Time­lesss touch

An­chored in its her­itage, the Mont­blanc TimeWalker’s bold and mod­ern col­lec­tion hits the spot.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Trends - By S. INDRAMALAR star2@thes­tar.com.my

IT was prob­a­bly one of the very rare oc­ca­sions where

Hol­ly­wood star

Hugh Jack­man wasn’t the main at­trac­tion in the room, at the

Salon

In­ter­na­tional de la Haute

Hor­logerie

Genève this year

– a trade show where thou­sands of watch con­nois­seurs and deal­ers con­gre­gate to view the lat­est lux­ury time­pieces. Brand am­bas­sador Jack­man’s pres­ence at Mont­blanc’s mo­tor-rac­ing themed booth cer­tainly caused a stir but not as much as the sleek, beau­ti­ful new watches in the TimeWalker col­lec­tion.

Draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from their Min­erva her­itage of craft­ing leg­endary tim­ing in­stru­ments, the new TimeWalker watches are a col­lec­tion of stun­ning, sporty watches that cap­ture the strong, adrenalin-driven spirit of mo­tor rac­ing so well.

Visi­tors were clam­our­ing to ex­am­ine ev­ery de­tail about the watches – the sati­nated cases, semi-skele­tonised horns and the ar­chi­tec­turally carved flanks which are all in­spired by the aero­dy­namic lines of the body­work of clas­sic cars. Jack­man him­self ad­mit­ted to be­ing a huge fan of the col­lec­tion, and not just be­cause he is one of the brand am­bas­sadors for Mont­blanc.

“I love this cam­paign we are do­ing this year. There is some­thing amaz­ing in the sport of car rac­ing. It’s a great metaphor re­ally ... in the world of mo­tor rac­ing, you lit­er­ally put your life on the line and risk ev­ery­thing in the pur­suit of per­fec­tion, per­for­mance and beauty.

“There’s so much in­ge­nu­ity and tech­ni­cal bril­liance but there is also this pur­suit of per­fec­tion and beauty of hav­ing a pow­er­ful and aes­thet­i­cally beau­ti­ful car. And I love that this is the theme for the col­lec­tion,” he en­thused at a press con­fer­ence.

The TimeWalker col­lec­tion was first in­tro­duced early this cen­tury and has seen many in­car­na­tions, all of which were more of a mod­ern and ur­ban of­fer for the brand and were al­ways among their top sell­ers. The new sporty line is a de­par­ture style-wise but seems to have hit the spot with their cus­tomers.

Among the stand­out pieces in the col­lec­tion is the re-edi­tion of a Min­erva Rally Timer dash­board clock from 1966. Called the TimeWalker Chrono­graph Rally Timer Counter Lim­ited Edi­tion, this is a 50mm, man­u­ally wound, ti­ta­nium, mono­pusher chrono­graph that can be worn as a con­ven­tional wrist­watch, used as a desk clock, a stop watch/pocket watch or (as with the orig­i­nal) mounted onto a dash­board with a spe­cial plate. Each of it is com­posed of a 46.4mm ti­ta­nium case, black DLC (di­a­mond-like car­bon) coat­ing – for scratch re­sis­tance – and a ti­ta­nium mono­pusher at 12 o’clock.

The piece prac­ti­cally sent the watch geeks into a frenzy. The Rally Timer Counter is a time­piece you will want to wear, dis­play, ad­mire and show off .

The most com­mer­cial pieces in the col­lec­tion are the new TimeWalker chrono­graphs – TimeWalker Chrono­graph UTC, TimeWalker Chrono­graph Au­to­matic and TimeWalker Au­to­matic Date – which are the core of Mont­blanc’s col­lec­tion of watches this year. Both the sim­ple chrono­graph and dual time chrono­graph fea­ture 43mm di­am­e­ter cases and ce­ramic turn­ing bezels which have a sec­ond time­zone in­di­ca­tion. They come with re­ally nice, func­tional de­tails: semi-skele­tonised lugs and sim­ple leg­i­ble iconog­ra­phy of the dial as well as a de­ploy­ant clasp that can be ad­justed to three dif­fer­ent po­si­tions to al­low for a re­ally good fit.

Jens Hen­ning Koch, ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of mar­ket­ing for Mont­blanc In­ter­na­tional can’t help but gush about the new col­lec­tion.

“It has been 10 years since we first in­tro­duced the TimeWalker col­lec­tion. It’s proven to be a very suc­cess­ful col­lec­tion and has helped build up the cred­i­bil­ity of Mont­blanc’s watc­mak­ing ex­per­tise. The new TimeWalker is a pro­fes­sional sports watch. Up till now, the TimeWalker line has pro­duced sporty watches but we wanted to push it fur­ther ... bring the col­lec­tion to the next level. This new col­lec­tion sig­nals a rebirth of pro­fes­sional watches,” he said.

He ex­plained that Mont­blanc (un­der it’s man­u­fac­turer, Min­erva), at the be­gin­ning of the 20th cen­tury, was one of the top three brands for stop­watches, hav­ing de­vel­oped the ca­pa­bil­ity of 100th-sec­ond chronom­e­try. They were also used in Olympics time­keep­ing.

“Our mis­sion is to in­spire the achiever in you. Our cus­tomers have their own mis­sion, jobs, am­bi­tions and ob­jec­tives and we want to be able to in­spire them all through our time pieces. Mont­blanc has been evolv­ing a lot in the last three years when it comes to watch mak­ing and the as­pi­ra­tion for Mont­blanc watches has grown tremen­dously too,” he stated proudly.

This year, Mont­blanc came out with the Chrono­graph 1000 Lim­ited Edi­tion 18. This top-of- the-line wrist­watch can mea­sure events up to 1/1000th of a sec­ond and is un­doubt­edly Mont­blanc tap­ping into its Min­erva man­u­fac­tur­ing her­itage and ca­pa­bil­i­ties. The case is 46.4mm wide and over 17mm tall and to keep it light and wear­able, the piece is made out of ti­ta­nium and given a black sati­nated DLC fin­ish. It’s a good look­ing sporty and mas­cu­line watch with plenty of tech­ni­cal gad­getry to keep one happy. This is an ex­tremely lim­ited col­lec­tion with only 18 pieces made.

The re-imag­ined TimeWalk­ers how­ever aren’t only for col­lec­tors who have the abil­ity to splurge. Koch em­pha­sises that the col­lec­tion is fo­cused on ac­ces­si­bil­ity too.

“We have more and more watch afi­ciona­dos who go for high end watches and for them, we have the rally timer and the 1/1000th of a sec­ond time­pieces. But we have also brought the same ex­pres­sions that are in those pieces in watches that are more ac­ces­si­ble in price be­cause we want to bring fine watch­mak­ing into that seg­ment,” he noted.

For Jack­man, the TimeWalker makes him feel ex­tra good about him­self.

“Con­fi­dence comes from within. But when you put on a beau­ti­ful suit, it makes you feel good. It’s the same when you put on a beau­ti­ful watch and this is the most beau­ti­ful watch I have ever worn. I’m not just say­ing that be­cause Jerome (Lam­bert, for­mer Mont­blanc CEO) is here. It’s about beauty, func­tion­al­ity, keep­ing an eye on the past and also the fu­ture and com­ing out time­less,” he said.

The TimeWalker Chrono­graph Rally Timer Counter Lim­ited Edi­tion is a time­piece you will want to wear, dis­play and show off. — Pho­tos: Mont­blanc

TimeWalker Au­to­matic Date

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