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Object of Desire: Montblanc Spider Metamorphosis Fountain Pen

By Caroline Suganda

MontblancA look at the Montblanc Heritage Collection Rouge et Noir: the Spider Metamorphosis special edition coral fountain pen sits atop the black leather Heritage Rouge et Noir Spider notebook. To the right is the Montblanc Intense Emblem Eau de Toilette.

“Ancient metaphor for the creative act of writing, the spider is symbolic of the author who artfully weaves words into an intricate web of poetry...” shares Montblanc on its latest Heritage Collection Rouge & Noir series. For the brand, whose writing instruments are one of the first product lines created by its founders in 1909, the eight-legged creature has also been a recurring design motif since the 1920s. Marrying the two together in its “Rouge et Noir” writing instruments range (inspired by the famous novel of the same name by Stendhal), the maison’s first fountain pen series made of black ebonite with a red cap top extends its collection to include two new iterations of the Spider Metamorphosis. The spider motif weaves its intricate web around the top of the writing instrument where the pen’s clip, adorned with orange-coloured synthetic stones representing the gaze of the creature’s eyes, descends. Montblanc has also introduced special ink and refills in grey, inspired by the colour of the spider’s web, to complement the new pens.

Montblanc Heritage Collection Rouge et Noir Spider Metamorphosis special edition coral fountain pen, S$1,340; the Heritage Rouge et Noir Spider notebook, S$115; the Intense Emblem EDT, S$128.