This is one of those pens I knew was stupid to buy, but I it was pretty, and I liked it.
UPDATE: Sorry! I forgot the writing samples! I put them in the wrong folder... ahhh...
Body Material: Lacquer/Guilloché
Trim: Red gold-plated
Length (capped): 139.7 mm/5.5''
Length (uncapped nib-end): 122.3 mm/4.81''
Length (posted): 155.0 mm/6.10''
Barrel Diameter: 10.3 - 11.7 mm/0.40'' - 0.46''
Section Diameter: 8.3 - 10.3 mm/0.32'' - 0.40''
Nib material: 18k red gold
Weight (all): 50 g
Weight (cap): 14 g
Weight (body): 36 g
Fill type: Cartridge/Converter
Where to buy: La Couronne du Comte (sold out model)
The section is fairly long, tapering slightly towards the nib, ending in a flared ridge. There are metal threads at the top, before the barrel joint. The cap and barrel are really lovely. A black lacquer is layered over an intricate, elegant guilloché engraving. The engraving glitters as the pen rotates in light. It looks like it should have a bumpy texture, but the lacquer over the guilloché is smooth and shiny. The combined effect of the guilloché, lacquer, and rose gold trim is beautiful (to me, anyway. I love shiny things. I also realize this won't appeal to everyone.). I like the smooth, sleek shape of the Classique as well. I like really small pens and I have fun with over sized pens, too, but this is a normal pen.
NIB & PERFORMANCE
The medium nib is a 'hand-crafted 18kt red gold nib' (according to Montblanc). It has a single slit and a breather hole, along with the special 90-year design.
I really enjoyed the feeling of the nib. It wasn't the buttery smooth type, instead, it offered a little bit of feedback. It was a little soft, yielding as I wrote normally, and holding up decently to some pressure. Certainly not a semi-flex, but a yielding nib is something I enjoy.
The section threads are far back enough on the section that they aren't a bother. Metal section? Yeah. I did not find the section slippery, even during long writing sessions. I ended up readjusting my grip frequently due to the weight of the pen anyway. Perhaps this frequent readjustment (shifting my grip) allowed me to get around what may be a slippery section. I don't know, since I didn't experience slippage.
Underhelming packaging. Too expensive. Small sweet spot. A bit heavy. However, I think it's beautiful, and since I got it, I take it with me almost everywhere and use it constantly. I'm definitely going to get this nib tuned, to make it perfect.