Two years ago at the SIHH 2017, Montblanc completely redesigned its TimeWalker collection, presenting its vision of what a sports watch should look like. This represented the fulfilment of a key objective for Davide Cerrato, Managing Director of the Watch Division. In 2019, the brand looks to build on this success with the introduction of two additional models to the collection. Both feature “Reverse Panda” dials with contrasting black backgrounds and silvery-white counters and flanges. Read on for all the details, including expected pricing.
It’s fair to say that since joining Montblanc’s watchmaking division in 2015, industry legend Davide Cerrato has had a transformative effect. Particularly with regards to introducing some more sporty models to the line-up. This makes sense given Cerrato’s track record at Panerai and Tudor. The man knows luxury sports watches and the revamped TimeWalker collection only serves as added proof of his talent.
Montblanc TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph
First on the list is the TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph. This is not a new watch but a variation on last year’s model. It’s housed in the same 43mm satin-finished, stainless steel case, with semi-skeletonized lugs, complete with fixed black ceramic bezel engraved with a silvery-white tachymeter scale. The key change, of course, is the dial. The colours have been inverted and it now offers a sporty black background with contrasting silvery-white counters. As the name suggests, it boasts a manufacture movement in the form of the Montblanc Manufacture Calibre MB 25.10. The dial uses a 3-6-9 register layout for the chronograph, with a date window appearing between 4 and 5 o’clock.
The TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph is worn on a perforated vintage brown Sfumato aged calf leather strap from the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence and closes with a stainless steel triple folding clasp. Price will be EUR 4,990. More details at www.montblanc.com.
Specifications: 43mm x 15.20mm – stainless steel case – 100m water-resistant – fixed black ceramic bezel – sapphire crystal front and back (smoked on the back) – Montblanc Manufacture Calibre MB 25.10, automatic chronograph with column wheel and horizontal coupling, 46h power reserve, 4Hz frequency – perforated vintage brown Sfumato aged calf leather strap, folding clasp – ref. 119942
Montblanc TimeWalker Automatic Chronograph 41mm
The second watch is actually new to the collection, although, at first glance, it looks very similar to last year’s TimeWalker Chronograph Automatic. That’s because they share a very similar aesthetic. However, this new watch comes in a slightly smaller 41mm steel case, still satin-finished, of course. The reverse panda dial features two silvery white counters for the chronograph. Elapsed minutes at 12 o’clock, elapsed hours at 6 o’clock. Small seconds are shown on the sub-dial at 9 o’clock and the date is shown via an aperture at 3 o’clock.
Those with keen eyes will also notice an engraved tachymetre scale on the fixed black ceramic bezel, as opposed to a 12h or 24h scale. This makes it clear this model is intended as a racing watch. There are also a few added touches of red on the dial, which work really well against the black backdrop. Inside is the same calibre MB 25.07 – which uses a Selitta SW500 base – and has been rigorously tested by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500.
The TimeWalker Automatic Chronograph 41mm is worn on a perforated black rubber strap with stainless steel pin buckle. Price will be EUR 3,200. More details at www.montblanc.com.
Specifications: 41mm x 15.54mm – stainless steel case – 100m water-resistant – fixed black ceramic bezel – sapphire crystal front and back (smoked on the back) – Calibre MB 25.07 (Selitta SW500), automatic chronograph, 46h power reserve, 4Hz frequency – perforated black rubber strap with stainless steel pin buckle – ref. 119940