Montblanc Writers Edition William Shakespeare

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Issued every year in a strictly limited edition worldwide since 1992, the Montblanc Writers Edition pays tribute to the greatest icons of literary history. This year, on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his life’s achievements, Montblanc celebrates William Shakespeare. A genius with words, Shakespeare needs no introduction; after all he has penned over 150 sonnets and 37 plays. He’s a literary treasure trove of verbal brilliance that has provided many expressions and nuggets of wisdom still integral to the English language today.

Limited to 1597 pieces in reference to the year his most important play ‘The Tragedy Of Romeo and Juliet’ was first published, the William Shakespeare Limited Edition 1597 is inspired by his greatest tragedies. The multi-colored barrel is embellished with exquisite guilloche patterns evoking his quill overlaid with precious lacquer, contrasting with the cap crafted from pure black lacquer. The black and red colors are a reference to the flags that flew above his theatre to inform audiences of that genre being performed at the time: red for historical drama and black for tragedy.

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As well as featuring the embossed symbols on the cap and cone’s gold-plated rings representing his most famous plays, the William Shakespeare Limited Edition 1597 is decorated with Tudor design elements reminiscent of the era in which Shakespeare wrote most of his plays and the longstanding patronage of Queen Elizabeth I. The forepart of the fountain pen is engraved with his signature, and the black resin cone features a Tudor rose at its base, the badge favoured by the Virgin Queen.

The blue lacquer above the cone of the fountain pen refers to the color defined as ‘Royal Blue’ because it was worn by royalty, the nobility and members of the Council. The octagonal cap mirrors the distinctive structure of the Globe Theatre on the banks of the Thames in London with gold-coated strips set against the precious lacquer evoking the balconies that surrounded the stage and gave audiences an unparalleled experience inside the theatre. Talk about detailing!

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The celebration of one of the most iconic writers to have ever lived doesn’t just stop with the writing instrument. Montblanc is releasing a special velvet red ink to accompany the Writers Edition William Shakespeare. The ink is inspired by the colors of the red flags that flew above the theatre to indicate the performance of one of his historical dramas as well as the vibrant red quill pen used by the playwright himself.

To complete the collection, Montblanc has also produced two pairs of circular cufflinks with the Tudor rose as the central motif. The simple elegance of a red rose contrasts with the yellow-gold PVD finish of the first pair, while a black rose complements the shine of the stainless steel pair.

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