MONTBLANC – TIMEWALKER AUTOMATIC DATE
THE ESSENCE OF MOTOR RACING
Ramp up the style stakes with a sporty watch. That’s the idea behind the new models in this year’s revamped TimeWalker collection by Montblanc.
Like the other four watches in the collection, the TimeWalker Automatic Date stands out for its edgy style inspired by the world of motor racing back when Minerva was the timekeeper. The company fell into the Richemont group’s hands in 2006 and Montblanc has kept its legacy alive. This model oozes heritage with finishes reminiscent of key designs in motor racing. The semi-skeletonised lugs bring to mind the air vents on vintage cars. The crown is inspired by fuel caps from days gone by. The perforated leather or rubber strap mirrors the gloves worn by the famous drivers. The markers’ font on the black dial matches the dashboard counters. The dauphine-shape hour and minute hands glide over the dial with the seconds hand bearing a Minerva tip.
There’s no need to pop the hood to see what’s fuelling the watch. The 41mm matt satin steel case has a smoky sapphire back so you can see the self-winding MB24.17 movement in action (38-hour power reserve).
The black ceramic unidirectional rotating bezel isn’t just for show; it brings you a second time zone. Simply position the 12 on the bezel at the time you want then look at the hour hand on the bezel’s scale. The same goes for the minutes.
By Dan Diaconu