Marking their first-ever collaboration with an outside entity, Montblanc present their upcoming project with design superstar Marc Newson. Appropriately titled the “Montblanc M,” the instrument brings together the maison’s long history with Newson’s trademark biomorphic style. The perfect balance between form and function, the M is designed to perform in a variety of ways.
The first thing users will notice is the magnet that ensures the closure of the body and hood is in perfect alignment. The clip, meanwhile, runs in line with the innovative plateau at the barrel end, letting the instrument rest comfortably between the thumb and index finger. An additional snap mechanism secures the cap in place.
Black resin is used for the body, while the plateau at the end has been crafted through milling the material with a diamond tool. The iconic emblem is put into place using ultrasonic welding for a perfectly flat and smooth surface. The clip is rendered with platinum plating and mounted to the cap in an invisible way, to maintain the fluidity of the design.
Another first, a gold nib AU585 is used in a two-tone finish of rhodium and ruthenium. The nib is topped off with an inscription of “MN,” in reference to Marc Newson, on those produced in the year of the writing instrument’s launch.
Regarding the collaboration, the Australian designer related the following:
Like Montblanc, I seek to strike a balance in the design between the simplicity of the functional qualities of this product and the creation of a sensory experience in its use. From the sight of the shape’s clean lines or the detailed plating of the nib, from the touch and feel of the writing instrument with its polished surface and ruthenium forepart, to the sound of the click of the cap as it is drawn to the body of the writing instrument with the magnet, “Montblanc M” offers a seamless writing experience that engages all sense.
Look for the Montblanc M at all Montblanc flagship stores as well as online beginning September 2015. It will be available as a fountain pen, rollerball pen, ballpoint pen, as well as a screenwriter for use on a touchscreen, and as a fine art and fineliner for technical drawing.
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