ABOUT MONTBLANC 

Synonymous with excellence in craftsmanship and design, Montblanc has been pushing the boundaries of innovation ever since the Maison first revolutionized the culture of writing in 1906.

Ingenuity and imagination continue to be driving forces for the Maison today as it advances its expression of fine craftsmanship across product categories: luxury writing instruments, watches, leather goods, new technologies and accessories.

Reflecting upon its ongoing mission to create fine lifetime companions born from bold ideas and expertly crafted through the skills of the Maison’s artisans, the iconic Montblanc Emblem has become the ultimate seal of performance, quality and an expression of sophisticated style.

With its origins deeply rooted in the culture of handwriting, Montblanc continues to assert its cultural commitment around the world honouring modern day patrons who support the advancement of the arts, as well as wide-ranging initiatives that promote arts and culture. 

THE BEGINNING

The start of the "modern" new century had a stimulating effect on inventors and craftsmen. Ingenuity and imagination helped the fountain pen to make its technical and commercial breakthrough as a writing instrument. It was a Hamburg banker, Alfred Nehemias, and a Berlin engineer, August Eberstein, together who recognised the signs of time and decided to produce simplicissimus pens. After a short period of time Wilhelm Dziambor, Christian Lausen and later Claus Johannes Voss took over the business and thus laid the foundation for the future internationally successful company Montblanc.

Manufacturers of high-class gold and fountain pens

Montblanc started its history by making this confident claim for itself. For the time being, the partners took the name “Simplo Filler Pen Co.”. “Simplo” referred to either the idea of the simplicissimus pen or the word “simple,” which described new pen design, including a “build-in” ink-well. After the Hamburg businessman Claus Johannes Voss joined the company, the “Simplo Filler Pen Co.” was established with its headquarter situated in the “Industriepalast” on Caffamacherreihe in Hamburg and received entry into the commercial register.

ROUGE ET NOIR

The safety fountain pen “Rouge et Noir” appeared on the market. The name “Montblanc” was established; and rumour has it that it took place during a card game when a relative of one of the partners drew an inspired analogy between the pen, which had become the pinnacle of writing instruments, and the Mont Blanc, the most majestic and highest peak in the Alps.

A NEW NAME

The name “Montblanc“ was registered as a trademark and henceforth used for all writing instruments produced by the company. Furthermore the technically improved fountain pen “Montblanc“ was introduced. The white tip on the pen cap was the forerunner of what would become the world famous white star. Paris and London became the venues of Simplo‘s first representatives abroad.

THE STAR EMBLEM

The Montblanc star emblem became the brand logo and trademark. All writing instruments produced by the “Simplo Filler Pen Co. “ ever since would include the unmistakable rounded star. The shape would represent the snow-covered peak of the Mont Blanc - the highest European mountain, symbolising the brand’s commitment to the highest quality and finest European craftsmanship.

A LEGEND WAS BORN

It was the year of the launch of the legendary “Meisterstück” and the beginning of its successful career as the world’s most celebrated writing instrument of all time. The "Meisterstück 149" fountain pen soon became the ultimate symbol for writing culture and the style icon for perfect timeless design.

4810

For the first time, the heart of the Montblanc "Meisterstück" - its nib - was engraved with the number “4810.” This represents the height of the mountain Mont Blanc, and acts as a sign of supreme quality, and "4810" would find a place on all "Meisterstück" nibs from this time forth.

MONTBLANC ARTS PATRONAGE

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Montblanc established the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award to honour outstanding patrons of the arts. The first Patron of Art Limited Edition pen “Lorenzo di Medici” and the Limited Writers Edition “Hemingway” were launched - the first of the annual editions that are coveted by collectors worldwide. There was expansion of the Meisterstück range, introducing the product line “New Dimensions” - including small luxury leather goods, handmade paper and desk accessories.

the vendome luxury group

The Dunhill Holding Company, which had bought a major stake of Montblanc in the eighties, was acquired by the Vendôme Luxury Group S.A. in Luxembourg and combined all luxury good companies. It would later become the Richemont Group, the second largest luxury group in the world, including Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Vacheron Constantin, Jaeger-LeCoultre and IWC amongst others.