Montblanc TimeWalker Rally Timer Chronograph Limited Edition 100: Malaysia Price and Review

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Montblanc TimeWalker Rally Timer Chronograph Limited Edition 100

Last year’s SIHH saw Montblanc revamping its TimeWalker collection with a flurry of new models including chronographs and simple three-hands. This year, the German luxury goods maker is bolstering the collection with several new models, including the Montblanc TimeWalker Rally Timer Chronograph Limited Edition 100, a modern re-interpretation of a vintage rally timer from Minerva archives.

For the uninitiated, Minerva is a well-known name among vintage enthusiasts. The company was founded in 1858 at Villeret and was known as H. & C. Robert watchmaking factory by brothers Charles-Yvan and Hyppolite Robert. It then took on the Minerva name in 1923 and kept it for 84 years.

Minerva was one of the many companies that nearly folded under the wave of cheap quartz watches that flooded the market in the 1970s. It was later was sold to an Italian investor named Emilio Gnutti in 2000, who managed to bring it to life before the Richemont Group acquired it for Montblanc. This marked a significant turnaround as Minerva came with manufacturing capabilities and a portfolio of watches and chronographs that Montblanc incorporated to its Villeret collection in 2006.

Since last year’s iteration, it can be seen that the TimeWalker Rally Timer Chronograph draws its inspiration from the Minerva Rally Timer from the 1960s. While the Montblanc name might be more synonymous with aviation and dress pieces, its association with Minerva—and the factory’s history with motorsports—allowed it to tap into the motor-racing segment.

Montblanc TimeWalker Rally Timer Chronograph Limited Edition 100

The new Rally Timer Chronograph comes with a 50mm grade-two titanium case and can transform into a pocket watch, desk clock, or even a car dashboard attachment. The dial features a reverse panda configuration with white counters on a black background, compared to last year’s iteration with an entirely black dial.
There’s also a 30-minute counter at 12 o’clock and a sub-dial that displays the running seconds at six o’clock. Like the earlier TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph, the new one also features a red chronograph seconds hand to reference the Minerva arrow.

The loop-style brown Sfumato leather strap can be easily removed and the lugs folded into the caseback when one wishes to turn it into a pocket watch or desk clock. The case can be rotated between the three o’clock and nine o’clock positions for a better viewing angle.

Montblanc TimeWalker Rally Timer Chronograph Limited Edition 100

Additionally, the case has a knurled middle section coated with black DLC to give it an extra layer of hardness, and is topped with a satin finishing. The large crown is positioned at 12 o’clock in relation to the dial, and is also made out of titanium.

Beating inside is the Montblanc in-house MB M16.29 movement (below), which is inspired by the original Minerva calibre 17.29, a movement developed in the 1930s and used for both pocket watches and wristwatches. This hand-wound movement beats at a frequency of 2.5Hz and boasts a power reserve of about 50 hours.

Montblanc MB M16.29

If you turn the watch over, the beauty of the movement is displayed via an open caseback shaped like a car grille. The hand-finished movement features German silver plates and bridges, with decorative elements like hand-chamfered edges, Côtes de Genève, circular graining, diamond-polished surfaces, and more.

All things considered, the Montblanc TimeWalker Rally Timer Chronograph Limited Edition 100 is indeed a bulky watch. 50mm in diameter and 15.2mm in height, the watch is meant to stand out.

We’re glad Montblanc decided to go with titanium, so despite its bulky demeanour, the ticker remains pretty light and comfortable on the wrist.

The watch is certainly a conversation starter that offers proper respect to its past with panache and style. But be quick if you’re interested because just like its name suggests, there’s only a hundred of ‘em racing around the globe.

 Case

50mm brushed titanium

 Dial

Reverse panda with black background and white counters

 Movement

In-house Calibre MB M16.29

 Strap 

Brown sfumato aged calf leather

 Functions

Hours, minutes, small seconds, monopusher chronograph

 Power Reserve

50 hours

 Price

RM146,000

Sim Wie Boon

Sim Wie Boon loves classy dress watches from timeless Swiss and Japanese marques. Wrist affections aside, he finds comfort in quiet rainy evenings with a hot cup of coffee and a stable internet connection.