Last week in England, Montblanc served for the second consecutive year as the Official Timing Partner of The Goodwood Festival of Speed, which celebrates its 25th anniversary. In honor of the partnership, Montblanc unveils a new TimeWalker Limited Edition watch, inspired by Minerva’s rich 160-year history of involvement in, and creating chronographs for, the sport of racing.Founded 160 years ago, the Minerva Manufacture was known for producing high-quality instruments for measuring brief intervals of time with remarkable precision — for example, the 1/100th of second counter that was presented in 1916. The new limited edition TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph watch features a much-coveted panda dial and a Cappuccino-colored leather strap.
During Goodwood, Montblanc also unveiled a limited edition Automatic Date to complement the Manufacture Chronograph. For both of these watches, the dials are beige with brown counters and brown flanges, and are nicknamed the “Cappuccinos.” Both TimeWalkers are available for purchase this September, with the Manufacture Chronograph Limited Edition –1500 pieces — retailing for $5,400, and the Automatic Date — not a limited edition — for $2,885.
As Official Timing Partner, Montblanc timed a host of races that took place over the four-day event, including the culmination race: a 1.16-mile timed Hillclimb Shootout. The winner of the climb also won the Montblanc TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph “Cappuccino” edition.
“Montblanc timepieces celebrate the unrelenting passion for speed that has been at the heart of motor racing for the past century. For the past 25 years, the spirit of racing has found its home at Goodwood, an event that brings together those who share this passion for speed from all corners of the world. I can’t think of a better venue,” comments Davide Cerrato, Montblanc’s Managing Director Watch Division.
Technical Specifications: Montblanc TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph Limited Edition
Movement Montblanc Manufacture Calibre MB 25.10
Type of movement Mechanical movement with automatic winding, chronograph & date
Chronograph Bi-pushers with column-wheel and horizontal coupling
No. of components 232
Number of Jewels 33
Power Reserve Approx. 46 hours
Balance Screw balance, diameter = 10 mm; moment of inertia = 12 mgcm2
Frequency 28.800 A/h (4 Hz)
Plate Rhodium-plated with circular graining and “Côtes de Genève”
Bridges Rhodium-plated with circular graining and “Côtes de Genève”
Displays Hours and minutes from the centre, small seconds at 6 o’clock
Tachymeter scale on the bezel
Chronograph’s elapsed-second hand from the dial’s centre
30-elapsed minute and 12-elapsed hour counters at 3 and 9 o’clock
Case Stainless steel, satin-finished case, fixed black ceramic bezel with silvery-white engraved tachymeter scale
Crystal Scratch-resistant, domed sapphire and antireflective coating crystal
Back Stainless steel with inset pane of smoked sapphire crystal
Dimensions Diameter = 43 mm; Height = 15.20 mm
Water-resistance 10 bar (100 m)
Dial “Panda” dial with “Cappuccino” beige background and brown counters, rhodium-plated Arabic figures and indexes coated with Super-LumiNova®, rhodium-plated luminescent dauphine hour-hand and minute-hand, red baton chronograph second hand with Minerva arrow at the extremity
Brown flange with white markers framed in grey or red and coated with Super-LumiNova® indicating the five-minute marks
Crown Black DLC with knurled finishing and Montblanc emblem in relief
Wristband Perforated vintage brown Sfumato, aged, calf leather strap coming from the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence, Italy with stainless steel triple folding clasp
Certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500
(* Super-LumiNova® is not a trademark owned by Montblanc)