In 2017, Montblanc plays tribute to Minerva’s extraordinary heritage, and takes a journey back to the glory days of motor racing with five new TimeWalker timepieces that capture the beauty, spirit and values of motorsport history.
The Montblanc TimeWalker Automatic Date offers a pure and bold timepiece with a 41 mm stainless steel case combined with the emblematic unidirectional rotating black bezel made of shiny high-tech black ceramic for utmost robustness and durability that allows the user to track a second time zone if desired.
Powered by the automatic calibre MB 24.17, the indications include the hours, minutes and seconds in the centre and a date in an aperture at 3 o’clock, and the movement offers a 38-hour power reserve. The readings are all highly legible thanks to large Arabic numerals, a precise silvery-white minute track, and red markers that all contrast beautifully against the black dial. The seconds hand has also been highlighted with the tip of the Minerva arrow. The dial with its scale from 5 to 60 is clearly reminiscent of the Minerva stopwatch dials from the beginning of the 20th century.
The design codes from the racing world can be found in the semi-skeletonized horns that are reminiscent of the air intakes on a car’s bonnet, the knurled finishing on the black DLC crown which has been inspired by the petrol tank cap on vintage racing cars, and the black perforated straps (either in leather or rubber) that look like the drivers’ gloves. There is also the choice of an elegant and new performance metal bracelet with three links.
For practicality and comfort, the rubber strap has been designed with a raised grip pattern on the inner lining to provide better aeration to the skin and a better adhesion to the wrist. All straps come with satinated stainless steel pin buckles.
Each Montblanc TimeWalker Automatic Date is water-resistant to 100 metres and has been rigorously tested by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500, simulating real-life wear for over 500 hours.