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Originally Montblanc is known for stylish luxury writing instruments but the company has been producing luxury watches for over a decade. Since they have the same craftsmanship and attention to detail as in the legendary fountain pens, they have already made a name for themselves.

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The history of the hexagonal star

If you read the name Montblanc, you probably associate it with high-quality fountain pens. But Montblanc is a multi-layered company, since its founding in 1906, it now produces in addition to writing instruments, high-quality leather goods such as wallets, leather belts and briefcases. But how do luxury watches fit into this story? At the beginning of the 20th century, the fountain pen made a breakthrough worldwide as a writing instrument. Wilhelm Dziambor, Christian Lausen and later Claus-Johannes Voss recognized the signs of the times and laid the foundations for the company in Hamburg in 1906, which until then was still called "Simplo Filler Pen Co.". The story goes that the name Montblanc was introduced in 1909 after a business associate praised the fountain pen as the pinnacle of writing instrument culture, comparing it to the Montblanc, the highest and most majestic summit in the Alps. Since 1910, the name exists as a registered trademark, as well as the white, six-pointed rounded star as a brand logo. This symbolically reminds of the snow-capped peak of the highest mountain in Europe and stands for the highest as well as the finest European craftsmanship.

At the end of the twenties, Montblanc was well known in more than 60 countries, not least because of its pioneering spirit in marketing. Many eye-catching advertising campaigns, including the first commercial aircraft and cars equipped with oversized fountain pens, helped the company achieve a rapid increase in brand awareness. So it came that in 1926 near Offenbach, the first workshop for luxury leather goods was opened and Montblanc´s business was no longer limited to writing instruments. Another milestone was achieved in 1935, when the first lifetime warranty on fountain pens was given. Montblanc significantly emphasized the quality of its products and created another unique selling point. In 1952, the legendary masterpiece 149 was introduced and within a short time thanks to the timeless design became the absolute status symbol in the writing culture. Also John F. Kennedy was one of the enthusiastic owners of such!

At the end of the seventies, sales of fountain pens dropped sharply due to the general shift towards much cheaper pens. At this time, the British Dunhill Holding was already major shareholder, but was in 1993 by the Vendôme Luxury Group S.A. taken in Luxembourg. It later became the Richemont Group, the second largest luxury group in the world, which includes Cartier, Vacheron Constantin, Jaeger-LeCoultre and IWC. Thus, the way the entry into the world of men's jewelry was almost inevitable, four years later, this was achieved with the "Meisterstück Jewelry Collection". After this first venture into the field of luxury watches, Montblanc founded the "Institute Minerva de Recherche en Haute Horlogerie" in 2007, expanding its expertise in watchmaking. The purpose of the institute is to preserve and continue the complex tradition of the small Swiss watchmaker Minerva. The Minerva manufactory has distinguished itself since 1858 with its extraordinary, handcrafted movements. One year later, in 2008, Montblanc presented the first movement completely made in its own workshops as part of the "Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie" in Geneva. The movement was first installed in the Nicolas Rieussec Monopusher Chronograph in homage to the inventor of the chronograph, Nicolas Rieussec.

Even after the turn of the millennium, the company has retained its pioneering spirit: in 2010, Montblanc sets new standards with metamorphosis. The first timepiece from the Montblanc factory in Villeret, the birthplace of the legendary watchmaker Minerva. With trend-setting features and a stunning design, the model is an absolute pioneer, the first watch with a changing face! This varied process is based on innovative, almost futuristic mechanisms, which are composed of 50 synchronously moving components. Of course, Montblanc has not stood still to this day, on the contrary. The company continues to move with the times and launched the TimeWalker Urban e-Strap in 2015. The fusion of classic Montblanc TimeWalker with an innovative bracelet that features Activity Tracker, Notifications or Find-Me features is totally contemporary and combines the convenience of a modern fitness bracelet with a wristwatch. Accordingly, the response was good! But Montblanc does not stop. The company deliberately targets smart devices in other areas, too, and shines with consistently successful combinations of long-established tradition, forward-looking technology and innovative materials.

Montblanc vintage and used watches as an investment

Nicolas Baretzki, new head of Montblanc has a vision: in a time of digital communication, the fast-paced, automated world in which we live today, fountain pens, mechanical pencils and other writing instruments are becoming less and less popular. It's time to lead the luxury brand successfully and safely into this world. Already with the introduction of the TimeWalker Urban e-Strap in 2015 it was possible to speculate in which direction the company will step in the future. With regard to the price development of classic timepieces, this is good news, used Montblanc watches and, above all, Montblanc vintage models will become increasingly scarce in the future - and much sought-after.

Why buy a Montblanc watch?

The company Montblanc has many years of experience, has dared over 100 years of history pushes into various market segments and more than once together with UNICEF launched great campaigns. All this makes the brand consistently likeable, but to top it all off, one thing must be emphasized: whether fountain pens, jewelry or watches, Montblanc delivered every single time mature craftsmanship. Highest quality standards were always met, in short - if Montblanc decides on a new project, it will always give more than 100 percent. So with every timepiece who has ever left the house! True to the motto of refining traditions and creating luxury watches, Montblanc created perfectly balanced timepieces in the finest Swiss watchmaking tradition. The devotion as well as the passion of the master watchmaker is in every element. The more than 300 highly concentrated working hours are reflected in inimitable masterpieces. If that's not enough, a look at the future of the company leaves no doubt about it: the rapid pace of global digitalization and the inevitability of the brand suggest that Montblanc will increasingly rely on smart devices - and classic timepieces become increasingly rare from traditional craftsmanship.

Top 3 Montblanc series

  • The Montblanc TimeWalker pays homage to the extraordinary heritage of the Minerva manufactory. Already in the early 20th century, the works from Villeret were considered to be influential in precision timekeeping. The chronograph is considered an icon of sportsmanship and stands for fairness as well as ambition. With the new TimeWalker collection, Montblanc brings the golden age of motorsport back to the here and now!
  • Montblanc's master watchmakers created a timeless classic with the Montblanc Star collection. Optionally with leather or steel bracelet, this watch can be combined thanks to a classic, understated design with almost any wardrobe.
  • Definitely specially the Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec - and equally sought after. To honor the inventor of the first ink chronograph Nicolas Rieussec, Montblanc launched the eponymous timepiece in 2008. Each movement in the series is handmade in Switzerland according to a long tradition, the watch convinces by its striking but not intrusive designed dial. The reinterpretation of the tenth anniversary celebrates with a completely revised dial. A decentralized hour ring, curved turning discs for a three-dimensional effect and even slimmer Arabic numerals make this watch a real eye-catcher!

What is the price of a Montblanc watch?

Montblanc TimeWalker 36972
Used from 2.150 € (2006)
Material: stainless steel / stainless steel
Main features: simple chronograph, Arabic numerals and stick indices

Montblanc Star Steel 8452
Used from 1.990 € (2013)
Material: stainless steel / leather
Main features: discreet timepiece of the highest quality

Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec MB106595
Used from 5.050 € (2010)
Material: stainless steel / leather
Main features: elaborately designed dial, fascinatingly visible mechanism

Can I also finance a Montblanc?

For a long time, you have been searching the internet for a very specific model. It seems as if it was not offered anywhere, then you will find it - a used Montblanc in excellent condition. Unfortunately, it does not seem financially possible to strike immediately.
In order to prevent this, we also offer the possibility to financing your new Montblanc as for any other watch offered on our website. Choose an individual down payment and get together with your personal rate plan. For up to 60 months, you can easily split the purchase price - let our staff give you expert advice in this regards, but also for all other questions about your desired timepiece.
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