Montblanc Benefits Unicef With New Pen Collection – Forbes
Headquartered in New York City, the United Nations Children’s Fund, originally known as the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), was created in 1946 to help mothers and children in need. Montblanc has been collaborating with the organization for the past 13 years, raising over $10 million to benefit educational programs around the world.
The new Montblanc for UNICEF collection of limited edition writing instruments, timepieces, accessories and leather goods is the latest demonstration of the company’s commitment to quality education. And to reinforce the universal nature of writing, the multi-cultural aspect of language is incorporated into the design of the Montblanc Meisterstück, Writing is a Gift pen collection. Six handwritten characters are evident on each pen: the first letter from each of six alphabets, including Roman, Hindi, Arabic and three Asian characters. On a timely note, the items from the Writing Is A Gift Collection sold between the first of this month and March 31, 2018, will benefit UNICEF.
“There is still much to be done to ensure that every child around the world has proper access to an education, a cause Montblanc has been proud to champion for the past 13 years,” explains Nicolas Baretzki, Montblanc CEO. “This new initiative gives individuals who are as passionate as we are about the written word the ability to own a Montblanc piece that carries true purpose, and by doing so, making a valuable contribution to the work of UNICEF in communities around the world where children are not always given the opportunity to learn to read and write. Writing is indeed a special gift that every child should enjoy.”
The Montblanc Meisterstück, Writing is a Gift collection of writing instruments is notably inspired by the Rosetta Stone, which not only was a key to unlocking the meaning of hieroglyphs but also to understanding the culture of ancient human civilizations. The alphabet motif is interpreted through different design variations and as is usual with Montblanc’s limited editions, there are several interpretations within the collection.
The Precious Resin Edition is crafted in polished black resin with platinum-coated fittings. The cap is engraved with the first letter of the six most used alphabets in the world alongside a single blue sapphire. The collection includes a Fountain Pen LeGrand, Rollerball LeGrand, Ballpoint Midsize, and in the smaller Fountain Pen Classique, Rollerball Classique and Ballpoint Classique.
The Doué Classique Edition features a black resin barrel with a metal cap decorated with a mosaic of alphabet letters. It is available in a Fountain Pen Classique with a rhodium-coated Au 750 gold nib, a Roller Ball Classique and Ballpoint Classique, each featuring the six alphabet characters encircling the cap top, enhanced by a single sapphire in UNICEF blue. The Blue Solitaire Edition’s cap and barrel are adorned with an elegant pattern created from the alphabet letters, which are on a blue lacquer background embellished by fine silver-color lines and a 1.9mm sapphire set in the cap top. The Blue Solitaire Edition comes in a Fountain Pen LeGrand with a bicolor Au 750 gold handcrafted nib, as well as a Rollerball LeGrand and Ballpoint Midsize.
Finally, the Skeleton 149 Edition takes the alphabet motif to new heights in a platinum-coated three-dimensional cutout of the six alphabet characters, allowing the blue resin beneath it to show through the intricate structure.
I think writing by hand should be a wave of the future rather than a thing of the past.