Montblanc’s new timewalker Pythagore ultralight concept watch has been launched, breaking through the extreme of fine watchmaking again. This watch is tailor-made for Montblanc’s Chinese brand ambassador and badminton world champion Lin Dan. From the case to the movement, it is made of a series of super light and high-tech materials with outstanding performance, highlighting the sports vitality and masculine of the new timepiece temperament.
The new Montblanc TimeWalker Pythagore ultralight concept watch is tailor-made for Montblanc China brand ambassador and Chinese badminton star Lin Dan. The founder of the ‘Super Grand Slam’ Lin Dan has won the Olympic Games, World Championships, World Cup, Thomas Cup, Sudirman Cup, WBF Super Series Finals, All England Open, Asian Games and Asian Championships. The winner of the event has become the first and only athlete in the world to receive this award. He also won the World Championships five times and was affectionately called ‘Super Dan’. The dazzling light of this 33-year-old athlete stems from his persistent belief in perfection and excellence, as well as his infinite vitality, perseverance and extraordinary fashion taste. In 2014, Lin Dan became the brand ambassador of Montblanc in China, and became the source of inspiration for the timewalker series’ unremitting innovation. It is the common pursuit of Lin Dan and Montblanc to forge ahead with innovation and breakthrough the perfect limit.
After the Montblanc Timewalker series of external tourbillon minute chronographs successfully debuted at this year’s Geneva International Haute Horlogerie Show, this series adds another eye-catching new work-Timewalker series Pythagore ultralight concept watch. The Timewalker series has been widely acclaimed for its perfect blend of new materials and innovative mechanical construction with exquisite watchmaking craftsmanship that has been passed down for more than a century. This concept watch is extremely lightweight and durable. For the energetic men represented by Lin Dan, they prefer lightweight and comfortable timepieces, which can perfectly meet the dual needs of work and leisure.
Disruptive case design
Montblanc has developed innovative and revolutionary materials for the Timewalker Pythagore ultralight concept watch. The lugs are made of black DLC-coated titanium, and the case middle piece, back cover, bezel and crown are made of unique ITR²® Kevlar® / carbon material, making the entire Timewalker Pythagore ultra-light concept watch Become one of the world’s thinnest mechanical timepieces, weighing only 14.88 grams (excluding the weight of the strap).
ITR²® is the abbreviation of Synthetic Resin for Innovative Technology. It is a composite material with carbon nanotubes as filler. This material is extremely difficult to control, and only a few highly skilled experts can use it to create a delicate case. The material is eight times lighter than steel and four times lighter than titanium. Montblanc did not stop at this extraordinary material and continued its commitment to technological innovation. For the first time, it was combined with Kevlar® / carbon, an extremely strong synthetic fiber, to create a rigid material, and developed the world’s first case-making material.
The hollow lugs are made of titanium, satin-finished, and covered with a black DLC coating, which can effectively prevent scratches and make the 40 mm diameter case lighter. Montblanc watchmakers carefully match the case with a crown made of ITR²®Kevlar® / carbon material, decorated with the classic Montblanc logo. Mineral glass on the dial and back cover ensures that the timepiece is extremely lightweight, adding comfort and flexibility to the wrist. This case with superb performance is alternately matt and satin-finished, and the red graduated ring of ITR² composite material echoes the color of the Chinese flag represented by Lin Dan.
Delicate dial details
Looking at the dial carefully, it is not difficult to find many well-designed technical details, which add Montblanc Timewalker Pythagore ultralight concept watch to sports vitality, light texture and excellent performance. This model abandons the traditional dial design and focuses people’s attention on the movement. The movement components are entirely hand-engraved, following the 158 years of exquisite heritage of Montblanc Villeret Watchmaking Workshop (formerly Menela Watch Factory) Craft. The design of the hollow movement is not only an aesthetic choice, but also an extremely lightweight watch body. The small seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock is also treated with hollowwork, making the watch lighter and more transparent. The charcoal-gray sub-dial is made of ultra-light anodized aluminum and is directly engraved on the titanium main dial, with elegant red Melamine hands adorned with red tips, making the time display clearer and easier to read. Other exquisite details include: five stars carved at 8 o’clock, symbolizing that Lin Dan won the five most important championships in the badminton grand slam; two star motifs engraved at 3 o’clock, representing Lin Dan’s accomplishment of the double grand slam ; Minute dial ring etched directly on the main dial, five-minute hour markers with gray fringed black dots, and hollow black anodized aluminum spear-shaped hands. All details highlight the consistent aesthetic style of the Timewalker series, combining cutting-edge modeling with outstanding performance.
Within the movement
The Montblanc TimeWalker Pythagore ultralight concept watch is equipped with the new Montblanc manual winding MB M62.48 movement, which provides a 50-hour power reserve for the hour, minute and small seconds. The movement design is inspired by the classic Minerva Pythagore movement. It uses a straight bridge shape and follows the Pythagoras golden ratio principle. Pythagoras found that small integer ratios can create beauty, and using this ratio can create perfect harmony. Montblanc MB M62.48 movement reinterprets the classic Minerva movement produced in 1943 with modern design. This highly modern movement has been completely redesigned in terms of materials and processes. The hollowed-out movement main board and 5 bridges are made of titanium metal, while ensuring the movement is strong and durable, the pursuit of extreme lightness. The movement bridge is alternately processed with satin and grain, showing a unique light and shadow with a three-dimensional and three-dimensional effect. The other parts are manually chamfered, polished and satin-finished to create an ultra-lightweight movement with a very modern feel. The weight is only At 4.73 grams, the traditional aesthetics are brought to the future, in order to pay tribute to the world-renowned badminton star and Montblanc brand ambassador Lin Dan.