German luxury brand Mont Blanc, best known for making high-end writing instruments and small leather goods, has been honouring exceptional figures who have contributed to society, science, and popular culture. Most recently, the luxury brand paid homage to the rebellious spirit of renowned and critically acclaimed actor James Dean.
One of the greatest film stars of his time, James Dean’s career and impact are immortalized through three collections of writing instruments that narrate the story of his rebellious spirit and the unconventional hero that he was. James Dean captured people’s attention through his short, yet highly impactful career in Hollywood. His most notable roles include ‘East of Eden,’ ‘Rebel without a Cause,’ and ‘Giant.’
The design of the Montblanc Great Characters Limited Edition James Dean™ comprises of three collections that pay homage to different films, his career, and spirit that is still admired and loved today, 65 years after his tragic death.
Montblanc Great Characters James Dean™ Special Edition pays tribute to the vibrant red jacket Dean wore in his second film ‘Rebel without a Cause.’ The pen’s structure also recalls the structure of jeans, which James Dean was famous for wearing. One of Dean most famous quotes “Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today” is engraved around the pen’s cap.
The second collection, limited to 99 pieces, refers to the year 1990, which is the year the American Film Institute ranked James Dean one of the greatest male movie stars of Golden Age Hollywood. The details of the Montblanc Great Characters James Dean™ Limited Edition 99 are inspired by the legend’s outstanding contribution to cinema. The knife-shaped design of the writing instrument is a tribute to the knife fight from his second film ‘Rebel without a Cause.’ The pen’s barrel is crafted from precious ebony with fittings made of Au 750 solid white gold, giving it the appearance of a closed switchblade.
The third and last collection, limited to 1931 fountain pens and 1931 rollerball pens, refers to the year James Dean was born. The Montblanc Great Characters James Dean™ Limited Edition 1931 celebrates the big screen legend’s passion for fast cars. His enthusiasm for motorcars was part of this fascination with speed. The Ag 925 sterling silver barrel is engraved with a pattern reminiscent of the oil-cooler grille on the Porsche 550 Spyder, Dean’s car that he famously named ‘Little Bastard.’ The contrasting cap is made of precious wood, with the clip shaped like a gun inspired by the weapon carried by Dean’s character in ‘Giant.’
A selection of fine stationery completes the Montblanc Great Characters James Dean™ Edition including a red leather notebook and the new James Dean red ink inspired by his iconic red jacket in ‘Rebel Without A Cause,’ available as an ink bottle and as a rollerball or ballpoint cartridges.