The Great Characters Edition 2013 is dedicated to Albert Einstein, with limited-edition writing instruments inspired by the great scientist and his work. All elements of the pens have references to Einstein and his theories of special and general relativity. The cap is in dark blue lacquer, suggesting the immense distances of space, while a grid design is a reference to the concept of how any mass in space (such as a planet, evoked by the spherical tip of the clip) curves the structure of spacetime. The main body of each pen is engraved with some of Einstein's most important formulas, and the nib, in hand-crafted rhodium-plated 18-carat gold, is engraved with the element bearing his name, einsteinium.
The Albert Einstein® Limited Edition is limited to 3,000 fountain pens, 1,500 rollerballs and 1,500 ballpoint pens. They are available in Montblanc boutiques worldwide.
The number 3,000 was chosen because it is close to a constant that was fundamental in his formulation of the theory of relativity: the speed of light, just under 300,000 kilometres per second.