OEvery year since 1992, the limited edition Writers Edition pays tribute to the most famous international authors. His works have marked whole generations of readers and still earn a strong interest today
Montblanc Homer Writers Edition
Homer is the name ascribed by the ancient Greeks to the legendary author of the Iliad and the Odyssey, two epic poems that are the central works of ancient Greek literature.
This new Montblanc Writers Edition takes its main inspiration from the story of the Trojan horse.
The Trojan Horse is a tale from the Trojan War about the subterfuge that the Greeks used to enter the independent city of Troy and win the war.
In the canonical version, after a fruitless 10-year siege, the Greeks constructed a huge wooden horse, and hid a select force of men inside.
The Greeks pretended to sail away, and the Trojans pulled the horse into their city as a victory trophy.
That night the Greek force crept out of the horse and opened the gates for the rest of the Greek army, which had sailed back under cover of night. The Greeks entered and destroyed the city of Troy, ending the war
The overall shapeof the pen is inspired by the horse, with the back and clip reflecting the spear.
The engraving on the cone and rings borrows motifs from traditional Greek black-figured pottery, with the overall color of the writing instrument taking inspiration from this same black Greek pottery.
MONTBLANC ANTOINE SAINT-EXUPÉRY LIMITED EDITION WRITERS EDITION 2017
The overall design and shape is inspired by his iconic Caudron Simoun plane and his famous novel "Night Flight". Engravings on the barrel and cap show the sky as seen by Saint-Exupéry on the 1st of November 1929 at 23:00. As the director of the newly formed company Aeroposta Argentina S.A, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry conducted Aeroposta's inaugural flight on 1 November 1929, flying from an airfield at Villa Harding Green to Comodoro Rivadavia. The fittings are inspired by the cockpit of his plane. The geographic positions of important cities in Saint-Exupéry's life are engraved on the cone. The nib recalls his most famous novel, “The Little Prince”.
The Writers Edition 2013 pays tribute to the French novelist and playwright who contributed an opus of nearly 100 novels and plays to world literature of the 19th century - Honoré de Balzac. Inspired by the Dandyism of the 19th century and the elegance of Balzac himself, the precious black resin and gray lacquer of the barrel, with its guillochéd refinement, makes reference to the typical cutaway favored by refined Parisian gentlemen of the time. While the oversized shape of the pen mirrors Balzacʼs bold stature, the clip, embellished with turquoise lacquering on its top, symbolizes the author’s walking stick. The platinum and gold-coated rings refer to the different classes that emerged in French society in the early 19th century - often a central theme in the works of Balzac. Furthermore Balzacʼs very own initials are finely lasered on the rhodium-coated Au 750 gold nib.
- Clip: Platinum- coated clip depicting Balzac's walking stick
- Barrel: Precious warm gray lacquer with a guilloched refinement, portraying the cutaway trousers worn by gentlemn of the time.
- Cap: Black precious resin
MONTBLANC WRITERS EDITION 2009 - THOMAS MANN
Thomas Mann’s masterpiece “Buddenbrooks” has brought him immortality and has turned him into one of the most famous writers of the 20th century. Montblanc is paying tribute to this unique wordsmith with an equally unique Writers Edition. The platinum-plated inlays in the rich black lacquer of this writing instrument are inspired by the age of artistic creativity in which Thomas Mann lived: the Art Deco era. The interplay of colours and materials symbolises the different relationships between the characters in “Buddenbrooks”.
An onyx-coloured zircon is set above the teardrop on the clip, reflecting the depth of content of this family saga. The delicate engraving of the “Buddenbrooks” house on the rhodium-plated 18 K gold nib brings Mann’s birthplace in Lübeck to mind, which is now the home of the Thomas Mann Museum. His signature and the ivory-coloured Montblanc emblem on the top of the cap add the finishing touches to this exceptional edition in honour of Thomas Mann.
The brilliance of Paul Thomas Mann, born 6 June 1875 in Lübeck, was already evident in his early creative phase: he demonstrated flashes of genius in his prose sketches and essays whilst still a schoolboy, before signing a letter with “Thomas Mann. Lyrical dramatic poet” at the age of just 14. He was, however, to be proved right: he had barely begun as a trainee in an insurance company when he made his writing debut with the published novella “Gefallen”, which earned him widespread acclaim. Encouraged by this critical success, Mann decided to commit to a career as a writer.
In 1901, aged just 26, he completed his famous family saga “Buddenbrooks”, a masterpiece of linguistic artistry and cunning irony. This epic novel, translated into over 40 languages, has cast its spell over more than 6 million readers to date. The novel won its author the 1929 Nobel Prize for Literature.
Literary masterpieces, such as the gloomy novella “Death in Venice”, earned Thomas Mann the reputation of being the grand master of irony and literary Mannerism. As a bourgeois free-thinker and conservative innovator during the Art Deco era, he was one of the most prominent opponents of National Socialism.
In 1938, his democratic persuasion prompted him to flee to the US in exile with his family, where he remained until 1952 before returning to Europe and spending his twilight years in Switzerland. Three years later, on 12 August 1955, Thomas Mann died in Zurich, aged 80. His oeuvre includes a large number of novels and novellas, essays, autobiographical pieces, political manifestos and film adaptations. Thomas Mann remains one of the most remarkable and passionate authors in the history of German literature.
12,000 fountain pens
15,000 ballpoint pens
3,000 sets comprising fountain pen, ballpoint pen and mechanical pencil
•Rhodium-plated 18 K gold nib engraved with the “Buddenbrook” house
•Barrel in precious black lacquer with multilayered inlays
•Platinum-plated clip set with onyx-coloured zircon
•Ivory-coloured Montblanc emblem
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