First released in 2018 with their original Le Petit Prince collection; a Tribute to Imagination that focused around the character of the Fox and the theme of friendship, Montblanc returns to that wondrous setting with the Montblanc Meisterstück Le Petit Prince Special Edition: A Story of Mentoring. The 2019 collection now shifts its attention from the Fox to the hidden narrator and imaginative character of the book, the Aviator.
The Meisterstück Le Petit Prince Precious Resin Le Grand and Meisterstück Le Petit Prince Precious Resin Classique both share a cap and barrel that are made from brown precious resin which works starkly against the platinum-coated fittings. A symbolic figure in the story, a sheep is engraved on the 14K gold nib of the writing instrument. With the Meisterstück Le Petit Prince Doué however, the precious brown resin barrel is contrasted with desert dunes and the aviator’s airplane against the platinum coated cap, with a delicate sheep on the 18K champagne gold nib. Similarly, the Meisterstück Le Petit Prince Solitaire Doué Le Grand Edition pairs its brown leather cap etched with the same design of the dunes and the aviator’s airplane as the Meisterstück Le Petit Prince Doué.
All the writing instruments in the collection share the golden lacquered star on the clip of every pen as well as the wise words of the author on the cap, urging us to reconnect to our childhood, “Toutes les grandes personnes ont d’abord été des enfants. Mais peu d’entre elles s’en souviennent.” The saying directly translates to “All grown-ups were once children- although few of them remember it.” Simple, to the point, yet poignant with nostalgia.
The entire writing experience is further heightened by the Montblanc fine stationery notebook in brown leather with gold embossed drawings, inspired from the book, as well as a brown shade of ink the colour of the pilot’s cap and ballpoint and rollerball refills. Whether the writing instruments may be gifted to an old time lover of the book with a deep-seated affection for the philosophies of Le Petit Prince or to a young mind ready to devour the book with their own curious perspective, Montblanc’s Meisterstück Le Petit Prince collection is a tale that can be passed on from one generation to the next.