Montblancʼs “The Beauty of a Second” film contest with Wim Wenders

Mar 21 2012
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Celebrating the 190th Anniversary of the Chronograph - Special Award Ceremony with Wim Wenders in Berlin

"One of the great things in cinema is how it makes us aware of time. Each film consists of many brief moments of life that all together create a unique space of time. What if you could contribute to the movie of life. The short film contest 'The Beauty of a Second' pays homage to Montblanc's Nicolas Rieussec's invention of the first patented Chronograph.” Wim Wenders

Throughout the brandʼs rich history, Montblanc has been committed to celebrating true craftsmanship and the greatest artistic talent. Its recent partnership with acclaimed film director Wim Wenders on “The Beauty of a Second” Montblancʼs short film competition is testament to this commitment.
The Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec watch was launched in October 2011 to celebrate the 190th anniversary of the invention of the first patented 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

Wim Wendersʼ 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 Montblancʼs commitment to supporting creative talent and its continuous development, but is also a tribute to the inventor of the first patented 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.

About Wim Wenders

Wim Wenders ranks among the most important directors of world cinema. Moreover, he is one of the leading representatives of New German Film, the director behind such films as “Paris, Texas” or the “Buena Vista Social Club”, and winner of the Palme dʼOr in Cannes and the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

Undeterred by fleeting trends and big studio offers, he has stuck to his guns and kept his eagerness to experiment. Besides being an outstanding creator of moving images, his career and interests reflect that Wim Wenders is an allrounder in various fields, while being a multi-faceted artist: Wim Wenders not only creates art as an author and a photographer, but he also teaches his knowledge to young artists as a professor for film at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg, Germany.

About Montblanc

For over 100 years, Montblanc has embraced the traditions of lasting value, quality and exquisite craftsmanship. The companyʼs uncompromising principles of design, style, quality and workmanship have allowed them to create heirloom collections that are passed from generation to generation. The iconic Montblanc emblem, the white star, is a symbol of excellence – the pinnacle of luxury writing instruments, timepieces, jewellery, leather, fragrances and sunglasses – and the brand has made an enduring commitment to encourage excellence through cultural advancement. Montblanc has its roots in writing culture and therefore sees a particular obligation to its own cultural commitment. Through various international activities, Montblanc makes a creative contribution to modern cultural life: Montblanc itself writes a small piece of cultural history.


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