The passion for perfection united Montblanc and Pirelli, the global tire manufacturer founded in 1872, to create the new Meisterstück Great Masters Pirelli Limited Edition 1872. The partnership joins the art of writing with the art of making tires, and the unique heritage of two companies.
Pirelli started by manufacturing rubber products of all kinds, while the founders of Montblanc made their first writing instruments from ebonite, also known as hard rubber received by vulcanizing natural rubber. As a result, the signature color of rubber, black, defined the iconic looks of both brands alongside red as a contrasting color used from their early beginnings. Made from black rubber, the cap and barrel of the Meisterstück Great Masters Pirelli Limited Edition 1872 bring together these two colors. The black cone and cap top is crowned by the Montblanc emblem in mother-of-pearl.
The history of the Pirelli is closely bound to the history of the modern automobile. Modern technology, high-end production excellence and passion for innovation remain the guiding principles for Pirelli. The “sgorbiatori” are the tradesmen who carve tread prototypes, to the end product. Their manual skill allows a high level of precision and flexibility, especially in the early phases of development when sudden adjustments of tread design are crucial. In reference to the craftsmanship of the sgorbiatori, the matt rubber on the writing instrument’s cap and barrel is engraved with a pattern that contrasts with the deep-black gloss of the ruthenium-coated fittings.
The engraved pattern on the cap and barrel of the Meisterstück Great Masters Pirelli Limited Edition 1872 is inspired by a historic graphic treatment of the PIRELLI logo from 1966. The striking ‘P’ is engraved on the handcrafted Au 750 solid gold nib above a stylized running tire with the Montblanc emblem at its center. Every nib is crafted manually, from the engraving of the Au 750 solid gold nib to welding the iridium point and slitting the nib to testing the sound of the nib on paper to ensure the most ideal ink flow.