"The watchmakers have the know-how to produce their own balance springs entirely by hand."
Today, Montblanc timepieces continue the journey of Minerva’s over 160-year legacy in four fine watchmaking explorations: Star Legacy, 1858, Bohème and Heritage, every lines are linking the past and the present through design, style and technical innovation.
TWO MANUFACTURERS. ONE PASSION.
Bringing a Montblanc timepiece to life requires centuries of accumulated knowledge, decades of experience, years of development and hundreds of hours of dedicated labour. With their skills and knowledge handed down through generations, the watchmakers at the Montblanc Manufactures in Villeret and Le Locle put their pride, passion and soul into each timepiece.
As the former home of Minerva, the Montblanc Manufacture in Villeret upholds the Manufacture’s legacy of expertise. Here, Montblanc’s Movement & Innovation Excellence Centre continues to enrich fine Swiss watchmaking with major innovations.
This location in Villeret is one of the last ones where most of the traditional horological operations, with all their micromechanical refinements, are still meticulously performed by hand – almost as though each timepiece were individually crafted as a unique item.
The company is one of the very few manufacturers able to draw on the master watchmakers, the original tools and the expertise needed to develop and produce mechanical timepieces in keeping with authentic Swiss watchmaking tradition. Following the principles of their heritage, and with constant innovation, the artisans in Villeret present exclusive developments that differ in many respects from anything that modern haute horlogerie has ever created.
The watch is only released for delivery once the quality assurance team at Montblanc's location in Le Locle is convinced that a watch upholds Montblanc’s strict quality standards. Each watch that passes the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500 is issued with an individual test certificate – labelling it worthy of Montblanc’s strict and high-quality standards.
"Watchmakers chamfer every edge, polish even the tiniest wheel and adorn plates and bridges."
From Past to Present
Inspired by historical Minerva classic wristwatches from the 1940s and 1950s, the Heritage timepieces combine the elegance of watchmaking past with today's bold design codes and technology.
The Montblanc 1858 finds its inspiration in the world of mountain exploration. Reinterpreting he Minerva pocket watches and chronographs from the 1920s and 1930s, the 1858 timepieces capture the sprint of the past in a modern way, expressing the trend of returning to nature and adventure.
With Star Legacy, the Montblanc pays tribute to Minerva's iconic Star Collection. While retaining the key elements of legendary timepieces like the Gold Hunter pocket watch, it continues the journey of classical fine watchmaking with a modern design and enhanced finishes.