Montblanc‘s TimeWalker series has always taken after the urban go-getter as its muse. There’s a reason why these watches are equipped with less mechanical garnish and more of the aesthetic luxury; it’s something you want to put on as you head towards a casual day out. In effect, TimeWalker is supposed to be laidback and uncomplicated until recently—as Montblanc chooses to indulge on a tourbillon plus a minute chronograph function.

The high-luxe series is made more profound at the unveiling of Montblanc TimeWalker ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph Limited Edition 100. Here, the Swiss manufacture equips its contemporary watches with an in-house patented ExoTourbillon. They didn’t stop there; they reinforced new functions with a monopusher chronograph, all wrapped inside a nesting case of black and silver, with accents of deep, blood red.

So what was the original TimeWalker make? This collection, focusing on contoured typography, smaller bezels and skeleton horns, celebrates functionality and contemporary aesthetics. Materials are chosen for their lightweight and robust features, perfect for the millennial jaunting from one metropolis to another. Performance is another factor; automatic movements are installed within its basic engine.

But with the ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph Limited Edition 100, Montblanc adds a stunning complication to grace this collection. This movement is made entirely in-house, inspired from the idea that the screw balance can be installed externally, parallel to the tourbillon’s rotating cage. The design allows the construction cage to be smaller and free from weight, somehow saving a huge chunk of energy in the process.

Add to that a column-wheel monopusher, automatic winding, double barrel and vertical coupling, and you’ve got an awe-inspiring watch with brilliant features and performance.

Aesthetically, one can only admire the off-centred dial in black, SuperLuminova coated numerals and indexes, and minutes and seconds functions. The tourbillon, shown above the 6 o’clock position, delivers a radiance accent to the otherwise darkly coloured timepiece.

Specifications:

  • Montblanc Manufacture Calibre MB R230
  • Double barrel
  • Automatic winding mechanism
  • 1-minute patented ExoTourbillon
  • Monopusher chronograph
  • 296 components, 44 jewels
  • 50-hour Power Reserve
  • 3 Hz Frequency
  • Travel function with rapid hour-hand reset
  • Titanium and carbon fibre material
  • Black DLC coated bezel
  • Sapphire crystal glass

PASCAL GRENACHER

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