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    How many versions of the MB NICOLAS RIEUSSEC are there?

    Hi Guys and Gals,
    How many versions of the MB NICOLAS RIEUSSEC are there?
    I dont mean material variations as in steel, gold etc. I mean models like home time, rising hour etc.

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    There were quite a lot made. Unfortunately I do not believe there was a documented database of releases and their site does not contain historical releases/discontinued models. Then you also have models with slight dial (or other cosmetic) variations, would those count too?

    Off the top of my head, the first few releases were manual wind, so those would be certainly different. Then you have the rising hours, gmt versions.
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    yes how many. I was looking at this one, model#102337.

    What's a decent price to pay for this?
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    New I say about 5000 USD?
    Watching a nice watch give me watch-fever !

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    Re: How many versions of the MB NICOLAS RIEUSSEC are there?

    Quote Originally Posted by KoenVw View Post
    New I say about 5000 USD?
    Which is a crazy shame because MSRP they are close to even over $10,000 USD
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    I know, but 50% under the MSRP must be possible for older models of Montblanc.
    Watching a nice watch give me watch-fever !

    *Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec GMT
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    I am partial to this limited edition model, the Nicolas Rieussec 111012. It is truest in design to the chronograph that he invented. Also pictured. The lume strategy is innoative both in design and the tech to enable it.

    Video link provides all the details. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3c5jzbf8as

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    Re: How many versions of the MB NICOLAS RIEUSSEC are there?

    Quote Originally Posted by dd786 View Post
    Hi Guys and Gals,
    How many versions of the MB NICOLAS RIEUSSEC are there?
    I dont mean material variations as in steel, gold etc. I mean models like home time, rising hour etc.

    Every Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph was powered by Montblanc's in-house movements, the hand-wound MB R100 or the automatic MB R200. Both are mono-pusher chronographs with 72 hour power reserve thanks to double barrels.

    Star Nicolas Rieussec Monopusher Chronograph
    The first generation Rieussec was released at SIHH in 2008. It was named the Star Nicolas Rieussec Monopusher Chronograph and used the hand-winding MB R100 movement. The display included a central sweep date hand and the Rieussec chronograph discs for seconds and 30-minute counting. Chronograph time was indicated with pointers to 12:00 on these discs, supported by a wishbone shaped disc above the dial.

    Generation 1 was a limited edition, with 25 pieces in platinum, 75 each in white and yellow gold, and 125 in rose gold.

    Models:
    102332 - Platinum case (25 pieces)
    102333 - White gold case (75 pieces)
    102334 - Rose gold case (125 pieces)
    102335 - Yellow gold case (75 pieces)

    Open Date
    Montblanc followed up at SIHH in 2009 with a new version of the hand-wound Rieussec. Rather than a hand, this featured a date disc or wheel with a pointer at 12:00. It was partially open-worked so some of the movement wheels could be viewed below the dial, and the modified movement was renamed MB R110.

    Models:
    104981 - Stainless steel case with anthracite dial
    104705 - Rose gold case with silver dial

    Silicon Escapement
    For SIHH 2010, Montblanc introduced a version of the hand-wound Rieussec chronograph with a silicon escapement. This new model featured a calibre named MB R120 which was very similar to previous models. The main dial features hour and minute hands and, visible through slots in the dial, a rotating disc with a pointer at 6:00 to display the date. The chronograph discs are similar to previous models, with chronograph seconds and 30-minute counters indicated by pointers. As with previous Rieussec models, a power reserve indicator is present on the reverse of the movement, visible through a sapphire case back.

    Just 25 Silicon Escapement models were produced, all in rose gold (model #105920).

    Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph Automatic
    In 2011, Montblanc finally released the long-promised automatic Rieussec chronograph. Although the automatic calibre MB R200 had been shown along with the very first Rieussec calibre MB R100, it was not released for sale for three years.

    Models:
    102336 - Stainless steel case with anthracite dial and stainless steel bracelet
    102337 - Stainless steel case with anthracite dial and black numerals
    104273 - Stainless steel case with silver dial
    106487 - Stainless steel case with silver "guilloché grain d'orgs"
    106488 - Stainless steel case with black dial
    106595 - Stainless steel case with silver dial
    108733 - Rose gold case with diamonds and silver "guilloché grain d'orgs"
    109996 - Stainless steel case with black "guilloché grain d'orgs", stainless steel bracelet
    111833 - Stainless steel case with silver "guilloché grain d'orgs", stainless steel bracelet
    111834 - Rose gold case with silver "guilloché grain d'orgs"

    Horological TimeWriter
    Montblanc made a splash at SIHH in 2011 by releasing a limited-edition table clock, complete with an integrated watch winder and a Rieussec watch. The Horological TimeWriter table clock came with a Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph Automatic Limited Edition watch. This was an automatic, equipped with calibre MB R200, but cased in rose gold. The Horological TimeWriter and Limited Edition watch was issued in an edition of just 19 pieces.

