Montblanc is a German luxury goods manufacturer and distributor. It was founded in Berlin in 1906 and is currently headquartered in Hamburg. The company is famous for its luxurious pens and designs and sells bags, small leather goods, and watches. Since 1993, Montblanc has been a part of the Swiss Richemont group.
Alfred Nehemias, a banker from Hamburg, and August Eberstein, an engineer from Berlin, collaborated to produce simple pens in 1906. After a brief period, the business was taken over by Wilhelm Dziambor, Christian Lausen, and Claus Johannes Voss.
In 1909, they introduced their first model, the Rouge et Noir, followed by another pen in 1910, which later became the namesake of the company Montblanc. In 1924, the Meisterstück name (which means “Masterpiece” and is used for export) was introduced. Today, Montblanc is not limited to pens but also produces other high-quality goods such as watches, jewellery, fragrances, leather goods, and eyewear.
In 1977, Montblanc was acquired by Alfred Dunhill Ltd. following which, lower-price pens were dropped, and the brand produced a wide range of luxury goods other than low-cost pens.
Montblanc became part of the Swiss Richemont group in 1993. Its sister companies include luxury brands Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Chloé, and Baume et Mercier. Montblanc is owned, through Richemont, by the South African Rupert family.
Montblanc is famous for its luxury pens, bags, small leather goods, and, of course, beautiful Montblanc watches.
The trademark that characterizes Montblanc is the six-pointed snowcap with rounded edges, depicted in white and stylized to appear as the Mont Blanc snowcap viewed from above. This emblem was adopted in 1913. A common theme in Montblanc’s branding is the number “4810”, which represents the height of the mountain in meters.
Montblanc now offers a diverse range of watch services, including bracelet and battery services, maintenance for quartz and mechanical watches, comprehensive bracelets and strap services, polishing services for cases and bracelets, and authentication services.