SIHH 2011 News 1821- 2011: Montblanc Celebrates the Invention of the Chronograph
2011 will be a special year for the chronograph, which celebrates its 190th birthday. The upcoming anniversary also makes 2011 an important year for Montblanc. After all, could any other type of watch than the chronograph be nearer and dearer to the heart of Montblanc, a brand which not only epitomizes the art of high-quality Swiss watchmaking, but is also the world’s best-known manufacturer of fine writing instruments?
Chronos means “time” and graphein means “to write”. Originally a “time-writing” device, the first chronograph was unveiled by its inventor, Nicolas Rieussec, in 1821. Montblanc first paid homage to the inventor of the device for measuring brief intervals of time by dedicating its innovative Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph to the ingenious watchmaker in 2008.
For the 190th anniversary in 2011, the watch Manufacture in the Swiss watchmaking centre of Le Locle now launches the Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph Anniversary Edition, which will be available in a strictly limited edition of 190 watches in 18K red gold, 90 watches in 18K white gold and 25 watches in 950 platinum.