Not very interested in their products. To me they will always be a pen maker, regardless of what company they acquired to make their movements. Also, these days the term limited edition is over used and is often a gimmick to make people believe something is truly special and rare. Not to mention most watch companies release several limited editions every year. Skip these and move on to something else.
And that is my principal issue with Montblanc: as much as it grates to see their unfamiliar labels, I've no problem with them, or Louis Vuitton or Hermes doing what they're doing. They have decided to make a high quality product, invested in serious knowledge and capacity and that's fine. It's just business. But with Montblanc in particular - particular because they are aiming for a high volume market segment - it's so disappointing that they cannot come up with a coherent design language. Their pens are recognisable from a mile away. But their watches are a bizarre medley of inflated parts bin jumbles that are often weirdly reminiscent of cheaper brands. They're just not designing anything with a personality, and it seems like an opportunity lost when they have made such a big move.
Wow tough crowd! Agree that at the same price, I would rather buy an IWC (e.g.) than a Montblanc.
Having said that, (1) Montblanc sounds like an example of a brand that is considered very differently by watch aficionados from the casuals - I wore it out yesterday and today (see pictures below) and there were a lot of positive comments about it; and (2) overall, so far I'm actually quite happy with it - they've obviously put a lot of money into the movements, feels sturdy and well built but not super heavy (although the clasp gets a little uncomfortable), and loving the white face at the moment and the different chrono setup they've got.
Let's see what happens - I'm still undecided (disclosure - I may sell one soon!).
In regards to Montblanc I tend to agree with the consensus here. Their entire line is a bit of mess, but some of the watches stand out to me - the world time watch that Hodinkee did a hands on with a few months back struck me as a fun and interesting watch. Though you have to admire their desire to actually build high quality watches; they have all the brand recognition necessary to simply sell overpriced fashion watches, yet they don't.
I guess what I'm getting at is that the average high-end watch purchaser is not at all like the people who frequent this thread. Montblanc could have made boatloads on crap watches without Minerva, yet they chose to go the respectable route.
If we want to focus on the sins of Richemont watchmakers, I think we're focusing on the wrong brands in their umbrella.
Edited by ebayhtl - 5/27/16 at 4:20am