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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