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