After 110 years of pioneering craftsmanship, Montblanc is as focused on excellence as ever, the six-branched star evoking the six glaciers on Europe's highest mountain still an unmistakeable signature.
The story began in 1906 when banker Alfred Nehemias, engineer August Eberstein and businessman Claus Voss went into partnership to produce a leak-proof fillable fountain pen, a revolutionary idea at the time. In 1909, the Simplo Filler Pen Co (its first name) launched the Rouge et Noir fountain pen equipped with a safety reservoir, an innovation that made history. So the story of the brand, rechristened Montblanc in 1910, began with a collectors' piece, and continued down that same path with the 1924 launch of the iconic Meisterstück pen, its nib engraved with “4810”, the height in metres of the brand's majestic namesake. A few years later other products made their appearance: notebooks, penholders then a line of leather goods. Timeless in style and made of the best quality leather, these were intended for daily use by the era's urban explorers. This passion for craftsmanship then extended into watches too, with the opening in 1997 of the Le Locle manufacture in the Swiss Jura followed by the take-over of the Villeret manufacture that continues upholding the tradition of Minerva watches famed for their hand-crafted movements. So the world of Montblanc expanded, nourished by its pioneering spirit, respect for the finest traditional craftsmanship and far-reaching initiatives to promote the arts and culture. For its 110th year the company is revisiting its products on a Stendhalian theme of red and black, with limited special editions featuring a mysterious serpent, a popular Art Nouveau symbol.