Montblanc has always revelled in celebrating personalities who have contributed to knowledge. With the Johannes Kepler Limited Edition it pays one more artistic homage.
Johannes Kepler (1571- 1630) was a formidable mathematician, astronomer and astrologer, who uncovered the laws of planetary motion, laying the foundations for the development of modern astronomy. Indeed, he inspired generations of scientists after him from Newton to Einstein.
The Johannes Kepler Limited Edition, created by the Montblanc Maison Artisan Atelier takes design inspirations and cues from illustrates Kepler’s extraordinary and ground-breaking works that he penned during his lifetime.
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This writing instrument has been inspired from an illustration from his book “De Stella Nova in Pede Serpentarii”. The unusual silhouette of the Au750 solid white gold Limited Edition recalls the Kepler telescope developed to observe the heavens. The white gold of the cap top, cone and fittings contrast with the deep blue of the lacquer of the cap and barrel, elegantly set with shimmering diamonds to evoke a star-filled night sky. Hand engraving overlacquering techniques depict the constellations he studied while the distinctive design of the clip recalls his drafting compass. The three rings of the cap top of this Limited Edition, one set with a delicate pavé diamonds, symbolize Kepler’s Three Laws of Planetary Motion. Crowning the writing instrument, a uniquely coloured opal in the cap top brings to mind the supernova first described in his treatise.
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The limited edition number marks the year 1609 when Kepler first published “Astronomia nova”, regarded as one of the greatest books on astronomy. The Ophiuchus and Sagittarius constellations from his book “De Stella Nova” have been masterfully recreated as a special dual-colour Au750 gold skeletonized overlay, contrasting with the deep blue lacquer underneath. The forepart of the fountain pen is etched with a delicate drawing of “gravity” from the book. Engraved on the nib, a drawing of Sun from the Epitome Astronomiae Copernicanae is enhanced with a single diamond. A final nod to the genius of Kepler, the bottom of the cone is decorated with a representation of his third planetary law that states that the squares of their orbital periods are proportional to the cubes of the long axes of their orbits.
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This is is a masterpiece of precision stone-setting with hundreds of sapphires set together to capture the scintillating beauty of the Milky Way. What makes this one special is that it is the very first writing instrument in the world equipped with an automatic watch movement inspired by Kepler’s drawings of the moon phases. Montblanc developed this special moon phase complication sitting at the summit of the writing instrument’s cap in the Maison’s manufacture in Villeret in the Swiss Jura. The dual-rotation system allows the Montblanc emblem in precious blue lacquer at the centre to rotate to indicate the functionality of the movement, while the moon phase rotates to indicate the actual moon phase. The dial is made of aventurine, while the bright sides of the four moons pieces are created out of white gold coated in palladium and the darker side are created by flaming treatment. In order to ensure the full functionality of the moon phase, the writing instrument comes with a special re-winder displayed in a precious handcrafted wooden box. Entirely developed and produced in-house, the re-winder is equipped with a 24V High Performance Synchronous Motor.
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With a price of €1.4 million, it masterfully combines the finest materials with the most expert techniques to push the limits of craftsmanship. Its full pavé set cap and barrel shimmers with a multitude of blue sapphires meticulously selected and set to emulate the fascinating night beauty of the Milky Way with its ethereal hues of blues. In total 570 diamonds and 5294 sapphires adorn the writing instrument. Like the brightest of stars, this edition is crowned by a spectacular of approximately 6,20 carat, DIF Montblanc diamond suspended inside an elaborate three-dimensional white gold structure, with three rings symbolizing Kepler’s Three Laws of Planetary Motion. A pair of matching Stella Nova Limited Edition 1 cufflinks has been specially created in white gold to complement this exceptional writing instrument.
Guided by the pioneering spirit since 1906, Montblanc has undoubtedly revolutionized the culture of writing with breakthrough innovations. Today, the Maison continues to push boundaries and evolve the expression of fine craftsmanship. The Johannes Kepler Limited Edition pieces prove once again the timeless design codes of the brand!