Every year, the Montblanc High Artistry collections celebrate the Maison’s boundless creativity and technical expertise, with limited editions that are linked to their heritage as well as historical figures and inspirations.
Founded as a writing instrument company in Germany in 1906, Montblanc continues to push boundaries and evolve the expression of fine craftsmanship across each of its product categories which, to date, comprise of timepieces, leather goods, accessories, fragrances and eyewear. These products are crafted to the highest standards through the skills of its artisans in each of its manufactures whether Hamburg, Germany for its writing instruments, the Swiss Jura in Le Locle and Villeret for its timepieces or Florence, Italy for its leather goods.
With the High Artistry collection, Montblanc artisans combined the traditional expertise of the métiers d’arts nurtured for over 110 years with high precision technology and tools, to transform fine materials into elaborate masterpieces that defy imagination.
During his visit to Jakarta, Montblanc Daniel Kohler, the Head of Client Relations and High Artistry, presented a selection from the recent High Artistry collection.
“The High Artistry of Montblanc are products that are rare and valueable, that are in limited edition and have a special positioning in the Montblanc family. They reflect the best we can deliver in terms of quality and craftsmanship,” said Kohler. The new timepiece lineup include Montblanc’s icons such as Star Legacy, Heritage and 1858 collections.
The Montblanc Star Legacy product line takes its inspiration from Minerva’s heritage and the company’s pocket watches that were made during the late 19th century and early 20th century. In the spirit of formal elegance, the Montblanc Star Legacy timepieces showcase classic design codes such as round, pebble-shaped cases; horns with steps on the side; onion-shaped crowns with the recognisable Montblanc emblem, and eye-catching dials featuring the iconic exploding star guilloché pattern. From the exclusive models, two limited editions are presented; the patented Suspended Exo Tourbillon and a new fine watchmaking interpretation of the iconic Nicolas Rieussec monopusher chronograph.
Inspired by historical Minerva classic wristwatches from the 1940s and 1950s, the new Heritage product line combines the elegance of watchmaking past with today’s bold design codes and technology. Vintage aesthetics include domed dials with two finishings and dots as indexes combined with 1940-50’s inspired colours such as salmon, smoked-caramel and silvery-white. The line intergrate a comprehensive range of movements inspired by high-end Minerva calibres from the past to a new perpetual calendar calibre, and a new mid-range monopusher chronograph.
Inspired by the legendary professional Minerva watches from the 1920s and 30s that were meant for military use and mountain exploration, the 1858 collection pays tribute to the 160 years of the Minerva Manufacture and its extraordinary heritage. These watches were highly accurate, legible and robust for use in extreme conditions and are the inspiration behind this new collection which is being enriched with new vintage exploration-inspired timepieces, featuring distinctive aesthetics, innovative complications, a mix of materials and a choice of different case sizes.
Elevating writing instruments to an art form, the High Artistry pens comes in varying limited edition numbers. Highlighted during the presentation in Jakarta, were three exquiste collections.
The Fountain Pen Patron of Art Homage to Hadrian Limited Edition 4810 is inspired by one of history’s most powerful and respected rulers, Hadrian. As one of the ‘five good emperors’ he reigned during an epoch viewed by chroniclers as the happiest of the ancient period. Starting in 117 A.D., Hadrian ruled for 21 years over an empire spanning three continents. The fountain pen comes in 146 size (Le Grand) and the cap and barrel are made of basalt stone, complemented with gold coated and ruthenium coated fittings.
Weaving a web of fascinating beauty is the Montblanc High Artistry Heritage Metamorphosis Limited Edition, with the spider as a motif. Montblanc introduced its first spider-inspired writing instrument in the 1920s in celebration of creativity, poetry and the art of transforming raw materials into artistic masterpieces. Nearly a century later, the new Montblanc Metamorphosis Limited Edition pen showcased the most advanced stone cutting techniques combined with imaginative stone-setting art, intricate engraving and gold nib crafting techniques: gold, diamonds and precious stones have been masterfully turned into works of art. In its own metamorphosis, this limited edition can be transformed from writing instrument into jewellery piece. The removable ornamental spider on the fountain pen can be worn as a bangle, tiepin or brooch thanks to the jewellery pieces included in the set.
Montblanc collaborates with James Purdey & Sons, synonymous with the unrivalled craftsmanship of shotguns and rifles, to create limited edition writing instrument. Drawing on the expertise, artistry and heritage of a great British luxury pioneer, the writing instruments are crafted from some of the finest materials with great attention to detail. These new Montblanc limited-editions feature the world-renowned artisanal metal engraving and wood carving that make Purdey sporting equipment elaborate works of art celebrated for their ornamental prowess.
“The Montblanc High Artistry collections are well-received by our clients as well as new fans, not only in Asia but globally,” Kohler said during the presentation in Jakarta, “In the end it is how open you are to the stories behind the collections and what speaks to you personally that makes one becomes a collector of these exceptional masterpieces,”