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About Montblanc

About Montblanc

Guided by the pioneering spirit since 1906, Montblanc revolutionized the culture of writing with breakthrough innovations. Today, the Maison continues to push boundaries and evolve the expression of fine craftsmanship across each of its product categories: the pinnacle of luxury writing instruments, timepieces, leather goods, accessories, fragrances and eyewear. With every innovation, Montblanc offers new functionalities and groundbreaking designs imbued with the Maison’s heritage of sophistication and crafted to the highest standards through the skills of its artisans in each of its manufactures. Reflecting its on-going mission with fine lifetime companions born from the most pioneering ideas, the iconic Montblanc Emblem has become the ultimate seal of performance, innovation, quality and expression of style. With its origins deeply rooted in the culture of handwriting, Montblanc has set an international standard of cultural commitment, with the creation of wide-ranging initiatives to promote arts and culture in many forms, while paying tribute to the modern day patrons who support the advancement of the arts.

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History of Montblanc

1906

Hamburg merchant Alfred Nehemias and Berlin engineer August Eberstein witnessed the latest technological innovations during their stay in America, including the new not fully developed fountain pen. Back in Europe, they teamed up with Claus Voss, a stationary trader to lay the foundations for a company that would manufacture the newly invented non-leaking fountain pen, establishing a factory in Hamburg.

1909

Claus Voss takes over the company with Wilhelm Dziambor and Christian Lausen. After almost 3 years of development, “Rouge et Noir”, the Maison’s first fountain-pen series, is launched. Made of black ebonite with a red cap top and inspired by the famous novel of the same name by Stendhal, the writing instrument is Montblanc’s first Safety Pen.

1910

The name Montblanc is adopted for the growing company, inspired by the highest mountain in Europe that would come to symbolize their vision of excellence and their pursuit of ultimate performance and the finest craftsmanship. The six-point white star, representing the six snow- covered glaciers of the majestic mountain, would soon become the company’s emblem, and feature on every writing instrument manufactured by Montblanc since.

1919

The first Montblanc Boutique opens in Hamburg, soon to be followed by others in Berlin, Leipzig, Breslau, Hanover and Bremen.

1922

In the 1920s and becomes recognized internationally, in part due to the innovative Bauhaus- inspired advertising campaigns devised by the Maison, such as fitting cars with oversized fountain pens and Montblanc signs, or the first advertising planes taking the Montblanc name into a new dimension.

The same year Montblanc is starting to produce its own ink.

1924

The iconic Montblanc Meisterstück fountain pen is launched. As its name proudly proclaims, it is a masterpiece of precision craftsmanship. It will soon become the ultimate writing experience, a symbol for writing culture and a luxury icon.

The Maison is selling its writing instruments in more than 60 countries.

1926

Montblanc expands its offering with the introduction of small leather goods in saffiano leather.

1929

The engraving "4810" first appears on the Montblanc Meisterstück nib. Recording the height in metres of the Mont Blanc, this figure has been engraved on all Meisterstück fountain pens ever since.

1934

Montblanc is launching its first pencil Pix that becomes an immediate market success. The name Pix is synonymous for all writing instruments of this kind.

1935

Montblanc establishes its first leather goods workshop producing luxury small leather items near Offenbach, a town renowned for its leather craftsmanship.

Art Deco is applied on the writing instruments, making them more cylindrical with a flat cap top and a special clip, which is best known as the “Hemingway Clip”.

1936

The two tone design for the gold nib is introduced using a ruthenium coated part, which then becomes an essential part of the classic Meisterstück until today.

1952

Montblanc introduces its first rollerball with ruby tip ball.

1959

The industrial designer A. v. Goertz, who at that time also develops the legendary BMW 507, works on three distinctive elements for the Meisterstück fountain pen no. 82: the triangular, semi-hooded nib section, the butterfly style niband and the faceted ink window.

1963

Montblanc plays its part in writing history too, when Federal Chancellor Dr. Konrad Adenauer borrows a Montblanc pen from President John F. Kennedy to enter his name in the city of Cologne's golden book, 1963.

1968

Montblanc launches its “Classic” line.

1970

Montblanc introduces its “Carrera” collection.

