Dedicated to Montblanc Brand Ambassador and famous World Badminton Champion Lin Dan, the new TimeWalker Pythagore Ultra-Light Concept is the brand’s latest addition to the TimeWalker collection. Dan, the only player to win all nine major titles in the sport, along with five World Championship titles, became a Montblanc Ambassador for Mainland China in 2014, and he has since become the inspiration for a number of developments in the TimeWalker series.
Earlier this year, at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva, Montblanc launched the TimeWalker ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph. This new TimeWalker Pythagore Ultra-Light Concept follows as another innovative addition to the line, which is known for its fusion of cutting-edge materials and mechanics combined with the traditional codes of fine watchmaking.
The ultra-light watch, which weighs in at a mere 14.88 grams, has black DLC titanium horns and uses ITR²®Kevlar®/Carbon elements for the middle case, caseback, bezel and crown. ITR²®, otherwise known as “Innovative, Technical, Revolutionary Resin,” is a composite material charged with carbon nanotubes. It is eight times lighter than steel and four times lighter than titanium. In this world premiere in case making, Montblanc combines the material with Kevlar®/carbon, a highly resistant synthetic fiber.
The absence of a traditional dial draws the eye into the movement. revealing its handcrafted skeletonized components that not only add to the watch’s aesthetic appeal, but also keep the watch’s overall weight to a minimum. Even the small seconds subdial, which has been crafted from super-light anodized aluminium and applied directly to the titanium mainplate at six o'clock, has been skeletonized for additional lightness and transparency. Other details include an engraving at eight o'clock of the five stars from the five most important championships of Badminton’s Grand Slam and an engraving at three o'clock of the two stars from the two rounds of Badminton’s Grand Slam won by Dan, a minute track etched directly onto the mainplate with black dots for the five-minute markers, and black anodized aluminium and skeletonized lance-shaped hands. The discreet red elements echo the color of Dan’s national flag.
The TimeWalker Pythagore Ultra-Light Concept is equipped with the new Montblanc manually wound Caliber MB M62.48, featuring hours, minutes and small seconds along with a 50-hour power reserve. The design is inspired by the historic Minerva Pythagore movement with its straight architectural bridge shapes that follow Pythagoras's Golden Ratio. This MB M62.48 movement is the modern-day interpretation of the historical Minerva movement designed in 1943. It has been completely redesigned in terms of materials and finishing, and the skeletonized main plate and the five bridges are all crafted in titanium for an extreme lightness of just 4.73 grams. The bridges have a three-dimensional effect with alternating satin and grained finishes, while the other components are hand-chamfered, hand-polished and hand-satin finished.
Montblanc cultivates the inventive spirit that is shaped by the history of classical watches. The manufactures in Le Locle and Villeret are precious sanctuaries for the craft of traditional Swiss watchmaking and the art of innovative horology. Montblanc has been a present beacon in the luxury brand market for nearly a century. Having been celebrated for generations as the paraount creator of writing instruments it branched out into exquisite watches, leather pieces, jewelry, fragrance and eyewear.