This week we attended a local presentation of the new Montblanc Ferrari Stilema SP3 Limited Edition 599 fountain pen. An artisanal writing piece created by Montblanc and Ferrari that pays homage to the new Ferrari Daytona SP3.
The new Ferrari Daytona SP3 celebrates the victory in the 24 hours of Daytona of 1967, in which the Scuderia took the first three places following a series of defeats to Ford’s GT40 the previous year in Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring, and survived an attempted buyout by the American giant.
Designed by the awarded designer Flavio Manzoni, from Ferrari, there will be 599 pieces made, with 100 already reserved for Ferrari owners.
The design is monolythic, non cylindrical, with a cutaway front and a translucent resin rear blade made to look like the rear lamps of the Ferrari Daytona SP3. The exterior is made of brushed Titanium. Inside, the converter, hold and nib are made of 18 karat, solid white gold. The feed is smooth. The barrel cover slides out to expose the loading piston shroud, shaped to look like the car’s transaxle with its cross section on the shape of the emblematic star of Montblanc.
The writing piece and the actual mechanism feel grippy and solid, with a satisfying texture and clicking sound upon sliding the barrel cover and actuating the shroud of the piston of the converter.
The pen is weighty but it feels well poised and balanced in the hand. It has no clip, though it will be provided with a specially designed carrying pouch.
The heart of this fountain pen is all Montblanc but, unlike its predecessors, it is a Ferrari design for Montblanc, rather than a Montblanc design for Ferrari. Some collectors will see it as too radical a departure from previous Montblanc designs. Nonetheless it is a unique addition to the line of Montblanc / Ferrari collaborations and in my opinion quite collectible.
The recommended retail price in Europe will be 30500 euros.
It was an interesting and competent product presentation followed by a fun dinner in a lovely setting.