Since the beginning of May 2013, the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus hits the European roads. Time to take a closer look at the Montblanc John Lennon Editions inspired by the legendary musician.
Celebrating the enduring spirit of John Lennon
Montblanc celebrates this great artist and his enduring spirit, since the John Lennon Editions were released on occasion of his 70th anniversary in 2010. In honour to this outstanding talent the Montblanc John Lennon Editions ensure that his legend not only lives on in his verse, his music, and his artistic legacy, but in the beauty of these timeless writing instruments.
Montblanc John Lennon Commemoration Edition 1940
The Strawberry Fields Memorial in New York’s Central Park is a dedication to John Lennon. The round mosaic with the word “imagine” at its centre offers pilgrims a peaceful place to remember and reflect and is likewise an authentic source of inspiration for the Commemoration Edition 1940.
The edition, limited to 1940 pieces, honouring the year of Lennon’s birth, features a 925 sterling guilloche underlay with translucent white lacquer reminiscent of the motif of the round mosaic where people gather to remember the dearly missed poet. The blue tanzanite crowning the guitar-inspired clip hints subtly at Lennon’s blue glasses, while the pen’s cone is engraved with the release date of “Imagine”: 02.10.1971. The rhodium-plated 18k gold nib of the fountain pen bears the sign so often traced in flowers on the circular memorial mosaic: the peace symbol. The Commemoration Edition 1940 is available as a fountain pen, a rollerball or now additionally also as ballpoint pen.
Montblanc John Lennon Special Edition
Like picking up an old-style vinyl record, the John Lennon Special Edition evokes a striking feeling at a simple touch. The gentle grooves chiselled into the black precious resin of the barrel evoking a vinyl groove texture.
The Special Edition incorporates design elements of the musical genre of the 50s and 60s: The platinum-plated clip, for example, takes its inspiration from a guitar neck, with tuning pegs and finely etched strings on the neck, while the platinum-plated plaque is engraved with Lennon’s famous self-portrait. The handcrafted rhodium-plated 18k gold nib bears the message that John helped spread with his music: the peace sign. This edition is also available as a fountain pen, a rollerball or a ballpoint pen.
John Lennon – a true visionary
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.
“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
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 is proud to honour John Lennonʼs life, his music and his dreams with the John Lennon Special Editions and by collaborating with the John Lennon Education Tour Bus. The John Lennon Tour Bus, is 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. With the support of Montblanc and Yoko Ono the popular bus now hits the European Roads as well.
Stay tuned to discover more about this great educational music project here on Stories to Tell.