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Montblanc craftsmanship: surprising innovations can come from the discoveries of the past

With the new Meisterstück Sfumato Collection, Montblanc demonstrates that surprising innovations can come from the discoveries of the past, revisited through the hands of skilled craftsmen to create an exclusive collection of timeless leather pieces, each one a painted masterpiece.

Blending age-old traditions with its passion for the finest craftsmanship, Montblanc revisits a painting technique developed during the Renaissance by the great masters and applies it to the treatment of leather. An ingenious painting technique pioneered by Leonardo Da Vinci and his followers, “sfumato” features fine shading, a delicate graduation between colors and produces imperceptible transitions between colors and tones.

At Montblanc’s Pelletteria in Florence, master craftsmen have applied this sfumato effect to the finest and softest calfskin giving it an elegant patina. During the intricate process, four layers of paint are lightly applied to each individual piece of leather creating a special finish. Mirroring the fine qualities of the leather itself, the sfumato technique expertly applied delivers a shadowed appearance that enhances the softness of the leather. Because each piece is delicately painted by hand before it is assembled, every bag, wallet or belt from the collection is completely unique.

From a document-case to a full briefcase, a large tote to a wallet, coin case or card holder, each of the pieces in the Meisterstück Sfumato collection has the distinctive qualities of a work of art, making it a one-of-a-kind piece. However, functionality is never compromised with the addition of contemporary details. The Classic Single Gusset Briefcase features a brand new signature lock, sliding top handle and a unique construction at its base that makes it easier to flatten the bag completely when empty, or the Contemporary Slim Document Case with its two compartments, one for documents and one for a laptop or tablet to accommodate the latest technology. Larger pieces from the collection are lined with grey suede for an added touch of sophistication.

The collection is available in three colors: rich brown, anthracite and navy blue, where the technique allows the shadow effect of the sfumato to come through at its best. Made of the highest quality leather and embellished with a newly designed M-shaped leather clasp, each piece is designed as a lifelong companion.

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