Exactly the same “Sfumato” blue alligator strap is included together with the Montblanc Watches Forum Replica Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph and it complements the dial color scheme as well here as it does on the more affordable Star Legacy Automatic Chronograph. Although both watches in this release are extremely distinct, there’s a certain familial resemblance between the two from the usage of blued hands, the rather distinctive railroad minute track, and decorative elements of guilloché. The reference 118514, Montblanc Star Legacy Automatic Chronograph is being offered for a cost of $3,990, while the reference 118537, Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph is priced at $9,000. For people who still consider Montblanc as a pencil company free of business in the world of haute horology, the brand’s tier of products made at their Minerva facility ought to alter your mind and the Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition 100 is a good example. Cased in bronze and with an unusual “salmon” colored dial, this is really a vintage-styled watch with a very actual lineage from the brand’s historic factory in Villeret.Montblanc was enjoying a renaissance for a watchmaker since it obtained Minerva in 2006, a manufacture in Villeret, Switzerland, that has been in operation since 1858. Montblanc also have a relatively young and contemporary watchmaking mill in Le Locle that has been in operation since 1997. Originally, both factories created their particular styles of watches to the brand; modern and accessible pieces from Le Locle, and hand-finished, haute horology pieces from Villeret.

Lined with white enamel, the 10 kilo crystal housing of the clock is made with the complex double overlay technique; several layers of glass are laid over each other, including a coloured layer.

Inside the crystal is the Atmos mechanism, which is wound by minute changes in ambient temperature. That causes expansion or contraction of an alloy bellows which in turns winds the mainspring. The mechanism is extremely efficient – a one degree change in temperature is enough for 48 hours of power reserve.

The retail price of the Atmos Hermès is EUR30,000. And for fans of the Atmos, remember to check out the Atmos by Marc Newson. – SJX


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