Vendors have finally put to rest speculation over this year’s rumored M400 Tortoiseshell Brown by announcing Pelikan’s plans for a September 2016 release. This has been a much anticipated addition to the line-up and I’m certain supplies aren’t likely to last long. While this announcement had been anticipated since the end of last year, Pelikan continues to show that it can still keep a few secrets. In a surprise move, we were also given news of an M205 Blue Marbled fountain pen for release around the same time. This marks the materialization of nearly all of the models that were expected for 2016 though I presume that the company may have one or two more surprises still in store for us before the year ends.
I’ve been expecting news of an M205 Aquamarine fountain pen to officially break for a few weeks now. It was mid-June of last year when we learned of the M205 Amethyst and I expected Pelikan to keep a similar timeframe for this year’s product announcement and release. The M205 Aquamarine marks the second special edition model designed to mirror the color of the limited edition Edelstein Ink of the Year. Pelikan Taiwan announced via their Facebook page the debut of this new Classic Series demonstrator. Mum is still the word from Pelikan International but I expect a global announcement with more details soon. It shouldn’t take long for this pen to show up for pre-order via the usual retail channels. Aside from the photos shown here, translation of the sparse accompanying text indicates that release is intended for sometime in August.
Appelboom, a well known retailer of luxury pens based out of the Netherlands, revealed via their Twitter and Instagram accounts yet another upcoming release from Pelikan. Rather than a Souverän, this release hails from Pelikan’s Classic line. Just as the M200 Clear (2012) and Cognac (2014) demonstrators were versions of previously released models with only a slight variation in trim, this new release is also a model resurrected from the past. Not previously rumored, the M205 Transparent Blue demonstrator is reportedly coming back and, like the two older models mentioned above, it appears to be a faithful reproduction of the original (released in 2009) with the exception of the crown cap top which will now be plated in chromium. Slated for an April 2016 release, Appelboom is currently accepting pre-orders on their website.
There had been whispers of a purple pen coming out of Hannover for a little while now but until recently there had been nothing to substantiate those rumors. Last week Bungbox, out of Japan, posted a poor screen capture that gave us our first glimpse of it. Today our friends at Iguana Sell give us substantially more and break open this release just as they did with the M805 Demonstrator back in February. Iguana Sell is a well-known Pelikan retailer out of Spain and today they gave us our first solid look at the Pelikan M205 Amethyst Special Edition Demonstrator. It’s no coincidence that the color of this pen corresponds to the Edelstein Ink of the Year 2015 by the same name.