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TimeWalker Chronograph Manufacture

CASE : satin-brushed stainless steel, ceramic fixed bezel, domed sapphire crystal, smoky sapphire crystal caseback opening, water-resistant to 100m


MOVEMENT : mechanical self-winding Montblanc MB 25.10 caliber, 46h power reserve

FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph, tachymeter scale, date

DIAL : black and white ‘reverse panda’, luminescent hands and hour-markers

STRAP : distressed brown Sfumato calfskin, stainless steel triple folding clasp

Reverse panda

Through its TimeWalker watches, Montblanc pays tribute to the history of its Manufacture Minerva, and particularly to the spirit of competition that enabled it to distinguish itself in motorsports during the early 20th century. In 2018, the collection is welcoming two new chronographs equipped with ‘reverse panda’ dials. Successfully launched during the 1960s and 70s, this extremely legible type of dial is characterized by the contrast between black and white : black counters against a white background for the ‘panda’ type watch faces ; and white counters on a black backdrop for the ‘reverse panda’ versions. Even more than the new two-counter TimeWalker Chronograph Automatic, the most authentic example of the ‘reverse panda’ type is the TimeWalker Chronograph Manufacture : its three counters at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock evoke the animal’s eyes and nose. It is naturally housed in the signature imposing case with half-skeletonized lugs recalling the air vents on a car’s bodywork, along with a knurled crown reminiscent of vintage petrol tank caps. Its retro nature is accentuated by the perforated distressed leather strap crafted by the Montblanc Pelleteria in Florence. Meanwhile, the in-house movement features a state-of-the-art monobloc rotor made of black rhodium-plated tungsten and shaped like a steering wheel.

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