A name to look up to
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Originally known as the Simplo Filler Pen Co., the German company changed its name to Montblanc in 1909. The new name was inspired by Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the European Alps.
A star is born
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The Rouge et Noir fountain pen was one of the first released by Montblanc. Alluding to the game of roulette through the use of red and black hues, the pen was emblematic of there being no risk with this item – it was guaranteed not to leak.
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To mark its 110th anniversary, Montblanc has released three Heritage Collection Rouge et Noir Special Edition fountain pens, including this pretty coral-coloured version ($1,160). It’s longer and slimmer than the original and features the iconic Montblanc snowcap emblem on the cap as well as a vintage-style serpent clip with two green spinel gemstones for eyes.
The power and the glory
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World leaders, including US president John F. Kennedy, have long been shaping our history with Montblanc pens. In 1963, photographers captured this image of JFK offering his Meisterstück 149 pen to German chancellor Konrad Adenauer.
Style and elegance
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The Montblanc Muses Poudré fountain pen ($1,320) is fresh, elegant and curvaceous, with a silhouette that harks back to the flared skirts fashionable in the 1950s. The barrel is made of nude-coloured precious resin and the platinum-coated clip features a blue zircon gemstone.
Expanding the brand
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The company added leather goods to its portfolio in 1935, when it started producing high-quality pen pouches, notebooks and writing cases. Now the leather range includes everything from wallets to suitcases and Montblanc’s leather craftsmen still use their hands to search for tiny cracks or imperfections in the leather to ensure only the best pieces are chosen.
The perfect carry-on leather bag
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The Meisterstück Soft Grain Small Duffle ($1,710), which is made from Italian full-grain cowhide, has a two-way zip, an adjustable, detachable shoulder strap and fits easily into an overhead compartment.
The statement timepiece
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Montblanc’s 4810 watch collection (named after the 4,810-metre height of Mont Blanc) has been redesigned to mark the brand’s 110-year milestone. The 4810 Orbis Terrarum watch ($9,160), which has a sapphire dial with a world map, can display the hour in 24 different time zones.