The Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec watch was launched in October 2011 to celebrate the 190th anniversary of the invention of the chronograph by Nicolas Rieussec - the revolutionary instrument that succeeded in measuring time to an accuracy of a fifth of a second - this short film contest chaired by Wim Wenders, invited amateurs and professionals to submit a second-long tribute to this small unit of time online at www.montblanc-onesecond.com.
Wim Wenders' next task will be to designate a winner for the Montblanc contest from the shortlist of eighty potential winners who submitted their entries by February 16th 2012. A full listing of the eighty top ranked videos is currently available on the Competition website to view. The winner will be announced at a special Montblanc award ceremony on 20th March 2012 in Berlin attended by the 2 finalists of each category. This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for these budding filmmakers to meet one of the masters of the art of film.
"The Beauty of a Second" contest not only underlines Montblanc's commitment to supporting creative talent and its continuous development, but is also a tribute to the inventor of the first chronograph. With its invention, Nicolas Rieussec created a device that would quickly become an indispensable standard of excellence to scientists and professionals in all fields. He used an ink chronograph of his own invention that marked elapsed time with a dot of ink on a rotating disc, without interrupting its movement. The Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph, as a tribute to the inventor of the first chronograph, takes the essence of his revolutionary device from 1821, the rotating disc technique, giving the timepiece its truly distinctive appeal.
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