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The Peak (Malaysia) - - Pursuits • Horology - TEXT MAYA MICHAEL PHO­TOG­RA­PHY ROBIN LIEW

It’s been a tremen­dous year for the house of Mont­blanc as the lux­ury life­style com­pany from Ger­many cel­e­brates its 110th an­niver­sary in 2016. In an in­ter­view with CEO Jérôme Lam­bert, ThePeak delves in to the mai­son’s past, present and as­pi­ra­tions for the fu­ture. For those fa­mil­iar with the uni­verse of haute hor­logerie, the name Jérôme Lam­bert will def­i­nitely ring a bell. As one of those rare in­di­vid­u­als who have left an in­deli­ble mark on Swiss watch­mak­ing, Lam­bert’s rep­u­ta­tion as the youngest CEO to rise up the ranks within the Richemont sta­ble of com­pa­nies can be at­trib­uted to his long his­tory of lead­ing renowned watch com­pa­nies to re­alise their full po­ten­tial. Hence, it was hardly sur­pris­ing when it was an­nounced in 2013 that he would take on a new chal­lenge as CEO of the multi-prod­uct com­pany Mont­blanc.

The his­tory of the Ger­man man­u­fac­turer dates back to 1906, when Al­fred Ne­hemias and Au­gust Eber­stein un­der­went an epic transat­lantic jour­ney from New York to Ham­burg. Back in Europe, the duo would team up with a sta­tionery trader named Claus Jo­hannes Voss to es­tab­lish a man­u­fac­ture in Ham­burg.

Driven by its un­com­pro­mis­ing prin­ci­ples of de­sign, style, qual­ity and work­man­ship, it wasn’t long be­fore the Mont­blanc em­blem would be­come syn­ony­mous with last­ing value and ex­quis­ite crafts­man­ship. As the decades went by, the mai­son would ex­pand by adding time­pieces, leather goods, jew­ellery and var­i­ous other ac­ces­sories into the mix, with the in­tent of de­sign­ing nu­mer­ous cov­eted col­lec­tions to be passed down from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion.

Fast for­ward to 2016 and Mont­blanc would re­turn to the ‘City of Dreams’ to pay homage to its glo­ri­ous past by host­ing an ex­clu­sive party for 110 very spe­cial guests. Held at the Rock­e­feller Cen­ter’s iconic Rain­bow Room, this par­tic­u­lar ex­pe­ri­ence was es­pe­cially mem­o­rable for Lam­bert: “What made it so mean­ing­ful was be­cause it ties back to the jour­ney that first in­spired the mai­son’s founders all those years ago.”

Ac­cord­ing to Lam­bert, ev­ery new re­lease also pro­vides a golden op­por­tu­nity to strengthen the mai­son’s bond with

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