The Montblanc TimeWriter II: Chronographe Bi-Fréquence 1.000
The Montblanc Manufacture in Villeret has a long history of devising clever ways to measure brief intervals of time. Albert Einstein’s standard reference work about the relationship between space and time was published in Bern in 1916. That same year and just a few kilometres away, the watch manufacture introduced a stopwatch that could measure elapsed intervals to the nearest 100th of a second. Each in its own way, these two nearly simultaneous events went on to revolutionise our understanding of time: decades later, this chronograph inspired another innovation in the art of measuring brief intervals: Montblanc’s TimeWriter II Chronograph Bi-Fréquence 1,000.
This watch appears to contradict the laws of pure science. A childhood memory of a rolling hoop inspired Barto Gomila to develop an innovative chronograph mechanism, which was created by the master watchmakers of Montblanc’s Manufacture in Villeret under the TimeWriter scheme.
Conventionally, a frequency of 500 Hz is necessary to capture a thousandth of a second in a mechanical watch, but this ingenious chronograph accurately measures down to the 1/1000th of a second with a frequency of only 50 Hz. With minimised wear and friction, the watch sets new standards with regard to precision, regularity and long-lasting power reserve.