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.
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.
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