Making vintage cool again: The Montblanc TimeWalker Rally Timer Chronograph Limited Edition 100

Making vintage cool again: The Montblanc TimeWalker Rally Timer Chronograph Limited Edition 100


Text: Angelyn Kwek

Fancy an old-school racing stopwatch worn as a modern-day wristwatch? Montblanc’s pre-SIHH 2018 novelty fits the bill to a T

Few things can get strangers talking unless it happens to be a super cool vintage watch with a storied legacy. Even better, this vintage piece looks like an antique stopwatch mounted on aged leather straps, straight out of a classic car rally. Exactly for this wow factor and in continuation of its racing heritage, Montblanc has re-purposed its famous Minerva Rally Timer into a new, limited edition chronograph that features a unique 'reverse panda' dial.   

Measuring a sizeable 50mm, the timepiece is directly inspired by a rally stopwatch produced by Minerva in the '60s, crafted out of grade-two titanium and re-invented to transform three ways: As a wristwatch, a pocket watch or a dashboard clock. Topped by a vintage-inspired knurled crown (the bit that makes it look oh-so-authentic, amirite), the case can even be twisted around 180-degrees in either directions for perfect readability while you're at the wheel. Another nod to its racing origins? The open caseback rocking a car grill detail laid over its hand-finished Manufacture monopusher MB M16.29 calibre with a power reserve of 50 hours — which, by the way, has been lab-tested to simulate IRL intense environments for reliability and performance that lasts over 500 hours.

Montblanc Timewalker Rally Timer Chronograph Limited Edition 100

As for its 'reverse panda' watch face — that's the term for a black dial with white sub-dials — two counters display a 30-minute indicator and a small seconds gauge, with the latter beneath the former, and is another design element that takes its cues from the original Minerva Rally Timer. In between the white sub-dials is the chronograph seconds hand coloured an arresting red, running along the surrounding tachymetre scale for instances when you want to calculate speeds over fixed distances. Highly functional yet strikingly stylish, this is surely a conversation piece anyone can appreciate.

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