Introducing the new Montblanc Meisterstück Sfumato collection: masterfully painted leather goods with a contemporary and sophisticated appeal.

Blending age-old traditions with Montblanc’s passion for the finest craftsmanship, the collection takes inspiration from “sfumato”, an ingenious painting technique pioneered by Leonardo Da Vinci and his followers. Meaning “evaporated like smoke”, the fine shading and delicate graduation between colors 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 luxurious qualities of the leather itself, the sfumato technique expertly applied delivers a shadowed appearance that enhances the softness of the leather.

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.

The collection is available in three colours: 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.

The Montblanc Meisterstück Sfumato Collection will be available in Montblanc boutiques worldwide from June 2015.