Earlier this month, Montblanc formally debuted a new limited edition writing instrument, the High Artistry Homage to Johannes Kepler Limited Edition. The German-born Johannes Kepler, as you probably know, is revered for his genius in the fields of math and astronomy displayed during the late sixteenth century through the mid-seventeenth century. And the German-born Montblanc, known for its pens, uk replica watches and other luxury accessories, does the scientist proud with this latest offering. As is usual with most of the Montblanc limited edition pens, there are several versions of it, including the Johannes Kepler High Artistry Stella Nova Limited Edition 1-a one-of-a-kind pen priced at an astronomical €1.4 million. The cap and barrel feature a total of 570 diamonds and 5,294 blue sapphires designed to recall the magic of the Milky Way in the night sky.
The Homage to Johannes Kepler High Pede Serpentari Limited Edition 39 (comprising 39 pieces) is inspired by Kepler’s book De Stella Nova in Pede Serpentarii. The silhouette of the Au750 white gold pen recalls the Kepler telescope developed to observe the heavens, and the white gold of the cap top, cone and fittings contrast with the diamond-set deep blue lacquer of the cap and barrel. Three-dimensional hand engravings beneath the lacquer depict the Ophiuchus and Sagittarius constellations that Kepler addressed in his book, and his drafting compass inspired the distinctive design of the clip, which is adorned with a princess-cut blue sapphire. The pen’s rhodium-coated Au750 gold nib is set with a blue sapphire, and a uniquely colored opal decorates the cap crown.
The Johannes Kepler High Artistry Astronomia Nova Limited Edition 9 commemorates the year 1609 when Kepler first published Astronomia Nova, regarded as one of the greatest books on astronomy. The Ophiuchus and Sagittarius constellations from his book De Stella Nova have been recreated as a Au750 gold skeletonized overlay that contrasts with the deep blue lacquer beneath. The intricate constellation map is punctuated by white diamonds that represent the stars, while colored gemstones evoke planets. A globe-shaped lapis lazuli, surrounded by three rows of pavé diamonds, tops the cap.
Comprising just five pieces, the Homage to Johannes Kepler High Artistry Somnium Limited Edition 5 is alight with hundreds of sapphires carefully chosen by color. This edition also features an automatic replica montblanc watch movement at the top of the cap inspired by Kepler’s drawings of the phases of the moon. Montblanc developed this special moon phase in the Maison’s manufacture in Villeret in the Swiss Jura, and in order to ensure its full functionality, the writing instrument is accompanied by a re-winder in a handcrafted wooden box. Both the compass-shaped clip and the nib of the fountain pen is set with a red ruby.
Circling back to the one-of-a-kind pen that opens this piece, which is set with a diamond on both its nib and compass-style clip-and a 6.20-carat diamond on the cap crown-the Johannes Kepler High Artistry Stella Nova Limited Edition 1 comes with a porcelain pen stand produced by Porzellan Manufaktur Nymphenburg, with whom Montblanc partnered. The off-white porcelain is shaped like the seventeenth century scrolled collar Kepler wore on top of which is set an open porcelain scroll depicting one of Kepler’s planetary drawings.