The ‘Panda’ disc chronograph is inextricably linked to the racing events that symbolize speed, just like the timewalker series of self-made chronographs launched by Montblanc on SIHH this year. Motorsport spirit, reappearing the glorious history of chronographs. The design inspiration of this new product is from the racing world. Every detail seems to be back to the golden age of the whistling racing. The white dial has three three-dimensional black chronograph dials, which interpret the classic ‘Panda’ dial design. The contrasting retro elements are reminiscent of the instrument panel settings of a highly recognizable classic car. Below, let’s take a look at the actual watch: (watch model: 118488)
The “Panda” disc that swept the watchmaking world
Since its inception in the 1960s and 1970s, the ‘Panda’ dial has swept the world of watchmaking with its unique aesthetic design and clear reading function, which has become a distinctive mark in the history of watchmaking. To this day, it is still as hot as ever. In fact, before the 2018 SIHH watch exhibition, this Montblanc Timewalker series of self-made movement chronographs as the brand’s watch exhibition pre-heating models have already met with you, using ‘Panda’ to interpret the classic aesthetics, strengthen retro style and racing sportsmanship.
Watch real shot:
A 43 mm diameter stainless steel case with a fixed high-tech black ceramic bezel engraved with a tachymeter scale on the outer edge, effectively preventing scratches, oxidation and corrosion. The side of the watch is satin-finished, which highlights the dynamic charm of the car’s appearance while preventing scratches more effectively and is easy to handle. The flanks of the lugs are sculpted with smooth lines and have a full structure. The semi-hollow design is reminiscent of a racing air intake.
The black DLC-coated knurled surface-treated crown is designed with anti-slip texture of racing tires, which has superior debugging feel and unique appearance design. The embossed Montblanc hexagonal white star logo shows the beauty of brand recognition. The two timing buttons are also decorated with racing tire designs, showing the overall superb enjoyment.
The white bottom surface is matched with a dark brown chronograph dial, which reproduces the style of the panda dial. It is matched with rhodium-plated Arabic numerals and indicator scales, which contrast with the rhodium-plated noctilucent prince-style hour and minute hands, making the time indication clear, intuitive and uniform With Super-LumiNova®, it is convenient for reading in dark environment. The red chronograph seconds hand, decorated with Minerva’s iconic arrow at the tip, and the red engraved clock marker, are striking and unique.
The small seconds at ‘six o’clock’, the chronograph seconds at the center of the dial, and the 30-minute and 12-hour chronographs at ‘three o’clock’ and ‘nine o’clock,’ respectively, are the vintage-inspired wrists. The table adds practicality.
It is equipped with a Montblanc MB 25.10 self-made movement, with a case back design that allows you to see the appearance of the movement. The water-resistant depth of this watch is 100 meters, and has obtained the ‘Montblanc Lab 500-hour quality test’ certification to ensure the watch’s travel time and the stable operation and reliable quality of various chronograph functions.
Pair it with a new vintage brown halo-coated calfskin perforated strap and white stitching for a classic look. Attach a stainless steel folding clasp for easier wearing.
Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph
Summary: The timing dial is associated with the racing car, creating the classic ‘Panda’ design on the wrist. This watch has attracted wide attention because of its outstanding and retro design when the brand was just released. Coupled with the outstanding self-made MB 25.10 movement, this watch is a good choice both in appearance and performance. For those who like this watch, may wish to look forward to its arrival.