It’s no secret that Montblanc has been working hard over the past few years to develop some serious watchmaking credentials, and this effort has more than paid off, with the brand producing some incredible timepieces. It is not just the high-end pieces that have benefited from this investment though, the impact of the skills and expertise acquired is evident throughout the entire range. Take for example the Nicolas Rieussec Rising Hours, one of the brand’s new offerings for 2013.
A Novel Day (Or Night)
The Rising Hours will be the latest addition to the brand’s popular Nicolas Rieussec line of chronographs and features a rather novel take on the traditional day/night indicator. I say novel because unlike traditional day/night indicators, which are normally displayed separately on the dial, this one has actually been incorporated into the time display.
So, how does it work? Well, if you look closely at the pictures you will notice that the wandering hours shown at noon are actually two different colors. This is because the hour display is actually comprised of two discs. The top one has the hour numerals cut out, whilst the solid bottom disc has been shaded half in black and half in light blue.
As the hours progress through the day the bottom disc rotates accordingly disc so that the hour numerals will appear either as blue or white, depending on the time of day. As an added touch the number six numeral will show half white and half blue at six o’clock each day, both in the morning and at night, as can be seen in the photo above.
Powered by the MB R220 calibre, the movement is fitted with a Maltese cross mechanism with twin cams that rotates the day/night disc at varying speeds throughout the day. It seems simple enough but there is actually some real complex mechanics at play here, so don’t expect this piece to be as affordable as some of the other entry-level pieces in the Rieussec line.
Offered in your choice of rose gold (pictured), platinum or steel, with the platinum version limited to 28 pieces, with official pricing to be confirmed early in the new year.
The Final Word
For me the Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Rising Hours is a beautiful if somewhat impractical timepiece. Whilst I appreciate the relative complexity of incorporating the day/night indicator into the wandering hour, I feel that this adds little or no value to the timepiece other than from a novelty point of view and as such I just can’t justify paying the higher price tag that will inevitably be attached. If like me, however, you like what you see, than I would encourage you to check out some of the other models in the range.