It really was the birth of a legend when a stationer, an engineer and a salesman met to exchange ideas one fine day in 1906, not that they knew it then, of course. But some of those ideas would mark the creation of one of the great international luxury brands that we know so well today, named for the famous majestic snowcapped peak: Montblanc.
Since then the name has epitomised the highest quality in design and revolutionised engineering where the writing instrument industry is concerned. Montblanc’s classic fountain pen, the Meisterstück, was first produced in 1924 and its timeless design, yes, including the iconic 6-glacier Star, and fine craftsmanship has made owning it a mecca for all true connoisseurs of authentic penmanship.
And it hasn’t stopped there. Montblanc constantly pushes itself to scale new heights. From the hand-crafted Meister-Bütten paper and complementary desk accessories, to even fashionable eyewear, fine leather collections and haute jewellery, Montblanc continues to roll out red carpet worthy elegance and quality.
Just take a look at the singularly exquisite Montblanc diamond, a 6-sided star-shaped piece of sublime brilliance that takes its regal place in sterling confections of beautiful jewellery such as the La Dame Blanche collection.
This uncompromising demand on shape, style, materials and workmanship is reflected just as clearly in its latest foray Purveyor d’Excellence into the exclusive world of fine watch-making. Each timepiece is painstakingly produced by Montblanc Montre S.A. in Le Locle, the cradle of the finest horology in Switzerland and combines ‘high touch with high tech’, as they say.
For worthy admirers of what is truly unique, Montblanc also offers bespoke pieces, a service whereby clients can design their very own individualised Montblanc piece to be made by the same master craftsmen of the Artisan Atelier situated in Hamburg, the Leather Manufacture in Florence, the Montblanc jewellery flagship in Paris and of course, the Montblanc watches workshops in Le Locle and Villeret.
Having accomplished this much, has Montblanc reached its pinnacle? Why not head down to Orchard Road and check out the Montblanc flagship at Mandarin Gallery to decide the answer to that for yourself?