Joseph II.

The writing instruments of the Joseph II Limited Edition reflect the delicate features of the royal crest ornaments. The design is inspired by the imperial coat of arms of the monarch, which is immortalised as a fine engraving on the 18 K champagne-gold nib (Edition 4810) and the rhodium-plated 18 K gold nib (Edition 888). The clip of the Edition 888 is crowned with a sapphire and pays a veritable royal tribute to the eponym of this edition.
Limited Edition 4810
Launch
Limitation
2012
4,810 Fountain Pens
Characteristics• Cap and barrel in red and white lacquer
• Champagne gold-plated fittings on cap and body
• 18 K champagne-gold nib
Limited Edition 888
Launch
Limitation
2012
888 Fountain Pens
Characteristics• 925 sterling silver cap and barrel in blue and white lacquer
• Gold-plated fittings of 750 white gold
• Montblanc emblem in mother-of-pearl under sapphire glass
• Rhodium-plated 18 K gold nib
In 1764, Joseph II ascended to the throne to become King of the Romans (King in Germany) and a year later he became the emperor of the Roman Empire. With his enlightenment policy – ‘Josephinism’ - Joseph II implemented extensive cultural reforms on account of which the cultural city of Vienna flourished anew. As an avid music lover, the monarch was especially fascinated by piano concerts of an aspiring artist: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Bestowing contracts upon Mozart for years, Joseph II opened the way for him to become one of the greatest composers in music history – and thus Joseph II entered history, not only as the ‘Reform Emperor’, but also as one of the most important promoters and patrons of Mozart.
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In connection with the annual "Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award", which was established in 1992, Montblanc has issued a strictly Limited Edition fountain pen each year as a tribute to the most important patrons of art and culture in the past centuries, those whose personal commitment and achievements deserve wider recognition.



Since 1992 these meticulously hand-crafted writing instruments have been made available in the spring of every year. They are limited to 4.810 pieces and in an even more precious Limited Edition of only 888 pieces.

The stories these authors tell are as different as the lives they led. Every year since 1992, Montblanc has paid tribute to great writers whose works have become part of world literature, with its Limited Writers Editions.



Each of the writing instruments is inspired by the genius of the authors and interprets the lives, spirits and works of these outstanding personalities.

The nerve to think differently. The courage to break traditions. The will to overcome barriers. There are people who possess this mentality and who, over the past century, have altered the course of history, changed our perception of the world and set new standards in art, culture, politics and science.
With the Great Characters Editions, issued for the first time in 2009, Montblanc honors the great figures from history with their groundbreaking work. Handmade by master craftsmen and issued in Strictly limited editions, these exclusive writing instruments are a fascinating tribute to the legacies they left behind.

They enraptured the world with their aura and became icons of feminine strength and allure: the legendary divas of the 20th century. Women who dazzled us with their character and charisma and who are remembered to this day for the lives they led and the outstanding performances they gave. These women are honoured in a series of Montblanc writing instruments that exude the same elegance and irresistible aura as their namesakes – the Diva Line.

Montblanc’s Donation Pens honor outstanding personalities from the world of classical and contemporary music – exquisite fountain pens, rollerballs and ballpoint pens which, in their gracefulness and attention to detail, faithfully commemorate the famous personalities after whom they are named.

By purchasing a Donation Pen, people who appreciate music and fine writing instruments acquire not only an exclusive Limited Edition, but also support the promotion of art and culture with the donation Montblanc makes from the revenue of every sold Donation Pen edition.

Every Montblanc Limited Edition tells its own individual story. The inspiration for these writing instruments emanates from the cultural history of mankind: ist historical milestones, landmark architectures and most eminent characters are the creative source for fascinating editions of extraordinary and strictly limited writing Instruments.


Created from the most select materials and shaped by highly skilled master craftsmen with utmost care and meticulous dedication, these unique writing instruments make their prowd owners themselves a part of this history – a history of unconditional devotion to culture and passionate craftmanship.

Drawing on its rich history, Montblanc captures the spirit of the early 20th century with the creation of the new Montblanc Heritage Collection. The 1912 Limited Edition, the first in the Heritage Collection, is a technological breakthrough. Made from titanium, it draws its inspiration from one of the first fountain pens, featuring a two-step screw mechanism and three interchangeable clips,each honoring a design movement from that era. Limited to 333 pieces, the Montblanc Heritage 1912 Limited Edition redefines the principles of custom manufacturing while setting new standards in the craftsmanship of contemporary writing instruments.

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