Best Of The Best 2006: Montblanc 100 Years Solitaire Mountain Massif Skeleton

As it celebrates the 100th anni­versary of its founding, Mont­blanc is offering a pen that surpasses 2005’s diamond-studded Bohème Royal, which captured last year’s Best of the Best accolade. The company will make only three examples of the 100 Years Solitaire Moun­tain Massif Skeleton, priced at about $172,000 each.

Celluloid, resin, and, more recently, mother-of-pearl depictions of the star-shaped, snowcapped peak of Mont Blanc, the tallest mountain in Europe and the company’s namesake, have decorated the crown of other Montblanc pens. With the Mountain Massif, the firm presents its emblem as a 43-facet diamond cut in the shape of the snowcap and set in the pen’s transparent crown. Montblanc says it spent eight years working on this cut, which it has patented and named, appropriately enough, the Montblanc Cut.

The fountain pen’s translucent blue resin body reveals the instrument’s inner workings and also serves as a canvas for an 18-karat white gold and diamond-studded silhouette of a mountain range, with Mont Blanc prominent among the peaks. The image’s 1,277 white diamonds and 123 blue diamonds shimmer like snow on glacial ice. The pen’s 18-karat gold nib is engraved with an anniversary insignia that portrays stylized mountains.




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