Montblanc has always been committed to art, literature, and culture and this time their craftsmanship meets the fine Japanese artistry of Chiso. The Montblanc Homage to Kyoto Artistry Limited Edition 55 features a specially-created Kimono pattern in honor of the centuries-old Chiso tradition and its 460-year history as the sole luxury kimono company.
For those unaware, the artistry of Chiso allows its designers to tell the most elaborate stories on silk. In this limited edition writing instrument, two scenes from the The Tale of Genji decorate the edition. The cap features the palace and bird from the famous Wakamurasaki scene in the fifth chapter, while the barrel depicts Imperial carts or Gosho Guruma that accompany Genji through the various stations of his life. Montblanc artisans used a new surface technique to apply the intricate designs to the 925 Sterling Silver cap and barrel that are firstly finely engraved, then refined with a very unique sandblasting process. A final polish embellishes the silver with partly matt and partly shiny surfaces accentuated with solid gold inlays of spring cherry blossoms and autumn leaves. The champagne gold cone is is delicately engraved with a traditional Hanabishi pattern, and the cap ring that separates the upper from the lower part of the writing instrument is decorated with Genji-ko, a line pattern derived from Kodo. The nib design is inspired by the traditional Kosode, a basic Japanese robe for both men and women worn during the Japanese Edo Period between the 17th and 19th centuries. The writing instrument comes in a box with a silk inlay, hand-painted by Chiso artisans using the Kyo-Yuzen technique of painting and dyeing silk along with elaborate artwork.
There is a limited number of 55 pieces in reference to the start of the Chiso tradition in 1555.