Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph 100

May 28th, 2015

In the Montblanc TimeWalker Chonograph100.Monblanc’s watchmakers have successfully united performance-oriented innovation and the finest horological tradition. Its newly developed manufacture calibre MB B66.25.

Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph 100The Minerva Manufacture, which would later become the Montblanc Manufacture in Villeret, sparked enthusiasm among specialists in this disciple when it launched its first mechanical 100th-of-a-second stopwatch in 1916. Subsequent versions were equipped with a chronograph hand that requires just one second to complete a full 360° circuit of the dial.  This principle is precisely employed by the Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph 100 with its newly developed manufacture calibre MB M66.25.

This high-performance manufacture calibre is embedded in a case crafted from materials, which are usedin racing cars and which further accentuate the movement’s innovative mechanisms. Highly advanced materials and mechanisms are uncompromisingly combined with a manufacture movement that is built in accord with the centuries-old tradition of the art of Swiss watchmaking. Meticulous manual craftsmanship and decorative finishes uphold the rigorous standards of even the most demanding connoisseurs.

In the Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph 100, Montblanc’s watchmakers have successfully united performance-oriented innovation and the finest horological tradition. Due to its need for a frequency of 360,000 semi-oscillations per hour, the Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph 100 cannot rely on the same mechanical principle as a conventional chronograph calibre,which vibrates at a much slower pace of 2.5 or 4 hertz. The dial is fabricated from transparent sapphire crystal and offers an unobstructed view of the newly developed Calibre MB M66.25. An especially interesting detail here is the column wheel with its wolf’steeth at 12 o’clock which advances by one increment each time the chronograph pusher is triggered; as well as the components of the bidirectional winding mechanism at 3 o`clock.

The chronograph function is clearly understandable when one scrutinizes the 100ths of-a-second scale and the counters for 60 elapsed seconds and 15 elapsed minutes. The counter at “6 o’clock” is a transparent disc of sapphire crystal marked with two concentric scales, each of which is swept by its own skeletonised lanceolate hand. The longer black hand progresses along the outer scale, which is marked with Arabic numerals for 60 elapsed seconds, the shorter red hand slowly advances along the inner scale, which is calibrated for 15 elapsed minutes. The large, massy, screw balance oscillates uninterruptedly and at the comparatively leisurely frequency of 2.5 hertz; the smaller balance begins vibrating at twenty times this speed when the chronograph is switched on. Together, these two balances show how Montblanc’s watchmakers have conjoined the aesthetic perfection of the mechanisms and the greatest precision.

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