A revolutionary invention
The Greek term "chronograph" means a time indicator. In 1821, the French watchmaker Nicolas-Mathieu Rieussec invented an ink pen which enabled him to stop the time during horse races. The chronograph was revolutionary and had a rotating dial with a 60-second scale that rotated on its own axis once per minute. At the touch of a finger, a writing tip marked the enamelled ring with coloured dots.
The new edition of a chronograph
After almost 200 years, Montblanc used its anniversary celebrations to present an exclusive mechanism which took up Rieussec's idea of the chronograph in terms of design aspects: in particular, the rotating discs for the stop function instead of the usual hands.