    Ginza Boutique
    To celebrate the 7th anniversary of their Ginza, Tokyo boutique, Montblanc introduced a special Rieussec Chronograph Ginza Edition in 2013. The Ginza edition is a standard Automatic with a black dial, steel case, and red numerals at 3, 9, and 12. Additionally, the numeral 7 is printed in red inside the crystal.

    The Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph Ginza Edition was limited to 77 pieces.

    Anniversary Edition
    Also at SIHH in 2011, Montblanc released a series of hand-wound Rieussec chronographs to celebrate the 190th anniversary of his original "time writer". These models flipped the date disc with the pointer at 6:00, though the movement remains with the MB R110 name.

    Models:
    106486 - Rose gold (190 pieces)
    106485 - White gold (90 pieces)
    106484 - Platinum (25 pieces)

    Open Home Time
    Montblanc introduced another revision of the Rieussec at SIHH in 2012. This was an automatic with "Home Time" shown on a disc beneath the dial, indicated by a pointer at 6:00. It was otherwise similar to the previous Rieussec automatic but was named Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph Open Home Time. Because of this modification to the movement, it bore a new name as well, MB R210.

    The Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph Open Hometime is an unlimited edition in steel or rose gold.

    Models:
    111835 - Stainless steel case with silver "guilloché grain d'orgs"
    107067 - Rose gold case with black dial
    107068 - Stainless steel case with silver dial and stainless steel bracelet
    107070 - Stainless steel case with black "guilloché grain d'orgs"
    107071 - Platinum case with silver dial

    Rising Hours
    At SIHH in 2013, Montblanc introduced a "rising hours" version of the automatic Rieussec. It features a double-disc display of the hours from 11:00 to 1:00. The top disc features cut-out numerals for each of 12 hours in the classic Rieussec font. Below this is a bi-color disc, blue and black, that shows through the numerals to indicate day and night, from 6:00 to 18:00. In addition to the hours disc, this model added two major complications: A day wheel at 9:00 and a date wheel at 3:00 shown through dial apertures similar to the previous Automatic model. This new movement is named MB R220.

    Models:
    108788 - Platinum case with silver dial
    108789 - Rose gold case with silver dial
    108790 - Stainless steel case with black dial

    Only Watch
    Montblanc created a unique black and gold version of the Rieussec Rising Hours for Only Watch in 2013.

    Homage to Nicolas Rieussec
    The 2014 entrant at SIHH was a limited edition Homage to Nicolas Rieussec model. It features the same MB R200 movement as the unlimited Automatic model but with styling changes that set it apart: The chronograph discs now reset to 3:00 and 9:00, with a diamond-shaped pointer between taking the place of the forked bridge used previously. For the main dial, no hour numerals are shown, but the minute track is composed of a special hybrid ceramic with Super Luminova integrated into it so the hour numerals appear in the dark.

    The Homage to Nicolas Rieussec was limited to 565 pieces in stainless steel (model #111012) and 193 pieces in rose gold (model #111592).

    Additionally, a special model was produced for Watches and Wonders in 2014 featuring a luminous galloping horse on the main dial at 6:00, a bit of Super Luminova on the chronograph bridge, and a horse and text on the display caseback. This was limited to 100 pieces in stainless steel and 30 in rose gold.

    Homage to Nicolas Rieussec II
    Montblanc quietly introduced an updated Homage to Nicolas Rieussec at SIHH in 2015. Like its predecessor it was a limited edition in steel with a white dial and embedded Super Luminova. But this model is the first Rieussec chronograph to feature moving hands for the chronograph seconds and minutes rather than the rotating discs that had been the trademark for this model. Despite this change, the movement retains the same name, MB R200.

    The Homage to Nicolas Rieussec II (model #111873) was limited to 565 pieces in steel.

    Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph
    For SIHH in 2018, Montblanc released another Rieussec chronograph, the Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph. Ref. 118537 was priced lower than previous models and features an ornate closed dial. Powered by Cal. R220, it features a more-traditional date aperture at 6:00 and day/night indicator at 9:00. This is the first Rieussec model to be certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500.

    Source: https://www.watch-wiki.net/index.php...ec_Chronograph
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    Re: How many versions of the MB NICOLAS RIEUSSEC are there?

    Thanks for the breakdown of all the models. I love the distinctive style of this chronograph as I don't think there's anything else out there like it.
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    Re: How many versions of the MB NICOLAS RIEUSSEC are there?

    I was able to get my hands on the new 2019 model (Ref: 119954) this past weekend. The anthracite dial is a nice addition to the line and the only major change from the 2018 release (Ref: 118537) with the silver/white dial that is still listed on the Montblanc website. (sorry for the smudges)

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