Montblanc’s TimeWalker series has always given a very cool and modern feel. And this year, coincided with the 160th anniversary of the establishment of Montblanc’s Minerva Watch Factory, Minerva Watch Factory is famous for creating high-quality chronographs that accurately record short time intervals. This time, the Montblanc TimeWalker series draws inspiration from the famous ‘Rally Timer’ rally chronograph in the history of Minerva, and has launched two new chronograph watches.
Montblanc TimeWalker series chronographs and Montblanc TimeWalker series rally chronographs (limited to 100 pieces) use the ‘Panda’ and ‘Reverse Panda’ dials to interpret the classic aesthetics, strengthening the retro style and the spirit of motor sports.
The Montblanc TimeWalker series chronograph (model: 118488) uses a 43 mm stainless steel case and the case is satin-finished. The new fixed bezel with engraved tachymeter scale is made of high-tech black ceramic. The watch is powered by Montblanc’s MB 25.10 chronograph movement.
The crown is coated with black DLC, and the sides are decorated with knurling, like the radiator cover of an antique car, while holding and adjusting. The bottom of the timing button is also wrapped in black decorative knurling.
Perforated strap in brown halo-coated calf leather, made of Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence, Italy, with a stainless steel triple folding clasp.
The flanks of the lugs are carved with smooth lines that are rich in architecture, with a semi-hollow design, reminiscent of the air intake of a racing car.
The classic three-time counter ‘Panda’ dial, with a black and white contrasting design, is reminiscent of the dashboard settings of a classic racing car, which is highly recognizable. The 3 o’clock position is the chronograph minute dial, the 6 o’clock position is the small second dial, and the 9 o’clock position is also decorated with a Montblanc Logo. The 5-minute graduated ring on the edge of the dial is coated with Super-LumiNova®. The rhodium-plated hour and minute hands are in the classic crown prince shape, and the red chronograph seconds hand is decorated with the iconic Minerva arrow.
This brand new timepiece is equipped with Montblanc’s MB 25.10 chronograph movement. The movement is decorated with classic exquisite patterns, such as: Geneva ripples, round grain and blue screws. It is also equipped with a new integrated rotor, which is rhodium-plated. Made of black tungsten, similar to a racing steering wheel. In addition, the self-made movement is equipped with a traditional column wheel, a horizontal clutch and a stop-second system to ensure accurate time setting.
Summary: The ‘Panda’ chronograph dial originated in the 1960s and 1970s and has become one of the most classic aesthetic designs in the history of watchmaking. This time Montblanc incorporated this classic design into the Timewalker watch, reshaping this motorsport chronograph with a retro theme, which is very beautiful in appearance. Inside is equipped with Montblanc’s own precision movement, the entire watch has passed the ‘Montblanc Lab 500 hours quality test’ certification. The domestic price of this watch has not yet been announced. The Swiss franc is priced at 4,990 Swiss francs. There are also stainless steel bracelets and black alligator Bund straps to choose from, with slightly different prices.