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Montblanc has always been committed to the same values: the pursuit of quality and craftsmanship.

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About

When Hamburg trader Claus-Johannes Voss, engineer August Eberstein and businessman Alfred Nehemias met to exchange ideas in 1906, little did anyone imagine that their meeting would mark the birth of the international brand Montblanc.

The three visionaries set up their workshop in Hamburg. A year later, the Montblanc fountain pen embarked on its glorious career. The unashamedly international vocation of Montblanc was clear right from the outset, with the result that the brand was established in many different countries. In 1924, Montblanc took a major step forward with the Meisterstück.

In 1997, the firm decided to create its very own watch collection. Montblanc haute horlogerie watches have been crafted in the Swiss Jura ever since. Montblanc Montre S.A. decided to set up shop in Le Locle – the cradle of the finest watchmaking expertise – and Villeret, where the Minerva Institute for Research in Fine Watchmaking is headquartered. Since then, the firm has garnered just as much acclaim for its watch designs as for its writing implements.

Today, over a century after the original workshop was founded, coveted Montblanc products are on display in 70 countries around the world – and the Montblanc star can be found on the world's most prestigious avenues.

1906
Montblanc founded.
1924
Montblanc creates the “Meisterstück” (German for “masterpiece”) collection.
1997
Inauguration of “Montblanc Montre S.A.” in Le Locle; takes part in the SIHH (International Fine Watchmaking Show) in Geneva for the first time.
2007
Acquisition of the Minerva Manufacture in Villeret.
2008
With the launch of the first movement fully developed and manufactured in its Le Locle workshops, Montblanc becomes a watch manufacture in its own right.
Philosophy

Montblanc has always been committed to the same values: the pursuit of quality and craftsmanship.

Its exacting requirements in terms of form, expertise and tradition can be seen in each of the products bearing the white star – and this has been the case for one hundred years now.

The manufacture's leitmotif is its quest for the greatest refinement possible, leading it to design collections that are the fruit of painstaking craftsmanship and traditional methods.

Collections

Nicolas Rieussec

Each watch from this collection bears the characteristics twin rotating second and minute counters that are a reference to the past, recalling the design and technique of the original Inking-Chronograph from 1821 invented by Nicolas Rieussec.

Princesse Grace de Monaco

The Montblanc Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco pays tribute to her passion with a collection of exquisite timepieces, fine writing instruments and precious jewelry showcasing some of the finest diamonds.

Star

The exclusive and characteristic timepieces in the Montblanc Star Collection uphold the selfsame principles of uncompromising quality and timelessly lucid design that Montblanc’s writing instruments have always embodies.

TimeWalker

Design, dynamism and progress are the character traits with which the TimeWalker Collection confidently presents itself wherever ideas, innovations and trends are born.

Villeret 1858

The Montblanc watches manufactured in Villeret benefit from over 150 years of uninterrupted traditional Swiss watchmaking expertise. With timeless aesthetics and intricate mechanical movements crafted entirely in-house, the watches produced still express the core values upon which the Manufacture was founded in 1858.

Watches

Writing instruments

Those that hear the name Montblanc and immediately think pens would not be widely off mark. The house’s heritage after all started with writing instruments - in 1906 to be exact, when the banker Alfred Nehemias and engineer August Eberstein established a company producing simplicissimus pens. The house has since expanded into watches, fine leather goods, accessories and jewellery, and today is one among the more storied brands in the Richemont Group. Sharing the name with the highest mountain in France - indeed all of Europe - Montblanc is today based in Hamburg, Germany (which was the hometown of Alfred Nehemias).

Montblanc Timewalker Chronograph UTC

Three time zones are the crowning achievement in the stainless steel Montblanc Timewalker Chronograph UTC. First up is the normal chronograph minutes and hours, followed by the second time zone that’s read via a luminescent, red-arrow tipped central hand that traces the bezel’s 24-hour scale. Finally the third time zone is found on the unidirectional rotating bezel, with the 24-hour hand as the point of reference. Powered by the calibre MB 25.03, the automatic chronograph comes in DLC-coated stainless steel, for a strong sport look for men, and can be worn with either a leather or rubber strap.

Montblanc pens

The Montblanc writing instruments are another star line and best seller pieces. Rooted in Montblanc’s founding heritage, they appeal to a range of clients today, whether collectors or those that buy for gifts. Among the most collectible is the Meisterstück UNICEF Solitaire Skeleton 149 Fountain Pen, whose 18ct gold nib features a special design inspired by the Rosetta stone. Meanwhile the Montblanc Great Characters edition pays homage to famous individuals, such as the recent The Beatles collection that included a 14ct gold nib tip, piston fountain pen in funky psychedelic colours evoking the era of free love and peace. Moreover, ownership of a Montblanc pen comes with attractive customer services, such as various shipping options, free engraving and free embossing.

High tech

Despite its deep heritage, Montblanc has pioneered new technologies too. Take its StarWalker Extreme stainless steel pen for example, which allows for doodling and writing on touch screens across a range of devices. And when combined with the stylish leather Montblanc Augmented Paper folio, one can write on paper yet access the notes digitally, with options to store, edit and share. And like its pen service, free embossing and free engraving can be had on its leather goods. In 2017, Montblanc debuted the Summit, its first smartwatch that’s equipped with Google Assistant. With its stainless steel or titanium case, the watch has a strong sport look designed initially for men. Even Montblanc’s digital shopping experience is forward-thinking, with various time saving, shipping options and free gift wrapping features.

Montblanc jewellery

Jewellery is another pillar of this famed heritage brand, with a range of accessories designed for both ladies and men, from sport styles to the more classic. Standout women’s fine gold jewellery includes the sculptural me de Star earrings in white gold and pave diamonds, or the more contemporary, pink gold Bohème creoles earrings. The entire Montblanc jewellery line suits women who either buy for a loved one or themselves - like the Montblanc star logo designs that play on the brand heritage, which no doubt is a popular seller. And men are not forgotten: cufflinks include everyday stainless steel knots, while understated woven grey leather bracelets are also available. Men will also find plenty to buy for themselves, such as the cool Spider collection stainless steel money clip. Like the rest of its products, various online shipping options are available.