In a matter of weeks, the maker of expensive pens will officially present its new baby — the Montblanc Time Walker TwinFly (ref. 106507) automatic chronograph. Details are still scarce, but it is known that the upcoming watch, which is set to be presented during the SIHH 2011 event, will be delivered in a 43 mm stainless steel case in a scratch-resistant matt black DLC coating.
A nice writing instrument needs a good wristwatch to make the impression lasting, so, at some point in time Montblanc entered the business of making luxury time measuring devices. Although their first attempts didn’t look particularly inspiring, it looks like the Swiss-based brand has finally found a design language of its own.
The new timepiece offers an impressive exterior and is powered by a complex mechanism that, with some reservations, could be called an ‘in-house’ job. Compared to many similarly priced chronographs that feature the usual ETA blank calibers with third-party add-on modules, this is a huge step in the right direction.
On a wrist, the new TimeWalker TwinFly takes a great deal of space. Not only because the timekeeper’s body is larger than your average chronograph of this style, but also because of its longer horns. The TwinFly Chronograph measures around 50 millimeters in the lug-to-lug department, so, if you happen to be on a skinnier side of the fence, you may want to think twice before ordering this piece.
The controls are pretty standard with the pair of push-pieces placed at their usual positions at 2 and 4 o’clock and a bit over-sized crown placed right between them. While the crown is massive enough to be easily operated, the pushers are a bit too short to my taste: I would prefer some more travel before engaging or disengaging the chronograph module.
Inside the generously proportioned body will tick-tock a Montblanc caliber MB LL 100 automatic column-wheel chronograph movement with vertical disk clutch.
Developed and manufactured by Manufacture ValFleurier, which is also owned by the Richemont Group, the caliber features a twin-barrel winding system that stores enough power to animate the TwinFly Chronograph for as long as 72 hours.
The name of the brand that stays behind the mechanism says a lot to those in the know, but if you are more into aesthetics and don’t care much about technical features (it is a pretty sophisticated piece of machinery, by the way, that significantly increases the timepiece’s value), stay assured that the mechanism is wonderfully finished featuring a skeletonized oscillating weight with Montblanc’s famous Star, is decorated with nicely executed Geneva strips and has its parts held together with blued and polished screws.
Although its guaranteed power reserve of just three days doesn’t look exactly groundbreaking now (but is formidable compared to an average ETA-powered chronograph), it may still be a nice feature to those who have two or three timekeepers in the weekly rotation.
TwinFly’s dial, too, makes a good impression with the brand’s signature styled Arabic numerals and easy to recognize open-worked hands with the usual thin strips of Superluminova at the tips. While the central chronograph seconds hand (I mean, the shorter one) lacks enough contrast due to its color of darkish red, the rest of the indicators is easy to read, even the date window, which is placed at 9 o’clock, is large enough for a normal person.
The dial is nicely sculpted although the motif that they used looks a bit out of place (but that’s my personal opinion, right).
The Swiss maker of luxury writing instruments plans to sell the TimeWalker TwinFly Chronograph as a limited edition model.
Availability & Price
Only 300 pieces will be made and offered to collectors and enthusiasts, although, given the gadget’s impressive price of €8950, I wonder how many of these will be sold.
Build quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4/5
Nighttime Legibility: 4/5
Value for money: 3/5
Overall Rating: 4/5
Montblanc Time Walker TwinFly Chronograph (ref. 106507) specification
Movement: Automatic, caliber MB LL 100, 33 jewels, 28,800 vph, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes, chronograph, date
Power reserve: 72 hours
Case: Stainless steel in black DLC
Size: 43.00 mm
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Black leather
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective