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SIHH 2014: Montblanc Celebrates Its Heritage

By Managing Editor, Our Minutes

The history of the Montblanc Manufacture in Villeret – part of the Swiss Jura mountain range – goes back to 1858, when it was founded under the name Minerva.

Montblanc’s exhibition celebrates its legacy, featuring an icy blue mountain backdrop and a variety of historical pieces on display, including a Minerva pocket watch from 1908 with a chronograph calibre 19/9 CH.

On site are two watchmakers hailing from Villeret, doing fine detail work throughout the day.

An elegant tribute to the brand’s heritage, the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 ExoTourbillon Rattrapante is the star of Montblanc’s SIHH 2014 presentation.

Montblanc Collection Villeret ExoTourbillon Rattrapante

Combining an ExoTourbillon patented by Montblanc, along with a split-second chronograph, it’s a sophisticated timepiece. The ExoTourbillon is not at allconventional – it frees the large screw balance from the burden of the rotating cage. The watch’s dial is a kinetic 3-D sculpture made of gold and grand feu enamel. An additional novelty: the time is displayed in a second zone.

Manufactured in a limited edition of only 18 pieces, very few horology fans will have an opportunity to view the watch in person.

Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 ExoTourbillon Rattrapante

A Villeret watchmaker explains the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 ExoTourbillon Rattrapante to an SIHH attendee.

We took a quick video of the piece, demonstrating the exotourbillon in action.

Stay tuned for more astonishing premieres and live updates from SIHH this week.

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Katie Wudel


Managing Editor, Our Minutes

Katie Wudel is a timepiece enthusiast and freelance writer contributing to such distinguished literary journals as McSweeney's, Tin House, Prairie Schooner, and more.