The Montblanc Great Characters Limited Edition is the collection of writing instruments that pays homage to the exceptional personalities whose lives and work have made a lasting impact on human civilization. The latest addition to the collection is a tribute to the ground-breaking work and cultural influence of one of the most famous music bands of all time, The Beatles. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr have created a new vision of music, that captured audiences around the world. The Fab Four invented long-form music videos, changed the format of live performances, and brought new ideas of cover art and fashion. Montblank Great Characters Limited Edition honors the band’s influence and impact.
The design inspiration for The Great Characters, The Beatles Special Edition is concept album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, one of most important and influential rock and roll albums ever recorded. The writing instrument features bright multi-coloured striped cap and barrel. The colors of the stripes from the Special Edition are taken from the uniforms The Beatles wear on the album cover. For this edition, Montblanc has developed a multi-color stripe lacquering process that involves more than 10 different steps from treating the base metal before meticulously lacquering the five colors onto the metal tube in perfectly equal stripes before applying a transparent lacquer. The shape of the cap top evokes a microphone and the cone resembles the button on the mixing table from the legendary Abbey Road recording studio. The clip features four moustaches, a nod to the moustaches each Beatle wore in some of their most famous portraits. The Au750 solid gold nib is ruthenium coated and decorated with a fine engraving.
The symbols on lacquered cap and barrel of The Great Characters, The Beatles Limited Edition 1969 writing instrument associated with the iconic album “Abbey Road”. You can find here the peace symbol, the silhouette of The Beatles crossing Abbey Road and the metal inlay that refers to the “LMW 28 IF” license plate of the VW that was depicted on the album’s cover. The Union Jack inlay on the barrel references the “Her Majesty” song featured on the record. The famous Apple logo used on so many historic vinyls inspired the pattern engraved on the handcrafted Au 750 solid gold, partly ruthenium-coated nib.
The Great Characters, The Beatles Limited Edition 88 features a solid gold skeletonized cap and barrel with several metal inlays decorated with lacquer. British culture and icons are the inspiration for the overlays on the cap from the Union Jack symbol to The Beatles’ signatures and portraits. “Yeah Yeah Yeah” refers to the front page of the Daily Mirror newspaper that printed the headline “Yeah Yeah USA” to announce the arrival of Beatlemania in USA in 1964. This writing instrument features the Au 750 Solid gold nib and the cap top, which is shaped like a microphone and the mixing table button and is made from Au 750 solid gold.
The Montblanc tribute to The Beatles also includes a special ink and refills edition in a new psychedelic purple color. The ink is presented in special packaging that evokes the pop art colours of the 1960s. A special notebook completes The Beatles writing experience with a cover made of refined fabric that draws inspiration from the cover of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and features the silhouettes of the four Beatles.
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