Celebrating a legendary musician and enduring spirit of a great artist
“Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.” John Lennon
This year, Montblanc celebrates the 70th Anniversary of one of the most talented artists ever to write music history. With the launch of the John Lennon Edition Montblanc is ensuring that Lennon’s legend not only lives on in his verse, his music, and his artistic legacy, but in the beauty of a timeless writing instrument. In this masterpiece, Montblanc has captured Lennon’s incredible soul and philosophy.
The Liverpool-born musician achieved international recognition as a member of The Beatles performing to adoring fans all over the world. However, it was his solo work after the band dissolved which established him as a cultural icon in his own right. Not only was John Lennon admired for his music contribution, he was also considered a great thinker, an independent mind and a true visionary whose influence shaped the intellectual mood of an era.
John Lennon’s overall vision was to do good for mankind and harness the power of love. With his wife Yoko Ono by his side, the couple became the embodiment of the peace movement and a powerful catalyst for social, ideological and artistic change. Songs like “Imagine” and “Give Peace a Chance” still resonate in the hearts of fans of all ages.
Montblanc John Lennon Special Edition 2010
Reflecting his genius as a musician, the John Lennon Special Edition incorporates several design elements evoking the music of the 1950s and 1960s. The gentle grooves chiseled into the black precious resin of the barrel mimic those of an old-style vinyl record, and the clip is shaped like a period guitar head completed with tuning pegs and etched strings on the neck.
Hand engraved on the 18 K gold nib is the symbol of peace. At the focal point of the instrument, where the cap meets the barrel, is a silver plaque engraved with John Lennon’s self-portrait – the sketch he scribbled so often in place of a signature – which pays tribute to the memory of the edition’s namesake.
Montblanc John Lennon Commemoration Edition 1940
Limited to 1940 pieces, marking the year of Lennon’s birth, the John Lennon Commemoration Edition 1940 boasts a blue tansanit that crowns the guitar-inspired clip in allusion to Lennonʼs famous blue glasses. The instrument features a number of symbolic engravings including the release date of the song “Imagine”: 02.10.1971, as well as his selfportrait signature. In addition, the rhodium-plated, 18K gold nib bears the sign so often traced in flowers: the peace symbol.
Montblanc John Lennon Limited Edition 70
The most unique of the editions, the John Lennon Limited Edition 70, is a prestigious collector’s piece limited to only 70 pieces celebrating his 70th birthday. Echoing his most recognized solo hit, the word “Imagine”, rendered in a skeleton of 750 white gold, encircles the writing instrument. The blue tone of the transparent precious resin on the cap and barrel makes a fond reference to Lennonʼs trademark round blue glasses. The colour is repeated in the sapphire set on the clip alongside three diamonds that mark out the chord for the song “Imagine”. His music talent is celebrated again in the writing instrumentʼs cone, expertly lacquered to resemble a piano keyboard. Also with this edition, the 18K gold nib bears John Lennon’s self-portrait signature.
John Lennon Still Doing Good
For more than 20 years, Montblanc has actively been involved in nurturing, preserving and developing artistic talent through its numerous initiatives across the world. With such a history, Montblanc, also known as the “cultural brand”, is proud to honor John Lennon’s life, his music and his dreams by contributing to selected cultural projects which support music education and collaborating with John Lennon Education Tour Bus, a US non-profit organization providing young people with the means to learn how to compose, play, perform, record and produce songs and music videos