Haute Horlogerie

Celebrating 160 years of Legacy

Celebrating 160 years of Legacy

Montblanc’s watchmaking tradition began 160 years ago, when in 1858 Charles-Yvan Robert founded a watch workshop in the Saint-Imier valley, starting the Minerva era. Today, Minerva is home of the Montblanc location in Villeret. In its heyday it was one of the leading specialists in professional watches for measuring small intervals of time with high precision. As early as the 1880s, the Montblanc location had started to specialise in pocket watches that could be wound with a crown. They were among the first to be wound without a separate key and were the reason for Minerva's early success and expansion. The innovative timepieces also attracted attention at various world exhibitions of the time, winning prestigious awards. At the beginning of the 20th century, they started to develop monopusher chronographs and gained recognition for its precise chronometry, becoming a leading specialist in the fabrication of professional watches and stopwatches. Minerva shaped the history of professional timekeeping in a way that few other watch manufactures did. The journey to new heights continued throughout the 20th century with multiple achievements, innovative patents and trailblazing timekeeping technology, resulting in highly precise stopwatches that kept time exact to the 1/100th of a second. Those developments symbolise the level of mastery and innovation obtained by Minerva since 1858, and consolidate its reputation in the manufacture of pocket watches and chronographs. The Montblanc timepieces of today continue the journey of the 160-year Minerva legacy in three fine watchmaking explorations:


The Manufactures

The Manufactures

With over 160 years of uninterrupted Swiss watchmaking heritage, Montblanc fine watchmaking is built on a unique set-up that brings two manufactures together seamlessly to create the finest timepieces and the most innovative calibres that the highest level of Swiss watchmaking can deliver.


Craftsmanship

Craftsmanship

The master watchmakers of the Montblanc Manufacture combine the brand’s values with genuine Swiss watchmaking precision and thus harmonise perfectly with the company’s high expectations concerning craftsmanship and quality standards.


Montblanc Laboratory Test 500

Montblanc Laboratory Test 500

The quality team of the Montblanc factory has developed and implemented a comprehensive testing program to guarantee that the Montblanc watches meet the highest standards of quality before they leave the factory.