Montblanc Boutique in the Yorkdale Mall, Toronto, Ontario – 117
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Montblanc Wrist Watch wall show case.
Chronograph – Nicholas Rieussec time piece.
Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph Automatic Watch Evaluation
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20 COMMENTSJANUARY 3, 2011 BY ARIEL ADAMS
This watch review is going to be a bit diverse than how I usually do them. Why? Simply because shortly before the overview I was really in a position to visit the manufacture creating the movements of this watch. That experience presented me some special insight that permitted me to recognize this timepiece more.
I know there is a lot of speak on the "manufacture" movement. In truth, a current panel discussion I had with fellow watch professional journalists permitted me to understand that there is no strict definition of "watch manufacture" or "manufacture movement." This definitional ambiguity hurts my capability to explain things appropriately, but let it be stated that Montblanc makes the movement in each and every of the Nicolas Rieussec watches themselves. Of course there is some aid from suppliers, but this is about as "in-residence" a job as most folks want it to be. My understanding is that the elements of the movements are produced at the Valfleurier facility in Buttes Switzerland. The pieces are then sent to Montblanc Le Locle for assembly and testing.
What fascinated me most about the Montblanc manufacture in Le Locle Switzerland was just how contemporary it was. I mean it is true that several watch manufactures really feel like you are in some combo of a hospital and science lab, but the machinery accessible to the watch makers at the Le Locle facility was impressive. I have a larger function length write-up on this subject that will come out quickly – but in brief, when it comes to the Nicolas Rieussec line of timepieces, Montblanc relies on a clever environment that combines the human strategy of watch makers with the precision assistance of machines.
A few example of this synergy between man (or lady) and machine? Here are two. One of the photos here is of a machine that robotically applies lubricant to designated spots in a watch. Such lubricant have to be precisely applied with an exact amount. The much more consistently applied the far better. Even though a human assembles the movement, a robot is used to apply the lubricant better and with more precision in terms of amount than any human can do regularly. Another instance is a machine that allows a watch maker to adjust the screws on a balance wheel and test the accuracy of the rate in genuine time. Fundamentally the machine combines a magnifier, computer controlled screw driver, and a watch movement rate tester in 1. Although it is operated by a particular person, the machine makes it straightforward to adjust a conventional weighted balance wheel to its most precise weight distribution in the escapement assembly.
A single of my favorite pictures right here that illustrates the culture of the manufacture is the image of the watch tools with the pc mouse. If you appear closely you will also notice the presence of a Montblanc pen. Every single perform station provides watchmakers a computer terminal as effectively as watch generating tools. Even though I have observed this ahead of, it undoubtedly isn’t common.
With their movements all created in Switzerland by Montblanc, the Nicolas Rieussec collection at the moment consists of a couple of watches. My principal focus right here is on the Automatic Chronograph that also has a GMT and date complication (that I tested). The movement is known as the R200. The two manually wound variants (with slightly diverse functions) are the R100, R110, and R120 (a restricted edition that employed a silicium escapement). I am not going to go overboard with technical information, but the movements represent an exciting medium among the ultra-higher end, and mass manufactured pieces.
The R200 has a lot of impressive characteristics on paper. Notable to the watch nerd is that it has a column wheel primarily based chronograph that uses a vertical clutch. These functions offer you far more durability and precision when making use of the chronograph. There are quite few European chronographs that feature each of these functions. I should also note that some of Seiko’s greater-finish chronograph movements also function column wheels and vertical clutches, as do pieces by brands such as Patek Philippe and (the former) Daniel Roth. Why all the focus on the chronograph? Properly that is the new signature complication of Montblanc. The brand latched on to the complication for very good explanation (as effectively as to Mr. Nicolas Rieussec). "Chronograph" literally means "time writer." What is Montblanc recognized for? Yes, making pens. Sound as well very good to be correct to have a watch in your collection that is a "time writer?" So the emphasis on this complication make best sense. Nicolas Rieussec is guy credited with "inventing the chronograph." Montblanc adopted him.
A whilst ago Rieussec developed a device that looks like an early seismograph. It was a clock with a stop and start function that pulled a disc of paper along a smaller sized writing tip. This device was the very first recognized "chronograph." It was meant to measure time in horse races and actually "wrote." The look of the chronograph on the watch is taken from this early device. Montblanc keeps replicas of them about the manufacture for inspiration. Each and every Nicolas Rieussec watch makes use of two discs that move along stationary hands to show the chronograph time (up to 30 minutes). These are also monopusher chronographs that use a single pusher to cycle by means of "start, quit, and reset" functions for the chronograph. The pusher is large, straightforward to locate, and placed at the 5 o’clock position on the watch. Don’t miss the exposed synthetic palette rubies exposed on the top of the chronograph dials.
