Nothing like the holiday season for another example of materialistic excess from Montblanc. This time, it's an emerald-covered fountain pen reportedly selling for about £940,000.
At that price, it would appear to be the new most expensive fountain pen in the world, topping the previous title-holder, the Aurora Diamante released in early 2009.
The Emerald has 315 stones lining its barrel, and a single diamond in the cap.
So far, the pen seems to be getting little attention, apart from what looks like a press release posted on a few websites and the profile on EliteTraveler.com linked above.
From Dubai City Guide:
With this outstanding masterpiece of craftsmanship Montblanc shows its unconditional dedication and passion to the handwritten word...
Of course, nothing fountain pen-related escapes the collectors at the Fountain Pen Network. The new Montblanc's getting little respect from them. One said it looked like a dill pickle and another added this:
Call me a cynic and a party pooper, but if Montblanc truly wanted to show "unconditional dedication and passion to the handwritten word", they'd also make school pens, and pens that cost less than a mortgage payment.
You might remember a few months ago Montblanc "honoured" Gandhi by releasing a fountain pen that cost £15,ooo, or about 50 times the average annual income in India. The announcement did not go over very well.