Literary Genius

Author Jules Verne showed us how a pen can take you around the world. In honor of his visionary portrayal of the world’s first successful globetrotting adventure, Montblanc offers the Around The World In 80 Days collection.
Words by Bill Lindsey | September 26, 2021 | Luxury

An impressive 60 years after the first patent for a pen holding a reservoir of ink was granted to Bartholomew Folsch in 1809, Jules Verne put one to good use writing novels that were wildly imaginative for the time such as Voyage To The Center Of The Earth and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. In 1872, the author published Around The World In 80 Days in which Phileas Fogg bets that he can circumnavigate the globe in record time. The novel follows the protagonist as he utilizes steamship, trains and even a camel to convert a preposterous idea into reality. The cap of the Montblanc Doué Classique Rollerball features a wave-inspired engraved pattern that is accented by an ocean-blue resin barrel. The stunning silver and blue solitaire features an 18k rhodium and champagne nib engraved with a hot air balloon and the dates of Fogg’s first leg from London to Bombay. An engraving of a streamship adorns the cap whose clip bears a spade. The pen is also available in a ballpoint version for those who prefer a less traditional, more practical means of writing;