Montblanc Patron of Art Edition 2013 in Honor of Ludovico Sforza

Since 1992,
Montblanc has honoured important historical patrons of culture and sciences with the renowned Patron of Art Edition, which coincides with the annual Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Awards, eagerly awaited by collectors all over the world. This year’s edition is dedicated to Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan, famed as a patron of Leonardo da Vinci and other artists, and presided over the final and most productive stage of the Milanese Renaissance. He is probably best known as the man who commissioned the “The Last Supper”. For 22 years, Patron of Art Edition – meticulously hand-crafted writing instruments have been made available in the spring of every year. So, the same will be this year. They are limited to 4.810 pieces and even more precious Limited Edition of only 888 pieces.
Montblanc Patron of Art 2013 Limited Edition 888

Montblanc Patron of Art 2013 Limited Edition 888

The first edition is an ode to the splendor of the late Renaissance. The writing instrument’s fittings replicate the pattern Da Vinci, used in his fresco in the “Sala delle Asse” or “Chamber of Boards”, as well as in the Mona Lisa’s robes and ornaments. The Blue lacquered cap and barrel of the other Limited Edition are embellished with Da Vinci’s pattern in dark translucent blue. The blue lacquered cap and barrel of the second, more precious edition is adorned with Da Vinci’s pattern in dark translucent blue. The fountain pen’s solid gold fittings contrast with majestic blue lacquer, reflecting the vibrant colour of the ceiling fresco. Crowned with the distinctive Montblanc emblem in fine mother-of- pearl and with its cone adorned with the Duke’s coat of arms, this writing masterpiece is a fitting representation of the magnificence of Sforza’s court. The 2013 Patron of Art Limited Edition will be available in Montblanc Boutiques worldwide from April 2013, with the price of $9,680 for Patron of Art 2013’s Limited Edition 888 and $2,670 for the Limited Edition 4810.
Montblanc Patron of Art 2013 Limited Edition 4810

Montblanc Patron of Art 2013 Limited Edition 4810

Montblanc Patron of Art 2013 Limited Edition 4810

Montblanc Patron of Art 2013 Limited Edition 4810

Montblanc has revealed two new Patron of Art 2013 Limited Edition writing instruments in honour of Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan

Montblanc has revealed two new Patron of Art 2013 Limited Edition writing instruments in honour of Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan

Montblanc has revealed two new Patron of Art 2013 Limited Edition writing instruments in honour of Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan

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Jack Row’s “Jaali” and “City” – New Collections of Luxury British Writing Instruments at Goldsmiths’ Fair

After successful launch of diamond studded Architect gold pen at Harrods in London, award winning British designer
Jack Row will release his new collection of luxury British writing instruments, dubbed Jaali and City, at the prestigious Goldsmiths’ Fair in the City of London from 24th-30th September. The first one, inspired by Moghul Indian architecture and art of latticed screens,  is more luxurious and reflects the high precious metal content, while City is more affordable and is for everyday use. “Each pen is handcrafted from solid sterling silver and is stylishly minimalist, yet discreetly defined with precious gemstones such as diamonds, rubies and sapphires. These luxury writing instruments will appeal to the discerning city professional who requires everyday practicality, and that added ‘wow factor’”, Row said about collection. Each piece in the Jaali collection of luxury fountain pens and cufflinks have been crafter in England from solid sterling silver and 18ct gold and set with accents of precious petrol-blue diamonds, while pieces in the City collection are also handcrafted but from more modest solid sterling silver and precious gemstones such as diamonds, rubies and sapphires. “Each piece is individually made to order in my Birmingham studio and carries a UK hallmark, struck by the Birmingham Assay Office, guaranteeing the authenticity and quality of the precious metals. Each pen also features a solid 18ct gold nib, although all the designs are also available as a roller-ball version, upon request”, he added to promote contemporary British design and craftsmanship. The solid silver Jaali pen would retail at $11,900 while the solid sterling silver and 18ct gold filigree Jaali pen would be priced at $44,400. The  sterling silver and blue diamonds Jaali cufflinks would retail at $1,230 while the cufflinks from 18ct yellow and white gold with blue sapphires can be bought for $7,900.

