Fine Watchmaking

Two manufactures. One passion.

The Montblanc watchmaking story began in 1858 when Charles-Yvan Robert founded a watch workshop in the Saint-Imier valley. This marked the beginning of the historic Minerva era.
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 groundbreaking innovations.
The Spirit of Mountain Exploration.

Reinterpreting the Minerva pocket watches and chronographs from the 1920s and 1930s, the Montblanc 1858 timepieces capture the spirit of the past in a modern way, expressing the trend of returning to nature and adventure.
The Montblanc Laboratory Test 500.

Once the carefully orchestrated interplay of countless parts has been skilfully put together, the newly created Montblanc timepiece has to pass a rigorous test, the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500.

• Daily wear and tear
• Water resistance
• Numerous settings and re-settings
• Different climatic conditions
• Check of all specific functions
• 500 hours at extreme conditions