LOS ANGELES, March 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Montegrappa, Italy's most revered manufacturer of fine writing instruments, today announced the debut of several new commemorative pens honoring Frank Sinatra during Baselworld, the world's largest and most important event in the watch and jewelry sector held annually in Basel, Switzerland, this year from March 24 to March 31. The pens will be part of Montegrappa's popular "Icons" series of writing instruments, which pays tribute to global cultural icons, who have achieved greatness in a variety of fields, including music, movies and sports. Previously released pens in the "Icons" series have honored Muhammad Ali and Bruce Lee.
To pay tribute to Frank Sinatra, Montegrappa has fashioned pens that, from cap to tip, are imbued with several distinctive elements that signify Sinatra's remarkable life and career. At the working end, the tip of each pen bears a musical staff and a G-clef. The barrels and caps of each pen are finished to resemble the fabric of a sharp pin-striped suit, while the ends of each cap are engraved with the fedora logo used today by Frank Sinatra Enterprises to identify authorized Sinatra items and suggestive of the signature style of hat that Sinatra wore and made famous. The fountain pen models in the series have blue accents in a nod to "Ol' Blue Eyes," while the roller ball models bear orange accents reflective of Sinatra's favorite color. The pocket clips for each pen are carved in the shape of a classic microphone.
Montegrappa will issue the following models of Frank Sinatra-themed pens: 1,915 fountain pens and 1,915 roller balls, each in resin with silver trim, to honor the year Frank Sinatra was born (1915); an additional 12 fountain pens and 12 roller balls, each in resin with solid 18K gold trim, to denote Sinatra's birthday on December 12th; and finally, 5 roller balls and 13 fountain pens, each with solid 18K gold trim and overlaid barrel, to recognize the date that the United States Congress designated "Frank Sinatra Day" in honor of his significant contributions to American culture. The Sinatra writing instruments collection will be sold to boutiques and approved Montegrappa dealers.
For more information about Montegrappa and to preview the company's new luxury offerings, please contact Amanda Bialek at firstname.lastname@example.org or (310) 854-8151. Attendees to Baselworld may also visit the Montegrappa booth located in Hall 4.1 (Hall of Inspirations), Booth #A19.
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Since 1912, Montegrappa has been manufacturing high-quality writing instruments in the same historic building in Bassano del Grappa, North East Italy. Please visit www.montegrappa.com to learn more about Montegrappa's hand-crafted fine pens and authorized U.S. retailer locations.
About Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra is an American icon and one of the most recognizable and admired artists of the 20th and 21st Centuries, with a catalogue of music that is a soundtrack for our lives. Long acclaimed as the world's greatest performer of popular music, he is the artist who set the standard for all others to follow. More than a singer—he was an actor, recording artist, cabaret and concert star, radio and television personality, and, on occasion, producer, director, and conductor. A beloved entertainer for six decades, Sinatra earned three Oscars, three Golden Globes, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award, ten personal Grammys (and a total of 20 for his albums), an Emmy, a Peabody, and the Kennedy Center Honors Award. A generous charitable contributor, he was honored with the prestigious Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In addition, Sinatra was awarded the Presidential Medal Of Honor and the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress' highest civilian award. Besides recording nearly 1,500 songs released on scores of records, he has starred in some 60 motion pictures. Frank Sinatra has been called the most popular entertainer of the 20th century.
About Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE)
Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE) is a joint venture between the Sinatra family and Warner Music Group (NYSE: WMG). FSE owns Sinatra's recordings from the Reprise era as well as a treasure trove of films, television specials and unreleased footage, photos and audio recordings, which collectively represent one of the foremost bodies of artistic work of the modern era. FSE also owns and manages Sinatra's name and likeness rights and represents the artist's rights to the Columbia and Capitol catalogues. FSE evaluates innovative new product and venture opportunities with respect to the legendary entertainer's name and likeness, as well as Sinatra's audio and visual recordings. (www.sinatra.com)
U.S. Media Contacts: For Montegrappa: Rogers & Cowan Amanda Bialek / Sallie Olmsted 310-854-8151 / 310-854-8124 email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org For Frank Sinatra Enterprises (FSE): Sacks & Co. Lellie Capwell 818-384-1180 Lellie@sacksco.com