Expect the unexpected at Montblanc! This concept timepiece is ultra-light, resistant and robust and not for sale in the moment. It is a watch conceived for Lin Dan, the World Badminton Champion …
For the time being this is “only” a concept watch designed for Lin Dan, who obviously likes an extremely light and comfortable timepiece for both work and play.
14,88 grams for the entire watch!
Lin Dan is brand ambassador and World Badminton Champion. Lin Dan completed the “Super Grand Slam”, having won all nine major titles in the badminton world: Olympic Games, World Championships, World Cup, Thomas Cup, Sudirman Cup, Super Series Masters Finals, All England Open, Asian Games, and Asian Championships, becoming the first and only player to achieve this feat. He is also the winner of five World Championship titles.
Affectionately named “Super Dan” by his fans, the 33-year-old athlete stands out due to his relentless pursuit of excellence and perfection, as well as for his incredible energy, spirit and sense of style.
Lin Dan became a Montblanc Ambassador for Mainland China in 2014 …
This is the second picture of Lin Dan I received…
Hey Montblanc-PR in Asia! Why didn’t you guys take/send me one showing the ultra-light watch on Lin Dan´s hand? Would have been so cool!
Montblanc TimeWalker Pythagore Ultra-Light Concept
The Montblanc engineers have worked on a combination of black DLC titanium for the horns and ITR2 Kevlar / Carbon elements for the middle case, case back, bezel and crown, making the TimeWalker Pythagore Ultra-Light Concept one of the lightest mechanical timepieces in the world.
With 14.88 grams plus about 4 grams for the bracelet the Montblanc watch is lighter than the famous Richard Mille Rafael Nadal RM 27-01 that weighs 19 grams.
ITR2, aka Innovative, Technical, Revolutionary Resin, is a composite material charged with carbon nanotubes. It is extremely difficult to manufacture. Only a handful of specialists are able to make a watch cases out of it.
ITR2 is eight times lighter than steel and four times lighter than titanium.
Montblanc continues to innovate with this material by combining it, for the first time, with Kevlar / carbon, a highly resistant synthetic fibre, to reach utmost robustness, creating a world première in casemaking materials.
The weightlessness of the 40 mm case construction is also reinforced by the horns made of titanium that have been skeletonized, satin-finished and treated with a black DLC coating for scratch resistance.
The case is equipped with an ITR2 Kevlar / Carbon crown adorned with the Montblanc emblem. Mineral glass on both the dial and the case back of the timepiece also helps keep weight to the strict minimum for increased comfort and agility. The sporty and virile appearance of this ultra high-performance case is reinforced by alternating matt and satin-finishing as well as by the red circle made of ITR2 which echoes the colour of Lin Dan’s national flag.
The absence of a traditional dial immediately draws the eye into the movement with its handcrafted skeletonized components. The decision to skeletonize the Montblanc/Minerva-movement was not only an aesthetic choice, however, as careful attention was paid to keeping the overall weight to a minimum.
Even the small seconds subdial at six o’clock has been skeletonized for additional lightness and transparency. This anthracite subdial has been crafted out of super-light anodized aluminium and applied directly to the titanium mainplate, along with its elegant red-tipped Minerva arrow for increased legibility.
The TimeWalker Pythagore Ultra-Light Concept is equipped with the new Montblanc/Minerva manually-wound Calibre MB M62.48, featuring the hours, minutes, small seconds with a 50-hour power reserve.
The design of the movement is inspired by the historic Minerva Pythagore movement with its straight architectural bridge shapes that follow Pythagoras’s Golden Ratio.
The Montblanc Calibre MB M62.48 is the modern-day interpretation of the historical Minerva movement that was designed in 1943.
For the moment this is a concept watch and not yet for sale. But I expect Montblanc to bring such a unique watch also to the markets. It will not be cheap for sure, but in the tradition of Montblanc much more affordable than other comparable watches…