Luxury Maison creates a limited edition writing instrument to mark the 100th anniversary of the iconic automobile manufacturer.
For the past 100 years, BMW has been writing the future of the luxury automotive experience. On the occasion of the automobile’s 100th anniversary and the release of the BMW Individual 7 Series THE NEXT 100 YEARS limited edition , Montblanc introduces the “Montblanc for BMW” Centennial Fountain Pen, a writing instrument designed to accompany each of the 100 vehicles. This limited edition is the second collaboration between two luxury pioneers united by a passion for ground-breaking technological innovation and elegant design, following the creation of a collection of customized leather goods and writing instruments to coincide with the launch of the BMW 7 Series in 2015.
Limited to just 100 pieces worldwide, the centennial piston fountain pen blends the iconic Montblanc Meisterstück 149 balanced proportions with design details inspired by the elegant and streamlined aesthetics of the new BMW car. Inspired by the distinctive pattern used on the BMW Individual fine-grain Merino leather interior of the special BMW Individual 7 Series THE NEXT 100 YEARS, Zaim Kamal, Creative Director at Montblanc International, and Karim Habib, Head of BMW Design, created the intricate grid of the skeletonised metal cap and barrel in a joint effort. Through the cut-out rhodium-plated grid pattern, the vibrant blue of the transparent precious resin mirrors the unique colour of the car lacquering. In reference to the BMW 7 Series, the Au750 rhodium-plated gold nib is engraved with the BMW “7” pattern.
Crowning the writing instrument, the Montblanc emblem, symbol of the finest craftsmanship, is made of quartz set in black onyx.
The limited edition writing instrument is accompanied by its own special leather accessory. The blue pen pouch in full-grain calfskin referring to the colour of the car lacquering features a compartment for the fountain pen. The leather is embossed with the skeleton pattern featured on the writing instrument’s design with a Montblanc emblem inside a palladium-plated ring.
While BMW has been rethinking the rules of automotive design, Montblanc has been enhancing the writing experience through technological innovations and cutting-edge design, guided by its pioneering spirit since 1906. With this latest collaboration, Montblanc unites its passion for fine craftsmanship, perfect functionality and contemporary design with BMW’s forward-thinking approach to performance and breakthrough innovations.
Both the new car and the limited edition writing instrument were unveiled at a world premiere event on April 19, 2016 at the BMW Group Classic in Munich, Germany, hosted by Montblanc and BMW for 160 guests.
The “Montblanc for BMW” Centennial Fountain Pen accompanies the purchase of the new BMW Individual 7 Series THE NEXT 100 YEARS at BMW dealerships from September 2016. For more information, visit Montblanc.