The First 3D Printed Gold Spica Virginis Fountain Pen

Dutch designer and technologist Rein van der Mast wanted to change the way we look at luxury writing instruments, and came up with this one-of-a-kind fountain pen. Called Spica Virginis, after the brightest star in the constellation Virgo, this luxurious pen is a world first, crafted with the help of 3D printing technology, with intricate details made from 18k solid gold. This beautiful thing was meant to resemble an ear of grain and it will be available in either 18k yellow gold as well as white gold, packing 3D printed nibs too. If you fancy titanium more than gold, since a lot lighter, with less than 1/3 of the density of gold, the Spica Virginis can be also ordered in a titanium plated version with a thick layer of 24K gold and a tiny amount of cobalt to stand the test of time even better. In the meantime, I’m sure you all understand that exclusivity and precious metals come at a price. Which is why the 18l yellow or white gold versions of the pen are priced at a cool €14,320, while a titanium version plated with a wear resistant layer of 24K gold will set you back as much as €4,960.

Montblanc Great Character Edition:
Leonardo da Vinci

Montblanc’s latest Great Character edition pays homage to the genius Leonardo da Vinci. The writing instrument is inspired by his extraordinary inventions and his fascination with the study of flying. Every detail of the design directly reflects the original sketches of flying machines and the mechanical constructions created by Leonardo da Vinci. The wedge shapes are reminiscent of his method to connect mechanical parts to one another. The design of a wing engraved on the section and the bat on the nib pay homage to his study on the characteristics of flying animals, while the mirror on top of the cap, which reveals the Montblanc emblem, is a reference to his research in the field of optics. This edition, which honors one of the greatest pioneers of science, will be available in November at a MSRP of €2830.

Montblanc 2012 Writers Edition: Jonathan Swift

Every year since 1992, Montblanc pays tribute to great writers whose works have become part of world literature, with the creation of a new Limited Writers Edition. The Writers Edition 2012 is dedicated to British-Irish writer Jonathan Swift: writer, poet and essayist, and creator of the satiric masterpiece: “Gulliver’s Travels” The overall design of the pen draws inspiration from “Gulliver’s Travels”, and in particular the Lilliput episode, Gulliver’s first voyage.