The Salon of Haute Harlogerie of 2013 played host to a myriad of gorgeous watches. Amidst the intricate calibres and stunning watch faces, the new Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Rising Hours stood out as one of a kind.
Much about this watch speaks to a trending away from traditional watchface appearance. At first glance this appears as more of a tool for navigation than a simple timepiece. The hours roll by at the top, the twelve daylight hours between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. in black and the other twelve in dark blue. It is the minutes that are carefully ticked off at the largest dial, set above and between two small dials that count the seconds. The 3 and 9 places proudly elucidate the date, and information is so carefully placed that it successfully creates a symmetrical piece of art as well as a functional piece of jewelry.
This Montblanc watch is part of the Nicolas Rieussec collection, a line named for famous French watchmaker credited with the patent for the world’s first chronograph in 1822. The Rising Hours has a name deeply imbedded in its own style, as the center and largest dial rises from between the two smaller dials, deeply evocative of a rising sun or star and hence a remarkably appropriate title.
The hunter green and deep blue hues surrounding the dials in this watch work with the gold of the frame and brown of the strap to create a look that is quite striking. The refreshing colors provide a feel that is refreshing and accessible to a variety of differently styled watch wearers. Seldom are such bold shades used together, yet the daring genius of Montblanc earns all the approval provided by the SIHH.
Indeed, the Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Rising Hours was a star at its apex to Geneva’s adoring crowds and its orbit of glory seems likely to continue on.
Written by Lindsey K. Cook