ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Montblanc Special Edition Fountain Pen Review: Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Ingrid Bergman

Updated on January 6, 2015

Montblanc Garbo, Dietrich, Bergman

Montblanc selection of special theme and limited edition fountain pens can match the brand's entire standard oeuvre – including Meisterstuck, Boheme, and Starwalker – both for quantity, and originality and inventiveness of design. In fact, we claim that in the latter department, such collections as Patron of the Art, Writers Edition, and Actresses (Divas) Special Theme outbalance those lines for fashionable verve and scope of aesthetic. After all, these are mostly collector's items, and as such enjoy leeway standard products cannot afford (despite the platinum and the diamonds).

In this review we focus on the Hollywood segment – Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Ingrid Bergman – for two main reasons. First, Montblanc's other special editions include only four female characters, Agatha Christie, Virginia Woolf, Catherine the Great, and Queen Elizabeth – out of almost forty famous and infamous personae. (We wish to compensate by writing this dedicated article.) Second, and more to the issue of fountain pens, because they break with classic pen architecture, presenting completely different, reinvented contours that lead to some surprising and delicious effects.

Montblanc Ingrid Bergman Pens
Montblanc Ingrid Bergman Pens

Design

All three actresses enjoyed early success during the twenties and thirties of the 20th century – when Art Deco flourished as a style, achieving a widespread popularity across many design spheres.

Supreme elegance, and strong oriental/ancient influences became two core Art Deco principles, introduced in one way or another into various objects; Montblanc replicate this stylistic approach in the three fountain pen collections titled after the divas. All instruments feature the signature of their respective source.

Ingrid Bergman

When capped, Ingrid Bergman pen resembles an ancient Egyptian attire: a fluted cap (white lacquer), shaped like a reversed cone, with an amethyst set clip. Indeed, Cleopatra herself comes to mind – a queen who was also considered a goddess. The entire set-up projects a sense of timeless, monumental elegance.

Greta Garbo

Greta Garbo is the curvier, the softer design of the three. This time the cap alludes to Byzantine, eastern-inspired headgear, with fairy tale, remotely utopian elements. When capped, the pen appears to simulate the female form, and radiates an insistent vibe of seduction, and even lust.

Marlene Dietrich

Marlene Dietrich is quite different and, not surprisingly, unique: embodying willful, capricious, abrasive traits, these pens reveal a more confrontational (and perhaps modern) character. In terms of elegance, the design returns to ancient Egypt, yet also adds a touch of masculinity, just enough to spice up the overall composition with contemporary ideas.

Comments

Submit a Comment

No comments yet.

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)