Hands-On The Montblanc Timewalker Rally Timer 100 (And HODINKEE At The Copperstate 1000 Rally)
As you might have noticed, this week HODINKEE is at the annual Copperstate 1000 vintage car rally in Arizona, and it seems like a great time to look at one of the most interesting new rally timers. The Montblanc Timewalker Rally Timer 100 is, as we noted when it was first announced, a modern re-interpretation of a vintage rally timer in the Minerva archives. Minerva is a famous name among vintage watch enthusiasts – the company was originally founded as H. C. Robert, in 1858, in Villeret, and “Minerva” started out as a sub-brand. Eventually, the company became Minerva SA, Villeret, in 1929, having gradually shifted from its beginnings as an établisseur (a company that buys and cases supplied movements) to a designer and manufacturer of movements in its own right.