On Tuesday Oct 22, Montblanc and Co-Host, Josh Lucas, celebrated the opening of the brand's newest boutique located at 600 Madison Avenue. Montblanc Chief Executive Officer, Jerome Lambert and Montblanc North America President & CEO, Jan-Patrick Schmitz unveiled the luxury maison to loyal customers, watch enthusiasts and the brands’ celebrity and VIP friends. Guests mingled throughout the evening, taking a look at the limited edition writing instruments, timepieces and other lifetime companions. Guests additionally extended a big congratulations to Mr. Lambert, the newly appointed CEO of Montblanc. Special guests in attendance included: Olivia Munn, Anthony Mackie, Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl, Karlie Kloss and Topaz Page-Green.
Known for its highest standards of European craftsmanship, the new luxury maison Montblanc boutique carries the latest collections of delicate timepieces, innovative writing instruments, fine jewelry, and artisanal leather goods. Montblanc CEO Jerome Lambert with Montblanc North America’s President and CEO Jan-Patrick Schmitz took an opportunity to present the new pen that will come out on President’s Day on February 2014. The writing instruments seemed to be a favorite of the celebrity crowd, but the businessmen who attended the opening, seemed to enjoy taking pictures of matching Montblanc timepieces. Socialite Olivia Palermo and boyfriend Johannes Huebl were also seen with their Montblanc watches.
Check out our interviews from the red carpet!
Q: What do you see in the year ahead for Montblanc?
Jan-Patrick Schmitz: We are heading into a very exciting season, the holiday season where gifts are shared and families come back together, so it’s a great time for our community here in New York and Montblanc.
Q: Why are Montblanc’s writing instruments so special?
Jan-Patrick Schmitz: Today in the world, high tech and fast communication is what rules our day. It’s the written word that is so important. It is a high touch in times of high tech. So today when you take out your pen make a statement and say: you are important to me and I am writing to you and taking the time of my schedule to send you a very personal message.
Q: Montblanc is known for their writing instruments do you have one?
Josh Lucas: No I don’t. I am grateful to have a Montblanc watch, but I don’t have a pen, yet.
Q-:What does a Montblanc timepiece represent to you?
Josh Lucas: I have a couple of them and one of the reasons is because Russell Crowe said to me when we were making "Beautiful Mind," that the first time you make real money in your life, buy yourself a watch because it is an essence of a way when you can hold something on your body that reminds you that you’ve done something excellent. I was like, 'Wow, that is such an interesting concept.'
Q: What was your first Montblanc piece?
Josh Lucas: I was given this extraordinarily beautiful gift by Warner Brothers, which is the watch I wore to "Poseidon" and I had chosen the watch to wear because I thought it was so beautiful. But then to be given it as sort of thank you to me it was till this day the nicest gift I’ve gotten from a movie by far.
Q: What was the first Montblanc item you ever got?
Karlie Kloss: My dad has a Montblanc pen and it is something he has had I don’t know for how many years. It is one of those things that it’s just such an iconic item to last a lifetime.
Q: Favorite holiday movie?
Karlie Kloss: "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown."
Q: Who are you wearing?
Karlie Kloss: Prabal Gurung
Q: Any upcoming projects related to the Momofuku collaboration?
Karlie Kloss: I love my cookies (Karlie’s cookies) I have a very serious sweet tooth, but I love to sort of make delicious sweet items such as cookies and cakes, but I like substituting ingredients for healthier alternatives.
Q: What was your first Montblanc item?
Anthony Mackie: When I first signed with my agent, my first contract for my first movie he gave me a Montblanc pen to sign my contract with. So now every job I get, I sign my contract with the Montblanc pen.
Q: How did it feel to receive your first Montblanc pen?
Anthony Mackie: It was amazing! It was very special. I felt like it established a certain relationship between the two of us and I feel like when you are given a writing instrument as opposed to a pen it says a lot about who you are and how important this piece of paper is to you. So now, I have given Montblanc pens to all my nieces and nephews when they graduated high school.
Q: Do you have a favorite Montblanc pen?
Anthony Mackie: The UNICEF because it is a simple beautiful pen that has a blue stone on it contributes to literacy around the world.
Q: What do you love about New York City?
Olivia Palermo: The energy, the feeling!
Q: Do you have a preference for the Montblanc pens you own?
Olivia Polermo: I have a pink gold travel pen that is my favorite.
Q: Who was your favorite designer from NY Fashion week?
Olivia Polermo: Carolina Herrera is always quite beautiful and obviously Tibi.
Estefania Garcia-Correa contributed reporting.