MontblancMontblanc is a famous brand for creating high-quality luxury writing instruments such as fountain pens. People often buy the brand’s pen as a gift to someone who got promoted at work or graduated with flying colors.

For almost a century, Montblanc was able to build their reputation for producing superior quality fountain pens that are recognized worldwide. Behind this story of success, here are some of the fascinating and inspiring facts about Montblanc and their rich history as a luxury brand.

Interesting Facts About Montblanc

  • The brand’s name was taken from the famous Mont Blanc Mountain in Germany
  • Besides manufacturing luxury writing instruments, Montblanc also creates leather goods, jewelry, and watches
  • Every Montblanc pen is capped with a nib made of 18 karat gold
  • Among the Montblanc’s distinguished users include Queen Elizabeth, John Kennedy, and Iris Murdoch
  • The company supports the UNICEF in fighting illiteracy and promoting quality education across the globe
  • The brand’s iconic fountain pen, the Montblanc Meisterstück has the number 4810 on the nib representing the Mont Blan’s height. Meisterstückis also available as a mechanical pen, document marker, fineliner and ballpoint pen
  • The Meisterstück nib has a tip made of iridium, a much harder and rarer material than platinum and gold
  • The brand was able to release their most limited edition of pens adorned with precious stones such as rubies and diamonds
  • Authentic Montblanc pens’ barrel reveals a reddish hue when under an intense If yours don’t have this attribute, then there is a big possibility that it is fake

Montblanc History Timeline

1910: The Montblanc name was registered as a trademark and used for all the company’s writing instruments

1920: The Montblanc Meisterstück was launched. This iconic pen became one of the most famous writing instruments of all time.

1934: The company officially got its name “Montblanc Simplo GmbH” which later on became a worldwide brand

1935: The company issued a lifetime guarantee for the Meisterstück. They also expanded their range of products by taking over a leather goods business in Germany. They then started producing pen pouches and writing cases.

1946: The reconstruction project of the company’s facilities that have been destroyed by the second world war started

The brand also began producing fountain pens in Denmark

1952: The Meisterstück 149 was launched which soon became the ultimate symbol of the writing culture and the style icon for timeless, perfect design

1955: The 60 Line which represents a new style of design was launched

1963: The late U.S. President John F. Kennedy was seen handing a Montblanc Meisterstück 149 to the German chancellor, Konrad Adenauer

1986: The “Montblanc- The Art of Writing” was launched

It was also the same year when the metal version of Meisterstück, the Meisterstück Solitaire Collection was introduced, and Montblanc’s worldwide commitment to arts and culture has started

1989: The company moved into a newly built office in Hamburg where Montblanc Museum is also located

1990: Montblanc’s first boutique in Hongkong was opened. After the company’s developments in Asia, they also opened new stores in Paris, London and in other cities in the world

1992: The company established the Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award, honoring the Arts’ outstanding patrons

1993: The Vendome Luxury Group S.A which later became the Richemont Group acquired the Dunhill Holding Company which holds a major stake in the company. Montblanc became a member of the second largest luxury group in the world together with Cartier, Vacheron Constantin and more

1994: The world’s most expensive fountain pen, the Meisterstück Solitaire Royal which was adorned with 4,810 diamonds was launched

1995: The brand became the Philharmonia of Nation’s founding sponsor

1996: The brand’s first men’s jewelry line, the Meisterstück Jewelry Collection, was introduced

1997: The Montblanc Montre S.A was established in the heart of Swiss watch industry, in Le Locle

2000: The brand’s first major new collection of writing instruments after Meisterstück, the Boheme was launched

2002: The Montblanc Cutting Edge Art Collection, showcasing the works of international contemporary artists, was launched

2003: The StarWalker, a new generation of writing instruments, was launched

2004: The brand entered a partnership with UNICEF which aims to fight against the worldwide issue of illiteracy

2006: The brand celebrated its 100th anniversary and launched its exclusive Anniversary Edition

2010: Montblanc unveiled the Metamorphosis, the first development of the Montblanc Villeret

2011: The world’s first wristwatch to feature a tourbillon that has two cylindrical balance springs, the Tourbillon Bi-Cylindrique, was launched

2013: The brand’s most complicated timepiece yet, the ExoTourbillon Rattrapante, was previewed

2015: The Montblanc Timewalker Urban Speed e-Strap device was launched

Today: Montblanc currently operates more than 350 stores in more than 70 countries worldwide

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