The Montblanc Great Characters James Dean honors one of the most famous actors of all time. After just three major films, he reached immortality. He was one of the greatest big-screen stars of his time, remembered for his leading roles in the films East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause and Giant. James Dean was exceptionally talented at portraying characters with rough edges, but his charisma his passionate delivery and his early death made him a legend. Though he never won an Oscar during his short, meteoric rise in Hollywood, he was nominated posthumously for an Oscar. With the Montblanc Great Characters James Dean Special Edition, Montblanc honors the legendary Hollywood star. The young rebel who won his place in cinematic history in just a year and a half.
The overall shape of the pen is inspired by the knife James Dean used in the movie Rebel Without a Cause, when he is fighting a gang. The pen is made of red precious resin with a subtle weave pattern in it, which is a reference to the red leather jacket he wore during that movie. The pattern refers to the jeans he wore in his favorite movies. The clip is reminiscent of a shotgun barrel as seen in his role as Jett Rink in Giant in 1956. Which he carried on his shoulders in one of his most famous scenes. At the top of the clip the Montblanc emblem can be found in resin. Next to the emblem the dates of his birth and death are finely engraved. The cap top is engraved in a pattern of a dollar bill. This is referring to the role money played in another legendary films scene from East of Eden. The inlay on the cap is inspired by the pattern of a bullet. On the ruthenium coated cap ring, one of Dean’s most famous quotes ‘Dream as if you’’ll live forever. Live as if you’’ll die today’’ is engraved. On the cone of the pen, there is an additional engraving showing the geographic coordinated of the place Dean had his car accident. Now known as the James Dean Memorial Junction. The pen comes in a special James Dean gift box.
The fountain pen uses a piston filling mechanism and has a 14kt gold nib that is engraved with a race flag with the license plate of the crashed Porsche 550 Spyder.
With every Great Characters Edition, Montblanc commemorates individuals who have broken new ground in the fields of culture, politics, science or the arts, and the impact of the legacy they have left behind.
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