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The Montblanc watchmaking story began in 1858, when Charles-Yvan Robert founded his workshop in Villeret, in the Swiss Jura Mountains. Though he didn’t realise it at the time, this marked the beginning of the historic Minerva era. Over the century-and-ahalf that followed, Minerva would become one of the world’s leading specialists in precision chronometry for professionals.


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. 


The Montblanc factory in Villeret, Montblanc’s Movement & Innovation Excellence Center, is located in the same building in which the legendary Minerva was founded in 1858 and focuses on the development, prototyping and assembly of all in-house movements from innovative and groundbreaking high-complications to small highly functional complications.

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.
At the Montblanc’s Watch & Quality Excellence Centre in Le Locle, traditional watchmaking is paired with state-of-the art technology. This is where traditional watchmaking merges with the latest technology. From aesthetic design to construction, prototyping and final assembly, all the expertise necessary to create an iconic timepiece is concentrated here.
Once the countless parts have been skilfully put together at the factory in Le Locle, the highest mark of distinction for a newly-created Montblanc timepiece is passing the rigorous testing procedure of the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500 – which tests for utmost precision and absolute perfection. The timepieces undergo a variety of controls and checks over a period of 500 hours: daily wear and tear, water resistance, numerous settings and re-settings, different climatic conditions, as well as a check of all their specific functions. It is a demanding and tough procedure that guarantees the functionality of even the most technically complex features.
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.


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.

Montblanc 1858

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.

Star Legacy

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.