1973

The Maison launches the “Noblesse” collection, a full metal product line, that creates a new trend on the writing instrument market with its slim, cylindrical design.

1983

Montblanc introduces the Meisterstück Solitaire Collection, the first precious metal edition of the Meisterstück. The Meisterstück Solitaire 149 fountain pen in solid gold enters the Guinness Book of Records as the most expensive fountain pen in the world.

The Meisterstück is used as a lifesaver by Roger Moore in the James Bond film “Octopussy”.

 

1989

Montblanc moves into new, purpose-built Headquarters in Hamburg, integrating design, production and administration, as well as the Montblanc Museum.

1990

Montblanc opens its first Montblanc Boutique in Hong Kong showing its strong commitment to Asia.

1992

Montblanc establishes the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award to honour outstanding patrons of the arts. Its first Limited Edition Patron of Art writing instrument celebrates one of history's great art patrons, Lorenzo de Medici.

Meanwhile, Montblanc establishes the Limited Writers Edition paying tribute to great writers whose works have become part of world literature. The first Writers Edition honours Ernest Hemingway and is inspired by a Montblanc fountain pen from the 1930s.

1994

The Meisterstück Solitaire Royal, painstakingly set by hand with 4,810 diamonds pushes the boundaries of luxury, and remains to this date one of the most precious writing instruments that Montblanc has ever manufactured.

1996

Montblanc successfully enters the men’s jewellery field with the “Meisterstück Jewellery Collection”.

1997

Montblanc Montre S.A. is founded in Le Locle, Switzerland, for the manufacture of finely crafted timepieces. The Meisterstück watch collection is presented at the prestigious Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva.

 

1998

Montblanc becomes part of Richemont, one of the world’s largest luxury conglomerates.

1999

The first Montblanc flagship store is inaugurated in New York, to be followed by others in major cities across the globe.

2001

Montblanc branches out to fragrances and eyewear and launches its first collection.

2002

Foundation of the Montblanc Cutting Edge Art Collection, comprising of works by internationally renowned contemporary artists each asked to individually and artistically interpret the world-famous Montblanc emblem, and displayed in the administration and production buildings of Montblanc Headquarters in Hamburg, the leather manufacture in Florence and the watch manufactures in both LeLocle and Villeret.

2003

The Montblanc StarWalker is launched and becomes one of the Maison’s most distinctive lines of writing instruments, combining cutting-edge design with innovative materials.

The TimeWalker watch collection is launched, embodying strong and unique design characteristics.

2004

Montblanc joins forces with UNICEF for the first time to launch "Sign Up for the Right to Write", a campaign to promote quality education for the world's children. During the initiative a limited edition of 4810 pens and 149 celebrity statements were sold to raise 700.000 USD.

2005

Montblanc introduces its first fine jewellery line in sterling silver.
Montblanc launches the first Limited Edition collection dedicated to a woman: the “Diva Line”.

2006

Montblanc marks its 100th anniversary with the unveiling of the precious Montblanc Diamond. Eight years in development, this breath-taking 43-facet cut reveals the Montblanc emblem in three-dimensional form making the Maison the first luxury brand to have a patented gem cut derived from its logo.

2007

Montblanc's watchmaking expertise is further enhanced by the creation of the Institut Minerva de Recherche en Haute Horlogerie at Villeret, Switzerland, perpetuating 150 years of uninterrupted tradition of Minerva, a small manufacture famed for its exceptional handmade movements founded in 1858. With the establishment of the Montblanc Manufacture at Villeret and the preservation of artisanal know-how, the Maison’s watchmaking expertise becomes older than its writing instrument competency.

2008

At the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva, Montblanc unveils the MB R100 calibre, entirely manufactured in-house in the Montblanc Manufacture. the first movement manufactured entirely in its own workshops. Integrating the new movement, the Nicolas Rieussec Monopusher Chronograph pays tribute to the inventor of the first patented chronograph, Nicolas Rieussec.

2009

Montblanc and UNICEF unveil the Meisterstück "Signature for Good" initiative working together to fight illiteracy around the world. The project raises $4.3 million USD.

