Lin Dan-dedicated: Montblanc TimeWalker Pythagore Ultra-Light Concept

Lin Dan-dedicated: Montblanc TimeWalker Pythagore Ultra-Light Concept

Work hard, play hard

Text: Bianca Husodo

The German haute horlogerie pioneer honours badminton wunderkind, Lin Dan, with an astoundingly weightless timepiece perfect for both work and play

Lin Dan, the 33-year-old World Badminton Champion, is renowned for completing the Super Grand Slam — the first and only player to bring home all nine major titles in the badminton sphere. Demonstrating a pioneering spirit and boundary-pushing excellence (that goes in tandem with Montblanc's virtues), it is no surprise that Dan has been chosen as the German manufacture's brand ambassador for Mainland China.

Designed for Dan, and men leading an active lifestyle, the sporty Montblanc TimeWalker Pythagore Ultra-Light Concept caters to gents looking for comfort and lightness — perfect for both work and play. Weighing a mere 14.88 grams, the robust timepiece is easily one of the lightest mechanical timepieces in the world; yet another stellar addition to the TimeWalker Collection famed for its fusion of revolutionary materials and traditional codes of fine watchmaking. Here's what you should know about this latest creation:

1.    The revolutionary case

Innovation lies at the heart of Montblanc, with the incorporation of of ITR²® — otherwise known as Innovative, Technical, Revolutionary Resin — which is extremely difficult to manufacture with only select certified specialists fit to craft it. Fun fact: It is eight times lighter than steel and four times lighter than titanium. The ultra-light timepiece's middle case, case back, bezel and crown are delicately assembled out of the said element, coalesced with black DLC titanium and Kevlar®/Carbon — polished off with an alternative of matt- and satin-finishing framed with a red circle; a nod to the hue of Lin Dan's national flag.

2.   The skeleton dial

A closer look at the face of the timepiece reveals the absence of a traditional dial. Instead, with an aim to aesthetically keep weight to a strict minimum, a handcrafted dial comprised of skeletonised components draws the eye. A further detailed look, you will find that even the tiny anthracite subdial crafted out of anodised aluminium is stripped down. A Lin Dan touch is added through an engraving of five stars representing five of the most important championships of the Badminton's Grand Slam, won by the world-class athlete.

3.   The Pythagoras-inspired movement

The TimeWalker Phythagore Ultra-Light Concept is equipped with the new manually-wound Calibre MB M62.48, featuring an impressive 50-hour reserve. Taking cue from the historic Minerva Pythagore's Golden Ratio-approved movement, this fresh calibre goes behind Pythagoras' aesthetic rule of creating perfect harmony with proportions. The Montblanc Calibre MB M62.48 is the contemporary Minerva movement — accentuating its skeletonised titanium main plate and alternating satin-grain finished bridges. The past has been taken into the future.