Montblanc pays tribute to Shakespeare

Montblanc pays tribute to Shakespeare

Poetic notions

Text: Su Fen Tan

This year marks 400 years since the death of the great English poet, playwright and actor

Four centuries may have passed since William Shakespeare's death, but his name and the many iconic literary works he has crafted in his time still live on till this day. Widely attributed as the greatest writer of all time, he penned over 150 sonnets and 37 plays, including the classics Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Julius Caesar and Macbeth.


To celebrate the great English Poet, Montblanc created the Writers Edition William Shakespeare. Inspired by Shakespeare's plays, which ranges from dark tragedies to light comedies, the Montblanc Writers Edition William Shakespeare features a black and white precious resin combination on the cap and barrel—a reference to the flags that were raised above his theatre depending on the genre stage: white being comedy and black being tragedy. Paying attention to exquisite detailing, a fine feather-like pattern representing the quill pen that Shakespeare used is engraved on the body of the writing instrument.

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The cap of the pen draws inspiration from the Globe—Shakespeare's theatre—with an octagonal shape, complete with a cap top view that resembles the ringed roof of the theatre.


Montblanc is also releasing the William Shakespeare Limited Edition 1597, a beautiful fountain pen dedicated to what is arguably his most famous play, Romeo and Juliet. Referring to the year it was published, it is limited to a mere 1597 pieces. A work of art to behold, the pen poses a regal visual with Tudor design elements in hues of royal red, blue, black and gold. Here, red stands for historical drama and black for tragedy. Meanwhile, blue, a colour worn by royalty, symbolises heavenly grace within the church, power and wealth. On the cap, the gold strips set against the black lacquer evokes images of the balconies that surround the stage in the Globe.

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Upon closer look, one would see that the gold-plated rings that encircle the writing instruments (one on the Writers Edition William Shakespeare and two on the Writers Edition William Shakespeare Limited Edition 1957 Fountain Pen) are embossed with seven symbols, each representing one of Shakespeare's most famous plays: a rose and dagger for Romeo and Juliet, a skull for Hamlet, two chess pieces for King Lear, a crest for Henry V, a crown for Macbeth, a swirling cloud for The Tempest and a laurel wreath in the form of a 'C' for Julius Caesar.


Montblanc completes the collection with two pairs of circular cufflinks, both featuring the Tudor rose as the central motif, marking the era in which Shakespeare wrote most of his plays.

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The Writers Edition Williams Shakespeare is now available in stores worldwide. For more information, visit the website.


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