Few works of literature are as universally cherished by both children and adults as Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The novella’s enchanting words and sensitive drawings have touched the hearts of millions of readers in over 250 languages, demonstrating the power of the art of writing. Through his allegorical story of a pilot who meets the little prince after an emergency landing in a lonely desert, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry invites readers to look beneath the surface to find true beauty in everything around them and reminds them that only love gives life true meaning.
A celebration of this much-loved work, the Meisterstück Le Petit Prince Special Edition highlights the importance of imagination and the value of transmitting ideas and values to loved ones, reinforcing the famous Meisterstück writing instrument’s status as a precious treasure handed down from one generation to the next, along with the ideas and memories the writing instrument carries with it.
The Meisterstück Le Petit Prince Special Edition collection is made up of three editions, each one inspired by one of the original characters and the powerful life lessons they evoke:
- The Fox: 1st edition (2018) features the character of the fox who instructs the little prince on the importance of human bonds and friendship.
- The Aviator: 2nd edition (2019) features the aviator, the book’s narrator who embodies the value of mentorship and learning about life through shared exploration.
- The Planet: 3rd edition (2020) celebrates the planet, the tiny asteroid “B612” that is home to the little prince, synonymous with love, care and nurturing our planet and relationships.
In the novella, the little prince takes care of his planet and his beloved rose that grows on it, preventing bad seeds from growing or it being overrun by trees. After growing lonely, he sets out to explore other planets in search of knowledge and wisdom to overcome his loneliness. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s lesson about care is as important as ever, as caring for our own planet becomes critical today.
The cap and barrel of the Meisterstück Le Petit Prince Precious Resin Le Grand and Meisterstück Le Petit Prince Precious Resin Classique are made of a polished burgundy colour precious resin reminiscent of the rose, and enhanced with champagne-tone gold-coated fittings. Immortalized on the handcrafted 14K gold nib of the fountain pen, the Little Prince weeds his planet, representing the notion that true love comes from investing in and caring for people, just as the little prince cares for his rose and planet. Contrasting with the precious burgundy translucent lacquered barrel, the champagne-tone gold plated cap of the Meisterstück Le Petit Prince Doué Classique is etched with stars and the name of asteroid “B612”. The 18K bi-colour champagne-tone gold nib is decorated with a delicate drawing of the rose. The Meisterstück Le Petit Prince Solitaire Le Grand Edition is crafted from European hornbeam wood, stained in a wine burgundy colour. The wood cap is decorated with a milled star pattern featuring B612 on the backside of the cap. The clip of every edition is adorned with a lacquered golden colour star, a reference to the Little Prince’s invitation to the pilot to remember his laugh by simply looking at the stars above. The cap of each writing instrument is etched with the simple yet meaningful words the fox shares with the little prince: “On ne voit bien qu’avec le coeur.” (“One sees clearly only with the heart”). The fox’s life lesson is that what truly matters in life is what the heart and soul sees rather than the superficial not things we see with our eyes.
To complete the writing experience, Montblanc introduces a fine stationery notebook in burgundy calfskin leather covered in embossed stars and gold foil details, and a new burgundy colour ink inspired by the colour of Le Petit Prince’s rose. In addition, the much-loved story has inspired the design of a burgundy leather and steel bracelet, as well as a pair of round steel cufflinks set with precious burgundy colour lacquer embellished with stars.
From September 2020, in time for the holidays, the Meisterstück Le Petit Prince Holiday Coffret includes a precious resin Meisterstück Le Petit Prince Solitaire with a 18K champagne-tone gold coated nib set with a ruby, a matching notebook and special rose-perfumed ink.
With each of its Meisterstück Le Petit Prince editions, Montblanc reaffirms its belief that writing is a gift, one that is passed from one generation to the other with a positive message, just like the ideas, dreams and thoughts that Le Petit Prince has been sharing with the world around him for over 75 years.
Montblanc Le Petit Prince edition (2020) is available at Montblanc boutiques worldwide and online.