Montblanc’s legend began in 1906, at a time when the manufacturing industry was booming. The three pioneering founders changed the history of writing, and took the highest peak in Europe, Mont Blanc ( Mont Blanc, the company’s name Montblanc, symbolizes the relentless pursuit of superior quality, ultimate performance and extraordinary craftsmanship.
In the past two decades, Montblanc has constantly created legendary classics and unremittingly carved new heights on the road of fine watchmaking. Relying on the brand’s powerful watchmaking workshops, Montblanc master watchmakers have created a masterpiece of watches with both personality and craftsmanship with top skills, passion for traditional watchmaking skills and outstanding creativity.
Reno and Villeret
In 1997, Montblanc opened a watchmaking workshop in Le Locle, Jura, Switzerland. The brand originated from Hamburg, Germany in 1906, and has a long-lasting passion for excellence in craftsmanship. The field of fine watchmaking. The Reno watch factory is located in an ancient manor house that was also built in 1906. Today, the modern and open atrium structure integrates the surrounding landscape with the old manor house, showing the brand’s concept of blending traditional values and innovative spirit.
When traditional classics and modern design blend harmoniously, the high-level technology created by it makes Montblanc watches unique and timeless. They not only demonstrate Montblanc Reno’s position as a branded watch and centre of quality excellence, but also its complete functions from design and manufacture to final assembly and quality control.
Montblanc Viller Collection
Ten years later, Montblanc teamed up with Minerva SA, a small traditional Swiss watchmaker based in Villeret, to create the Institute Minerva de Recherche en Haute Horlogerie. . The history of Montblanc Villeret dates back to 1858. With its outstanding hand-made movements, especially precision chronographs, it has quickly become one of Switzerland’s most acclaimed professional watchmakers.
After the development of the first chronograph movement for watches in the 1920s, in the early 1950s a milestone in fine watchmaking was created-the legendary Minerva Pythagore. With the establishment of the Villeret Watchmaking Workshop, Montblanc’s watchmaking skills have been improved, and the countless high-end achievements in watchmaking have continuously inspired the watchmakers at Montblanc Villeret Watch Factory, relying on the accumulated experience of Menela Professional timekeeping technology, while promoting the traditional Swiss watchmaking technology, introduces new ideas and injects vitality into the Swiss watchmaking industry.
Montblanc’s fine watchmaking is based on the unique architecture of the perfect collaboration between the two watch factories to jointly create timepieces that reflect the highest Swiss watchmaking standards and the most innovative homemade movements: The essence of traditional craftsmanship, following the diligent pursuit of excellent watchmaking skills for 158 years, has now become Montblanc’s movement and innovation research and development center, dedicated to the research and development, design and assembly of the main movement; Reno Watchmaking Workshop will The perfect fusion of traditional watchmaking norms and advanced technology has become Montblanc’s watch and centre of excellence. Hundreds of years of knowledge and hundreds of hours of dedicated work can give birth to Montblanc timepieces. In order to create the most precise and perfect masterpieces, the watchmakers at Montblanc Reno and Villeret have pride and spirit into each timepiece, sharing the high-end system with the future owners of Montblanc timepieces. The surging passion of the watch.
Patented external tourbillon movement
The exclusive patented complex device for the external tourbillon was completely developed by the Montblanc watchmaker and was first introduced in 2010. The word ‘Exo’ is derived from the Greek word meaning ‘outside’ or ‘outside’, which means that the screw balance is placed outside the tourbillon rotation frame. This patented innovative mechanical structure makes the rotating frame smaller in size and does not need to load the weight of the balance wheel, so it can save more than 30% of energy compared with the traditional tourbillon. At the same time, because the balance wheel is placed outside the rotating frame, it means that it can be protected from the inertia of the frame, which further improves the accuracy.
Montblanc’s patented external tourbillon movement also contains a high-performance stop-second device. The micro-spring directly stops the screw balance, allowing the wearer to accurately adjust the second hand. The stop-second device can immediately stop the balance wheel in the tourbillon, instead of just rotating the frame, so as to prevent the ‘back swing’ phenomenon of the balance wheel when the tourbillon frame stops and avoid affecting the accuracy. The tourbillon frame is provided with a red arrow pointer, which reads the seconds on the corresponding scale at the opening of the tourbillon dial for accurate adjustment of the second hand.
To celebrate the 110th anniversary of the brand and commemorate the golden age that gave birth to it, Montblanc launched three complex functions independently developed by the brand in 2016-the external tourbillon stop-second movement MB 29.21, and the dual-fly chronograph movement MB. LL100.1 and World Time MB 29.20, and launched a number of new tourbillon watches that continue the precision and outstanding performance of Montblanc timepieces. Among them, the Montblanc 4810 series external tourbillon ultra-thin 110th anniversary model uses the MB 29.24 self-made movement decorated with a fan-shaped “Geneva ripple” micro-oscillating device for the first time. The lens, this patent-made movement can be seen at a glance. The external tourbillon ultra-thin watch of the same 4810 series is equipped with the MB 29.21 self-made movement with a thickness of only 4.5 mm, showing the extraordinary quality of complex craftsmanship.
500 hours quality test
Reliability, precision and durability are the three main criteria for evaluating the performance of advanced mechanical watches. Since the beginning of production, the watchmakers at Montblanc Reno have made every effort to ensure that all parts of each watch meet these three standards. Excellent quality. Therefore, the Montblanc Reno watch factory quality team developed and implemented a set of rigorous and highly targeted high-intensity tests, the ‘Montblanc Lab 500-hour quality test’, which simulates the first year of use of the watch, Including daily wear and tear, various settings and resetting of the crown, daily use of all functions in different weather conditions, etc.
Each stage of the test procedure follows the highest standards in the watchmaking industry. Each test is monitored and evaluated using Montblanc’s professionally developed equipment. Only watches that successfully pass the test will be issued for delivery. The Montblanc Lab 500 Hours Quality Test uses an independent test method and test duration that is unique in the fine watchmaking industry. Montblanc watchmakers’ meticulous pursuit of detail ensures the outstanding quality and stability of each home-made watch, making it the perfect companion for the future owner’s life.