Originally published June 11, 2012 4:22am
Montblanc pays tribute to the freedom of America with the launch of the Statue of Liberty Artisan Edition Writing Instrument. The statue was a gift from the French to the United States constructed by Gustave Eiffel. Previous editions include tributes to Max Reinhardt, Frida Kahlo and our Presidential Series, all in the form of exquisitely crafted Montblanc writing instruments.
Limited to just 50 pieces, symbolising the number of states of the United States, the Statue of Liberty Artisan Edition showcases Montblanc’s premier craftsmanship and pioneering design. The intricate 750 solid gold fittings over the gray PVD coating covering the writing instrument is inspired by the elements of the neoclassical sculpture. The barrel is engraved with the official date of the American Independence Declaration in roman letters. The cap symbolizes the crown of the statue in an abstract manner with a clip in the form of a torch enriched with a citrin jewel, which stands for the symbol of freedom. The three dimensional pattern of the writing instrument symbolises the steel construction of the actual statue by Gustave Eiffel. As a mark of the quality and craftsmanship of this piece, a mother-of-pearl Montblanc emblem is featured at the very summit of the writing instrument.
The Montblanc Statue of Liberty Artisan Edition will be available starting July 4, 2012 in Montblanc Boutiques at a recommended retail price of £21,300 ($33,650).
UPDATE: added image of the nib