Montblanc Bohème Day & Night

The Montblanc Bohème Day & Night is a 34 mm watch (the first watch of this size in the Bohème collection) in steel, 9.53 mm in thickness, with a bezel set with 72 top Wesselton diamonds. The caseback has a transparent sapphire window revealing the movement; the crown is in stainless steel, with the Montblanc…

Montblanc Metamorphosis II

This watch has had a long development. It began in around 2006 from a concept by two young watchmakers, Johnny Girardin and Franck Orny, who were inspired by Transformers-type robots and wanted to create a watch that would change appearance and function. Metamorphosis I, presented in 2010, had a teardrop shape, and a transformation process…

Montblanc

Company profile: Montblanc was founded in 1906 in Hamburg as a company making pens. In 1977 it was bought by Dunhill, and subsequently became part of the Richemont Group. Montblanc Montre S.A. was founded in 1997 in Le Locle, Switzerland, manufacturing timepieces. In 2006, the Richemont Group purchased the Fabrique d’Horlogerie Minerva SA (founded 1858), with…

Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Quantième Complet Vasco da Gama

You think you’ve seen this watch somewhere before? In a way you’re right, because it is very similar to the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar (reference 1558420) launched in 2013 and replaced this year by the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar Meteorite Dial. Comparison with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar The similarities aren’t just visual: the Montblanc piece is (like…

Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph

This is a good example of Montblanc’s push to make complication watches more accessible. €38,000 sounds a lot, but for this sort of watch is an extraordinarily low price when compared to most tourbillons, particularly considering that it features the ExoTourbillon, a Montblanc exclusive rather different from the normal tourbillon, and a monopusher chronograph, with…

Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Dual Time

Montblanc’s products for 2015 confirm the brand’s strategy of attacking the market on two fronts, high-priced complication watches with in-house movements (reflecting the Villeret manufacturing unit, previously Minerva, where watches are made by hand using antique machinery) and very competitively-priced pieces based on third-party movements with small additional complications. The Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Dual Time…

Montblanc Bohème Perpetual Calendar Jewellery

The Montblanc Bohème Perpetual Calendar Jewellery was first presented in August 2014 in Shanghai and so it was also part of Montblanc’s watches highlighted at SIHH in January 2015. It is the women’s version of the men’s perpetual calendar watch that caused a real surprise at SIHH in 2014, becoming the world’s most accessible perpetual…

Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Quantième Annuel Vasco da Gama

At SIHH (January 2015) Montblanc confirmed their power and prowess as a watch brand, with an exceptional collection of new products ranging from sophisticated pieces with in-house movements developed at their Villeret manufacture, previously the historic brand Minerva, to watches with third-party movement and modern design to appeal to a younger section of the market.…

e-Strap by Montblanc, unobtrusive technology

Montblanc has presented its e-Strap, which has a small electronic unit worn on the inside of the wrist and in bluetooth communication with your mobile phone. So it’s going in the same direction as the Apple Watch, but instead of having to wear that uncool square chunk of sapphire, you still have a smart mechanical watch…

SIHH 2015 preview, Montblanc for travellers

The Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum is part of a new Montblanc family of watches, the Heritage Spirit collection. The watch shows the time at any one of the 24 time zones in the world, by means of an in-house time zone module added to the movement and driving a series of discs as well…

Montblanc launches the Bohème collection in Shanghai

Bohème is the name of the new Montblanc collection of women’s watches, jewellery and pens, launched in Shanghai on 28 August 2014. CEO Jérome Lambert, with personalities Chris Hemsworth, Elsa Pataky, Ana Beatriz Barros, Chiara Ferragni, Dennis Nieh, Liu Tao, Dong Xuan, and the new Brand Ambassador Gwai Lun Mei, were present at the event,…

Gentian wood and the Montblanc ExoTourbillon Rattrapante

For its watches, Montblanc operates from two manufacturing units, one in Le Locle, and one in Villeret, near Neuchatel. The second is a traditional building, filled with traditional machinery, in which watchmakers still make timepieces by hand, performing just about all operations, including construction of the balance springs, by hand. Montblanc’s racier and more youthful…