Revolution (Hong Kong) - - SIHH 2017 - TEXT BY MELISSA LIM

The year

1858 was a sig­nif­i­cant one for Mont­blanc; it was the year Min­erva was founded in Villeret, and one the man­u­fac­ture has cho­sen to pay due trib­ute to, adding steadily to its bud­ding ar­tillery in com­pli­ca­tion, range and so­phis­ti­ca­tion. The de­sign codes of yes­ter­year are cer­tainly ev­i­dent with the cloi­sonné de­sign cathe­dral hands, vin­tage crown, clas­sic minute rail­way racks, his­tor­i­cal font and Mont Blanc em­blem. This vin­tage ap­proach to the aes­thet­ics of this col­lec­tion ex­tends to the 44mm case, which in this in­stance, is bronze, per­fectly em­pha­siz­ing the cham­pagne hue of the sun­ray-fin­ished dial. The cal­iber MB M16.29 fea­tures a col­umn wheel mech­a­nism, hor­i­zon­tal cou­pling, V-shaped chrono­graph bridge and large screwed bal­ance wheel. The man­ual mono­pusher chrono­graph move­ment beats at 18,000vph, boasts a power re­serve for 50 hours, and was de­signed and built in a large pocket watch style from the 1930s.

Within any

given col­lec­tion, there has to be a show­piece; a stand­out that ex­em­pli­fies its lin­eage and in­jects a bit of fun to the mix. It is clear the TimeWalker Rally Timer is in­spired by the Min­erva stop­watches and rally timers of the 20th cen­tury and trans­forms from wrist­watch, to pocket watch, to dash­board clock. The black leather strap on wrist­watch mode can be folded un­der the case and ro­tat­ing the case from 0 to 180 de­grees. The user then has a choice of sim­ply plac­ing the pocket watch on the ta­ble or us­ing it as a stop­watch, uti­liz­ing the strap for op­ti­mal safety. As a third and fi­nal op­tion, it can be clipped into a leather-cov­ered metal plate to at­tach to the dash­board of a car. The cal­iber MB M16.29 fea­tures a col­umn wheel, hor­i­zon­tal cou­pling and a full 50 hours of power re­serve, tak­ing cues from the 1930s orig­i­nal Min­erva cal­iber 17.29.

The Mont­blanc

TimeWalker Chrono­graph UTC is part of the brand’s ef­fort to re­vamp its TimeWalker col­lec­tion this year with equally sporty pieces with sig­na­ture black DLC-coated cases and an ar­ray of com­pli­ca­tions. Its con­tem­po­rary, over­sized 43mm case fits in seam­lessly with its pre­de­ces­sors and its chrono­graph and dual time com­pli­ca­tions make it a handy travel part­ner. The cal­iber MB.25.03 in­di­cates three dif­fer­ent time zones, where lo­cal time is shown on rhodium-plated hands and home time on a dark cen­tral hand with a red ar­row and Su­per­lu­mi­nova on its tip, to cor­re­spond with the 24-hour scale on the bezel. In or­der to read the third time zone, the uni­di­rec­tional bezel can be turned to the new time zone, where the 24-hour hand will be the point of ref­er­ence. The TimeWalker Chrono­graph UTC of­fers a choice of per­fo­rated leather or rub­ber straps fea­tur­ing a black lin­ing that is vis­i­ble through the holes.

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