Published on February 20th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Montblanc Timewalker ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph Limited Edition 100
Meet the Montblanc Timewalker ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph Limited Edition 100, a brand new addition to the Timewalker line.
This is the very first time we’re seeing the urban modern Montblanc Timewalker collection being equipped with the Maison’s exclusive in-house patented ExoTourbillon. The combination of this high performance regulating organ with a monopusher chronograph, daring and imposing aesthetics and mix of light-weight yet highly resistant materials reinforces the spirit of performance of the TimeWalker from case to movement.
The Montblanc Timewalker DNA
With large openings, minimalized bezels, distinctive contoured typography, lancet-shaped hands and skeletonized horns, the signature Montblanc Timewalker aesthetics celebrate horology in a highly contemporary way. The design and the functionality of the model is further highlighted by the use of high-tech materials such as titanium, carbon fibre and diamond-like carbon (DLC), which make the timepieces extremely lightweight and robust. Performance and design are also continued through to the calibres with a selection of automatic movements and useful complication.
For the Montblanc Timewalker ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph Limited Edition 100, Montblanc has chosen its ExoTourbillon complication for the very first time in the collection. The patented ExoTourbillon has graced a number of timepieces in the Maison’s classic Heritage Chronométrie collection, but never before has it been seen in the Montblanc Timewalker line.
The one-minute ExoTourbillon complication was developed entirely in-house by the master watchmakers at the Montblanc Manufacture. The Exo in the name is derived from the Greek for external or outside and refers to the screw balance, which is positioned outside of the tourbillon’s rotating cage. This original patented architecture allows the cage to be smaller in size and free of the weight of the balance, saving 30 per cent more energy than a conventional tourbillon. The fact that the balance is positioned outside of the rotating cage also means that it isn’t affected by the inertia of the cage, therefore improving precision. A particularly useful feature of this movement is its stop-second mechanism, which directly halts the screw balance by means of a tiny spring, and allows the user to also set the seconds precisely. The stop-second mechanism instantly stops the balance from rotating, instead of halting the tourbillon cage, which can cause the balance to continue swinging and upset the precision. A practical hour setting allows the user to advance the hours in hourly increments in the second position of the crown forwards and backwards thus ensuring quick and uncomplicated time setting. Repositioning the hour-hand has no effect whatsoever on the minute- and second-hand, so the precise time is always preserved. This function is linked to the date, making setting the timepiece while travelling a breeze. To set the date display, the user advances or retreats the hour-hand through 24 hours. Whenever this hand’s tip passes the 24th hour, the hand of the date display either advances or retreats accordingly. In the third position of the crown, the time can be adjusted and a red arrow hand is displayed on the tourbillon cage for an exact setting of the seconds.
For more information about this Montblanc Timewalker model, visit the official Montblanc website at: www.montblanc.com