It was in 1906, during a booming period of manufacturing, that three pioneers travelled to America – engineer August Eberstein, merchant Alfred Nehemias and stationery trader Claus Voß – inspired by what they discovered. They developed a writing instrument with non-leaking technology and a piston convertor. Eberstein was the visionary engineer of the trio, and had spent many years researching micro mechanical innovations in the United States and England. His vision of performance, innovation and perfect quality became the nucleus and driving force of Montblanc. Voß, on the other hand, was the entrepreneur. He had been actively seeking for innovations with unique development potential. When he met Eberstein he immediately recognized his creativity and passion for engineering and knew he would be the perfect partner to complement his own entrepreneurial drive.
In 1910, the three founders adopted the name Montblanc, after the highest mountain in Europe, and made it a symbol for their vision for excellence. This desire for the highest quality translated into ultimate performance, true innovation and the finest craftsmanship, values that continue to drive Montblanc today. The peak of the Mont Blanc Mountain measures 4,810 meters, a number which has always been an iconic figure for the Maison. Today this number is reborn in the new 4810 Collection and honours the spirit of excellence that was set by the Maison’s founders when they began their incredible journey 110 years ago.
The beginning of the 20th century was an exciting time for innovation. It marked a departure for new horizons especially with transatlantic transportation driving international commerce and cultural relations. Thanks to ground breaking new inventions, the rise of the marine steam engine and improved navigational methods, there was a quantum leap in sea travel. Passenger liners competed against each other for the Blue Riband award—a prestigious prize for the fastest transatlantic crossing. The record was based on average speed, as ships took different routes across the ocean, and only recognized the fastest speed westbound against the challenging Gulf Stream. This much-coveted award attracted both passengers and freight companies who sought out the fastest and most powerful ships. The Blue Riband became a true symbol of distinction and high achievement and its spirit is part of the new Montblanc 4810 Collection, embracing peak performance and horological excellence.
During these enterprising times, the cities with the largest ports experienced the most vigorous growth and development, becoming hubs for trade, cultural exchange and innovation. The port of Hamburg was among them; as Germany’s largest port it soon became referred to as the country’s “Gateway to the World”. Thanks to the port, the city of Hamburg was thriving with international trade, but also the manufacture of Germany’s own sumptuous ocean liners, which were quickly recognized as the world’s most important and modern shipping vessels. Montblanc’s roots were set down in Hamburg during these dynamic times and are celebrated in the new Montblanc 4810 Collection from both a technological and aesthetic point of view.
To celebrate the Maison’s 110th anniversary, and the incredible era in which it was founded, Montblanc is introducing a number of unique new timepieces in its 4810 Collection. With a choice of three in-house movements including a number of manufacture complications – Calibre MB 29.21 ExoTourbillon Quick Stop-Second, Calibre MB LL100.1 TwinFly Chronograph, and the Calibre MB 29.20 World Timer.
Each timepiece in the 4810 Collection follows the strong and elegant design codes of the Maison with guilloché dials featuring the prominent exploding Montblanc star motif, red gold Roman numerals and indexes, larger and bolder cases, and beautifully designed sword-shaped and skeleton hands. The attention to detail brings a new level of sophistication to the 4810 Collection, showing how Montblanc continues to “share the passion” for watchmaking with timepieces that offer functions, quality and aesthetics to seduce watch aficionados the world over.
Montblanc also unveils three limited editions in its Montblanc 4810 Transatlantic Collection – the ExoTourbillon Slim Limited Edition, the TwinFly Transatlantic Limited Edition and the Orbis Terrarum Pocket Watch Transatlantic Limited Edition. All of them find their inspiration in the golden age of transatlantic travel when Germany was leading the way with its powerful and lavish cruise ships that were a symbol of the explosion of industrial and artistic innovation occurring at the time. All the ships crossing the Atlantic at this time strove to win the Blue Ribband, an award given to passenger liners breaking the speed record westbound against the Gulf Stream. This recognition was the utmost achievement for excellence and performance, and is the inspiration for these new limited editions. Each limited timepiece pays homage to this era with different artistic illustrations of the world’s oceans on each of its unique dials.
Discover Montblanc 4810 Collection below:-
- Montblanc 4810 ExoTourbillon Slim
- Montblanc 4810 ExoTourbillon Slim Limited Edition
- Montblanc 4810 TwinFly Transatlantic Limited Edition
- Montblanc 4810 Orbis Terrarum Pocket Watch Transatlantic Limited Edition