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Montblanc

German luxury watch manufacturer Montblanc has a goal: to sit alongside the likes of Patek Philippe in the world of high horology. Unlike the brands by which it is inspired, though, the Montblanc story has barely begun. It started in 1997 when Montblanc debuted its Meisterstuck watch, named for the company’s signature fountain pen.

Montblanc is famous for master craftsmanship, traditional design, attention to detail, and exquisite finishing. Its luxury watches span the horological spectrum, from entry-level to surprisingly high-end pieces with sophisticated complications. Surprising because Montblanc’s output has historically been fine writing tools, leather and jewellery. Not horology. Montblanc struggled to be taken seriously as a big player in the universe of horological high rollers during the first decade of its watchmaking enterprise—but then the company acquired movement makers Minerva, a respected manufacture that has been around for more than 150 years. With history comes recognition. Montblanc entered the big leagues, creating sophisticated movements and placing them in serious watches.

Every luxury watch brand has a piece that makes its name. Montblanc became a player on the launch of the impressive Star Nicolas Rieussec Monopusher Chronograph. It was powered by a calibre MB R100, a manual movement, and was closely followed by an automatic, the MB R200, which has a day-night display for the second time zone.

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