Since 1992 Montblanc annually pays tribute to great writers whose works have become part of world literature. This year’s Writers Edition is dedicated to the French writer, playwright and founder of realism Honoré de Balzac (1799 – 1850) who delivered an opus of nearly 100 novels and plays collectively known as La Comédie Humaine.
The oversized shape of the writing instrument mirrors Balzacʼs bold stature, whilst the clip embellished with turquoise lacquering on its top symbolizes the authorʼs richly-decorated walking cane. Three rings in the pen from top to bottom represent the social classes in the early 19th century, often a central theme in the works of Balzac. The first ring plated in gold, the most ‘decorated, represents the nobility, the second-plated platinum, the bourgeoisie, the third , the more ‘poor, the working class. As if signed by the author himself, his initials are finely lasered on the rhodium-plated Au 750 gold nib.
Honoré de Balzac fountain pen will be on sale from August 2013 at a price of £680.00 ($1.035).