2014 is the year in which Brazil will host the FIFA World Cup. Montegrappa is celebrating this event by honouring the Brazilian footballer who changed the game for all-time: Pelé. Montegrappa’s Icons Pens celebrate notable figures in the fields of sport, culture and entertainment. Previous Icons include Muhammad Ali, Bruce Lee, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra.
Many experts, former players, current players and football fans regard Pelé as the best player of all time in general. In 2014, he received the FIFA Ballon d’Or Prix d’Honneur in recognition of his career and achievements. Named one of the “Top 20 Most Important People of the 20th Century” (Time Magazine) and “Football Player of the Century” (FIFA), Pelé today maintains his commitment to the sport and to society by fulfilling various roles as spokesperson, ambassador and philanthropist.
Two designs have been created for the Montegrappa Icons Pelé Limited Edition. Made of black resin, the P10 Edition features silver trims, with the top inspired by the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, the colours of Brazil filled in with enamel. The P10’s clip is a sceptre, to represent ‘The King of Football’, with a miniature football containing a sapphire at its top. The legend, ‘The King of Football’, is engraved around cap, with Pelé’s signature on the side of the cap in white.
Blue, green and yellow bands surround the blind cap, while the nib features an engraving of Pelé’s ‘bicycle kick’. Series numbering is engraved on the end of the barrel, identifying the P10 as one of 1940 pieces in total in fountain pen, rollerball or ballpoint, representing the year of Pelé’s birth. The P-10 edition also will be offered in an exclusive version consisting of 10 fountain pens and 10 rollerballs with solid 18K gold trim.
Italy's first pen producer, Montegrappa, began manufacturing pens in 1912 in its factory in Bassano del Grappa in Italy. Utilizing natural celluloid and precious metals,Montegrappa combines traditional methods such as die-casting with more recent innovations as low-relief engraving to form their precious art objects. Whether Montegrappa use colors reminiscent of the master painters or ornamentation suggestive of Baroque palaces, the Italian heritage and romance is infused into each product.