Hey all, this is going to be a quick run through of my recent trip to the Montblanc Haus at One Horseman’s Guard where they hosted a three day exhibition previewing their annual releases.
Amongst the standouts were the revamping of the Spider Metamorphosis series. Senior Sales Associate Nathan Morris showed me a picture on his phone of the one-off Spider Metamorphosis writing instrument that sold for over a million euros. Montblanc debuted its earliest spider-inspired pen in the 1920s and now it turns to this theme once again.
Montblanc are also very keen to push the Le Petit Collection which was inspired by the french author Antoine De Saint Exupery. Perhaps ashamedly I’d never heard of the dude, he was a French writer, poet, aristocrat, journalist, and pioneering aviator. The collection is a tribute to friendship and imagination.
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye..” –Antoine De Saint Exupery.
I love the JFK pen, reissued in Burgundy as a homage to his Harvard days. The origins of the JFK and Montblanc hail back to a state visit when John F. Kennedy visited Cologne, West Germany. A plucky young Kennedy was asked by his host Chancellor Konrad Adenauer to sign the official Cologne guest book.
Of course it was a huge gaff on the Chancellors behalf as he didn’t have a pen. Luckily, and poised for such an emergency, J.F.K. reached into his pocket and produced his personal Meisterstück 149. It was not known who retained ownership of the pen after the exchange according to Nathan. I guess that’s why we tie pens to guestbooks with bits of string nowadays.
You’ll see in the video I posted that Montblanc have also reimagined some of their infamous 1848 collection. Noticeable differences from last year are the added bronze on the bezels and slightly smaller case sizes for a modern aesthetic. The cognac straps are made in Florence.
Many thanks to the team at Montblanc for the invite. It was good to see some of the team again whom I met on our last trip to the Montblanc factory in Villaret. This is not a sponsored post but they were kind enough to gift me a friendship bracelet and some Antoine De Saint Exupery books that I’ll be enjoying on my upcoming trip to Thailand.