A Closer Look at the Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Riussec Chronograph

When Montblanc released the original version of the Star Legacy Chronograph in 2008 it was quickly viewed a beloved timepiece that was destined to become a classic. Just a decade later, and a quite fitting celebration of its tenth anniversary is the announcement of a refreshed version of the patriarch of the family with the pending release of the 2019 Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph. It represents a remarkable feat in design and engineering of the watchmaking tradition.

A duo of class and style

Montblanc revealed that there will be two new versions of the unique mono-pusher chronograph watch. The same watch in different interpretations we’ll see a new anthracite dial as a common feature with one offered in steel and the other example in rose gold. This is truly a well-timed and special event for Montblanc fans and those who enjoyed the previous iteration of the watch.

A closer inspection of the new Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph

The new Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph will feature a curvy case that is 33.8mm in diameter and it will measure 15mm in thickness. It will provide a wide view of the dial on the front and of the movement through the clear display style case back. This represents no departure from the original from a decade ago. The sheer size of the case alone is a strong indicator that like its predecessor, it will sit large yet comfortable on the wrist. The case material will be offered in two options of either steel or rose gold.

The movement

The movement in the new iteration will be a caliber MB R200 automatic winding style movement which powers the watch. It operates at a frequency of 4 Hz with 28,800 vph. The functions are hours, minutes, date, a second time zone, day and night indications, and a chronograph. The watch has a power reserve of approximately 72 hours.

The chronograph

The chronograph function is a complication of the watch that is unique in its styling as a mono-pusher with a column wheel. It dispenses with the traditional dual pushers and depends upon just one.

The glass

The sapphire crystal glass provides protection for the intricate workings within the face of the watch and adds to the legibility with a scratch and glare resistant covering that adds to the water resistance of the timepiece for up to 30 meters. A second sapphire crystal is used to create a lovely display by which to view the inner workings of the movement with all its complications.

The strap

The Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph fastens to the wrist with a genuine alligator leather strap. It’s closed with a triple folding-style clasp that is mated with the materials used for the case for consistency.

Pricing and availability

The Montblanc Star Legacy Chronograph is set for release and sale to the public in January of 2019. It will be offered for the retail price of €7,450 for the stainless steel version with the reference number 119954. The rose gold variation will be offered at €20,000 with the reference number 119964. Montblanc could not have chosen a better time for the refreshment of the classic that is intended for the larger wrist. Although not a criticism, it’s a bit oversized for a smaller wrist, and it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for those who have thoroughly enjoyed the previous iteration, it is a timely addition to the family that offers an updated version and its release is just around the corner.

Final thoughts

The rose gold version of the new Star Legacy represents an amazing value for the price, with the price of precious metals now soaring. It is worth noting that the anthracite dial works remarkably well to display the fixed double index. The chronograph measure is indicated by the miniscule bridge that covers the edge of the two discs for an adequate reading of the complication while assuring that function and elegance are to the fore in this recreation of the former top seller that is still popular among enthusiasts of the brand today. The Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph is not a boldly designed watch, but its beauty of aesthetic is in the controlled elegance implied through the use of detailed design features, the expertly applied complication and the overall simplicity of its appearance.


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