Montblanc Channels The Golden Days Of Motor Racing
September 29, 2017 | BY Philippine Tatler
The heritage of the legendary Minerva Manufacture lives on in the new Montblanc TimeWalker collection
Designed for the consummate modern performers who wear their achievements, ambitions, masculinity, style, and personality on their wrists—no matter what the occasion—the Montblanc TimeWalker collection keeps the memory and the heritage of the iconic Minerva watches alive.
The history of competitive driving and performance timing are inseparable, with the Minerva Manufacture serving as the bridge. The Manufacture was known as an exclusive workshop that produced high-quality instruments for measuring brief intervals of time with remarkable precision, which included the renowned Rally Timer. As early as 1911, Minerva was able to develop stopwatches that could measure 1/5th of a second, which eventually turned into 1/10th of a second. In 1916, the Minerva Manufacture was one of the first to produce a high-frequency movement that could measure 1/100th of a second, a development that was further improved in 1936, putting Minerva on the map as the specialist of professional watches and stopwatches.
The new Montblanc TimeWalker collection combines these legendary timing instruments of the past with the spirit of motor racing, encapsulating the Minerva heritage, superb technology, masculine energy, highest performance and the style of the glory days of racing.
The collection represents a strong contemporary expression of the professional sport chronograph with a 43 mm case size. From the case to the dial, from the movement to the complications, the TimeWalker focuses on masculine energy and a vintage-themed style, while combining performance, innovation, great legibility and robustness. Emblematic combinations of materials come into play in each of the models, such as high-tech black ceramic, satinated steel, titanium and rubber.
Meanwhile, the aesthetic codes of the new Montblanc TimeWalker timepieces take after the world of racing. Satinated cases and semi-skeletonized horns with architecturally carved flanks, inspired by the aerodynamic lines of the bodywork of classic cars. Iconic details include knurled finishing on the flank of the emblematic black ceramic bezel, as well as on the crowns and pushers, which are reminiscent of vintage car caps; smoked glass case backs inspired by the glass windows that reveal sporty V12 engines; and strap holes that pay tribute to vintage leather racing gloves.
Clear legibility and visibility are achieved with strong contrasts of colour, three-dimensional counters inspired by vintage dashboards, precise scales and dauphine-shaped hands with SuperLuminova for the greatest readability and performance by day and night. For utmost precision, most of the TimeWalker timepieces feature an iconic central seconds hand coated in red with the tip crafted in the shape of the Minerva arrow.
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