This chronograph style is the signature look of the Nicolas Rieussec collection. The time is displayed on an off-centered dial at the top of the face. While tiny, Montblanc genuinely helped that dial standout and be legible. It uses that fancy searching font that you’ll locate on most Montblanc Star watches. I genuinely do enjoy that font.
On the manually-wound versions of the Nicolas Rieussec, the time dial has a third hand employed for the date. On the automatic, the third had is GMT hand. Functioning just like you would assume, the main time hour hand can be independently adjusted to alter the time when moving via time zones when traveling. To the left of the dial is a day/night indicator linked to the GMT hand. This useful complication support you know if it is day or evening on your second timezone offered that it is displayed on the 12, versus 24 hour scale. Who’d a even though this would turn out to be such a valuable travel watch? Both time zones share the minute hand. I was generally impressed by the GMT functionality of the watch and feels that the R200 movement’s use of the third hand is much better than getting it be a date indicator.
Even though the left of the dial has the day/evening indicator, the proper has a date wheel. For symmetry Montblanc uses a window of a similar shape, but I do not a lot care for "open" date windows. It also does not appear spectacular with the upper and decrease date being partially under the dial – although that does in fact aid with maintaining your focus on the actual date. Although the windows that flank the time dial appear nice, I have a feeling Montblanc might work to revise or polish the style in future generations of the watch.
Coming in a few tones, the dial of the Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec is an intriguing creature. It took me a even though to warm up to it, but I am enjoying the design and style. Although totally different than other collection Montblanc provides, the Nicolas Rieussec does share the brand’s DNA nicely. Of course the crown has that beautiful white Montblanc star, and the case is extremely significantly inspired by the Star collection. To develop visual depth, the energy element of the dial is partially "eclipsed" by a plate of Geneva stripe polished metal – plus, the dial looks to be produced up of a few layers. The chronograph dials are covered with a sort of want-bone like bridge that uses blued steel screws (blued steel is also utilized for some of the hands). This is a nice element, but I had one particular suggestion for Montblanc. While this may boost the price a bit, I consider it would be truly welcome. The bridge is produced from stamped steel. What if it could be made from milled and hand-polished steel? It would supply a great visual cue and reminder that this is a hand-assembled watch. Probably in the future.
Let’s pay a visit to the R200 movement again. It is an automatic version of the R100 with a couple of addition complications (as described above). You can see the rotor placed over the movement, with the modest Montblanc star shaped hole that is made to pass proper over the column wheel opening window. The movement has two mainspring barrels for a power reserve of 72 hours. The movement operates at 28,800bmp and can be adjusted to be really accurate. I saw a movement at the manufacture that was adjusted to operate within much less than a single second of deviation a day. I adore that the movement combines contemporary technology and traditionalism. Like I stated, it utilizes a cost-free-weighted balance spring and column wheel, enjoys aids from highly sophisticated machinery in its assembly and manufacture.
The Nicolas Rieussec watch case is 43mm wide and 14.8mm tall. It is not a modest watch, but it does wear like a medium one particular. Its height is visually lowered by the very curved lugs. Front and rear crystal are sapphire (with the front crystal possessing double AR coating), even though it is water resistant to 30 meters.
Montblanc has assured me that their dedication to the Nicolas Rieussec collection is intense. The collection will acquire far more interest in the future, which is aided by the fact that the watch is a marketing success. 1 of the motives for this is the pricing. Whilst the watches aren’t low-cost they are much more affordable that you’d expect. The pieces come in gold, platinum, and steel. The gold models are in the ,000 range. Not low cost, but Montblanc isn’t asking for ,000. Truly, their platinum version is about ,000 – which in the luxury market is not that a lot for a platinum watch. In steel the watch retails for about ,200. It comes in a steel bracelet or an alligator strap (black or brown). I am told that soon Montblanc will develop a brand new metal bracelet for the Nicolas Rieussec collection.
Overall these are enjoyable watches. The Montblanc identity is a major good, and I appreciate the visual design and functionality of the R200 movement. While special in its looks, this is an straightforward watch to wear day-to-day. Montblanc isn’t making a mere collector’s piece here. Designed to stop boredom but sustain utility the Nicolas Rieussec watch collection is intended for all kinds of watch lovers to worn every day.
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