|Quick specs Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph 1000 Limited Edition 18
Price: € 175.000 | approx. $ 186,000 | approx. £ 149,000
Size: 46.4 mm
With the knowledge of the famous Minerva Manufacture, Montblanc has developed the ultimate chronograph. This Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph 1000 Limited Edition 18. Yes, it is limited to 18 pieces, and it is a monopusher.
Back in 1916 Minerva already had a stopwatch that could measure times up to 1/100th of a second. In 2006 the owner of Montblanc, the Richemont Group, buys the Fabrique d’Horlogerie Minerva SA and therefor their knowledge. Which made is possible for Montblanc to innovate with (mechanical) chronographs resulting in this timepiece as their top predator. As its chronograph records times up to 1/1000th of a second.
To achieve this accuracy the Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph 1000 Limited Edition 18 has two balance wheels. One for the time and one for the chronograph. Within the movement, the part for the time beats at a low rate of 18,000 vibrations per hour. The chronograph hits 360,000 vph to enable precision of 1/1000th of a second. The extremely high-beating chronograph consumes so much energy it only runs for 45 minutes. Then you should manually wind the movement again for further operation. To warn you there is a power-reserve indicator for the chronograph at the 3 o’clock position. Without a running chronograph, the power-reserve is a massive 100 hours.
The Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph 1000 Limited Edition 18 in inspired by classic cars
It works like this: hours and minutes have conventional hands, the small seconds are at the 9 o’clock position. At 6 o’clock is a double handed subdial. The long hand with red tip indicates the total elapsed seconds from 1 to 60. The shorter full red hand counts the elapsed minutes up to a total of 15. To measure 1/100th of a second there is the big red central hand, which spins fully round every second.
The main attraction of the Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph 1000 Limited Edition 18 is at 12 o’clock. A cartouche inspired by the speedo of vintage cars displays 1/1000th of a second. The oscillator within completes 100 to-and-from motions per seconds; 50 times in each two directions. When the chronograph is off, the 1/1000th of a second indicator is positioned to N (Neutral). When the chrono is running and you stop it, the indicator jumps to the elapsed 1/1000th of a second. Watch the video below and you will see: it’s an astonishing complication.
The case of the Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph 1000 Limited Edition 18 is big. As it has to house all this mechanical technology. 46.4 millimeters in diameter, 17.34 millimeters thick. It goes without saying that the price of this masterpiece is in sync with its achievements.
technical data Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph 1000 Limited Edition 18
Montblanc MB M66.26 | Hand-wound | Diameter: 38.4 mm | Thickness: 10.6 mm | Frequency: 18,000 vph (2.5 Hz) / 360,000 vph (50 Hz) for the chronograph | Jewels: 46 | Parts: 488 | Balance wheel for time and balance wheel for chronograph | Hours, minutes, small seconds, 1/1000th of a second column-wheel chronograph | Power-reserve: 100 hours (45 minutes for the chronograph)
|Case & dial:
46.4 mm | Satinated black DLC titanium | Thickness: 17.34 mm | Black ceramic bezel | Black DLC titanium back and sapphire crystal | Black grainé dial with horizontal stratus and partly open-worked | Silvery-white hour and minute hand with super-luminova | Water-resistance: 3 ATM / 3 bar / 30 meters / 100 feet
Black alligator strap with red stitching & holes | Stainless steel black DLC triple folding clasp
|Price Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph 1000 Limited Edition 18:
€ 175.000 | approx. $ 186,000 | approx. £ 149,000