Determined to transcend the boundaries of writing instruments, the new Montblanc High Artistry Conquest of Antarctica Collection: Homage to Roald Amundsen Limited Edition does not merely write, but it pays homage to the first man who reached both Poles during the Heroic age of Antarctic Exploration, Roald Amundsen.
The spirit of exploration can be felt through a plethora of the maison’s finest métiers d’arts.While the forepart of the pen depicts the route Amundsen took during his legendary foray to the South Pole, this dazzling piece of art also marks Montblanc’s incessant venture into new gems setting techniques.
The cap and barrel are set entirely with diamonds, light blue sapphires and aquamarines in a complex two-level setting, a valiant move to mimic the profundity and ethos of the magical land of ice. Cultural symbols are also incorporated to highlight Amundsen’s bonds with the Inuit community, including the Inuit bear talisman carving on the solid Au750 white gold cone and the clip shaped as an igloo knife.
The accent feature, however, is a detachable diamond igloo surmounting the cap top, which also homes a detachable brilliant cut 5.10ct diamond under its domed structure.
Fans of the Aurora Borealis are sure to marvel at the Northern Lights for its stunning orchestration of colours. With a nebula of amethysts, emeralds, tourmalines, peridots, tsavorites and green sapphires swirling above the solid white gold surface of the writing instrument, the pen features nonetheless a diamond igloo and a detachable gem, this time, an intense green emerald that embodies the mystery of the Northern lights.
Like its peers in the collection, the solid Au750 white gold nib depicts traditional Inuit facial tattoos while featuring two shimmering tsavorites. Not forgetting Amundsen’s legend, on the forepart of the writing instrument is the explorer’s sailing route indicated in tsavorites that traverses the continents made of shimmering violet sapphires.
To complete Montblanc’s Homage to Roald Amundsen Limited Edition 1, Scrimshaw pays a genuine tribute to the art of carvings done by whalers onto whale teeth or bones. As epic as its appearance, the cap tube of this writing instrument delineates the famous Fram ship that Amundsen sailed on his South Pole expedition, while the scrimshaw tube on the barrel depicts a scene of Amundsen and his sled dogs under the Norwegian flag at the South Pole in 1911.
Adding to the rugged charm of this work of art is the white gold igloo on the cap top of the pen which houses a single rough diamond. Princess cut diamonds set on the solid white gold rings and an igloo knife clip further complement its epic ethos, making the pen an unmissable masterpiece to tradition-loving collectors.
TEXT GEAN HOO