We had the pleasure to go & visit Minerva in Villeret a couple of days ago. I'm pretty sure you won't go through a complete story of 150 years of watchmaking, so just some quick facts so that you can consolidate your knowledge on the brand, which now belongs to Montblanc (since 2007) :
- The brand was created in 1858
- Its original name was "Fabrique des Faverges" - probably coming from a nearby place, as it was often the case at that time
- First in house movement : 1902. Minerva becomes a manufacture
- 1908 : First chronograph
- 1916 : amazing first 1/100th chronograph. Yes, that's 360.000 alt. / hour, in 1916.
- When you read something like 13/21 on a caliber, it means that it's a 13 lines caliber (its size), developed in 1921
- All Minerva's caliber, but hi-speed chronos, beat at 18.000 alt. / hour
- The Minerva arrow on the plates of the movement dates from the early 2000's.