139 The Re­flex

Mont­blanc cre­ated the Time­walker Pythagore Ul­tra-light Con­cept to match the light­ing-quick re­flexes of world bad­minton cham­pion Lin Dan

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Mont­blanc’s Time­walker Pythagore Ul­tra­light Con­cept

Mont­blanc Am­bas­sador and Chi­nese pro­fes­sional bad­minton player Lin Dan is an over­pow­er­ing force, be­ing the first and only player to have won all ma­jor ti­tles in the sport, namely the Olympic Games, World Cham­pi­onships, World Cup, Thomas Cup, Sudirman Cup, Su­per Series Masters Fi­nals, All Eng­land Open, Asian Games, and Asian Cham­pi­onships. A watch that Lin can wear at work and at play would have to sur­vive the vi­o­lent bursts of speed that bad­minton is known for; it would have to be very light to com­ple­ment Lin’s swift play, and be tough enough for the tremen­dous forces and shocks gen­er­ated by ev­ery move.

Part of the Time­walker col­lec­tion that com­bines high per­for­mance with a con­tem­po­rary and sporty aes­thetic, the Pythagore Ul­tra-light Con­cept was built with Lin in mind. This be­gins with a case built with ITR² Kevlar/car­bon el­e­ments in the case mid­dle, case back, bezel, and crown, and black DLC ti­ta­nium for the horns, re­sult­ing in a time­piece that weighs a mere 14.88g.

A com­pos­ite ma­te­rial charged with car­bon nan­otubes, ITR² (In­no­va­tive, Tech­ni­cal, Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Resin) is eight times lighter than steel and four times lighter than ti­ta­nium. Ac­cord­ing to Mont­blanc, only a hand­ful of spe­cial­ists have the know-how to make watch cases out of ITR², and Mont­blanc is even com­bin­ing it, for the first time, with Kevlar/ car­bon, a highly re­sis­tant syn­thetic fi­bre.

To keep weight to the min­i­mum, the ti­ta­nium lugs are skele­tonised, and min­eral glass is used front and back in place of sap­phire crys­tal.

Weigh sav­ings go be­yond the case: there is no dial to speak of; and the move­ment is largely skele­tonised, ex­pos­ing the hand­crafted com­po­nents to ready in­spec­tion. The main­plate is made of ti­ta­nium, the sec­onds sub-dial is a ring of an­odised alu­minium ap­plied di­rectly onto it, while the minute track is merely etched on. The hands too, are of an­odised alu­minium. Bare as it is, Mont­blanc did not ut­terly for­sake adorn­ment, hav­ing en­graved stars at eight and three o’clock to de­note ma­jor cham­pi­onships Lin had won.

Beat­ing within is the new man­ual-wind­ing Cal­i­bre MB M62.48, which is in­spired by a Min­erva move­ment from 1943 that fea­tures straight ar­chi­tec­tural bridges of ti­ta­nium that fol­low Pythago­ras’s Golden Ra­tio for vis­ual har­mony, hence its name. MOVE­MENT Man­ual-wind­ing Cal­i­bre MB M62.48 with 50-hour power re­serve.

CASE 40mm ITR² Kevlar/car­bon with DLC ti­ta­nium lugs STRAP Black nylon PRICE On re­quest

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