For the first time, Montblanc has equipped its modern TimeWalker collection with its in-house patented ExoTourbillon and a monopusher chronograph, creating a daring and imposing aesthetic with mix of lightweight yet highly resistant materials.
Driven by Montblanc’s in-house calibre MB R230, the Exotourbillon Minute Chronograph Limited Edition has a patented one-minute tourbillon, along with a monopusher column-wheel and vertical coupling.
For the movement, the timepiece features a double-barrel, automatic-winding mechanism with a stop-second mechanism, which directly halts the screw balance by means of a tiny spring and allows the user to also set the seconds precisely.
The automatic double-barrel movement beats at 3Hz, with 44 jewels and a 50-hour power reserve. The mainplate and bridges are coated in rhodium with circular graining on the mainplate and Geneva stripes on the bridges. The result is a lightweight yet robust case that protects the movement beneath and accentuates the distinctive TimeWalker look.
This 44mm watch features a three-part case made with a mixture of titanium, carbon fibre and Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC). The time is displayed in an-off-centre red-and-black dial at 12 o’clock with luminescent red and white Arabic numerals, while the lower section of the dial showcases the patented ExoTourbillon and features two semi-circular double-indication counters.
The dial is also enhanced by a domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatments, providing excellent visibility, scratch resistance and ultimate performance. To maintain its modern aesthetic, the watch is also fitted with black alligator strap with red stitching and satin-finishing feature.
This Montblanc limited edition also features a unique feature: the Travel Function with a rapid reset of the hour hand and the date display, which can be either forwards or backwards. In addition, the tourbillon can be stopped by directly halting the balance wheel.
Only 100 units of this limited-edition piece are available. Meanwhile, Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie 2016 runs through to January 22.
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