Montblanc Masters for Meistersutck L’Aubrac Writing Instruments

Following their collaboration with Meissen porcelain, Montblanc is proud to present the exceptional Montblanc Masters for Meisterstück LʼAubrac writing instruments in tribute to the excellence of Forge de Laguiole knives, crafted in the LʼAubrac region of southern France.
  The Atelier Privé Edition, priced at £43,000 ($68,000), is limited to only 8 pieces, and is interpreted in ebony wood, intricately carved in a three-dimensional pineapple pattern – a traditional Laguiole motif and one of the most challenging to create – each facet of which is then set with a brilliant diamond. The Masters for Meisterstück L‘Aubrac Artisan Edition at £17,200 ($27,200) is restricted to just 50 pieces, and has been manufactured from Brazilian precious wood enhanced by finely chiselled 18-carat white gold inlays that pay tribute to the traditional craft techniques used by Forge de Laguiole. This refined interpretation of the Meisterstück LeGrand fountain pen is completed by an 18-carat gold nib and a Montblanc Diamond on the cap.   The Montblanc Masters for Meisterstück LʼAubrac Special Edition,  priced at £1,680.00 ($2,650) comprises a Meisterstück LeGrand Fountain Pen crafted from exotic grenadilla wood, which is highly prized for its beautiful fine grain and lustrous waxed finish. The cap and barrel are enhanced by tiny sterling silver rivets inspired by the handles of Forge de Laguiole knives, while the silver cap rings are decorated with a heritage Laguiole motif alongside the Montblanc signature. An 18-carat gold nib on the Fountain Pen and the Montblanc star emblem in mother-of-pearl finish these elegant writing instruments. This model is not restricted in quantity. The Montblanc Masters for Meisterstück LʼAubrac writing instruments will be available from Montblanc boutiques as of October 2012 on a very limited basis.
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Tibaldi Wins Top Award – Bentley Pen Partner has The Write Stuff

Tibaldi for Bentley Mulsanne: Burr Oak Rose Gold Stilo

Bentley is delighted to announce that its pen partner Tibaldi has recently won the Most Exciting Motorsport Pen at Pen World’s 17th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

(Press Release – Crewe, 21st July 2011) The Tibaldi for Bentley Mulsanne pen was chosen by readers because it was inspired by the roaring engines which are associated with the legendary straight and corner at the Le Mans circuit. The Readers’ Choice awards were presented in New York City and the complete list published in Pen World. The Bentley Mulsanne embodies the challenges that honed the marque’s reputation. The flagship model reflects the masterpiece 1930 8-litre vehicle owned by W.O. Bentley himself. The 8-litre defines the heart and soul of the Mulsanne, which was designed, engineered and built entirely in the company’s headquarters in Crewe in a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. The Mulsanne is the pinnacle of Bentley motoring – like its ancestor, a true grand tourer. As interpreted by Tibaldi, the Tibaldi for Bentley Mulsanne pens marry two traditions, two aesthetics. Now an established family of writing instruments for connoisseurs, the pens fashioned by the Italian maker for the world’s leading maker of luxury cars employ the proportions and patented technologies of Tibaldi, with the forms and details prescribed by the cars they honour. Giuseppe Aquila, Tibaldi CEO, says: The greatest challenge when developing these extraordinary pens has been the production of the wood components, which were designed to match the interior of this outstanding new car. To capture the essence of the Bentley Mulsanne, Tibaldi has fashioned a series of writing instruments that communicate the feel of the car in a piece of functional, hand-held sculpture. Fingers holding the Mulsanne will make contact with knurled bands, the surface matched on the pocket clip, echoing the design of Bentley switchgear. The pen is topped with a Bentley emblem which recalls the vehicle’s starter button. And every pen adheres to Tibaldi’s respect for the Divine Proportion, the ratio between the pen’s cap and the visible portion of the barrel when the pen is closed, equalling the ratio of 1.618. Fashioned from precious metals, including versions in sterling silver and 18K rose gold, the Tibaldi for Bentley Mulsanne is unmistakably an accessory to a car handcrafted from the finest materials. The pen will be limited to 90 fountain pens and 90 roller balls per finish in the sterling silver version and 9 fountain pens and 9 roller balls per finish in the solid 18K rose gold version. This represents a significant anniversary for Bentley: 2009 marked 90 years since Walter Owen Bentley founded the company that bears his name. There are three finishes with their caps and barrels accented in one of the three woods found in the cars themselves: Dark Stained Vavona, Burr Oak and Burr Walnut.
Tibaldi for Bentley Supersports: Stilo

