Just yesterday I posted the first glimpses of the M805 Blue Dunes special edition (first put out by Penbox) and, as promised, am able to follow that up today with some additional details. The actual promotional photos now available seem to affirm my first impression of a blue Grand Place type finish but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The official product information from Pelikan reads as follows;
“Gaze at the new Series Souverän M805 Blue Dunes and find yourself fascinated by a world of colors. Contrasts of shadow and light interplay in hues from brilliant azure to deep, midnight blue. The composition of flowing silhouettes displays distinct patches of color, yet it also harmoniously unites the varying shades of blue. Like the color of sand dunes under a midnight moon, the interplay of blues in each M805 Blue Dunes writing instrument is unique.”
That is quite the colorful description and the inspiration behind the finish is definitely clearer now. Pelikan frequently recommends ink pairings from their Edelstein line for new release and for this one they have chosen Topaz. The M805 Blue Dunes appears to be on track for a late June 2019 release.
Looking at the official product shots, it appears that my early suspicions were correct in that this model will indeed be lacking a discrete ink view window. The finish seems to rely on a degree of translucency in order to determine the remaining volume of ink in the pen, a feature that is sure to disappoint some. Just how translucent the material will be isn’t clear and we will likely have to wait for some real world photos to surface before knowing. The furniture is as previously reported and includes a plated cap top, a beak clip, two cap bands, two trim rings at the piston knob, and a single trim ring at the section all plated in palladium giving the trim a silver appearance. Don’t be fooled by the artificial product lighting which gives the pen a hexagonal look in the photos. This is a typical round Souverän. The Blue Dunes will come in the standard dimensions of the M8xx line and the included nib will be a rhodium plated 18C-750 gold. Available nib widths will only include the standard EF, F, M, and B with the EF nib likely bringing a surcharge from most vendors.
The M805 Blue Dunes fountain pen will have an accompanying K805 ballpoint as previously reported but no signs of a rollerball or pencil unfortunately. Pricing remains a mystery at this time and I will update this post once I have more information on that front. As I indicated previously, I would anticipate that U.S. retail prices will likely be in the neighborhood of $650 to $700 which will include packaging with Pelikan’s standard gift box.
I really like the look of this one but my earlier critique still stands and I do hope that one day Pelikan might stumble upon a color wheel and realize the infinite varieties of colorful shades out there. Perhaps that’s not a concern though since gluttons like myself are likely to buy the pen anyway. Now that we have some fresh photos and a real look at this new model, what are your thoughts? If the price is right, will you be adding one to your flock?
UPDATE – 5/14/19: Pricing for the Blue Dunes has finally been announced. U.S. buyers purchasing domestically can expect an MSRP of $775 which translates into a retail price in the neighborhood of $620. Those of us looking for savings overseas can find this one ranging from $395 to $550, a sizable discount at the expense of domestic warranty support. These prices are less than the Vibrant Blue (MSRP $875) but more than the Ocean Swirl (MSRP $650). You’ll have to judge for yourself whether or not this one is worth the price.