When it comes to excellent writing instruments, Montblanc really knows how to set apart from the others. On every occasion, the german brand surprises us with their beautifully crafted pieces and their obsessive attention to details. In my opinion, Montblanc is not just a pen manufacturer, but more like a storyteller, and you’ll understand my point of view in the following lines. Today, we are going to introduce to you a collection that was highly anticipated by all the pen connoisseurs and collectors out there. Now, that our waiting has ended, let’s take a look on this one-of-a-kind collection – Around the World in 80 Days.
Inspired by Jules Verne’s travel adventure novel entitled „Around the World in Eighty Days”, the collection depicts the story of British gentleman Phileas Fogg’s extraordinary trip around the world in just 80 days. In the novel, Phileas Fogg bets his fortune that he can depart from London by train at 8.45 PM on 2 October, travel around the world via Suez canal, Bombay, Hong Kong, Yokohama, San-Francisco, New York, and finish in the same place, at the same time, on 21 December. This journey proves that anything is possible when one’s motivation is high enough.
This collection comprising of LeGrand & Classique, Doué and Solitaire editions comes to celebrate both pioneering spirit of Phileas Fogg and the technological innovations of the 19th century. Featuring distinctive symbols of the fantastic adventure, each writing instrument is so unique in its own way… Now, let’s dive into the subject to discover what Montblanc has prepared for us.
Inspired by the ocean journey from the London to Bombay through the Suez canal, each edition points particular differences. The Solitaire LeGrand, for example, is covered in a beautiful wave pattern from the bottom to the top while the LeGrand and Classique Doué editions come in a blue color finish inspired by the Mediterranean sea. Among the main key elements of the novel, the steamboat, is laser engraved on the cap of each edition while the clip is decorated with an ace of spades in black lacquer.
Ocean waves patterns can be found along the cap of both LeGrand and Classique Doué edition. The number 18, which symbolizes the 18 days required to complete the first part of the trip, is engraved on the back of the cap top, while the number 80, which means the days the journey lasted, is engraved on the front.
A handcrafted 750 solid gold nib displaying a hot-air balloon is engraved on it along with „02 October” symbolizing the start of the journey and „20 October” – the date Phileas Fogg arrived in Bombay to finish the first part of the adventure. In terms of weight The Meisterstuck Solitaire LeGrand weighs 62.74 g and has a length of 145.8 while the LeGrand has 30g with 145.8mm and the Classique Doue weighs 50.84g with a length of 140mm.
In order to meet anyone’s preferences Montblanc made rollerball pens and ballpoint pens for each edition of the collection.
I must confess I was so delighted to write about this unique collection depicting the story of one of the most famous novels amongst the classics and I am really curious where Montblanc is heading with their projects, because it seems there are more beautiful writing instruments ready to be crafted, and I’m wondering how they will look like…
Meisterstuck Around the World in 80 days Solitaire LeGrand Fountain Pen: EUR 1790
Meisterstuck Around the World in 80 days LeGrand Fountain Pen: EUR 850
Meisterstück Around the World in 80 Days Doué Classique Fountain Pen: EUR 1200
Meisterstück Around the World in 80 Days Classique Fountain Pen: EUR 735
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