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.
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.
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.