Centuries of collected knowledge, decades of experience, years of development and hundreds of hours of dedicated labour – they all culminate in a Montblanc timepiece coming to life. The watchmakers at Montblanc locations in Villeret and Le Locle put their pride, passion and soul into each timepiece using skills that have been handed down through generations. 

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.




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. The Montblanc timepieces of today continue the journey of the 160-year Minerva legacy in three fine watchmaking explorations: the Spirit of Classical Watchmaking with the Star Legacy Collection, the Spirit of Racing with the TimeWalker Collection, and the Spirit of Mountain Exploration with the 1858 Collection.

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