October is the month that Montblanc honours a heritage that dates back to 1858, when two watchmakers founded a small factory in Villeret, in the Swiss Jura region. Their timepieces were later branded as Minerva, whose present-day partnership with Montblanc continues the art of haute horlogerie.
A close-up of the tourbillon and the double-eight bridge.
In October 2008, Minerva's 150th birthday was marked by the presentation of the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 and Grand Tourbillon Heures Mysterieuses. The latest in the Villeret 1858 models, the 2013 Tourbillon Bi-Cylindrique comes with a cylindrical double balance-spring, claimed to be another first in the industry.
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