pumkin crowns too.

    • SuperStrapper

      WTF is a pumkin. Seriously.

      • Ian john horwood

        Should be able to work it out for yourself, but alas you do not see it do u.

        • SuperStrapper

          I only read and speak english, sorry.

          You’re defending a mistake that 85% of 7th graders wouldn’t make, FYI.

          • Ian john horwood

            Only 7th graders would wear a watch with crown for a pumkin, and a dial that looks like it it came out of a cinderella book. Ain’t classy, ain’t sophisticated one bit, and certainly not a gentlmans piece.

          • Berndt Norten

            No. Sophisticated lady I know.
            Would dare sport a Hublot
            D’ya know?

          • Ian john horwood

            Totally argree, nor would i.

          • Berndt Norten

            BILLy, ù on holiday?

          • Raymond Wilkie

            BILLy, don’t be a hero.

          • Solloshi B. Hawkins

            Just taking a covered bridge tour of Trollsylvania.

          • Berndt Norten

            Traveling light?

          • Berndt Norten

            Or just another lost stranger?

          • Ian john horwood

            FYI ?

          • Ian john horwood

            Defending what mistake i ain’t no mind reader, though you seem to think i am.

      • Ian john horwood

        You Seriously do no what a pumkin is.

    • Solloshi B. Hawkins

      It ain’t no Seiko. Back to the drawing board!

      • Ian john horwood

        Too many of todays watch manufacturers and design teams need schooling on what constitutes appealing and gentlmanly fine time pieces.

        • Solloshi B. Hawkins

          Sometimes I believe you and me are the only gentlman left.

          • Ian john horwood

            Well certainly there are many out there that dont know a fine watch if it hit them on their head, or slapped them around their face.

          • Berndt Norten

            Watchu gonna do
            When the wrath of
            Berndt-Dogg Peru
            Descends upon you??

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Berndt !

          • Ian john horwood

            For a start tell him he needs his name changing to burnt-dog-poo.

          • Berndt Norten

            sage advice

          • Berndt Norten

            Something rotten about by name?

          • Ian john horwood

            Seriously though, there are certainly a lot rotten watches out there in the big wide world these days, that deserve cremating and recreating in to something worthy.

          • Berndt Norten

            Hit us with your rhythm stick!

          • Berndt Norten

            Hey!

          • Terance Hill

            Look away their trolls

          • Berndt Norten

            Ok. So you’re Terance Stamp. That don’t impress me too much.
            Sure you post it up but you ain’t been here much
            Now don’t get me wrong, yeah I think you’s alright
            But I’ll defend BILL till the middle of the night

          • Solloshi B. Hawkins

            I’m one of those guys who likes to shine my machine. I make Berndt take off his shoes before I let him get in.
            So I’ve got a car!

          • Berndt Norten

            Here in my car
            I feel safest of all
            I can lock all my doors
            It’s the only way to live
            In cars

          • Solloshi B. Hawkins

            Gary Numan de Genoa

          • Berndt Norten

            It’s Genoa City.

          • Solloshi B. Hawkins

            Wisconsin?

          • Raymond Wilkie

            thanks 🙂

          • Terance Hill

            You’re hilarious man just don’t to get too caught up in the crap. If I most people here pretty good straight just having a good time but trolls are trolls not worth our time.
            Cheers and have fun bud.

          • Solloshi B. Hawkins

            The definition of troll is very fluid and subjective but I’m sorry you feel that way about me. I am not Ian. We are separate entities. Have a fine day.

          • Solloshi B. Hawkins

            If Berndt could fly, he’d pick me up and take me into the night and show me love like I’ve never seen.
            Never seen, oh.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            It’s like having a dream where nobody has a heart

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Sorry , I’m talking in rhyme, blame Berndt

          • Solloshi B. Hawkins

            He’s ten model years old.
            ‘Get a John Deere’ they say.
            But Ray wants him to know…
            ‘If you can still mow I’ll ride you hard, then put you away wet, then fall asleep. And I’ll dream of green. You and me.’

  • SuperStrapper

    Doesnt make sense/10. A 4k watch with a v7753 right after seeing a manufacture chronograph with similar layout for almost similar pricing: why didnt this watch get that movement?

    I’ve tried on a NR chrono a few times, I’ve always appreciated it’s unique design. Pricing has always been decent I think: last time I was in a MB boutique I tried on one with a 10.5k sticker on it and they were quick to offer a final price of just over 8k. Pretty good for what you get I think. The guilloche elements on this one are nice, but no th of these watches could use a slightly expanded palette. A little bland, especially the Valjoux based weirdo.

