As a watch writer I’ve visited (a serious) number of produces and each time I search for one of a kind properties of that particular production. The makes that I visited most are Montblanc’s manufacture in Villeret – that’s the old Minerva make – and their other office on Le Locle. Both are altogether different! The assembling in Villeret consistently feels like you’re going back as expected, while the other production is a condition of-workmanship current office, situated in a wonderful old manor. I was astonished to see more testing and checks than I’m used to see, when I visited Le Locle, so during last week’s SIHH I discussed this with Montblanc’s overseer of watches, Alexander Schmiedt.
The old Minerva fabricate in Villeret is indeed my top pick, basically in light of the fact that it seems like you travel back in time when you stroll through the front entryway. It’s an old structure, yet that doesn’t make it novel. What does, are the immense apparatuses from the mid 1900’s, the workshops with old squeaking wooden floors and workbenches neglecting delightful knolls in the valley. You promptly get the sensation of how it used to be in the days of yore. Furthermore, still, they do have computers with CAD/CAM and multiple-hub CNC machines. Then again, the assembling in Le Locle is situated in a particularly lovely old Villa, completely in Art Deco style, and I’m each time astonished by the measure of value checks.
Of course, most watch brands have very severe testing methods. What’s more, let’s be straightforward, that’s what we may anticipate from Haute Horlogerie brands, and nothing less. Anyway a few brands go that additional mile to test and check the quality, before their delightful manifestations will be ship off the new proprietor. Some utilization the Geneva Seal, some the COSC declaration. Other have made their own testing and affirming methodology, as Patek Philippe, and like the brands who together made Qualité Fleurier. And furthermore like Montblanc!
Montblanc has been performing their 500 hour test for very a few years now. These test were done distinctly on the Nicolas Rieussec and TimeWalker TwinFly watches, which included Montblanc’s in-house chronograph types. As of this current year the whole test will be performed on all watches referenced previously, in addition to all watches from the new Montblanc Hertitage Chronométrie collection.
Besides this 500 hour test, Montblanc additionally plays out countless quality checks, among every single step in the creation interaction. This has dazzled me, directly from the first occasion when I visited the wonderful chronicled manor in Le Locle, and today I plunked down with Alexander Schmiedt, Montblanc’s head of watches, to discuss the testing methodology, called the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500.
- Test No. 1 – Winding Performance and Assembly Control (4 hours) – Checking the twisting exhibition of the watch and the accuracy of the watch’s last assembly
- Test No. 2 – Continuous exactness control (80 hours) – Ongoing checking of the rate altogether positions
- Test No. 3 – Functions Control (336 hours) – Testing the general working of the watch
- Test No. 4 – General Performance Test (80 hours) – Testing the transient rate and the capacities altogether positions
- Test No. 5 – Water Resistance Test (2 hours) – Testing the water resistance