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What's everyone think of the recent Montblanc offerings? Got a chance to handle their latest Minerva-made models last night. Some very nice stuff that has mostly slipped under the radar a bit.


http://www.montblanc.com/en-us/collection/watches/montblanc-collection-villeret-1858.html?=undefined
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I think Montblanc is a bit underrated by enthusiasts, yet overpriced. Their models didn't do anything for me in the past but their new releases are pretty awesome, aesthetically-speaking. Still, for the money, I'd go for one of the big names. 

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What's everyone think of the recent Montblanc offerings? Got a chance to handle their latest Minerva-made models last night. Some very nice stuff that has mostly slipped under the radar a bit.


http://www.montblanc.com/en-us/collection/watches/montblanc-collection-villeret-1858.html?=undefined

I think very highly of them. The Minerva stuff is undoubtedly excellent (enamel Pulso - drool...icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif), but their introducton of pieces like perpetual calendars and complete calendars at very fair prices is impressive and commendable.

It's time to start thinking of them as serious watchmakers.
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I think the Montblanc Tradition looks good but they need to get rid of the date.  If we compare it to say a Cartier Ronde Solo, I would choose the Montblanc.

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@elduder: good call on the strap upgrades.

One of the bigger problems with many of the "affordable" watch options is that their bracelets tend to be quite subpar.

A switch to leather (or something exotic) can really make a huge difference.
Thanks. I know they're no Patek or Rolex, but they keep accurate time and look decent. And I can't afford a Patek so I just try to make do.

Edited by elduder - 8/4/15 at 7:58pm
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Im kinda freaking out. I wound my panerai today. I checked the time and it didn't change after about 2 hours. The second hand isn't moving. Should I be tripping out?
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What's everyone think of the recent Montblanc offerings? Got a chance to handle their latest Minerva-made models last night. Some very nice stuff that has mostly slipped under the radar a bit.
 

 

I like them a lot - although I don't own any - and I think that they've got some great new models. We've discussed Montblanc's new offerings before in this thread, but it was some months ago.

 

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I think Montblanc is a bit underrated by enthusiasts, yet overpriced. Their models didn't do anything for me in the past but their new releases are pretty awesome, aesthetically-speaking. Still, for the money, I'd go for one of the big names. 

 

Overpriced? Maybe for their really top-of-the-line models, but they've got some really good models that are very competitively priced when you look at the features and movements. You'd be paying a great deal more for a watch from the "big names".

 

I particularly like the Star Quantieme Complet:

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.montblanc.com/en/collection/watches/montblanc-star-collection/108736-montblanc-star-quantieme-complet.html

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Im kinda freaking out. I wound my panerai today. I checked the time and it didn't change after about 2 hours. The second hand isn't moving. Should I be tripping out?

Did it feel strange when winding? Sounds like a broken spring to me. Or some issue with the stop seconds clutch if it has one. I'm just guessing. Sounds like a professional needs to look at it. Good luck.
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Did it feel strange when winding? Sounds like a broken spring to me. Or some issue with the stop seconds clutch if it has one. I'm just guessing. Sounds like a professional needs to look at it. Good luck.

I'm sure it has to do with the second hand because the watch stopped working completely. Just annoying but I'll have it checked
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The second hand is run by the movement, not the other way around, so the second hand issue is likely a symptom, not a cause, particularly if the main hands aren't turning either. Can you hear it ticking? To be honest, there is a limited amount this forum will be able to do beyond guessing a diagnosis so get thee to the AD without delay.
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Try shaking it around a bit.
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I like them a lot - although I don't own any - and I think that they've got some great new models. We've discussed Montblanc's new offerings before in this thread, but it was some months ago.


Overpriced? Maybe for their really top-of-the-line models, but they've got some really good models that are very competitively priced when you look at the features and movements. You'd be paying a great deal more for a watch from the "big names".

I particularly like the Star Quantieme Complet:







http://www.montblanc.com/en/collection/watches/montblanc-star-collection/108736-montblanc-star-quantieme-complet.html

I tried this model on not long ago and was very surprised by how nice it felt on my wrist. I think hiring JLC's CEO away from them has been working out nicely for Montblanc. I also think that, when you consider what other watches of similar build quality can cost, they are priced rather competitively.

All in all, I think if you want a watch purely for its build/movement quality and aesthetic properties, the right Montblanc can be a fine choice.

Where they lag behind is in that X-factor: the heritage component. When you own a Speedmaster, you own a piece of the space race. When you own a Sub, you own a pivotal innovation in water resistant case design. Most great watchmakers have added something significant to horology at large somewhere on their timeline. Even Seiko once dropped an A-Bomb ("a" for "Astron") on the industry causing massive upset and consolidaton. Montblanc, on the other hand, makes nice pens and watches.

I guess whether or not all that matters to you is a function of how far down the horological rabbit hole you've dug yourself.
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Love. Congrats on the pick up!

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