Cel­e­brat­ing her­itage and the hum­ble chrono­graph with the new and im­proved TimeWalker col­lec­tion.

Esquire Malaysia Watch Guide - - Contents - Words by Daniel Goh

DUR­ING AN EVENT hosted by Mont­blanc at SIHH 2017, one of their watch­mak­ers opened up the bar­rel of their high-end move­ment to re­veal that even its in­ner sur­face was metic­u­lously cir­cu­lar-grained to add value to the time­piece (some­thing most up­per-tier brands don’t bother to do). This is ar­guably the per­fect anal­ogy to de­scribe Mont­blanc watches: prod­ucts that of­fer im­mense value to those who know what they’re worth.

Un­der the watch­ful eye of Da­vide Cer­rato, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of the Mont­blanc Watch Di­vi­sion, this year sees the re-launch of the TimeWalker col­lec­tion. Pre­vi­ously, the TimeWalker moniker was re­served for the more mod­ern and dy­nam­i­cally de­signed watches of Mont­blanc. With its re-in­tro­duc­tion how­ever, it seems that the TimeWalker has taken on a new hat, one that in­volves the fast-paced world of mo­tor rac­ing.

Not con­tent with just an aes­thetic over­haul and a re­vamp in the sto­ry­telling for the col­lec­tion, the TimeWalker also saw an evo­lu­tion of Mont­blanc’s chrono­graph move­ment. In 1911, they man­aged to achieve a chrono­graph that was ca­pa­ble of mea­sur­ing up to 1/5th of a sec­ond, im­prov­ing that to 1/10th in 1916 and 1/100th in 1936. It might have taken some time, but in 2017, the evo­lu­tion of Mont­blanc’s chrono­graph rolls around once again, of­fer­ing an ac­cu­racy of up to 1/1,000th of a sec­ond with the man­u­fac­ture move­ment Cal­i­bre MB M66.26.

Although it may seem like Mont­blanc has only been mak­ing watches for the past cou­ple of decades or so, their watch­mak­ing know-how ac­tu­ally spans cen­turies thanks to Min­erva, which was ac­quired by Richemont in 2006, and sub­se­quently, in­te­grated into Mont­blanc shortly af­ter.

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