Montblanc, the German luxury giant is known for its stunning pieces of luxury pens—ballpoint, fountain, rollerball and fineliner. While all its pieces are a stunner, a few stand out for their opulence and uniqueness. We list five fountain pens from their limited-edition collections for you to indulge in some writing in this lockdown.
The Great Wall of China limited-edition
Part of Montblanc’s High Artistry Tribute collection, this pen is dedicated to China’s architectural gem, The Great Wall of China. It draws inspiration from the shape of a traditional calligraphy brush and the writing instrument pays homage to the ancient art of calligraphy. The curved nib’s tip is at a 45-degree angle, making it possible to create lines of different thicknesses at various angles.
Dragons, which are symbolic to China, come to life on the Au 750 solid yellow gold cap and barrel in a pavé setting of diamonds, sapphires, tourmaline and rubies. It is crowned by a 4.69 ct brilliant-cut diamond set into the skeletonised and hand-engraved Au 750 solid gold cap top that symbolises a dragon’s claws holding the diamond.
The pen comes with a miniature music box that is integrated into the cone, which plays a melody inspired by the sound of chime bells—a traditional royal instrument used in Chinese rituals and court music. The Au 750 solid yellow gold clip depicts a 3D hand engraved lion, a traditional symbol of protection in China.
Egyptomania Limited Edition 1 Treasure
This instrument is inspired by the treasures of the sarcophagi of the kings and queens of Egypt. The fountain pen is made of white gold and set in sapphires, lapis lazuli and Egyptian turquoise. The blue striped pattern is an ode to King Tutankhamun’s death mask. 18-karat white gold nib has a hand engraving of the golden mask of Tutankhamun that is set with a diamond. The cap crown is set with a 5.13-carat brilliant-cut diamond while the cap and the barrel of the sarcophagus is white gold. The scarab on the cap is detachable, which works as an opening mechanism made of red carnelian and turquoise.
This Montblanc Patron of Art Homage to Napoléon Bonaparte is dedicated to the French ruler’s glorious life; the architecture parlante style of the famous Parisian structures built during his reign; and the paintings, sculptures and decorative arts that blossomed during his time.
The overall design is inspired by the neoclassical style—the blue lacquer is inspired by Napoléon’s blue uniform he wore as a consul, as this edition is celebrating his time as a French consul. The skeleton spiral is an ode to Colonne Vendôme in Paris and the sword-shaped clip bears the Napoleonic ‘N’. The engravings on the cap top: a laurel wreath, imperial crown and an eagle, all referencing his coronation insignia. The cap is crowned by the Montblanc Emblem in mother of pearl and the clip end is decorated with a red garnet, similar to the coronation ring of Napoleon’s wife, Joséphine. The handcrafted Au750 solid gold nib bears a portrait of Napoléon with his famous bicorn.
Victor Hugo Limited Edition 1831
This pen’s design is inspired by Victor Hugo’s novel and Notre-Dame. Taking inspiration from the Hunchback of Notre-Dame‘s character bell ringer Quasimodo and the bells of Notre-Dame itself, the end of the clip is shaped like a bell’s clapper. The cone is engraved with trefoil frieze, a part of Notre-Dame’s architecture. The cap and barrel feature gothic arches and a rosette on the cap pay homage to the rode window of Notre Dame.
Montblanc’s logo in mother-of-pearl is engraved on the cap top. To honour the year The Hunchback of Notre-Dame was published, only 1,831 pieces of these pens will be made. The yellow lacquer used refers to the yellow prisoners’ passport. His line ‘Chaque homme dans sa nuit s’en va vers sa lumiere‘ from Les Contemplations is engraved on the cap, symbolising redemption.
The Montblanc Walt Disney limited-edition pen 1901
Created in collaboration with The Walt Disney Company, this elegant looking pen is part of the Montblanc Great Characters limited-edition collection. It is an ode to Walt Disney, the cartoonist and filmmaker best known for creating Mickey Mouse, and to the famous monorail at Disneyland Park, the first daily operating monorail in the Western Hemisphere.
The pen’s clip refers to the smokestack on the boat in Steamboat Willie and the black, red and yellow colour combination and the Au585 solid gold rhodium-coated nib are inspired from Mickey Mouse. The precious resin cap and barrel are decorated with an animated sequence of the iconic character.