Tibaldi for Bentley Supersports: Stilo

Supersports Pen Joins the Continental Collection

Every Bentley car is a statement. With the Continental Supersports, Bentley shows that limitless performance, peerless comfort, and sublime elegance are compatible with a changing world. To define a supercar for the 21st century, embodying all of Bentley’s traditional values but honed to accommodate modern needs, the Continental Supersports’ designers exploited the limits of aerodynamics, employed radical new materials, banished excess weight, and adapted the powertrain to work with FlexFuel. The result has been described as the most extreme Bentley ever. The Tibaldi for Bentley Supersports collection has its own tradition to follow, with every fountain pen and roller ball sharing materials and aesthetic details consistent with the vehicles they symbolise. Giuseppe Aquila, CEO of Tibaldi, says: The close collaboration between our engineers and Bentley’s design team of Robin Page, head of Interior Design, and Jonathan Punter, resulted in the creation of an outstanding pen, which encapsulates the features of Bentley’s most powerful car ever. As interpreted by Tibaldi, the Tibaldi for Bentley Supersports pens lose nothing in translation. The series of writing instruments speaks in the design language of the vehicle itself. Each pen features Tibaldi’s unique pocket clip terminated in a rolling ball and, to extol its extreme functionality and purpose, Tibaldi’s designers turned to carbon fibre – the material most evocative of modern technology – with solid titanium trims. Materials such as these enable the Supersports to be both lighter and stronger. Addressing the exclusivity of the actual car, the Tibaldi for Bentley Supersports will be limited to 630 fountain pens and 630 roller balls. The number of pieces manufactured corresponds with the horsepower of the actual Supersports car.
Tibaldi for Bentley Supersports: Roller

Tibaldi for Bentley Supersports: Roller

Tibaldi for Bentley Mulsanne: Burr Oak Rose Gold Roller

Tibaldi for Bentley: Mulsanne - Burr Oak Rose Gold Roller

Tibaldi for Bentley Mulsanne: Burr Oak Sterling Silver Stilo

Tibaldi for Bentley Mulsanne: Burr Oak Sterling Silver Stilo

Tibaldi for Bentley Mulsanne: Burr Oak Sterling Silver Roller

Tibaldi for Bentley Mulsanne: Burr Oak Sterling Silver Roller

 

Montblanc Pays Tribute to John Lennon with Special Edition Pen

Montblanc John Lennon Special Edition Pen Montblanc John Lennon Special Edition Pen Luxury brand Montblanc unveiled a number of new writing instruments and watches at the 2010 TFWA World Exhibition in October, including the John Lennon Collection Writing Instruments. The collection consists of three editions, The Special Edition, Commemoration Edition 1940 and the Limited Edition 70. The John Lennon Special Edition, encompasses the models of a fountain pen, ballpoint pen and roller ball. The design is reminiscent of early 60”s music, through a guitar neck, with tuning pegs detailed on the pens body. The gentle grooves chiseled into the black precious resin of the barrel inducing a vinyl texture. There are finely etched strings on the neck, while the platinum-plated plaque is engraved with Lennon’s famous self-portrait.

Dunhill-Namiki Pen Highlights Bonhams Rare Pen Auction

Dunhill-Namiki Lake Biwa Maki-e Fountain Pen

Dunhill-Namiki Lake Biwa Maki-e Fountain Pen

On August 19 a selection of rare pens will be auctioned by Bonhams in New York, headlined by some exquisite writing instruments from Dunhill-Namiki, especially the Dunhill-Namiki Lake Biwa maki-e fountain pen. Crafted using the finest Japanese lacquer techniques, the pen was created in 1930 through collaboration between Dunhill and Namiki. The pen is touted to fetch $15,000-30,000. Also springing from the same iconic partnership you’ll find a Dunhill-Namiki Motorities Maki-e limited edition fountain pen. Detailed in gold dust and Raden pearl, the design incorporates wheels and flames in honour of Dunhill’s early 1900s ‘Dunhill Motorities’ automobile accessories. It comes with all its original packaging and papers, and carries an estimate of $20,000-30,000.

Mont Blanc Celebrates Queen Elizabeth I with Limited Edition Patron of Art Elizabeth I Fountain Pen

Montblanc’s newest Patron of Art Edition celebrates the legendary Queen Elizabeth I. Queen Elizabeth I built up 16th century England into a world power and her legacy is celebrated with two fountain pens the Limited Edition Patron of Art Elizabeth I is limited to 4810 fountain pens and a finer edition is limited to 888 writing instruments.
Limited Edition Patron of Art Elizabeth I Fountain Pen

Limited Edition Patron of Art Elizabeth I Fountain Pen

The 4810 limited edition pens swank of a body and cap of black valuable resin with gold-plated inlay even as the better-quality edition of 888 is a 750 solid gold fountain pen with a red lacquered drum and cap. This better-quality edition is finished of 18k gold and aspects a festooned gold tiara in which Elizabeth I ascended the throne in 1559.

Alfa Romeo Celebrates Its Centenary with Limited Edition Montegrappa Pens

To celebrate the first century of existence, Alfa Romeo has added an extra touch of class to his team holding a major licensing agreement with Montegrappa, which since 1912 produces fountain pens and writing instruments of luxury.

Limited Edition Alfa Romeo Montegrappa Pens

The series has twelve different pieces designed by Bassano del Grappa in which outstanding attention to detail to celebrate the centennial of the automobile brand. In fact, 1910 pens were manufactured for each model: 246 pens, pencils and pens in carbon fiber (24 June was the day of foundation, therefore 24-6), other 246 silver plus 167 pieces of each of the micromine and finally 25 pieces for each of the four series in gold.