Montegrappa’s latest limited edition pen is the Queen: A Night at the Opera Limited Edition and it’s coming to a store near you just about now.
“Since I was 12 years old, I would spend a month in the U.K. during the summer holiday,” says Montegrappa CEO Giuseppe Aquila, an avid fan of the band. “It was on the occasion of my first trip there that I got acquainted with Queen and their music.”
Montegrappa created the collection the collection with the Universal Music Group’s merchandising company, Bravado, in collaboration with Queen founding members, Brian May and Roger Taylor, who had played together in an earlier band, Smile.
[Brian May and Roger Taylor] were very happy with the design we created,” Aquila shares. “I can say that we nailed it on the very first attempt.”
He went on to explain that the packaging was not quite as easy.
“It was a bit more complex to define the packaging and the product booklet,” he says. “For the latter, they suggested we use the original cover of the album—a very cool touch!”
Designed to resemble Britain’s royal coat of arms, Queen’s iconic crest logo was designed by art-school graduate Freddie Mercury before his band had even released its first album. Beneath the wings of a phoenix, the figures of two lions, a crab and two fairies represent the band members’ zodiac signs arranged around a royal crown encircled by the letter Q. Lost wax casting recreates the cover art of Queen’s breakthrough album in painstaking detail in an objet d’art fit for rock royalty.
The collection comprises a piston-fed fountain pen with an 18-karat gold nib (fine, medium and broad sizes) and a rollerball. Each available in sterling silver or 18-karat gold, with a red enamel cap and gripping section.
There are 555 fountain pens and rollerball pens in silver, referring to the length of the song “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which was among the longest tracks ever to achieve a number one chart position at five minutes and fifty-five seconds.
The 18-karat gold version is limited to 15 fountain pens and four rollerball pens.