The History of Montblanc
A chronological view from 1906 to 2013 on the company's history of Montblanc.
Alfred Nehemias, a Hamburg banker and August Eberstein, a Berlin engineer, concluded an agreement to manufacture the newly invented fountain pen and established a factory in Hamburg.
An early premium-quality pen, named "Rouge et Noir", was launched by the company, then trading as Simplo Filler Pen Co. GmbH.
The first Montblanc fountain pen was launched. This new writing instrument featured significant improvements, and its name was chosen – so the story goes – to represent its peak of technical achievement and highest European craftsmanship.
The six-point white star – representing the snow-covered summit of Europe's highest mountain, the Mont Blanc – became the company's trademark.
The first Montblanc Boutique opened in Hamburg, soon to be followed by others in Berlin, Leipzig, Breslau, Hanover and Bremen.
The legendary Montblanc Meisterstück fountain pen was launched. As its name proudly proclaimed, it was a masterpiece of precision craftsmanship.
The engraving "4810" first appeared on the Montblanc Meisterstück nib. Recording the height in metres of the Mont Blanc as it was measured at the time, this figure has been engraved on all Meisterstück fountain pens ever since.
Montblanc established its first leather goods workshop near Offenbach, a town renowned for its leather craftsmanship, to produce luxury small leather items
Montblanc introduced the Meisterstück Solitaire Collection, the first precious-metal edition of the Meisterstück. The Meisterstück Solitaire 149 fountain pen in solid gold entered the Guinness Book of Records as the most expensive fountain pen in the world.
Montblanc moved into new, purpose-built Headquarters in Hamburg, integrating design, production and administration, as well as the Montblanc Museum.
Montblanc opened its first ever Montblanc Boutique in Hong Kong showing its strong commitment to Asia.
Montblanc established the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award to honour outstanding patrons of the arts. Its first Limited Edition Patron of Art pen celebrated one of history's great art patrons as well as telling the fame of the awarded modern patrons, Lorenzo de Medici. Meanwhile, the new annual Montblanc Limited Writers Edition paid tribute to Ernest Hemingway.
Dunhill Holding, having acquired Montblanc in 1985, was taken over by Vendôme, which subsequently became Richemont, one of the world's largest luxury conglomerates, encompassing – alongside Montblanc – such prestigious names as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Jaeger-LeCoultre and IWC.
The Meisterstück Solitaire Royal, painstakingly set by hand with 4,810 diamonds, became the world's most expensive fountain pen.
Montblanc became the founding sponsor of the Philharmonia of Nations, under the conductor Professor Justus Frantz.
Montblanc Montre S.A. was founded in Le Locle, Switzerland, for the manufacture of finely crafted timepieces. The Meisterstück watch collection was presented at the prestigious Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva.
The first Montblanc flagship store was inaugurated in New York, to be followed by others in major cities across the globe.
Premiere of the Montblanc Cutting Edge Art Collection: first vernissage at Montblanc Headquarters in Hamburg.
Montblanc joined forces with UNICEF to launch "Sign Up for the Right to Write", a campaign to promote quality education for the world's children. This and subsequent initiatives, including the Meisterstück "Signature for Good" special edition in 2009, raised millions of dollars for UNICEF.
Montblanc celebrated its centenary in the most sublime way imaginable, with the unveiling of the precious Montblanc Diamond. Eight years in development, this breathtaking 43-facet cut revealed the Montblanc emblem in three-dimensional form. Montblanc thus became the first luxury brand ever to have a patented gem cut derived from its logo – a unique achievement that was the inspiration for the launch of its fine jewellery collection.
Montblanc's watchmaking expertise was further enhanced by the establishment of Institut Minerva de Recherche en Haute Horlogerie at Villeret, Switzerland, perpetuating the 150-year tradition of Minerva, a small manufacture famed for its exceptional handmade movements.
At the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva, Montblanc unveiled the MB R100 calibre, the first movement manufactured entirely in its own workshops. Integrating the new movement, the Nicolas Rieussec Monopusher Chronograph paid tribute to the inventor of the chronograph, Nicolas Rieussec.
Montblanc inaugurated its largest flagship store in Europe on Paris' famous Rue de la Paix. The 500-square-metre space, presenting the Montblanc fine jewellery collection under one roof for the first time, also houses a design studio and fine jewellery atelier.
World Premiere of the Montblanc ʻʼCollection Princesse Grace de Monacoʼʼ.
World Premiere Opening of the biggest Montblanc store in Sanlitun, Beijing: 1,800m2, Montblancʼs most impressive, innovative, four-storey interactive concept in the world.
Sharing UNICEFʼs belief that all children should be given access to quality education, Montblanc is continuing its support to benefit UNICEFʼs education programmes, focusing on the most vulnerable children, through the Schools for Africa and Asia initiatives, and programmes in Latin America. Montblanc is building on the success of the first “Signature for Good” initiative launched in 2009 and pledging to raise in 2013 at least $1.5 million dollars.
The History of Montblanc
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