2010

Montblanc unveils the Metamorphosis, the first watch developed at its Institut Minerva founded to nurture talented young watchmakers. Deriving its name from its unique dual function and faces, the Metamorphoses changes from a single time indication to a chronograph by moving a slide up or down.

2011

The Tourbillon Bi-Cylindrique with its calibre MB65.63 becomes the world’s first wristwatch to feature a tourbillon with double cylindrical balance springs, achieved by miniaturising and transplanting the beating escapement with a cylindrical hairspring into a tourbillon.

2012

Montblanc establishes its Pelletteria, an expanded leather competence centre combining historical craftsmanship with state-of-the-art technology in Scandicci, near Florence, the historic centre of leather craftsmanship in Italy.

2013

Montblanc previews one of the most complicated timepiece yet in its Villeret 1858 collection, the ExoTourbillon Rattrapante, combining a split-second chronograph and Montblanc’s patented four-minute ExoTourbillon.

Montblanc continues its support to benefit UNICEF’s education programmes, focusing on vulnerable children, through the Schools for Africa and Asia initiatives, and programmes in Latin America. Montblanc builds on the success of the first “Signature for Good” initiative launched in 2009 and pledges to raise at least $1.5 million dollars in 2013. It exceeds its goal by raising more than $5 million USD.

The Power of Words project is launched in association with the Mandela Foundation and the Tribeca Film Institute in April 2013. In a partnership with Times Square Alliance, a short film video featuring Mandela’s words and directed by Nabil Elderkin is projected in New York’s iconic Times Square every night shortly before midnight.

2014

Montblanc celebrates the 90th anniversary of the iconic Meisterstück with a special edition collection of writing instruments featuring a unique 90 Years design, and a collection of Meisterstück Heritage timepieces.

Montblanc Extreme - a collection of leather goods using innovative high-performance leather to achieve new heights in durability and performance - is launched in Florence.

Montblanc introduces fine writing to the digital world with the creation of the e-StarWalker and Pix, two custom mobile-ready styluses, digital writing devices for use with Samsung’s Galaxy Note.

Montblanc launches the Bohème watch collection, an elegant and self-confident expression for the contemporary Bohème lady.

Award-winning actor Hugh Jackman becomes Montblanc Brand Ambassador appearing in the Maison’s advertising campaign and attending international Montblanc events. He is joined by two China brand ambassadors, Taiwanese actress Gwai Lun Mei and two-time Olympic and five-time World Badminton Champion Lin Dan.

Montblanc extends the Power of Words project, a collaboration with the Tribeca Film Institute and The Nelson Mandela Foundation, bringing together a new generation of filmmakers to use the legendary and powerful words of Nelson Mandela to create feature short films that interpret and express his legacy and vision.

2015

Montblanc announces Charlotte Casiraghi, equestrian champion, writer and producer as its global brand ambassador during the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie.

Montblanc introduces the TimeWalker Urban Speed e-Strap, combining a TimeWalker timepiece with a highly functional e-Strap with an integrated technology device that offers an activity tracker, smart notifications, remote controls and Find-Me functions.

For the first design partnership in its history, Montblanc entrusts its distinctive design language to one of the most influential designers of his generation, Marc Newson, and introduces the Montblanc M writing instrument.

Montblanc launches the 1858 collection, contemporary timepieces inspired by Villeret’s legendary Minerva chronographs created throughout its 157-year history.

2016

Montblanc celebrates 25 years of the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award, the prestigious cultural prize awarded since 1992 in 16 countries honouring today’s patrons who continue to allow the arts to flourish by selflessly committing financial resources, time and energy to cultural projects.

Celebrating 110 years of pioneering spirit:

From revolutionizing the culture of writing with breakthrough innovations came a larger vision for a Maison that is built on the traditions of the finest craftsmanship and fuelled by the pioneering spirit. 110 years after its foundation, Montblanc continues to surprise with new, innovative functionalities and iconic designs, inspiring the world with highly crafted pieces that have all the qualities of fine lifetime companions.

 2017

 Passing On The Gift Of Writing: Montblanc Pens A New Chapter In Its Partnership With UNICEF

2017

Technology goes Luxury. The Montblanc Summit Collection takes Fine Watchmaking into the Digital Age.