When it comes to traveling and the management of zone times in different time zones this chronograph, with its clever home time function, is in its element.
In my opinion this is a good-looking, sporty-elegant chronograph offering you an in-house movement with column-wheel control and disc coupling and what´s most important when travelling, you have the home time always in view. Let´s be honest: A time-zone function is an extremely useful addition to a watch in today’s age of mobility.
This timepiece in unmistakable Montblanc TimeWalker-design combines a chronograph function and the indication of the time in a second zone. It thus unites two complications that are extremely useful in daily life. And it achieves this union in a rather unconventional manner with central positioning for both its elapsed-seconds hand and its hand for sixty elapsed minutes. This arrangement on the dial was very popular some forty years ago, but vanished into oblivion afterwards. Yes, that’s difficult to understand since this constellation improves the legibility of elapsed-time measurements and simultaneously frees space for a sub-dial with a 24-hour scale to show the time in a second zone. The small seconds at the “6” and the date window at the “3” complete the ensemble of this highly functional timepiece.
And the way this function is realized on the Montblanc TimeWalker TwinFly Chronograph enables it to be operated very simply and flexibly. The 24-hour-sub-dial at the “12” can be adjusted to indicate the hour in any desired second time zone, although most users will probably choose to set it to show the time at their permanent residence. Its scale is calibrated for 24 hours, so it simultaneously provides day/night information, which is further emphasized by a fine relief: sunrays symbolize daytime hours and a celestial dome signifies the hours of the night.
The home time remains unchanged when you embark on a journey, while the display on the main display can be set to show the new local time. This is easily accomplished by withdrawing the crown to its first extracted position, after which the hour-hand on the main dial can be separately reset in hourly increments until it shows the new local time, while the minute hand, which requires no resetting, continues to run unaffected by the change in the hour-hand.
The master of ceremonies of the TimeWalker TwinFly Chronograph is the Montblanc’s manufacture caliber MB LL 100. It features automatic winding, column-wheel control and disc coupling for the chronograph, a fly-back function, a large screw balance that vibrates at a pace of 28,800 A/h (4 Hz), a double barrel for 72 hours of running autonomy and optimized profiles on the gears’ teeth to increase the efficiency with which energy is transferred. So in my opinion the entire ticking microcosm embodies an ideal combination of traditional chronographic mechanisms and state-of-the-art technology.
The ensemble is styled in the iconographic TimeWalker-look, with which Montblanc has created a genuine classic. The 43-mm stainless steel case has a narrow bezel and offers ample room for a spacious dial on which relief numerals and diverse scales are positioned for good legibility. The watch is available with a linked bracelet made of stainless steel or a brown alligator-leather strap secured by a triply folding clasp.
Enough theory at this point!
The 2013 Montblanc TimeWalker TwinFly Chronograph
Last but not least please enjoy the film showing you the TimeWalker TwinFly Chronograph and all its useful functions
For the specialists among you:
The Montblanc TimeWalker TwinFly Chronograph also exists in other executions, though some were limited. So I can not tell you if e.g. this cool all black version from 2011 is still available…