Montblanc made a limited edition honoring the arts of Kyoto Japan. Reflecting its commitment to art, literature and culture, Montblanc introduces “Les Merveilles Homage to Kyoto Artistry（Project Chiso） Limited Edition 55” – the Montblanc Homage to Kyoto Artistry Limited Edition 55, a writing instrument dedicated to the pioneering techniques and refined aesthetics of ancient Japan. For the first time in its history, the Maison has brought together two traditions of craftsmanship by collaborating with The Chiso Company on the design of this high artistry masterpiece.
Chiso was founded in 1555 (thus, Limited Edition of 55) and has been making Kimono for mostly royal and noble classes. Chiso has continued its business in Kyoto as it was Japan’s capitol for 1200 years from late 8th century to mid 19th century. Chiso team drew the design motif specifically for this project, paying tribute to the hundreds of years of its history and tradition. As mentioned, Kyoto has been and still is the center of Japanese culture. Having been the capitol of the country for so long, it has attracted great artists, craftsmen, as well as academics.
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The main motif of the design is from “The Tale of Genji”, authored by Murasaki Shikibu more than 1000 years ago, and a very long (54 volumes) love and political story of Genji, a noble class young gentleman. One copy which belongs to Chiso shows brilliant color illustration together with the text. The design was based on two of those volumes illustration.
The Kimono by Chiso uses the style called “Kyo-Yuzen”, which is made through many processes including drawing with pencil on the silk textile, dying along the drawing, washing, and drying, etc. In addition, some partially use embroidery. Also, please notice the law of perspective which emphasizes the bottom part – so that you would look taller. The same perspective is used for the pen, too.
Chiso’s proprietary design is relief-engraved on the body and the cap of the pen, both of which is 925 Starling Silver base, together with AU750 Rose Gold touch and fitting, and inlay work with the mother of pearl logo mark on top of the cap. Even the tip of the pen is engraved with the shape of Kimono.