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Please find below the full press release of the Montblanc Heritage Collection, Rouge & Noir, The Serpent Limited Edition Writing Instruments.
Exploring The Summit Of High Artistry: Montblanc Heritage Collection Rouge & Noir, The Serpent Limited Edition Writing Instruments
High jewellery masterpieces from the Montblanc Atelier bring together the finest know-how and fearless creativity
For over a century, Montblanc has nurtured the traditional expertise of its artisans while introducing high precision and high technology tools to facilitate the creation of masterpieces that boldly push creative and technical boundaries. The absolute mastery of the métiers d’arts at the Montblanc Atelier allows the Maison to offer unparalleled pieces of virtuoso craftsmanship, bringing together the finest stone cutting, gem-setting, engraving and gold nib crafting techniques. Technical virtuosity and boundless artistry come together in the new Montblanc Heritage Collection, Rouge & Noir, The Serpent editions, an exclusive collection of high jewellery writing instruments that explores innovative manufacturing techniques and sets new records, to celebrate the pioneering spirit synonymous with Montblanc since 1906.
A symbol of life and rebirth, the serpent has been an object of desire and fascination through the ages. A recurring motif in art and design, the mysterious creature was a rich source of inspiration during the Art Nouveau and Art Deco period.
|As a tribute to the design of the serpent clip of the Montblanc 1920s writing instrument, the creature takes centre stage in the collection, sensually uncoiling its skin of precious metals and fine stones, evoking the creative vitality that continues to define Montblanc’s passion for the finest craftsmanship. Limited to just one piece worldwide and with a price of € 1.2 million, the Montblanc Heritage Collection, Rouge & Noir, The Ultimate Serpent Limited Edition 1 masterfully combines the finest materials with the most expert techniques to push the limits of craftsmanship. A special method developed by Montblanc allows the approx. 6,15ct Montblanc Diamond that crowns the writing instrument to enjoy greater visibility and reflect more light. By reducing the amount of metal that holds the radiant stone in place by expertly pressing the stone into a heated setting with a special tool, the diamond with its IF grade clarity and no fluorescence can be admired in its entirety.|
The body of the writing instrument and the serpent that entwines it are made from a single, solid piece of Au750 rose gold. Weighing over 130g in total, this one-of-a-kind masterpiece features 99g of gold, the most amount of gold ever used in the manufacturing of a Montblanc fountain pen. In a display of gem-setting brilliance, the cap and barrel are set in full pavée with approx. 1950 or 15,34ct of dark blue sapphires, a precious backdrop for the mesmerizing serpent that entwines the body of the writing instrument decorated with a profusion of 153 individually-cut geometric diamonds. The skin of the snake is a masterpiece of engraving art, executed by the hand of the most accomplished engravers without any machine operation. When the writing instrument is closed, the serpent can be seen starting with the head on the clip, then winding down to the end of the cone. Once the cap is removed, a second serpent becomes visible, with the head starting on the nib and once again ending on the cone. The solid Au750 rose gold nib is decorated with an engraving of the snake’s head, with two rubies of the finest quality, skilfully set to illuminate the eyes of the serpent.
The extravagant motif of the serpent, intricately crafted in fine materials against the backdrop of the writing instrument has inspired further limited editions.
The Montblanc Heritage Collection, Rouge & Noir, The Imperial Serpent Limited Edition 3 features the undulating creature engraved in solid white ruthenium-coated gold filigree, set with 55 individually cut diamonds and 106 sapphires to give the snake its sumptuous texture against the grey surface of the writing instrument. Limited to just three pieces, the cap and barrel of the writing instrument are hand engraved with an enthralling snakeskin design finished in grey ruthenium, while the crown is adorned with a 2,25ct Montblanc Diamond with IF grade clarity. Hypnotic and seductive, the serpent’s green eyes stand out on both the clip and the engraved Au750 solid gold nib, cut from fine tsavorites.
The Montblanc Heritage Collection, Rouge & Noir, The Royal Serpent Limited Edition 10 combines the grey PVD-coated snakeskin motif with a cone, crown and fittings crafted from solid white gold. The serpent, elegantly swirling around the fountain pen, is set with individually cut diamonds and rubies, while the Montblanc emblem set with an elegant pavé of 72 diamonds majestically crowns the writing instrument.
Completing the collection and inspired by the mystery and symbolism of the serpent, the Montblanc Heritage Collection, Rouge & Noir, The Serpent Limited Edition 110 is made of PVD coated titanium in a sophisticated graphite colour, with the winding hand-engraved serpent crafted from Au750 solid white gold.
The texture of the hand-engraved serpent with its fine scales contrasts with the shininess of the satin finishes and the white gold fittings in a demonstration the most skilled craftsmanship and technical agility. Shining brightly, the captivating eyes of the snake stand out in red rubies on both the clip and the Au750 white gold nib of the writing instrument. Breathing life into the creature, the clip features a flexible tongue like a real hissing serpent. Limited to just 110 pieces as a tribute to the Maison’s milestone anniversary, the Montblanc emblem is crafted from mother-of-pearl embedded in bright coral and ivory coloured resin.
Like the serpent that sheds its skin to renew itself, the Montblanc Heritage Collection, Rouge & Noir, The Serpent Limited Editions underscore Montblanc’s pursuit of excellence, rethinking the rules of craftsmanship since 1906 with extraordinary pieces.
Guided by the pioneering spirit since 1906, Montblanc revolutionized the culture of writing with breakthrough innovations. Today, the Maison continues to push boundaries and evolve the expression of fine craftsmanship across each of its product categories: the pinnacle of luxury writing instruments, timepieces, leather goods, accessories, fragrances and eyewear. With every innovation, Montblanc offers new functionalities and groundbreaking designs imbued with the Maison’s heritage of sophistication and crafted to the highest standards through the skills of its artisans in each of its manufactures. Reflecting its ongoing mission with fine lifetime companions born from the most pioneering ideas, the iconic Montblanc Emblem has become the ultimate seal of performance, innovation, quality and expression of style. With its origins deeply rooted in the culture of handwriting, Montblanc has set an international standard of cultural commitment, with the creation of wide-ranging initiatives to promote arts and culture in many forms, while paying tribute to the modern day patrons who support the advancement of the arts.
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