Putting a lot of effort of upping their game in the segment of ultra-luxury time measuring –ahem– instruments, the legendary maker of expensive fountain pens will soon introduce their new limited-edition, hand-wound Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph Anniversary Edition (refs. 106486, 106484 and 106485) collection.
Unlike the original Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph that was equipped with the in-house Caliber MB R120 hand-wound movement, this version for some unknown reason comes powered by the base Caliber MB R110 that the aforementioned MB R120 was built upon.
Please correct me if I am wrong, but as far as I understand the only difference between the two is that the MB R120 had its lever and escape wheel made of silicon while this one has the same parts crafted from a metal alloy. The silicon parts are more expensive and harder to manufacture, which becomes even more of an issue when you plan to limit the whole collection’s production to just a couple of hundreds of pieces.
Apparently, someone at marketing decided that, even though silicon parts show remarkable lightness combined with antimagnetic properties, persons wearing this kind of accessories rarely spend their days repairing power stations or conducting groundbreaking experiments at CERN that have a potential to change our perception of the Universe, so a set of “standard” parts was just adequate for them.
The rest, at least when it comes to components comprising both timekeepers, is more or less the same.
The Anniversary Edition comes in the same 43 mm case, which is available in rose gold, white gold, or even platinum. Although the size is a bit too large for what is essentially an ultra-luxury dress watch, it is still within the bearable range that makes it both relatively comfortable -albeit heavy- on a normal wrist and not drawing too much attention to itself.
Yet, you still must realize that in some circles owning a timekeeper of this size and price may be considered a sign of a person who recently got rich and doesn’t know where to put the cash that burns through his pockets. In other words, it may be a sign of bad taste, but that’s not for me to judge, right?
The dial is slightly redecorated and now features a beautiful Grain de Seigle motif.
The rose gold and platinum versions come with silvered dials with black Arabic numerals printed on them, while the version in white gold comes with an inverted color scheme. Its three-dimensional dial is black and the numerals are printed in white.
The nicely sculpted setting crown (done in rose gold for the rose gold version or in white gold for the platinum and white gold models) is inlaid with mother-of-pearl “White Star” Montblanc emblem: also a nice touch.
The total production run will be limited to 205 pieces: 190 of them in rose gold, 90 in white gold, and the rest will be available in platinum.
Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph Anniversary Edition (refs. 106486, 106484 and 106485) specification
Price: €29,000 (MSRP, version in rose gold, ref. 106486) / €31,000 (MSRP, white gold, ref. 106485) / €&45,500 (MSRP, version in platinum, ref. 106484)
Movement: Hand-wound, Calibre MB R110, 33 jewels, 28,800 vph, in-house, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, power reserve, column-wheel chronograph with vertical coupling
Power reserve: 72 hours
Case: Rose gold / White gold/ Platinum
Size: 43.00 mm
Case height: 14.00 mm
Dial: Black or Silvered with Grain de Seigle pattern
Water resistance: 30 meters
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective coating