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Marc Newson designs the Apple Watch of fountain pens


Marc Newson's Montblanc M pen is sleek as can be.
Meaning it's really expensive and does one thing really well.
Photo: Montblanc

Apple’s Marc Newson is one of the best designers in the industry. His plane-inspired Lockheed Lounge chair was reflective, smooth and looked incredibly uncomfortable. And we’re still enjoying the look and feel of our Apple Watches, even if the other night a drunk girl at a bar made fun of me for wearing mine in public. And that was hurtful.

But Newson isn’t just about shiny devices and even shinier chairs. He’s recently teamed up with luxury accessory designer Montblanc to create the Montblanc M, a classic fountain pen that looks like it came from the future.

“Montblanc M brings together Newson’s trademark biomorphic style, defined by its fluid and pure organic forms, and Montblanc’s iconic design cues, resulting in a new and unexpected expression for writing instruments,” Montblanc CEO Jérôme Lambert says in a press release.

It really is a gorgeous pen. It’s the sort of thing that makes you want to write a letter. Like, in ink, like a caveman. Possibly on some parchment or a scroll of some kind.

But it isn’t all about the classics because the Montblanc M contains modern-day features that add some wow to the whole thing. For example, it has a magnet in the cap that makes sure the clip perfectly lines up with the company’s logo when you put it on the pen. And it isn’t just for letters or signing checks for ridiculous amounts of money, either.

“For the first time ever, a Montblanc writing instrument takes on an additional function as a Fineliner pen for technical and precision drawing,” the press release says.

The Montblanc M will launch in the company’s boutique stores next month. It will cost $595, FastCompany reports, which simultaneously makes it one of the most expensive writing instruments most of us would ever buy and one of the most affordable fountain pens Montblanc creates.

The company’s other models range in price from a still-painful $430 to a wallet-busting $9,600 limited-edition number that looks like Doctor Who‘s sonic screwdriver as designed by Spider-Man.


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