Montblanc Star Legacy Chronographs
Luxury German watchmaker Montblanc is finessing its technical skill and heritage to create a new breed of chronographs. There are two new models in the Star Legacy collection: the Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph and the Montblanc Star Legacy Automatic Chronograph.
Back in 2006, Montblanc acquired Minerva, a small watchmaking workshop located in the Swiss town of Villeret, Minerva has a history that can be traced back to 1850 and has always specialised in producing a limited number of high-performing chronograph movements. Montblanc went on to rename the workshop Villeret in adoration of the picturesque town.
The two new models from the brand take on-board the 20-year anniversary of Montblanc’s Star collection by keeping key elements of the line but enhance the finishes for a contemporary look. The models have been inspired by Minerva pocket watches like the Gold Hunter Caliber 19 from 1927 with a round case and curved finishes for a refined and pebbled effect; it also features horns with steps on the sides.
The Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph
A reinterpretation of a 2008 classic, Montblanc gives a new lease of life to the Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph. The watch pays tribute to its namesake, Nicolas Rieussec who created the first inking chronograph in 1821. The case and dial have had a redesign while the recognisable face still features the chronograph’s turning discs and off-centred dial.
In this new iteration, the neat 44.8mm case is crafted from stainless steel with a reworked silvery-white dial. The off-centred hour-circle and the chronograph’s titanium discs are domed for a three-dimensional effect. There are slimmed down black Arabic numerals across the dial surrounded by a railway minute track. The design is finished with blue leaf-shaped hands. A neat date window is at 6 o’clock and is accentuated by blued screws. The dial is finished with a stunning guilloche pattern, azure finishing in the centre of the hour-circle and a filet saute guilloche decoration that runs all around the dial.
The most noticeable and functional part of the watch is the two rotation vertically-aligned discs on the dial that serve as a 60-second and 3-minute counters that turn below a blue fixed double index. This unique design is inspired by Rieussec’s original inking chronograph. There’s also a second time zone displayed by a skeletonised hand on the off-centred dial.
The impressive Caliber MB R200 powers the watch and the column-wheel mechanism controls the monopusher chronograph. The movement has two barrels with a 72 hour power reserve.
The Star Legacy Automatic Chronograph
The other watch in the collection is a slick 42mm polished piece with a silvery-white dial that features redesigned black Arabic numerals, blued leaf-shaped hands, filet saute guilloche and a railway minute track.
There’s a small seconds subdial at 9 o’clock and a date window at 4:30. While the chronograph’s seconds hands is centre of the dial with 30-minute and 12-hour counters at 3 and 6 o’clock.