In 1906, three Hamburg businessmen refined the design of the newly invented fountain pen and established the famous Montblanc. For over a century, this name has been synonymous with the very idea of the best writing instruments. The Montblanc Meisterstück, created in 1924, is undoubtedly the most legendary pen in the world. This is the pen of choice for celebrities, politicians, and connoisseurs; a perfect gift for a special occasion and that will be passed from generation to generation. In recent years, Montblanc has extended its passion for timeless design and impeccable workmanship to new areas: the manufacture of watches and jewelry. One of the world’s leading luxury manufacturers has now four main "pillars," one of them is the long-existing collection of leather goods. Together with the development of new areas, Montblanc is celebrating its writing culture heritage with the launch of several art sponsorship projects that have become an international standard for participating in cultural life. Montblanc is now part of Compagnie Financière Richemont. Montblanc collections are available in more than 70 countries around the world in 5,000 retail outlets, including 450 exclusive stores. The brand's star-shaped emblem recreates the outline of the snow-capped Mont Blanc—the highest peak in Europe. All over the world, this emblem is associated with impeccable quality.