That is, if you really want to – and you happen to write with a MontBlanc. As I learned from Ariel’s post, they’re actually now available for purchase online. This is great for a couple of reasons. You can be assured of being able to peruse the whole collection from the comfort of your own home AND you’ll know how much you’re going to pony up for your purchase.
Now, let’s turn our attention to the one that grabbed my eye. In this case, it’s the Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph. This is one of the most intriguing presentations I’ve seen on a chronograph. You’ve got rotating discs for the 30 second and 60 minute counters at the bottom of the dial, and they’re controlled by a single pusher.
For the 24 hour indicator, you’ll notice a smaller blue hand on the main dial. What you might not notice at first is the day/night indicator, which is found by the 8- and 9-o’clock positions. Minimalistic, yet still intriguing. Of course, they’ve kept the dial balanced by having a similar cutout on the other side of the dial for the date display.
Rounding out the specs we have:
- 43mm stainless steel case (22mm lugs) with domed, AR-coated sapphire crystal
- Montblanc MB R200 automatic movement (28,800 BPH, 72 hour power reserve)
- 30m water resistance
- Luminous hour and minute hands
Of course, even without the online shop, you can take one look at the watch (and the nameplate attached) and know that this is not what you’d call an “affordable” watch. And you’d be right – MSRP for this one is at $10,700. While it is a very interesting watch, I’d have troubles spending that sort of coin on any watch, let alone this specific model.