It has been almost a century since the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb, but the spell of fascination that it cast over the world still lingers today.
Nothing illustrates that better than Montblanc’s new collection of writing instruments. Dubbed the “Montblanc High Artistry Heritage Egyptomania”, the range features five limited-edition fountain pens, each meticulously crafted to bring the magnificence and mystique of Ancient Egypt right to your fingertips.
We mean that literally: each pen is housed within a sarcophagus-shaped case, adorned with symbols borrowed from Egyptian artefacts and, in some cases, Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s legendary sarcophagus itself.
One such example is the scarab beetle, the ancient Egyptian symbol for immortality and rebirth. The insect appeared on a breastplate found in the Pharaoh’s tomb, which inspired Montblanc’s Limited Edition 5 pen. Like the breastplate, the pen’s case is made of gold and set with delicate inlays of lapis lazuli and turquoise. The two precious gemstones, along with red carnelian, are also used to craft the scarab beetle that features on the detachable caps of all five pens.
Besides beetles, you’ll also find the Uraeus — the Egyptian cobra symbol that served as a mark for royalty — perfectly sculpted out of white or yellow gold and lined with sapphire baguettes on the Limited Edition 1 Treasure, Limited Edition 1 Pharaoh and Limited Edition 5 designs.
Their cap tops are crowned, respectively, with an 8.72 ct royal blue Madagascan sapphire, a 5.13 ct brilliant cut diamond and a 1.85 ct brilliant cut diamond — all set in a unique, falcon-inspired setting. Others, like the Limited Edition 10 and Limited Edition 72, even feature the striking colours and patterns of Tutankhamun’s death mask.
But where Montblanc truly lays bare its artistry and attention to detail is in the use of intricate hieroglyphics throughout the collection. These have been pulled from Egyptian texts dating back to 1300 BC, and painstakingly engraved by hand along the pens’ caps and barrels. The German brand also got an Egyptology expert to translate its name into the ancient characters, the results of which appear across the collection.
Much like the treasures that were dug up from the Egyptian tombs all those years ago, there is much to mine and marvel at from Montblanc’s new designs. But not all of us will have the chance: there is only one of the Limited Edition 1 Treasure pen available in the whole world, while the rest of the designs are priced between €200,000 (S$321,376) and €600,000 (S$964,140).
Discover the Montblanc High Artistry Egyptomania collection at montblanc.com.
(All images: Montblanc)
This story first appeared in Lifestyle Asia Singapore.