Minerva Pocket Watch

SIHH 2014: Montblanc Celebrates Its Heritage

By Contributing 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.

Minerva Pocket Watch

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.

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.

Montblanc Collection Villeret ExoTourbillon Rattrapante

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


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


Contributing Editor, Our Minutes

Katie Wudel is a writer, educator, and timepiece enthusiast. Now a contributing editor, she recently served as the managing editor of Our Minutes, a digital destination for the watch-obsessed powered by Tourneau. Today, she's the Special Projects Editor at GOOD Magazine. She has developed content and digital strategy for a wide range of clients, from Berkshire Hathaway’s watch and jewelry retailer Borsheims to the world’s most famous concert venue, Carnegie Hall. Her writing has appeared in such distinguished literary journals as McSweeney’s, Tin House, Prairie Schooner, and Fairy Tale Review; was “top news” at Jezebel.com (part of the Gawker network); and has been recorded for NPR’s Snap Judgment. Katie is the digital communications manager for Lit Crawl NYC and was a recent writer in residence at Hedgebrook, a fellowship for visionary women authors.

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