Montblanc launched two limited edition TimeWalker models at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex
This year, Goodwood Festival of Speed celebrated its 25th anniversary, and official timing partner Montblanc released two new TimeWalker watches to commemorate the occasion. Dubbed ‘the Cappucinos’, the beige-dialled, steel watches draw on Montblanc’s motor racing history, particularly that of the Minerva manufacture in Villeret, known for its precision rally timers and stop watches.
The TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph “Cappuccino” edition is a revamp of an existing chronograph, this time featuring panda-style counters in dark brown against a beige dial. The inspiration for the colour scheme came from vintage tropical dials, as well as the meters and gauges of classic racing car dashboards. The surrounding fixed bezel is inlaid with a black ceramic tachymeter, and the steel case has been brushed to a satin finish.
Inside the TimeWalker chronograph is the new calibre MB 25.10 with a 46-hour power reserve, featuring another nod to motor sports: a new tungsten oscillating weight in the shape of a steering wheel. The watch is held on a brown calfskin strap from the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence, and is limited to 1,500 pieces.
At this year’s Goodwood, which was held from the 12th – 15th July, winner Romain Dumas was awarded one of the chronographs for his 43.86 second performance in the Hillclimb Shoot-out. All the weekend’s winners compete in a 1.86km race, and Dumas was the first driver to win it in an electric car, aboard the Volkswagen ID R Pikes Peak.
The Montblanc TimeWalker Date Automatic Limited Edition
The second new watch, the TimeWalker Date Automatic Limited Edition, also takes its cues from the “Rally Timer”, the stopwatch that inspired the TimeWalker collection. Rather than hour markers, the red central seconds hand counts down a scale stretching from 05 to 60 around the beige dial, with a small date window at 3 o’clock.
Inside is the MB 24.17, a calibre that has been previously used across the Meisterstück and Tradition collections. Even more limited than the chronograph, there are just 500 pieces being released.
The Montblanc TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph is priced at £4,400, and the TimeWalker Date Automatic is priced at £2,345.