27 years ago, Montblanc’s Patron of the Arts Collection was launched. Annually, they are launching artistic pens, and this year they showcased a set of 2 pens – an exclusive addition of 4810 pens and a more limited/exclusive set of 888 pens from the 1995 issue onwards. Dubbed as the Patron of Art Edition, these pens pays homage to Hadrian (76 –138 AD), the Roman emperor who reigned from 117 to 138 and has been regarded as one of the Five Good Emperors. He’s known for building the Hadrian’s Villa at Tibur (Tivoli) and Hadrian’s Wall. He also shaped the city of Roma with his iconic building projects: Temple of Venus, Temple of Roma, and Mausoleum of Hadrian.
The 4810 units Edition
The Exclusive Edition (4810 units): the shape of the pen caps and cones are inspired by the Roman buildings with a concrete dome. The patterns found at the cap top and cone rings are inspired by decorations used in the Roman Empire. The clip of the pen is inspired by a grain of wheat – coming from the story of Hadrian as the first-ever Roman emperor. The cap ring comes with a special engraving: portraits of a Greek Hero Antinous and Medusa with some patterns that rebuild a Roman arch The special engraving is inspired by the Phoenix, that’s based on a story between Hadrian an Trajan. These pens come in 146 sizes (Le Grand) while the cap and barrels are made from basalt stones, presented with gold and ruthenium coated fittings.
The 888 Edition
The Exclusive Edition (888 units): These pens come with Ag925 sterling silver cap tops along with cones that recall the domed shapeHadrian’s great buildings. The center of the cap tops is decorated with pearly Montblanc emblems. The square pattern found on the caps pays homage to the Roman decorations found inside those concrete domes. The caps are accentuated with intricate Au750 red gold medallions.
The barrel comes with red marbles that evoke the lavish décor of a Roman building from that era. The Au750 red gold nibs are meticulously hand-crafted and is partly rhodium-coated with an engraved Hadrianic phoenix.
The 4810 Edition pens cost €2.750 per unit, while the 888 Edition pens cost €8.100 to €13.200. If you want to read about Art or limited editions when it comes to decors made for rich buyers, then subscribe to Emporium Gallery Newsletter.