Montblanc celebrated its third year as the Official Timing Partner of The Goodwood Festival of Speed (July 4th to 7th 2019) and to mark this memorable event the brand has launched the new TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph Limited Edition 1500 inspired by Minerva’s 161- year heritage and the spirit of racing.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of the greatest festivals of car culture in the world today and an important fixture on the British social calendar since it was founded 26 years ago by Lord Richmond. Over 600 cars and motorcycles spanning the history of motoring and motor sport take part in the festivities, joined by some of the most legendary figures from the world of sport as well as international celebrities.
Paying tribute to the legacy of Minerva, Montblanc continues over 160 years of fine watchmaking tradition with its collections. Founded in 1858 in Villeret, The Minerva Manufacture was a leading specialist in the fabrication of professional watches and known as an exclusive workshop producing high quality instruments for measuring brief intervals of time with remarkable precision — for example, the 1/100th of second counter that was presented in 1916. A perfect example of this heritage is the “Rally Timer”, a stopwatch that was created to time motor racing with high precision and which has been the source of inspiration for the TimeWalker collection.
The TimeWalker product line combines these legendary timing instruments of the past with the spirit of motor racing, encapsulating the Minerva heritage, technology, masculine energy, winning performance and the style of the glory days of racing.
The new TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph Limited Edition 1500 is crafted with “distressed” steel, a special finish which is achieved by treating the stainless-steel case with a black-coating and then manually washing and brushing it to give each timepiece its very own patina and unique appearance. This vintage look matches perfectly with the black and grey “reverse panda” dial, black ceramic bezel, black rhodium-coated hands and the brand-new black Nubuck calf leather strap.
The TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph Limited Edition 1500 is powered by the Montblanc Manufacture chronograph calibre MB 25.10 featuring traditional finishing such as “Côtes de Genève”, circular graining, blue screws and a new Monobloc oscillating weight made of black rhodium-plated tungsten and designed in the shape of a steering wheel. The movement is equipped with a traditional column wheel, a horizontal coupling as well as a stop-second mechanism, allowing the precise setting of the time. The timepiece indicates the hours, minutes, small seconds and date, as well as the chronograph’s indications with a central hand and counters at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock, reminiscent of traditional 3-6-9 counter chronograph positions.
Montblanc TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph Limited Edition – 1500 pieces
Montblanc Manufacture Calibre MB 25.10
Mechanical movement with automatic winding, chronograph & date
Chronograph Bi-pushers with column-wheel and horizontal coupling
No. of components: 232
Number of Jewels: 33
Power Reserve: Approx. 46 hours
Balance: Screw balance, diameter = 10 mm; moment of inertia = 12 mgcm2
Frequency: 28.800 A/h (4 Hz)
Plate: Rhodium-plated with circular graining and “Côtes de Genève”
Bridges: Rhodium-plated with circular graining and “Côtes de Genève”
Hours and minutes from the centre, small seconds at 6 o’clock
Tachymeter scale on the bezel
Chronograph’s elapsed-second hand from the dial’s centre
30-elapsed minute and 12-elapsed hour counters at 3 and 9 o’clock
“Distressed” stainless steel, satin-finished case, fixed black ceramic bezel with silvery-white engraved tachymeter scale
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire and antireflective coating crystal
Back: Stainless steel with inset pane of smoked sapphire crystal
Diameter = 43 mm; Height = 15.20 mm
Water-resistance: 10 bar (100 m)
Crown: Black DLC with knurled finishing and Montblanc emblem in relief
“Reverse Panda” dial with black background and grey counters, black rhodium-plated Arabic figures and indexes coated with Super-LumiNova®, black rhodium-coated luminescent dauphine hour-hand and minute-hand, redcolored chronograph second hand with Minerva arrow at the extremity
Grey flange with white markers framed in grey or red and coated with SuperLumiNova® indicating the five-minute marks
Black Nubuck vintage calf leather strap coming from the Richemont Pelletteria in Florence, Italy with stainless steel triple folding clasp