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Introducing The Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph With Anthracite Dial (Live Pics & Pricing)

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Refreshed from 2008 and originally shown at SIHH in January of this year, Montblanc's Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph is an impressive feat of watchmaking and design. As part of a recent preview for SIHH 2019, Montblanc has created two new versions of this lovely yet oddball monopusher chronograph. Now offered with an anthracite dial in either rose gold or steel, these two versions sit alongside last year's model, which was shown in steel with a silver-white dial. 

Initial Thoughts
While the Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph may not be my usual cup of tea (does this Casio come in gold?), it is nothing short of special. An automatic monopusher chronograph with a column wheel, the in-house MB R200 movement also shows the time, a second time zone, day/night indication for travel, and the date. The chronograph measure is displayed on two rotating disks set into the wonderfully finished dial. The anthracite dial works really well, with good legibility and the "fixed double index" (the chronograph measure is indicated by the tiny bridge that spans the edge of the two discs) makes reading the chronograph simple enough while ensuring the functionality is as elegant as possible. 

Like the previous example, these Nicolas Rieussec Chronographs are 44.8mm wide with a curvy case that is 15mm thick and offers a wide view of both the dial and the movement through a display case back. Priced from €7,450 in steel and €20,000 in rose gold (USD prices are coming soon), if you put the precious metal to the side for a moment, that is simply a ton of watch for the money. While certainly large on wrist, the Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph offers a considerable value in quality watchmaking with a distinctive style. 

The Basics
Brand: Montblanc
Model: Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph
Reference Number: 119954 (stainless steel); 119964 (rose gold)

Diameter: 44.8mm
Thickness: 15mm
Case Material: Steel or rose gold
Dial Color: Anthracite
Water Resistance: 30 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Alligator leather with matching triple folding clasp

The Movement
Caliber: MB R200
Functions: Hours, minutes, date, second time zone, day/night, chronograph
Power Reserve: 72 hours
Winding: Automatic
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph)
Additional Details: Monopusher chronograph with column wheel

Pricing & Availability
Price: €7,450 (steel); €20,000 (rose gold)
Availability: 2019

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