For nearly half a century, Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007) delighted audiences with his masterful singing artistry on the big stages of the most prominent opera houses in the world. Now, Montblanc pays homage to this great opera icon with its Patron of Art Luciano Pavarotti Limited Edition. This special edition of pens is inspired by Pavarotti’s special extravagant style.
First, the Limited Edition 4810 is inspired from Pavarotti’s usual outfits on stage, a black tuxedo with a white bow tie and an elegant white shirt, hence the black lacquered barrel and white leather cap. The five gold-plated rings that decorate the cap of the Limited Edition 4810 are an homage to the five famous operas which brought Pavarotti international fame – “Turandot”, “La Bohème”, “Rigoletto”, “Un ballo in maschera” and “L’elisir d’amore.”
They also symbolise the five impressive tiers at the opera house “Teatro Comunale Luciano Pavarotti” in his home town of Modena in Italy, which was named after him in honour of the great tenor. The magnificent ornaments that adorn the tiers of the “Teatro” are eternalised as exquisite engravings on the cap ring. Also, Pavarotti never went on stage without his lucky charm – a bent nail backstage before performing, so the 750 solid gold nib of the writing instrument is decorated with the bent nail that brought him luck throughout his illustrious career.
Pavarotti was greatly enthusiastic about wearing exquisite scarves, white hats and brightly-coloured shirts with Hawaiian flower patterns. His incomparable style quickly became his trademark and is reflected in the design of the Limited Edition by a cone in red lacquer adorned with delicate flower patterns. Together with the turquoise cabochon, these flower patterns are reminiscent of the colourful Hawaiian shirts Pavarotti typically wore, providing the finishing touch to this Limited Edition in honour of Luciano Pavarotti.