Gildas Le Doussal

His curriculum vitae reads like the rate of precision clockwork: an engineering degree specialising in the conception of watch movements, diplomas from the technical school in Le Locle (CIFOM) and the school of engineering in Saint Imier, 20 years of professional experience, a teaching post at CIFOM, and heading of the movement design division of the Montblanc Manufacture in Le Locle. Gildas Le Doussal, son of a family of watchmakers, is an impassioned designer of watch movements. But despite all that he had already achieved, developing Montblanc’s Manufacture calibre MB LL100 – the one that beats in the TimeWalker TwinFly models – was his greatest challenge thus far.

“Just consider the many functions that must all run via the movement’s central staff: the hours and minutes for the ordinary time display, the elapsed seconds and minutes and their zero-return function,” Le Doussal explains. “On the basis of this entirely new and independent construction, we now have enormous developmental potential for future Manufacture calibres.”