Montblanc TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph 43mm: Malaysia Price And Review

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Montblanc TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph 43mm

To say that Montblanc has benefitted from parent company Richemont’s 2006 acquisition of specialist movement manufacturer, Minerva, would be an understatement. The latter is famed for its uninterrupted 161-year tradition in exceptional handmade movements, which, in turn, has contributed much in terms of functions, mechanics and design codes to Montblanc releases ever since. The best-selling TimeWalker collection is a good example of this cross-pollination. What began as a range of run-of-the-mill watches has evolved into a respected product line inspired by the golden age of motor racing and Minerva’s legendary timing instruments.

This year, Montblanc is presenting two new TimeWalker Chronographs with ‘reverse panda’ aesthetics, available in either 41mm or 43mm. To the uninitiated, this means sub-dials in white are set against a main dial in black (as opposed to a ‘panda’ dial that has an inverse configuration). First seen in the 1960s, these striking dials remain popular for their readability and good looks reminiscent of the dashboards of classic racing cars.

Montblanc TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph 43mm

The version shown here is the 43mm case in stainless steel paired with a handsome perforated vintage brown Sfumato-aged calfskin strap from leather specialist Pelletteria Richemont in Florence, Italy. It features satin-finished horns with carved flanks that are semi-skeletonised to resemble the air inlets of a car’s body. The dial displays the counters at three, six and nine o’clock, to indicate 30-elapsed minutes, small seconds and 12-elapsed hours respectively. It is encircled by a fixed black ceramic bezel with silvery-white engraved tachymeter scale.

For utmost legibility, the TimeWalker Chronograph has Super-LumiNova-coated numerals and indexes, as well as a precise minute track on the white flange enhanced with both Super-LumiNova and red markers for the 15-minute mark. The black rhodium hour and minute hands are luminescent too, while the red baton chronograph second hand is tipped with a Minerva arrow.

Montblanc TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph 43mm

The 43mm model is powered by the new Manufacture Calibre MB 25.10 with chronograph and date. Its design mirrors that of a steering wheel, and features traditional finishing such as Côtes de Genève, circular graining, blued screws and a new monobloc oscillating weight made of black rhodium-plated tungsten. The movement is equipped with a traditional column wheel, horizontal coupling and stop-seconds mechanism to ensure the precise setting of the time.

If you want a watch that covers all the bases but won’t break the bank, the TimeWalker Chronograph is the genuine all-rounder that you’ve been looking for. From the spot-on ‘reverse panda’ dial to in-house developed movement, it ticks all the right boxes, not forgetting its roots in Minerva’s outstanding history.

Case

43mm stainless steel

Dial

'Reverse panda' dial with black background and white counters, black rhodium-coated Arabic numerals and luminescent indexes

Movement

Self-winding Manufacture Calibre MB 25.10

Strap

Perforated brown calf leather strap with stainless steel triple-folding clasp

Functions

Hours, minutes, small seconds, chronograph, date

Power Reserve

46 hours

Price

RM22,500

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Leong Wong

Editor, CROWN Malaysia

A familiar face in Malaysia's horological publishing scene, Leong has been involved in lifestyle journalism since the mid-1990s. Besides watches, he takes a keen interest in cars and men's fashion.



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