Spring is in the air, a season full of promise and the renewal of life. With it comes baseball, April showers, blooming flowers, and fresh news of the next big thing out of Hannover. Earlier today, vendors across the globe gave us our first look at the M600 Violet-White, a light pastel purple or lilac colored model that is sure to fit right in at this time of the year. The new model’s appearance is very much in keeping with past releases which include the M600 Turquoise-White (2018), the M605 White-Transparent (2017), the M600 Pink (2015), and the M600 Tortoiseshell White (2012). There has been some uncertainty and delays surrounding Pelikan’s launch dates this year but, for now at least, you can anticipate the Violet-White hitting store shelves sometime in May 2019.
This M600 is just the newest addition to what has clearly emerged as a series of thematically related releases. Very similar to last years turquoise model, this one will sport a violet striped barrel made from cellulose acetate. Based on the prior M600, you can expect this one to lack a discrete ink view window, something that will be an issue for some. The section, cap, and piston knob will be made of a high quality white resin, likely in the same shade of white that we are by now all too familiar with. The furniture will include two cap bands, two trim rings at the piston knob, and a single trim ring on the section all of which will be 24 carat gold-plated. Pelikan’s standard beak clip will adorn the cap and the nib will be done in a two-toned 14C-585 gold. In keeping with today’s standard, available nib widths will include EF, F, M, and B (with many retailers forced to add a surcharge for the EF width). Like the past few models, an accompanying ballpoint in a matching finish will be available. The gift box will also continue along the lines of prior releases, featuring faux laces along the front, this time in a shade of violet.
Anytime a white pen hits the market, there will be those who raise concerns about staining which is very understandable. That said, with good pen hygiene and regular maintenance, Pelikan’s white resin has proven fairly resistant to staining in real world use and I would not let such concerns stand in the way of ownership if this one truly speaks to you. More of a concern to me is the disparity in pricing which has been a prominent issue with Pelikan over the last few years. Last year’s Turquoise-White model had a US MSRP of $500 and retailed in the neighborhood of $400. This year’s domestic pricing looks to include an MSRP of $550 with a suggested retail of $440. That represents a 9.5% increase in the cost of the Violet-White over its predecessor. You will almost certainly be able to find more attractive deals from a wide variety of overseas vendors based on historic trends. Fritz-Schimpf in Germany, for example, is showing a price of €316 including VAT for F, M, and B equipped pens. That means you can probably anticipate being able to pick one of these up somewhere around $300 when the VAT is excluded. That is not a bad deal for an M600 and a 38% savings is difficult to overlook. What do you think of the upcoming M600 Violet-White? Is it a violet vision or a purple nightmare? Feel free to leave a comment below.