Take pen to paper like how Victor Hugo did with this stunning collection from Montblanc. 

In the world of literature, one of the most prolific personalities would be the mastermind behind the famous novels in French literature: The Hunchback of Notre-Dame and Les Misérables – Victor Marie Hugo. Montblanc honours the life and literary career of the renowned poet, novelist, and dramatist of the Romantic Movement with a tribute in the Montblanc Writers Edition.

Crafted in the Montblanc Ateliers, the limited edition Montblanc writing instruments takes inspiration from Hugo’s most famed works, as well as his Hauteville House in Guernsey.

Montblanc Writers Edition Homage to Victor Hugo Writers Edition

Elements from the classic ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’ are infused into this edition’s design in black precious resin and platinum-coated fittings. The skeletonised clip with a clip drop inspired by the cathedral rose window from the story evokes the iconic bell of Notre Dame. The cap is embellished with hints of the gothic architecture that makes the Notre Dame Cathedral so beautiful. The scene where Quasimodo was chained in Notre Dame de Paris inspired the pillar-shaped cone of the pen, with an engraving of the cathedral’s gargoyle can be found on the Au750 solid gold rhodium-coated nib.

Montblanc Writers Edition Homage to Victor Hugo Limited Edition 1831

The epic story of Les Misérables and its principal character Jean Valjean inspired the 1831 edition, which is limited to 1831 fountain pens and 1831 roller balls. The red lacquer and platinum-coated metal used was inspired by the prison outfit that Jean Valjean wears. His prison numbers 24601 and 9430 also make an appearance on the pen, while the cap receives a reinterpretation of the rose window of the cathedral. Engraved on the cap is the quote “chaque homme dans sa nuit s’en va vers sa lumière”. The signature Montblanc emblem tops this edition in mother-of-pearl, while the nib also sports gargoyle engravings on its Au750 solid gold rhodium-coated nibs.

Montblanc Writers Edition Homage to Victor Hugo Limited Edition 83

This edition takes on the more personal side of Victor Hugo, taking inspiration from his Hauteville House and when he was dabbling in watercolours as a painter. It’s decked out in solid gold, with transparent washes of blue that echoes the skies over the Hauteville House. The writer’s initials are inscribed on the cap, similarly to the engravings on the wood paneling of the house’s Salon Chinois. This edition is limited only to a number of 83 pens.

Montblanc Writers Edition Homage to Victor Hugo Limited Edition 8

With only 8 pieces available, this edition is makes up one of Montblanc’s rarest in the Writers Edition collections. The central Rosace is enhanced using the tedious pliqué-a-jour enameling technique, done in different shades of red enamel. The surface is reminiscent of the miniature stained-glass windows, while 3D gargoyles on either side of the cap create an elegant and elaborate look. The Montblanc emblem is fashioned out of mother-of-pearl, and fittings in Au750 solid yellow gold are embellished with brilliant-cut diamonds.

To find out more about this stunning collection, visit the Montblanc website here.

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