  • DanW94

    The generic looking 7753 based chronograph is instantly forgettable. Actual photos might tell a different story but not to much to get excited about from these renders.

  • Spangles

    Ariel, is Jason Swire a real person?

    • Solloshi B. Hawkins

      Of course. And if you’d like to correspond with him, his address is 123 Main Street, Anytown, USA.
      Phone: (800) 555-1212
      Email: jasonswireisreal@willnotrespond.com

      • Berndt Norten

        That’s wrong. His number is 867-5309

        • Solloshi B. Hawkins

          Actually it’s 1-900-MATTRES. They leave off the last S for Stains.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      He’s a fine fellow. Very good a croquet and plays west on our bridge evenings ( first friday of every month ).

    • Berndt Norten

      Are we not real men?

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Just looked,.I am, can’t speak for anyone else.

        • Berndt Norten

          You’re up late again, Scotland Ray.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            I’m a night owl. I sort of go into hibernation at this time of year.Work at night sleep all day. Hence i need to go to India.

          • Berndt Norten

            Ray’s a lumberjack and he’s ok
            He works all night
            And he sleeps all day
            Ray’s on his way to In-dee-aye-ay
            Safe passage 2 ya
            Now b on yer way

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Until spring , you are an hour ahead. You’re up later.

          • Berndt Norten

            Ah, but I’m on vacation. Not in Denmark.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Ony Americans say vacation.

          • Berndt Norten

            Canadians do too. So do some Kiwis I know

          • Solloshi B. Hawkins

            You talk to fruit?

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Canadians also say aboot instead of about………………..bonkers.

          • Solloshi B. Hawkins

            It usually sounds more like ‘aboat’.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Now that i say it, you’re right.

          • Solloshi B. Hawkins

            Do you still live in Denmark? I was under the impression that you left the Kingdom.

          • Berndt Norten

            Truth be told, I left ?? a long time ago.

          • Berndt Norten

            I live in the northeast (USA)

          • Solloshi B. Hawkins

            He likes to wear a brar.
            Just like his dear Papar.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Do i look like a transvestite ?

            I get it, the lumberjack song.

          • Solloshi B. Hawkins

            I’m still trying to work out the answer to ‘Do I look straight?’
            Don’t give me another question yet.

          • Sheez Gagoo
          • Raymond Wilkie

            You can buy those in any High St

          • “High” street indeed.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Pardon the pun : )

          • Sheez Gagoo

            And some opium as well? Hard to get here.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Just weed, I’m not nuts.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            My shouder hurts. Doctor said it`s helpfull. Bad idea,but fun, he said. And helpfull. who am I to refuse the advice of a doctor?

        • Solloshi B. Hawkins

          Check Malcolm’s manifold.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            He’s a petrol driven manbot.

    • Jason Swire

      I’m still waiting for Ariel to get back to me on that one!

      • Spangles

        Ariel, you need to flesh out Jason’s character a little more. Definitely add a bio for him.

  • BNABOD

    Movement side is nice everything else is just so bland for th le Nicolas version. The 7753 chrono watch is puzzling without the in house movement and thinner than the Other chrono just presented. Maybe mix the movement of one and the height of the other one to get closer to a good well rounded chrono.

  • Mikita

    ETA-based for almost $5000 doesn’t inspire too much. Inhouse based one for over $10,000 gets into the Breguet territory.

    • Yeah, but for $10K you get in interesting movement and layout, plus its a dual time zone. So not a bargain, but a pretty nice watch overall.

      • Mikita

        Can’t argue with that. The layot is unusual indeed.

  • Mike Darwin Brown

    Best looking Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph so far….it’s pretty clean and I like the hands better because they are much slimmer and I also like the font change!

  • aWtchslvr

    GMT hand, day/night indicator, monopush chronograph, date, guilloche, two barrels and in my opinion gorgeous. Not a bargain but congratulations to Miontblanc. Can’t say the same about their fountain pens.

  • PR

    The Chrono looks like something mb has been making for ages. The nic Rieussec looks quite nice but these tank reallly hard in the used market so tough to go near the asking price

  • The Nicolas Rieussec is quite tasty. The Star Legacy is just so-so. Not a bad watch but not thing to see here, move along. Always loved the Nicolas Rieussec layout. But after the first model the looks started to get confused as they added jumping hours and other crud. Nice to see this variant which is clean and tasteful. And a column wheel with vertical clutch chronograph is always a plus for me.

  • MrJKLFoams

    Now montblanc wants to become Lange!!??

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