Each year, Montblanc pays homage to a renowned art patron from the past with a specially designed limited-edition pen. This year, the German pen maker immortalizes François I, crowned King of France in 1515. With a passionate appreciation for art, architecture, and literature, he was instrumental in attracting some of the most important Italian artists to France—including Leonardo da Vinci.
The Renaissance-style gilded clip, crown, and decorative bands on the pen perfectly complement the jet-black resin cap and warm-brown tiger eye barrel. The tiger eye is of particular significance, since François I wore this stone as an amulet throughout his lifetime. Priced at $3,000, the Montblanc Patron of the Arts François I limited-edition fountain pen (4,810 pieces available worldwide) features a hand-engraved 18-karat gold nib decorated with three lilies signifying the French Royal House of Valois. (800.995.4810, www.montblanc.com)