Out of this world

Introducing Montblanc's newly redesigned Starwalker pen, inspired by the immense emotion of seeing Earth from outer space

02 August, 2019

Saturday 20 July 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong taking those first historic steps on the moon. It was a moment that the whole world tuned in to watch with bated breath. It was also an incredible feat of human achievement, the reverberations of which are still felt and remembered half a century on.

Luxury Swiss stationer Montblanc is marking the moon landing anniversary in a unique way with its redesigned StarWalker Collection and by teaming up with Chinese-American former Nasa astronaut Leroy Chiao and Korean illustrator Jaehoon Choi on a series of animated stories to inspire others to reconnect with Earth. Choi’s artwork has been created using the StarWalker pen, and reinterprets Chiao’s own experiences as an astronaut staring back at Earth’s mesmerising blue aura from space.

‘While orbiting the Earth, you realise the majesty of our blue planet – home,’ says Chiao. ‘The Earth is alive. I deeply understood this when looking down on our colourful planet.’

Chiao spent a total of 229 days in space over the course of four missions. He has also been a Montblanc fan since his student days, and was gifted a personalised Montblanc pen by his wife to celebrate his fourth and final mission.

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Illustrator Jaehoon Choi , pictured with the artwork he created using the Montblanc StarWalker pen

‘Like Leroy, most astronauts who have had the opportunity to see Earth from space over the years share the same unique feeling – the majesty of our planet is difficult to describe,’ explains Montblanc CEO Nicolas Baretzki. ‘That’s why we decided to take a unique perspective on space exploration by looking at our planet from the vast expanse of space. The Starwalker line is about innovation, engineering and modernity. This product line, as well as this new campaign, reminds us to preserve and cherish our planet.’

The StarWalker Collection includes a Precious Resin edition pen in all black with contrasting metal fittings, a Doué edition with black resin barrel; and a sleek full metal edition – each available as a fountain pen, ballpoint or fineliner. The polished platinum-coated cap and barrel represent the astronaut while the clip cover and dome resemble the shape of a space rocket. The collection also includes a matching notebook and pen pouch featuring an image of Earth from outer space – another reminder of our beautiful, fragile planet.

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Starwalker Precious Resin Pens, from £275, Starwalker Metal Pens, from £455; Starwalker Doué pens, from £345; Starwaker notebook, £65, all available from the Montblanc boutique at The Royal Exchange