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Fountain pens, regardless of being outmoded by rollerballs and keyboards, have been promoting briskly of late. Nicolas Baretzki, chief govt of Montblanc, presumably the world’s most well-known fountain pen maker, can’t say what pandemic-related mixture of wealth and want has inflated curiosity within the fragile writing devices.
“I don’t know. I’m not a psychologist. Perhaps they check with a happier time?” he ventures.
Public sale homes are related: Sotheby’s recently sold a 2007 Montblanc gold and wooden inlay fountain pen for $8,190, greater than twice the higher finish of its estimate. “It’s a solution to revert again to the previous. It reveals energy, it reveals class, class. It’s an extension of the wardrobe,” says Leigh Zagoory, a Sotheby’s specialist within the US protecting high quality watches and pens.
Montblanc is capitalising on this rediscovery of penmanship. In April, the Hamburg-based luxurious model opened a brand new flagship on Madison Avenue in New York Metropolis, an outlier amid retailer closures and declining rents. The shop is laid out to attraction to Montblanc’s prospects of various pursuits — pen collectors, watch aficionados, reward seekers — with a eager eye to attracting newbies. For budding fountain pen connoisseurs, the model has positioned an ink bar simply on the left of the doorway, the higher to have interaction the creativeness of passersby.