Channelling this inspirational story, writing instruments are crafted with time-honoured skills such as diamond cutting, wood carving, marquetry, enamelling and painting miniature portraits by hand. Each edition is an artisanal work of art.
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The Height of Craftsmanship
Master artisans showcase a variety of time-honored skills in The First Ascent of the Mont Blanc editions, including marquetry, enameling, and intricate stone setting.
A History of Mountaineering
Later, in the 18th century, a new era of discovery began in Europe, leading alpine expeditions to be undertaken in the pursuit of scientific observation. Because of the Mont Blanc chain’s mighty glaciers, Chamonix became an area of interest to those with a thirst for knowledge.
The Story of Jacques Balmat, the First to Climb Mont Blanc
Jacques Balmat was born in Savoy, 1762. A mountaineer and mountain guide, as well as a collector of crystals, the ambitious young man set his sights on conquering Mont Blanc – a feat that no one had ever achieved before.
On 8 August 1786, Balmat set off on his expedition, accompanied by fellow alpinist Michel-Gabriel Paccard. They were equipped with riveted shoes, axes, alpenstocks and measuring instruments – including a newly-invented cyanometer, designed to measure the blue of the sky. Following a perilous climb across uncharted territory, the pioneers became the first to reach the 4,810 metre summit of the Mont Blanc – the highest peak of the Alps.
A shining example of how determination can make the seemingly unsurmountable achievable, Balmat’s accomplishment marked the birth of modern alpinism. Over a century later, inspired by the enduring pinnacle of achievement that the mountain represents, three visionaries established the Maison Montblanc.