Founded in 1906 by the stationer Claus-Johannes Voss, the banker Alfred Nehemias and the engineer August Eberstein, Montblanc is a synonymous for the very highest writing culture , while the white star emblem symbolizes the snow-covered peak of the Mont Blanc – the highest European mountain, standing for the brand’s commitment to the highest quality and finest craftsmanship.
With its two watch manufactures in Switzerland in Le Locle and Villeret, Montblanc covers both state-of-the-art modern production techniques as well as traditional artisanal skills.
Training is an integral part of Montblanc’s strategy to enrich the watchmaking know-how, for the brand specifically as well as generally for the industry. In this context, Montblanc provides constant training to its own staff as well as traineeships and apprenticeships for prospective watchmakers.
In 2008, Montblanc founded the Institut Minerva de Recherche en Haute Horlogerie in Villeret. The Institut is intended to function as a kind of think tank, where young watchmakers can meet up to exchange ideas and be initiated into the old traditions, the expertise developed over generations, the rich body of experience and the mentality typical of the true master watchmaker.
Montblanc is part of the Compagnie Financière Richemont SA- the ultimate holding Company for some of the world’s leading luxury goods companies – its Maisons – encompassing jewellery, watches, premium accessories and other luxury products. The company’s brand portfolio includes: Alfred Dunhill, Azzedine Alaia, Baume & Mercier, Cartier, Chloé, IWC, Jaeger- LeCoultre, Lancel, Lange & Söhne, Montblanc, NET-A-PORTER.COM, Officine Panerai, Peter Millar, Piaget, Purdey, Roger Dubuis, Shanghai Tang, Vacheron Constantin and Van Cleef & Arpels.