The Montblanc TimeWriter 1 Metamorphosis takes up the challenge of combining the principles of traditional watchmaking with the design of a timepiece with extraordinary features with prodigious inventiveness. The first project in the TimeWriter line, meets two objectives: to support promising talent and to combine tradition with innovation. The project of two watchmaking specialists, Johnny Girardin and Franck Orny, appealed to the Minerva Institute's Foundation Board and resulted in this unique creation. Obviously, a timepiece that has two dials to display different functions is not an innovation in itself, but the way in which the Metamorphosis by Montblanc transforms itself is absolutely unique. By simply moving a bolt up or down, a watch that indicates hours, minutes, seconds and date can be changed into a chronograph or vice versa. In order to achieve this change by purely mechanical means, Johnny Girardin and Franck Orny drew on all their watchmaking know-how and resorted to methods used in the construction of automata - an ancient craft long practised, like watchmaking, in the mountains of the Swiss Jura. In a perfect synthesis of tradition and innovation, this revolutionary transformation mechanism is based on the superb MBM 16.29 chronograph calibre, manufactured and assembled by hand.