Founded in 1858, storied Swiss watch manufacture Minerva was a pioneer in measuring fractions of seconds, and its legendary Rally Timer stopwatch was created specifically to time motorsports with extraordinary accuracy. Now, Montblanc pays tribute to Minerva’s impressive heritage and celebrates the glory days of international motorsport with its TimeWalker collection of watches. All five timepieces in the vintage-themed range combine a classic sensibility with the utmost in contemporary masculine style.
Directly inspired by the Rally Timer and leading the TimeWalker pack is the Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph Rally Timer Counter Limited Edition 100. Complemented by an elegant black calf-leather strap, this high-performance watch’s 50mm case is made of grade two titanium, and the timepiece can be converted into a pocket watch simply by folding the strap attachments under the case, and turning the case from three to nine o’clock. The open case back – shaped like a car’s grill – reveals the beauty of the manually wound monop usher chronograph calibre MB M16.29, which takes its cue from the Minerva calibre 17.29 developed in the 1930s.
The TimeWalker collection’s racy colour palette of bold black with contrasting silver and dynamic red details continues with the Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph UTC, which delivers immense functionality courtesy of its chronograph and dual-time complications. The 43mm DLC case and unidirectional rotating bezel in high-tech ceramic result in impressive robustness and durability, and a choice of a perforated leather strap or a perforated rubber strap with a black lining completes the impressive offering.
For watch lovers who appreciate a motor-racing pedigree but prefer a more understated timepiece, the Montblanc TimeWalker Automatic Date combines a 41mm stainless-steel case with a rotating ceramic bezel. Exhibiting unrivalled attention to detail, the seconds hand is highlighted with the tip of Minerva’s iconic arrow: a subtle yet confident nod to the illustrious heritage of the TimeWalker collection.