MONTBLANC PAYS HOMAGE TO ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON WITH ITS NEW WRITERS EDITION
Montblanc reveals its latest annual limited edition writing instrument, that celebrates the storytelling genius of the author of classic literary favourite “Treasure Island.”
With its Writers Edition, Montblanc spotlights the creativity and artistry of the prolific writers who shaped world literature and left a lasting imprint on culture. Reflecting Montblanc’s origins in the culture of writing, each edition explores the universe of words created by the author with the design of each writing instrument revisiting unforgettable stories.
The Montblanc Writers Edition Homage to Robert Louis Stevenson pays tribute to Scottish novelist, poet and travel writer Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 – 1894), best known for his adventure novel Treasure Island and his horror story The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
Every design detail of the four different editions that make up the collection illustrates the life and work of Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island in particular. The shape of the writing instrument is inspired by the spyglass used by sailors and pirates, with the lower geometry of the cone evoking the opening of the spyglass. Each edition features an original interpretation of the skull and crossbones, universally recognized symbol for pirates around the world. The compass rose that appears throughout the collection is a nod to “Treasure Island”, the location of a legendary treasure that plays a central role in Stevenson’s most famous novel.
The Writers Edition Homage to Robert Louis Stevenson – Limited Edition’s cap and barrel are crafted from special resin paired with a platinum-coated forepart, cone and fittings. The cap is embellished with a pattern reminiscent of a treasure chest, enhanced by a compass rose underneath the clip in a shape inspired by a belaying pin, a device used to secure ropes and lines of rigging found on ships.
With a limitation number based on the year of publication of Treasure Island, the Fountain Pen and Rollerball that make up the Writers Edition Homage to Robert Louis Stevenson Limited Edition 1883 are made of metal and precious lacquer. The barrel depicts the “Hispaniola”, the three-mast ship purchased by Squire Trelawney to sail to Treasure Island. Thanks to a special mechanism, the British Red Ensign flag flying from the ship turns into the Jolly Roger when the switch is turned, symbolizing its capture by the pirates.
The design of the Writers Edition Homage to Robert Louis Stevenson Limited Edition 94 draws inspiration from the bank note issued by the Royal Bank of Scotland to commemorate the author. The limitation number marks the year of the one pound bank note’s release in 1994. The cap and barrel are made from Ag 925 Sterling Silver surrounded by a solid Au 750 yellow gold grid enhanced with lacquer inlays. The cap tube is embellished with hand engravings of pirate tale symbols like a treasure chest, revolver and pipe alongside an inlay of Long John Silver, while the engravings on the barrel of the map of Treasure Island are paired with an inlay of his parrot Captain Flint.
The cap of the Writers Edition Homage to Robert Louis Stevenson Limited Edition 8 is 3-D hand-engraved with various decorative elements including a large skull that seems to break through the back of the cap and set with Black sapphires. Several iconic lines from Treasure Island are hand-engraved on the cap. The coin refers to the moment in the novel when the pirates find nothing but a single two guineas piece with the “MMMMDCCCX” on the coin meaning “4810”, a subtle reference to Montblanc and the height of the Mont Blanc mountain.