Montblanc meisterstück 149 75th special anniversary edition gold fountain pen "75 years of passion and soul" with placido domingo's operalia'98, a tribute to passion and soul cd. Cap: black precious resin inlaid with white montblanc emblem.
Nib: handcrafted au 750 / 18k two-tone gold (a much higher quality and more collectible than pens made nowadays with au 585 / 14k and some are only one tone). Color: black with yellow gold trim. Introduced in 1999 to celebrate the 75th anniversary. The meisterstück 75th special anniversary gold fountain pen evolves into montblanc's design icon.Cap and barrel are crafted in black precious resin inlaid with a white montblanc emblem. Three gold rings with embossed montblanc lettering and a gold clip with individual serial number emphasize the timeless design of the meisterstück fountain pen.
Nib details: size m, "75 years meisterstück montblanc 750 18k" engraved on the nib. Cd: placido domingo's operalia'98, a tribute to passion and soul. The cap has a gold band above the gold clip with "75 years of passion and soul" inscribed on it, a further design touch is the diamond on the "o" of passion. From the fountain pen network. In my opinion what makes this pen the most sought after (non-skeleton) 149 is the sheer beauty of the nib.
It is by far my favorite mb nib in terms of design and exudes a certain elegance that leaves you staring at it for longer than you realize it is truly mesmerizing. To conclude whilst this pen is a 149 and therefore has all of the much reviewed features of an ordinary mb 149, it is anything but an ordinary 149 in every aspect.For me, there are few pens which surpass the sense of occasion that comes with sitting at your desk and reaching for your 149; this pen is extra special though. You immediately feel, like the hemingway for example, that this pen has something more, something extra, something truly special. A sense of pedigree and of unadulterated class and sophistication. Its a shame that what this pen also highlights is the over commercialization of mb. This pen was released in 1999, the same year as the proust and post dates pens such as the medici, hemingway agatha etc. For me these are the best of the modern era pens. Compare this 149 to the current 90th 149, the new 90th 149 has no soul, no passion, no extra details to denote the sense of occasion or anniversary. This pen was made to mark an important occasion and it does just that and more.