These are outsourced components. The stuff from Minerva is at a much higher price point.
Shame no ones posted any photos. I don’t know anything about them but saw the thread and thought I’d look. No pics, so I googled images. Nothing special there then but I saw one that looked nice and expanded the image.
The one I liked turned out to be a reasonably priced Longines Flagship Heritage
Montblanc started making (probably just selling) watches in the late '90s. Pass.
In my quest for watch grails, I need history.
If they were in the "beater" price range, maybe.
The connection with Minerva helps and are great looking. If they could only keep the Minerva name on the dial. Another pass.
Second page of a thread without a single photo. What is this, a usenet discussion group?
Ok thanks for sharing your knowledge.
Regarding the photos dont know why Im havinf trouble uploading photos from my phone so I have to rely in my desktop for that.
Montblanc has three levels of movements -- (1) modified ETA/Sellita, which are the least expensive (generally under US$ 5,000); (2) in-house calibres produced at Le Locle, which are mid-range (usually US$ 5,000 to US$ 10,000); and (3) Minerva-based calibres produced at Villeret (US$ 10,000+). The Minerva-based movements are very special -- and tend to be very expensive.
I can't say I am a fan of Montblanc watches. I've read good things about their quality, price to value and innovative designs, however, I just don't see myself buying one of their watches. One of their pens... definitely.
Thanks @redpcar, looks like a perfectly nice watch
can you please comment on this ones, movement level etc etc?
This is a good article giving info about the brand.
Here are my two babies...full perpetual and twinfly with mb ll 100 movement
Love the perpetual. Got to be expensive.
I have an 1858 Automatic, the smaller size (Minerva copy); it’s a great looking watch that wears well, and the bronze two tone is quite subtle and nice.
However the rotor noise is noticeable and the power reserve also seems quite poor; I don’t think I got a lemon as reviewers also mentioned it on release. For me the watch looks so good I just don’t really care about that... however a screw down crown would be nice.
As pics are severely lacking in this thread;
ref pics ..I tried on one of their perpetuals a few years back ( I think they have just launched it). It was a lot of watch for the money as I recall / good value.
I am fortunate to have 3 MB watches.
I have 2 Timewalkers and a Heritage Chronometrie - all on leather straps. Whilst the movements are nice all three are Selittas and keep time very well.
The timewalkers are lovely, but I cannot get on with the Heritage.... don’t get me wrong, it is wonderful to look at, classy and comfortable to wear.
It’s one drawback is it sounds awful. I mean, you can hear it tick whilst wearing it, even people around me have gotten annoyed by it’s ticking. The rotor grinds so loudly that people have urged me to get it looked at!
Which I have, by MB, under warranty.... but each time it comes back with a clean bill of health.
I will have to part with it, sadly, I just hope that it’s new owner can forgive it more than I could.
But yes, leather strap FTW on MBs!
Sold a few watches on eBay then got these two for less than half price, I wear the silver /white dial but I’m keeping the salmon under wraps!
I came across a review for a Montblanc 1858 monopusher chronograph which has a Minerva movement and is limited to 100 pieces. I think that watch is a true stunner!
However, the price of 27k EUR seem a bit too much for a Montblanc (even for that one) since I believe even though they are trying to enter the high end watch market they are not quite there yet.
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