Montblanc marks time at today’s Goodwood Festival of Speed


Goodwood Festival of Speed roars into life today, with Montblanc celebrating the spirit of racing as official timing partner for the second year.

To mark the partnership, the brand has unveiled a limited edition TimeWalker The timepiece is launched in the 160th anniversary of Minerva, a watchmaker that has been part of the Montblanc business since parent organisation Richemont acquired it.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed, which runs from July 12 to 15, is one of the world’s great festivals for car lovers who gather to witness legendary racing drivers behind the wheels of some of today’s rarest and most spectacular machinery.

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Montblanc will lend its timekeeping expertise to all the races across four days. The meeting ends with the 1.16-mile timed Hillclimb Shootout, which will determine the champion of the 2018 Festival of Speed and the winner of a Montblanc timepiece — The Montblanc TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph “Cappuccino” edition.

During the event, Montblanc will host a special Pavilion where guests can see the 2018 Montblanc collections.

“There are only a few motor racing celebrations as thrilling and exciting as Goodwood Festival of Speed. With the participation of magnificent cars that range from the vintage to the most avant-garde, this event is the perfect partnership for Montblanc, a Maison that celebrates its spirit of innovation and its long watchmaking heritage,” says Montblanc CEO Nicolas Baretzki.

Davide Cerrato, Montblanc’s Managing Director Watch Division adds: “Montblanc timepieces celebrate the unrelenting passion for speed that has been at the heart of motor racing for the past century. For the past 25 years, the spirit of racing has found its home at Goodwood, an event that brings together those who share this passion for speed from all corners of the world. I can’t think of a better venue.”

The Montblanc TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph Limited Edition, which is limited to 1,500 pieces, has a beige Panda dial with brown subdials. It uses a Montblanc manfucture automatic chronograph movement with 46 hours of power housed in a 43mm steel case and worn on a perforated vintage brown calf leather strap.

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