For the first time in over a century, Montblanc has handed over the design of one of its product to an external collaborator. Designed by Marc Newson, the latest Montblanc M pen is both a celebration of the German company’s heritage. ‘Our passion for the art of writing is in the very heart of the project,’ says Montblanc CEO Jerome Lambert, who commissioned Newson to work on the project.

The resulting object is an elegant balance of form and function, with a sleek silhouette that incorporates Montblanc’s signature elements into a contemporary piece. Newson’s design also includes subtle aesthetic and engineering details – such as the magnetic closure of the cap so its clip aligns perfectly with the Montblanc emblem at the other end (it’s also the first time a second emblem has featured in a contemporary pen, alongside the one on the cap).

‘Like a lot of people doing my job, we use pens all the time, and pens are the way that I choose to connect with the world,’ explains Newson, noting how the art of using writing instruments itself was the inspiration for his design 'It’s the thing that enables me to take my thoughts and bring them to reality.’

Originally featured in the September 2015 edition of Wallpaper* (W*198)