It certainly seems that Pelikan is in step with the holiday spirit this season as new product announcements continue to roll out of Hanover ahead of the new year, much to the delight of Pelikan aficionados. It was just this past Monday when Pelikan announced the M805 Stresemann which introduces a new anthracite binde paired with a very complimentary rhodium trim. The early chatter seems to indicate that the pen community has received the news of that new model quite enthusiastically. Now, just three days on the heels of that announcement, Pelikan is at it again, this time with a new pen in their Classic line. Their last release in this line was the M200 Cognac Demonstrator which debuted in 2014. It seems that the upcoming year will bring us another beverage inspired model, the M200 Café Crème.
This pen is described by Pelikan as, “A dreamy color combination inspired by the world of coffee.” As you can see by the pictures, the creme colored barrel and brown cap, section, and piston knob certainly are reminiscent of a nice cup of java. Those pieces will be made of high quality resin and complimented by gold-plated furniture. As is standard with this line, the nib will be a gold-plated stainless steel available in EF, F, M, and B sizes. In addition to the fountain pen, a ball point will also be available. It appears that the MSRP is going to be around 125 € for the fountain pen (~ $154) and 115 € for the ball point. This is a special edition release which will only be around for a limited time.
On their website, Pelikan further describes this release by saying, “If you treasure the finer things in life, chances are high that you’ll know how to savour things – be it a perfect cup of coffee, a latte or a smoothly working fountain pen that glides effortlessly across paper. The beautiful coloring of a latte macchiato drink inspired us to create this fountain pen. It was made for the connoisseurs among you – those who know how to enjoy the things that count.”
Whatever your feelings about the product line over the last few years, you have to admit that Pelikan has been hard at work and presents us with a definite vision for 2015. I think these new releases are anything but stale and look forward to seeing what may still be in the pipeline. Based on the Café Crème’s looks, I think that it won’t stay on shelves for long. I do not have a definitive release date available at this time but will update this post once I know more. What do you think about the Café Crème? Personally, this is one that I will definitely be adding to my collection and I expect it to pair nicely with Pelikan’s 4001 Brilliant Brown ink.