Mont­blanc High Artistry Pens

HOMAGE TO EM­PEROR KANGXI

Upscale Living Magazine - - Content - | By Jarone Ashke­nazi

Homage to Em­peror Kangxi

From the cre­ation of their Meis­ter­stück foun­tain pen in

1924, Mont­blanc has grown to in­clude a va­ri­ety of col­lec­tions hand­made with the finest of Eu­ro­pean crafts­man­ship. The four pil­lars driv­ing the brand Tra­di­tion, Sto­ry­telling, El­e­gance and Preser­va­tion are seen in each piece sym­bol­iz­ing keen at­ten­tion to de­tail cre­at­ing ar­ti­san pieces.

Mont­blanc’s lim­ited-edi­tion High Artistry col­lec­tion both marvel in crafts­man­ship and dé­cor trans­form­ing a pen into an art piece. The op­u­lent de­sign with sculp­tural de­sign and jewelry-like de­tail is the penul­ti­mate piece in terms of qual­ity, crafts­man­ship and value, sur­pass­ing the bound­aries of pen mak­ing.

The pro­cess for cre­at­ing the Kangxi col­lec­tion took 18 months mir­ror­ing the in­tri­cate life and work of Kangxi, the long­est reign­ing em­peror in Chi­nese his­tory. As the fourth em­peror of the Qing dy­nasty, he ruled for 61 years which saw an ex­pan­sion of ex­change to the West. Por­trayed wear­ing yel­low court robe em­broi­dered with dragon, a Chi­nese im­pe­rial sym­bol, the or­nate pen took a sim­i­lar ap­proach in its be­daz­zled de­sign.

In­spired by Kangxi at­tire and fas­ci­na­tion with me­chan­ics, the pen is of­fered in three dis­tinct de­signs rep­re­sent­ing the em­peror’s supreme power. The Royal Blue Dragon comes in white gold, di­a­monds and blue sap­phires with a daz­zling 11.53 carat sap­phire set at the base; the Jade Dragon in vi­brant green jade against white di­a­monds on the cap and bar­rel; and the Im­pe­rial Dragon.

The Im­pe­rial Dragon is in cham­pagne gold and white jade, adorned with yel­low di­a­monds just like the yel­low silk of the em­peror’s gown. Its cap fea­tures a mech­a­nism that drives the move­ment of the dragon’s eyes, cut in the shape of one of his sleeves, while the cone rep­re­sents the move­ments in the heav­ens. A 6.42 carat square emer­ald-cut yel­low di­a­mond ro­tates freely at its cen­ter with the cap top set with di­a­monds and the clip is dec­o­rated with a nat­u­ral white pearl.

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