David Cerrato

During this years SIHH 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland, we had the great honour to be able to interview “David Cerrato” Managing Director at Montblanc Watches. Mr. Cerrato gave us a run through this year’s novelties for Montblanc Watches.

Interviewed by Pascal Grenacher

Imagine this: a high-end luxury keepsake watch that does more than telling time. It intelligently takes a peek at your life and reminds you of the most essential things. Unlike cold and digitalised smartwatches, it brims with mechanical artistry yet performs as efficient as a modern gadget. Sounds good?

It gets better. Luxury Swiss watchmaker Montblanc has done just that, with its TimeWalker Urban Speed UTC e-Strap. Being aware that cutting-edge technology and traditional mechanical artistry are both important features of the world of watches, Montblanc merges both aspects into a cunningly beautiful hybrid. It is a modern watch like no other.

The brand calls it a “timepiece for travellers.” Made with high-tech materials and luxurious construct, the TimeWalker Urban Speed UTC e-Strap is dedicated to jetsetters in need of a trustworthy companion. The highlight is the e-Strap, attached using a band with a NATO-type technology. It comes with a 128×36 OLED display and offers intuitive touch control, plus a 5-day running lithium-ion battery. The e-Strap functions as an activity tracker, notifier, locator and last, a remote control for your phone’s camera and music apps.

The timepiece itself is also a brilliant result of genius. It is powered by a mechanical self-winding calibre and vibrates 28,000 per hour. The red accents over the black canvass provides a bold, luxurious glow–perfect for any type of airport fashion. These dark tones are created due to the black DLC material, polished to a finish and topped with the Montblanc emblem. Digits are painted with Superluminova, along with the luminescent anthracite hands.

Change the time zone according to your travels with its UTC function. Stay on track with the time of both places by focusing at the extra aperture in the centre of the watch—you can set this feature using the pusher. Additionally, there’s a 24-hour indicator as well as a Day & Night recorder for a complete timekeeping experience.


  • Calibre MB 24.05 mechanical movement with automatic winding mechanism
  • Second time zone feature
  • 42-hour Power Reserve
  • 4Hz Frequency
  • 3-bar Water Resistance
  • Hours, Minutes, Seconds found in centre
  • Day & Night Indicator
  • Date indicator at 3 o’clock position
  • Black DLC bezel
  • Sapphire crystal case
  • NATO Extreme Leather wristband made of cowhide with grey stitching
  • Bluetooth 4.0 e-Strap with Lithium Ion Battery and 0.9 OLED Display (Compatible with iPhone 4S and above running with iOS8+, Samsung Galaxy S4 and above, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and above, selected Android phones)



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.


  • 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



Montblanc presents this year for the first time a new combination with a chronograph associated with an annual calendar that only needs setting once a year at the end of February. Inspired by one of the first chronograph wristwatches created by Minerva in the 1920s, this heritage is reflected in the new model. 

Montblanc’s watch designers created a clear and legible dial by keeping all the chronograph- related hands in blue and the hands for the hours, minutes, seconds and calendar functions in plated red gold. The chronograph seconds are indicated with a central blue hand, the elapsed minutes are displayed in a counter at 9 o’clock with sectorial scale, and the hours in a counter at 6 o’clock. For the annual calendar function, the days of the week are on display at 6 o’clock, the date is shown at 12 o’clock and the months are featured at 9 o’clock. The ten hands are operated by the automatic movement calibre MB 25.09, with a 42-hour power reserve, and are easily set thanks to four individual correctors positioned in the middle-piece of the case and operated by a dedicated Montblanc pin that is delivered with the timepiece. 

A sophisticated moonphase complication has been included in a counter at 3 o’clock, displaying the four principal cycles of the moon via four individual red gold-plated moons—new moon, first quarter, full moon and last quarter—that are identified with a red gold hand. This striking moonphase indication evokes the beginnings of timekeeping when ancient civilisations relied on the lunar calendar for their timing needs and adds a striking feature on the watch’s silvery-white sunray dial. 

The refined and elegant aesthetic of the Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Chronograph Quantième Annuel follows the collection’s fine watchmaking codes with facetted sword hands, red gold-plated indexes and Arabic numerals in a highly polished 42mm red gold case. The timepiece is fitted with an alligator leather strap crafted by the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence and, like all the other timepieces in the collection, is tested for 500 hours following the stringent requirements of the Montblanc Laboratory 500 Test. 

Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Chronograph Quantième Annuel Ident. 114876 

Movement Calibre MB 25.09
Type of movement Mechanical movement with automatic winding, chronograph function, 

Number of rubies Power reserve Balance Frequency Hairspring Displays (watch) 

Display (Chrono) Special features 

Back Dimensions Watertightness Crown 




annual calendar with moonphase display 42
Approx. 42 hours
Flat hoop 

28,800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hours and minutes in the centre, small second counter at “12 o’clock”, month by hand at “9 o’clock”, day by hand at “6 o’clock”, date by hand at “12 o’clock” and moonphase display by hand on a subdial at “3 o’clock”
30 elapsed minutes and 12 elapsed hour counters
Easy adjustment of calendar functions; individual correctors for each function to be set with a dedicated pin delivered with the timepiece 

18 K red gold (5N); polished case
Scratch-resistant, domed and antireflective sapphire crystal 18 K red gold (5N) with inset pane of sapphire crystal Diameter = 42 mm ; Height = 13.83 mm 

3 bar
18 K red gold (5N) with Montblanc emblem in raised relief 

Silvery-white dial with sunburst pattern, facetted indexes, Arabic numeral“12” as red gold-plated appliqué, red gold-plated sword hour hand and minute-hand, red-gold plated annual calendar hands, blued 

steel chronograph hands
Black alligator-skin strap crafted in the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence with 18 K red gold (5N) pin buckle