Avid followers of Montblanc’s works of horology art will know that this isn’t exactly new to its collection (it was unveiled in 2011 in celebration of the 190th anniversary of the invention of the chronograph), but its gorgeous aesthetics and technical capabilities make it attractive enough to warrant this post.
I’m talking about the Montblanc TimeWalker TwinFly Chronograph, or what I like to call, Black Beauty. Its 43 mm diameter case is made of a titanium alloy that is 1.5 times harder than stainless steel, making it highly protected against shocks. Add to that an extremely scratch-resistant DLC coating in black and you’ve pretty much got a rock solid yet surprisingly lightweight timepiece on your wrist.
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal on both front and back means you can feast your eyes not only on its eye-catching dials but also on its finely skeletonised winding rotor also in black. The icing on the cake? The black alligator leather wristband rounding things off to perfection.
Now that we know how beautiful it is, let’s take a peek into what makes it, well, tick. Montblanc created the mechanical chronograph Calibre MB LL100, a self-winding movement in an elite class of its own. Firstly, the double barrel capacitor means that the watch has a highly stable 72-hour power reserve, which means you don’t have to wear it for almost 3 days and it will still tick.
And then there’s the FlyBack function. In a nutshell, when you press a particular button while the chronograph is running, both the central chronograph hand and the 60-minute counter immediately ‘fly back’ to their zero positions in tandem and instantly begins a new measuring interval. The speedy movement is so fascinating to watch that one has to restrain oneself from pressing the button repeatedly for no good reason, of which I’ve been guilty, of course.
Did I mention that the TimeWalker TwinFly Black Titanium Chronograph is a limited edition piece, with only 300 pieces available worldwide? Head on down to Montblanc’s flagship at Mandarin Gallery and have a look yourself because its beauty and prowess is one that needs to be appreciated in person.