Posted 24 February 2017 - 18:22
It's a challenge. With at least the 90th Anniv, if sourcing new from an authorized dealer, you'll be able to swap out for your nib of choice at no additional expense. If you desire a particular nib on Verne, you'll perhaps have to exercise extreme patience or pay an additional ~$350 for Montblanc to grant your wish. If medium or fine are your nib of choice, you should find good availability in the discount resale market. Still, I'd expect a Verne to run $800-$1,000 and the 90th 149 right around $500 used, I don't see them as equal in value. The Verne's section is a torus (toroid?), compared with the cylindrical if slightly conical 149 section. I find I slightly prefer a torus section to a slight cone but, even uncapped, the metal of the Verne body is much heavier than the resin 149. The Verne's pattern is mesmerizing, I wish its star was MOP to unify a nautical theme (anybody with a spare JP Morgan cap to donate, were this even possible? They did it with the 149 caps...), and with rose gold an added regular model to the 149 line, I don't see much difference between 90th Anniv and regular rose 149 line UNLESS the fat "90" engraved on the nib or its release date holds special meaning. But by now you must also realize the 75th Rose gold edition (damn the verbiage, I don't remember if it's special or limited because clearly it's both) 149 with MOP star answers many of these complaints, if you can tolerate the additional bling the cap bears.