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A Brief History of Montblanc, and a Look at the 2018 Watch Collections

Posted by Amanda-Jane Swain on May 15, 2018 10:42:22 AM

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Choosing a watch can be trickier than it first appears. After all, this is an accessory that you are likely to wear for decades to come, not to mention an expensive investment.

Do you go by your heart or your head? Weeks of research or the first shining timepiece that catches your eye? Perhaps you already have a brand in mind? One that has been at the top of your wish list for a long time?

Whatever type of watch buyer you are, Burrells can help. Our beautiful range of luxury watches has all the brands you know and love as well as smaller luxury brands that you might want to get to know better.

And whatever watch you end up falling for we offer the same exceptional service, with a minimum 2 years international manufacturers guarantee.

Selling watches means we get to know brands intimately and our team can help you discover the brand and the watch that is a perfect fit for you. One brand, which perhaps doesn’t get the attention it deserves is Montblanc.

Today, we want to share our passion for this innovative German brand which has moved from iconic writing implements to luxury Swiss watches without missing a beat.

Find out more about Montblanc watches, below.

 


The Montblanc Story

Montblanc is a prestigious brand which makes up part of the Richemont luxury group. Richemont brands read like a who’s who of the luxury world. Their companies include Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Vacheron Constantin, IWC, and Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Montblanc has been making writing instruments in Hamburg since 1906. Their distinctive precious resin pens are instantly recognisable and have been a must-have executive accessory for more than a century.

 

Montblanc logo

 

The company takes its name from the highest peak in Europe, Montblanc, and this is represented in its logo. The white star on a black background is a reflection of the snow-covered peak of Montblanc and is now a well-known symbol in the world of luxury branding.

Montblanc is celebrated for its craftsmanship and quality. The company remains firmly rooted in Europe and continues to successfully produce artisan-crafted writing instruments despite the digital revolution.

Their continuing success has largely depended on diversification including the production of other executive accessories and, of course, watches.

 

Montblanc 1912 Advert

Montblanc advert from 1912

 

Montblanc Watches

Luxury brands across the globe have faced stiff competition in recent years and, for many, diversification has been the answer. From sunglasses to luggage and makeup, high-end brands are reinventing themselves for a modern audience.

In many ways, this is what Montblanc has achieved with its watch range. Successfully extending its product line, it has maintained a distinctive aesthetic and exceptional standards of craftsmanship.

The first wave of Montblanc watches stuck closely to the aesthetic of the brand's iconic Meisterstück instrument but as their reputation in the watchmaking community has grown, so has their creativity.

 

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Montblanc Bohème Perpetual Calendar Jewellery Watch

 

Now, Montblanc has created a diverse and exciting range of watches, with something to please every watch lover - from the classic dress watches (showcased in the Star Classique range), to the more contemporary TimeWalker watch (featuring an automatic movement).

Their Bohème women’s collection is also very special, with luxe designs showcasing mother of pearl dials and diamond embellishments.

All Montblanc watches are built with the same exacting precision and care that goes into their writing instruments.

 

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Swiss Craftsmanship

Earning a place in the prestigious world of luxury Swiss watchmaking is no mean feat, but it’s something Montblanc has achieved remarkably quickly. Their first watch was produced in just 1997 and by 2006, Montblanc was a fully-fledged watchmaker.

Montblanc hasn’t shied away from Swiss expertise either, with their watches made and designed in the Jura region of Switzerland. Alongside prestigious neighbours like Breitling, TAG Heuer, and Patek Phillipe, Montblanc is creating some of the most exciting new luxury watches around. 

 

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Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Automatic Watch

 

The acquisition by the Richemont Group of the prestigious manufacture, Minerva, allowed Montblanc to become a true watchmaker in every sense of the word. The acquisition allowed Montblanc to inherit a wealth of watchmaking knowledge and expertise.

The Montblanc manufacture in Villeret continues to practice traditional Swiss watchmaking while exploring innovative and creative techniques. 

Importantly, Montblanc has also gone on to develop its own in-house movement, which first featured in the Nicholas Rieussec Chronograph. Launched in 2008, this distinctive watch is powered by the MBR200 movement, featuring twin barrels which allow the watch to have a 72-hour power reserve.

The model is named after the famous watchmaker Nicholas Rieussec, who invented the first inking chronograph in 1821.

 


New Collections For 2018

The Montblanc 2018 collection pays homage to the history of Minerva, celebrating the partnership which has seen Montblanc inherit watchmaking knowledge stretching back to 1858.

Three new collections take inspiration from this prestigious history, looking to the pocket watch designs of the early twentieth century and incorporating vintage elements into brand new timepieces.

Explore these three new collections, below:

 

 

Star Legacy Collection

 

Montblanc Star Legacy Nicholas Rieussec Chronograph

Montblanc Star Legacy Nicholas Rieussec Chronograph

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The Star Legacy collection marks 20 years of Montblanc’s Star collection, blending classic aspects of the Star line with elements from the Minerva pocket watches of the 1920s.

One feature of this vintage blend is the use of Arabic numerals alongside curved cases with a rounded finish. The result is a number of elegant watches that mix old and new incredibly well.

One of our favourites is the stunning 44.8mm Star Legacy Nicholas Rieussec Chronograph. Featuring distinctive overlapping silver chronographs and statement blue hands, this is a very special watch indeed.

The Star Legacy Automatic Chronograph is another shining example from the 2018 collection, showcasing a silvery white dial, black Arabic numerals and a 42mm stainless steel case. Its beauty is in its perfectly balanced simplicity. 

Montblanc Star Legacy Automatic Watch

Montblanc Star Legacy Automatic Watch

 

The 1858 Collection

 

Montblanc 1858 Automatic Dual Time Watch

Montblanc 1858 Automatic Dual Time Watch

 

This collection is inspired by the intrepid world of mountain climbing, and looks back to Minerva’s timekeeping history, drawing on pieces from the 1920s and 1930s. The collection has a vintage sensibility that is tempered by clean modern lines.

For a distinctly retro look, the limited edition Geosphere uses a bronze alloy to create a timeless finish. If you prefer something a little smaller and more restrained, the 1858 Automatic could be a great choice. It is available in a 40mm case size, with either a black or smoked champagne coloured dial and bronze bezel.

The new 1858 watches feel effortlessly stylish and make a great match for classic business or evening wear.

Montblanc 1858 Automatic

Montblanc 1858 Automatic Watch

 

 

TimeWalker Collection

 

Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph - Wristshot

Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph

 

Looking for something a little sportier? The new TimeWalker collection is inspired by the spirit of racing and celebrates the links Minerva formed during the golden age of speed.

The collection is powered by a new automatic movement, calibre MB 25.10. Watches from this collection feature chronograph dials of contrasting black against white. These dials, known as panda dials, were a key part of racing history, allowing the wearer to easily read their watch at high speeds.

The fixed black bezel is another interesting design element and references vintage alloy wheels. This is a watch for the speed lover in you.

Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph Automatic

Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph Automatic

 

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Do you Have any Other Questions?

Has Montblanc won you over? Would you like to find out more about one of the youngest luxury watch contenders? Step into one of our friendly boutiques or visit our online store to discover more about Montblanc or to explore our wide collection of beautiful luxury watches.

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