Fusing the spirit of motor racing with its rich heritage dating to the Minerva manufacture, the Timewalker Collection celebrates the addition of two new timepieces to the collection: the red-gold TimeWalker Chronograph Automatic and the All-Black TimeWalker ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph Limited Edition 100.
This year, Montblanc took their well-established link to the field of motor racing by becoming the Official Timing Partner for the Goodwood Festival of Speed, an iconic sporting event in the UK, for the next five years.
The Minerva manufacture has been well versed in the fabrication of professional watches since 1908. They developed stopwatches that could measure 1/5th of a second in 1911, rapidly increasing to 1/100th of a second – a high frequency movement developed in 1916, and further enhanced in 1936. It is such a technologically influenced lineage which the Timewalker Collection descends from, giving us today, two new timepieces.
Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph Automatic in 18K red gold
Paying tribute to the golden age of motor racing, the dial with a black backdrop, features prominent colour contrasts with the minute track, hour and minute hands and indexes which are all plated in 18k red-gold. The vertically aligned 30-minute and 12-hour chronograph counters are reminiscent of the dashboards of classic racing cars.
Other distinctive design details include a central red hand recording the chronograph seconds and featuring a tip that has been sculpted in the form of the Minerva arrow, an iconic symbol for the Maison, and a nod to Minerva’s legacy and heritage.
The black calf leather strap includes perforation holes, much like the leather driving gloves used in the days when steering wheels were made of wood and needed to be firmly gripped, and comes fitted with a new 18K gold triple folding clasp, developed especially for the collection.
Montblanc TimeWalker ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph Limited Edition 100, All-Black
The movement of the Montblanc TimeWalker ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph Limited Edition 100 – MB R230 - has been, for the first time, darkened with an All-Black coating, in order to highlight the sporty design of the timepiece. The 44mm three-part case features a number of vintage motor racing inspired details. The semi-skeletonised horns have been inspired by the air inlets in racing cars, and the black DLC titanium crown includes knurling on the side that is reminiscent of vintage car radiator caps, thereby providing superior gripping to its owner.
Limited to a 100 pieces, the All-Black Timewalker showcases the patented ExoTourbillon with a hand-finished All-Black tourbillon bridge, while the top part of the dial is embellished with black horizontal stripes.