An idea hatched late 2016, by longtime friends Sébastien Malherbe (originally from Nice, France), and Jocelyn Arsenault (originally from Prince Edward Island, Canada). The two entrepreneurs decided to put their talents together to work on a new entrepreneurial challenge: build a new profitable venture from scratch, and somehow have a positive impact on the world. Soon after, Angie Arsenault and Chloé Comte joined the founding team, lending their talents and skills to the company while bringing more gender equilibrium to the table.
The team is now composed of a digital product designer, a digital business advisor, a blogger / living space designer and an artist.
The idea was to design a luxury classic watch for the fashion-conscious men & women looking for a sophisticated and contemporary style, without breaking the bank; a watch that would stand out from the mass-produced minimalist designed watches that have flooded the market; a watch that would have a positive impact on the world by giving back.
“A watch does much more than tell time - it makes a statement. “
One year later, with original designs for two watch series and a very successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, Mont Royal Watches was born. A company that designs and makes luxury watches at an affordable price by selling directly to the consumer through their online store.
The team wanted to feature their beloved city of Montreal within the brand and story, as it is a place known for its diversity, its “joie de vivre”, its acceptance, and its flourishing design & innovation community, and what better way to pay tribute to their adoptive city then by choosing the name of the iconic mountain which stands at the center of the city: Le Mont-Royal.
100% Designed in Montréal"
It's About Making An Impact
Along with the goal of designing beautiful watches and building a successful business, the founders of Mont Royal Watches have pledged to do their part towards eliminating the gap of inequalities between men and women and ensuring human rights for all, and thus created the “Time for Change Initiative”.
The tagline “Time For Change” represents both the timepiece on your wrist, and the idea that collectively we can change our society’s views and have a strong positive impact throughout the world on the issues of gender equality.