Since Davide Cerrato assumed the role of the Managing Director of Montblanc’s watch division, he has been steadily transforming the brand by giving all its collections a fresh, new update. It includes the complete redesign of Montblanc’s TimeWalker collection, introduced at the SIHH 2017, which drew inspiration and historical cues from Minerva. At the ongoing SIHH 2019, Montblanc has revealed two new chronographs that further expands the updated TimeWalker collection. Both the latest model feature “Reverse Panda” dials with contrasting black backgrounds and counters and flanges. The first of the two is the Montblanc TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph, which is basically a variation of the timepiece revealed last year. It features the same satin-finished stainless steel case that measures 43mm and has a fixed black ceramic bezel engraved with a tachymeter scale. What’s different on this year’s model is the dial on which the colors have been inverted. The dial like before has a 3-6-9 layout for the chronograph, with the date window appearing between 4 and 5 o’clock. The watch is powered by the Montblanc Manufacture Calibre MB 25.10, which is an automatic movement with a 46-hour power reserve. It comes paired with a perforated vintage brown Sfumato aged calf leather strap that has stainless steel triple folding clasp. The Montblanc TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph is priced at EUR 4,990 (about $5,725).
The other new watch that joins the collection is the TimeWalker Automatic Chronograph, which is an all-new entry-level model that shares a lot of similarities with the TimeWalker Chronograph Automatic from last year. The new timepiece also has a satin-finished steel case that is slightly smaller measuring in at 41mm. Also featuring the Reverse Panda dial, it has two silvery white counters for the chronograph at 6 o’clock and 12 o’clock. Small seconds are displayed on the sub-dial at 9 o’clock and the date is displayed via an aperture at 3 o’clock. The racing-themed watch is powered by the same calibre MB 25.07, which uses a Selitta SW500 base – a clone of the Valjoux 7750. The TimeWalker Automatic Chronograph delivered on a perforated, Rally-style black rubber strap and is priced at EUR 3,200 (about $3,666).