Celebrating Leonardo Da Vinci's 500th anniversary Montegrappa, manufacturers of some of the worlds finest writing instruments unveils its new limited edition collection - Genio Creativo
Nearly half a millennium after the death of Leonardo da Vinci, the world remains entranced by the brilliance of the great Italian maestro. As museums around the world prepare to mark 500 years since the loss of one of history’s most prolific minds, Montegrappa hails this great man's universal genius with its Genio Creativo collector series.
From machines of war to telescopes, musical instruments and early robotics, Leonardo’s ambition and talent knew no boundaries. Left-handed, he was also an enigmatic writer, annotating his drawings with mirror script written right to left. The new Leonardo da Vinci edition writes conventionally, but celebrates the maestro’s technological prowess throughout its design and presentation.
For the design of this limited-edition release, Montegrappa have released 500 fountain pens and 500 rollerballs. The natural simplicity and intellectual complexity of his craft are embodied by contrasting materials, intricate geometry and rich detail. A magic cube-inspired case and scale model replica of Leonardo’s fighting vehicle bring added intrigue and desk presence to the equation.
Hand-finished in brass, stainless steel and Tuscan olive wood, the edition’s 500 piston-fed fountain pens and 500 rollerballs fuse meticulous metal detailing with organic materials – evoking Leonardo’s sense for the fluid relationship between nature, art and science. References to his achievements in geometry, astronomy, engineering and architecture feature throughout the piece.
An elegant mechanical object made for the purpose of creative expression and priced at €2,450.00 we suspect Leonardo himself might have approved!