News about one of Pelikan’s most anticipated 2020 models broke today. With its release pushed back slightly due to the coronavirus pandemic, today’s newcomer makes a compelling case for the wait being wholly worthwhile. For the last several years, we have seen quite a few white pens grace the M600 line starting with 2012’s Tortoiseshell-White. Another tortoise joins the family today, bringing with it a bold and bright look. The M600 Tortoiseshell-Red puts a fresh coat of paint on an old theme which does wonders for the aesthetics. Of course, this model will quickly conjure recollections of 2014’s M1o1N Tortoiseshell-Red which employed a similar color scheme though with an overall different style. Pelikan’s supporting literature states; “This colorful series gives the classic Souverän a bright and warm appearance. The extraordinary color variation is reminiscent of a beautiful sunset and encourages us to stroll down memory lane.” The M600 Tortoiseshell-Red will be available in December and vendors are taking pre-orders now.
This newest M600’s most obvious feature is the bold yet warm color scheme. The cap, piston knob, and section are made from a vibrant red resin. The cellulose acetate barrel is striated with hues of browns, oranges, and reds giving the tortoise motif a modern appearance. The choices made with the M600’s palette definitely imparts an appealing warmth to the look of the pen. While this model lacks a discrete ink window seated behind the section, the barrel will have a familiar translucence between the stripes which should allow for visualization of the remaining ink in the pen without breaking up the design. The gold plated furniture is classic Souverän and includes two cap bands, two trim rings at the piston knob, and a single trim ring on the section. The cap features the company’s iconic beak clip and the nib is made of 14C-585 gold with a two-tone appearance thanks to the addition of rhodium plating. No surprises about the available widths, unfortunately, which include the standard sizes of EF, F, M, and B. Fitting the bill as a mid-sized pen, the M600 has a capped length of 5.28 inches, a diameter of 0.49 inches, and a weight of 0.56 ounces. This one will have an accompanying ballpoint in a matching finish available for purchase separately. All of the pens will come in a folding gift box and the pre-release sales literature suggest pairing this one with Edelstein’s Mandarin ink.
The Tortoiseshell-Red should be a big hit for Pelikan. The M600 size will appeal to a broad base, particularly amongst those who find the M800 too large for comfort. Prices over the last few years have trended steadily upwards. 2018’s Turquoise-White had a US MSRP of $500 with a retail price of $400. 2019’s Violet-White had a US MSRP of $550 with a retail price of $440. That progression continues as the Tortoiseshell-Red has a US MSRP of $600 with a retail price of $480. Shopping with overseas vendors will likely result in better prices though shipping times have been significantly impacted by the pandemic which could be a factor for those eager to quickly get their hands on this one. A quick search shows German vendors asking €320 (including VAT) which means a retail price for non-EU citizens of around $322 when the VAT is excluded. Overall, I anticipate that this may be one of the most exciting releases we’ve seen in the past several years. The warm tones and fresh take on an old standard look to make for an instant classic. I can easily see this one being at the top of many Christmas wish lists this year. It will be a special edition with a limited production run therefore I wouldn’t plan to drag your feet on this one if you can afford not to. What do you think of the upcoming M600 Tortoiseshell-Red and will one be joining your flock? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.