With its High Artistry Limited Editions, Montblanc revives the fascinating world of Kang Xi, the longest reigning emperor in Chinese history. Writing instrument / jewelry creation in colorful precious stones and gold, each Montblanc High Artistry Homage to Emperor Kangxi Limited Edition is an epitome of the Maison’s artistry.
Kang Xi is considered one of China’s greatest emperors, as his reign brought long-term stability and prosperity after years of war and chaos. The great consolidator of the Qing dynasty, he is always portrayed wearing yellow court robe embroidered with dragon, one of the most valued imperial symbols.
A dragon made of individually cut white jade pieces and a line of brilliant cut diamonds garnishes the Montblanc High Artistry Homage to Emperor Kangxi Limited Edition 1, The Imperial Dragon fountain pen in an artistic representation of the emperor’s supreme power in champagne gold. Just like the yellow silk of the emperor’s gown, the cap and barrel of the writing instrument are set with a full pave of yellow diamonds. The cap, which is cut in the shape of one of his sleeves, features a mechanism that drives the movement of the dragon’s eyes, opening and closing them whether the pen is upright or laying down. The design of the cone is inspired by an armillary sphere created to represent the movements in the heavens. A 2-axis mechanism allows a 6,42 carat square emerald-cut yellow diamond in a vivid yellow-orange color to rotate freely at its centre. Moreover, the precious ornament can be detached and admired as a standalone jewel. Crowning the writing instrument, the cap top is set with diamonds and the clip is decorated with a natural white pearl. The Au750 solid gold nib is decorated with the dragon’s head.
The inspiration behind the Montblanc High Artistry Homage to Emperor Kangxi Limited Edition 1, The Royal Blue Dragon is the deep color of one of the emperor’s garments. The cap and the barrel are decorated with the pavé of blue sapphires. The dragon encircling the pen is garnished with brilliant diamonds and the white gold fittings. The armillary sphere mechanism in the cone of the writing instrument features a brilliant 5ct white diamond (Colour D, Flawless). The dragon on the Montblanc High Artistry Homage to Emperor Kangxi Limited Edition 1, The Jade Dragon stands out in vibrant green jade against a scintillating pavé of white diamonds on the cap and barrel. A precious red 5,08ct ruby floats inside the axis mechanism in real gold, while the top of the cap is set with a pavé of diamonds.
The Montblanc High Artistry Homage to Emperor Kangxi Limited Edition 1, The Hunter celebrates the emperor’s passion for tiger hunting. By leaning on the rare Grisaille enamel technique, applied using a brush then creating subtle contrasts and shadows using a needle, the cap and barrel emulate white and blue porcelain art depicting hunters riding their horses as they chase tigers in the wild. The barrel is encircled by an archer’s ring made of jade, and the bottom half of the barrel is embellished with a majestic 3D hard-engraved tiger set with diamonds in pavé. Shaped ly a ruyi, the emperor’s scepter, the clip of the fountain pen are adorned with blue sapphires. The solid white gold fittings are enhanced with rows of brilliant diamonds. A dazzling 11,53ct blue sapphire is set at the base of the cone inside the axis design.
The solid gold cap and barrel of the Montblanc High Artistry Homage to Emperor Kangxi Limited Edition 5, The Emperor feature cloisonné enamel creating the effect of painted landscapes in tones of yellows, greens and sand punctuated with threads of gold. The opening mechanism on the cap top reveals a miniature gold sundial, one of the instruments brought to the emperor from Europe that he was fascinated by. The gold cone tube of the writing instrument is engraved by hand with a dragon, set with yellow diamonds and the cone is set with a sparkling diamond (DFL, approx. 2ct). The barrel ring features a dragon, symbol of power, hand-carved in green Wyoming jade, while the rings and clip are embellished with a sprinkling of yellow diamonds.
Montblanc High Artistry Homage to Emperor Kangxi Limited Edition 10, The Calligrapher is a tribute to the ruler’s love for literature and writing. A poem is carved on the black jade cap and barrel of the fountain pen. A reference to his favourite hunting animal, tiger’s head in yellow sapphires and black rhodium coated gold adorns the writing instrument’s barrel. Secret inscriptions are engraved on the cap including a work of calligraphy by Kangxi that pays tribute to a poem by Tao Yuanming, hidden under a white gold shield that can be opened. A yellow sapphire decorates the base of the cone, and two yellow sapphires shine on the clip.
The imperial power of Kong Xi is honored with the help of the Montblanc High Artistry Homage to Emperor Kangxi Limited Edition 89, The General. The cap and barrel in AU750 yellow gold feature a special pattern reminiscent of the ceremonial suit of armour the emperor wore for parades. The birch used on the lower barrel is the wood traditionally associated with hunting bows in the Qing dynasty. Lotus plants are lasered onto the thin birch wood using ultraviolet technology to protect the surface of the precious wood. The barrel is embellished with an archer’s ring made of tiger’s eye, while the base of the cone features a yellow citrine cabochon. The summit of the pen features the Montblanc emblem in mother-of-pearl.
Montblanc has created a unique stationary book that matches the distinctive colors of the Limited Editions 1 and 5. Each piece is hand-embroidered with the application of pearls and different beads and features the imperial seal inside and a portrait of Kangxi. The paper contained in the notebooks was produced exclusively by Magnani 1404, combining traditional production processes with modern printing technologies.
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