This January, during the annual SIHH 2013 watch fair, the watchmaking brand Montblanc will officially introduce its brand new version of the well-known Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec watch. The new Nicolas Rieussec Rising Hours timepiece is equipped with the in-house manufactured MB R220 Caliber that features the usual set of functions with additional date and a monopusher 30 minute chronograph functionality.
This newcomer features a classically decorated and very attractive dial. It has the usual minute hand, while for the hour indication uses a wandering disc. The hours consist of two discs. The first one with the hour numerals is cored and it shows another disc below. This lower disc is shaded half in dark gray and the other half in light blue. As the day goes by, the disc underneath rotates, allowing the hour numerals to appear either as blue or white depending on the time of day. Interestingly, each day at six o’clock, the numeral 6 will appear exactly half in each color.
This is accompanied by the day and night disc that rotates at a varying rate through the day, thanks to a Maltese cross mechanism with twin cams. Thus, from nine to three and backwards, the disc is not engaged, but after three, the disc engages and turns at an increasing speed, until 4:30 when it rotates at the same rate as the hour disc above. After 7:30, the disc decelerates, until nine when it stops.
I must admit that the whole concept with a day and night indications is quite interesting and represents a very smart and inventive addition to the Nicolas Rieussec family of watches.
Compared to the previous Nicolas Rieussec model, the new watch does not have a second time zone. Instead, there is a day of the week indicator which is located at the 9 o’clock position. On the opposite side, at the 3 o’clock position, there is a date window.
The new Nicolas Rieussec Rising Hours Watch will be available in rose gold, stainless steel and as a limited edition of only 28 pieces in platinum. The case measures about 43mm in diameter, which is perfectly suited for an average size of a wrist, as well as for a larger one. Montblanc will offer two types of wristlets for the Rising Hours model: strap and metal bracelets.
The luxury watchmaker Montblanc is a part of the Richemont group, together with Baume et Mercier, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Chloé.