Adding tactility to the products was key. The leather goods, for example, have the same functionality but are much more refined. Proportions have changed, and they are more tactile and less static, without losing any of the Montblanc codes. “Over the years, I figured out I could trick the eyes, I could trick the ears, I could trick the smell, and the sense, but I could never trick touch. Coming from fashion, I mean, we tried...it was very much about tactility. Never forgetting our values of craftsmanship, innovation and excellence, we’ve tried to instill that without compromising functionality, finish and quality. This has been an amazing journey to show people you can have it all.”
What does he enjoy most about his job? “To see all the work that goes in, and get the results, the positive feedback. You don’t really realise it when you’re in it. The same effort goes into designing a pair of cufflinks as into a timepiece, even though a watch is ultimately more complex. It’s the same iteration. We find that it adheres to our value of excellence,” says Kamal.
“And I love the pioneering spirit of Montblanc — if you know where you’re going you can find your way back. In terms of job satisfaction, whenever we do a good product, no matter the category, it’s exhilarating.”
Among Montblanc’s launches at the annual Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva in January were extensions of the 1858 Collection that pay tribute to the manufacture’s Minerva heritage. We loved the Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition 100 but the Montblanc 1858 Automatic Dual Time will do nicely too, thank you. montblanc.com