The Montblanc TimeWalker collection symbolizes the spirit of motor racing and harks back to these instruments of glory with a line of new professional watches for the modern performer.
The collection finds its inspiration in timepieces from Minerva’s outstanding history. The Minerva Manufacture was known as an exclusive workshop producing high – quality instruments for measuring brief intervals of time with remarkable precision. The renowned “Rally Timer” stopwatch that was created to time motor racing with precision is the perfect example of this heritage.
Minerva watches were the reference in the field of horological innovation, with several patents registered over the years in the domain of precision timers, creating a legacy of savoir – faire .
Legitimacy of the past
Founded in 1858 in Villeret in the Saint – Imier Valley, Minerva has been a leading specialist in the fabrication of professional watches. From 1908 onwards, it was already successfully pursuing new technological challenges, such as the production of watches equipped with chronograph functions and highly accurate stopwatches that measured short intervals of time.
The Manufacture developed stopwatches that could measure 1/5th of a second as early as 1911, rapidly increasing to 1/10th of a second. In this innovative spirit, in 1916, the Minerva Manufacture was one of the first to develop a high – frequency movement that could measure the 1/100th of a second, a development that was improved in 1936, putting Minerva on the map as the specialist of professional watches and stopwatches.
The TimeWalker collection combines these legendary timing instruments of the past with the spirit of motor racing, encapsulating the Minerva heritage, superb technology, masculine energy, winning performance and the style of the glory days of racing.
Evocative, vintage-themed and contemporary, this collection is designed for modern performers who like to express their achievements, ambitions, masculinity, style and personality in their choice of wristwatch. Perfect for both business and leisure, the Montblanc TimeWalker timepieces command respect and admiration and underline the confidence of those who wear them.
Montblanc TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph
Reinterpreting historical emblematic chronographs, t he Montblanc TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph combines an iconic tri-counter “panda” dial with a brand-new Manufacture automatic chronograph .
Each element of the design of the timepiece is directly rooted in the world of racing with details that recall the golden age of motor racing. T he dial, with its black tri-counters on a white background is what has become commonly known as a “panda” design . The bold contrast between the three-dimensional black counters and the white dial are reminiscent of the dashboards of classic racing cars and are some of the most appealing and recognizable dial designs . Since its incept ion in the 1960s and 70s, the “panda” dial has become an icon, marking the history of watchmaking. It has always been highly appreciated for both its unique aesthetic and great readability.
The dial also has a flange with a 5-minute track coated with SuperLumiNova® for high visibility day and night. Other features include rhodium-plated, dauphine-shaped hour and minute hands and a red chronograph second hand inspired by the Minerva arrow, a nod to Minerva’s legacy and heritage.
Performance and style continue onto the design of the 43 mm, stainless steel case, which has been satin-finished for an automotive look and better resistance to scratches. The TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph is equipped with a new fixed black bezel engraved with a tachymeter scale that is made of shiny high-tech black ceramic for utmost robustness, durability and performance. Ceramic has impressive properties such as a high-resistance to scratches, non-oxidization, a unique shiny surface, and a defence against all common chemical agents.
The horns, with their architectural and carved flanks, have been semi-skeletonized like the air inlets of a car’s body, and the black DLC crown has been knurled like vintage car radiator cap s for better gripping. In the spirit of racing, the case back has been fitted with a smoked glass opening, reminiscent of the glass windows that cover powerful V12 engines. The timepiece is powered by the Montblanc Manufacture chronograph calibre MB 25.10 featuring traditional finishing such as Côtes de Genève , circular graining , blue screws and a new monobloc oscillating weight made of black rhodium-plated tungsten and designed in the shape of a steering wheel. The movement is equipped with a traditional column wheel, a horizontal coupling as well as a stop-second mechanism, allowing the precise setting of the time.
The Montblanc TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph indicates the hours, minutes, small seconds and date, as well as the chronograph’s indications with a central hand and counters at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock, reminiscent of traditional 3-6-9 counter chronograph positions.
Perfectly matching the “panda” dial, the timepiece features either a stainless steel metal bracelet equipped with a system to fine-tune the size for optimal comfort ; a new vintage brown, Sfumato, aged, calf leather strap with perforated holes or a brand-new black alligator Bund strap. Both leather strap s are coming from the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence and are fitted with the Maison’s triple folding clasp, providing excellent flexibility and maximum comfort.
The TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph is water resistant to 100 meter s, and has been rigorously tested by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500. This evaluation simulates real-life wear for over 500 hours and tests the finished and assembled watch, providing reliability and performance.
Montblanc TimeWalker Rally Timer Chronograph Limited Edition 100
Inspired by t he famous Minerva Rally Timer stopwatch produced by Minerva in the 1960 s and directly rooted in the spirit of racing , the Montblanc TimeWalker Rally Timer Chronograph Limited Edition 100 combines a unique aesthetic with a “reverse panda” dial and the renowned hand crafted Manufacture monopusher chronograph calibre MB M16. 29. This innovative timepiece offers differ ent ways to appreciate the time with the possibility of transforming the wristwatch into a pocket watch or a dashboard clock.
The wristwatch, with its brand – new brown Sfumato aged leather calf strap, can be easily converted into a pocket watch by simply folding the s trap attachments under the case. The pocket watch can then be either placed on a table, thanks to two arms below the case, used as a stopwatch with the strap as a handle for utmost security, or clipped into a metal plate covered with leather that attaches to a car’s dashboard, offering a highly functional and extremely legible timepiece when behind the wheel.
The 50 mm case is crafted out of grade-two titanium and has been satin-finished and the middle section of the case has also been knurl ed and coated with black DLC. The case can be turned from 0 to 180 degrees (or from 3 to 9 o’clock) in both directions to allow perfect readability while driving.
Titanium is also the material of choice for t he vintage – inspired knurled crown and the versatile strap attachments. Turn the timepiece over, and the details continue with an open caseback in the shape of a car grill that reveals the beauty of the hand-finished Manufacture manually – wound monopusher chronograph calibre MB M16.29.
The racing codes also carry over onto the two-counter “reverse panda” dial with highly legible hands, indexes and chronograph functions.
The chronograph’s 30-minute counter at 12 o’clock is vertically aligned with a small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock, reminiscent of the original Minerva Rally Timer. In the centre, the red chronograph second hand runs along a tachymeter scale, which can be used to calculate speeds over fixed distances.
The timepiece is powered by the Manufacture manually wound monopusher chronograph calibre MB M16.29 that features a column wheel, horizontal coupling and a power reserve of 50 hours. The calibre takes its inspiration from the original Minerva calibre 17.29 developed in the 1930s, that was used for both pocket watches and wristwatches. This modern-day version is recognisable thanks to its beautiful hand crafted finishings — Côtes de Genève stripes, inner angles, circular graining and bevelling — as well as its fine details such as the iconic Minerva arrow, a chronograph bridge shaped in the form of a “V”, and a large screwed balance that has a traditional frequency of 18,000 semi-oscillations per hour.
For utmost reliability and performance, the timepiece is water – resistant to 30 meters and has been rigorously tested by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500, simulating intense real – life wear for over 500 hours.
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