Initially, I wanted to get one in Tokyo where I thought the price was quite good due to the exchange rates but I wasn't comfortable spending that much overseas so I gave it a pass.
Upon reaching Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1, my wife pointed out to me a small Mont Blanc boutique. There was a 30% discount on selected models but I was keen to get the classic design and the Unicef "Signature for Good" was the one that I liked the most over the true classic where a lot of fakes are going around out.
The price of S$625 isn't that cheap but the sales guy, Firdaus, was so helpful and obliging. He patiently let me try all sorts of pens. Eventually, I settled for the Unicef version with the broad point. Supposedly, 10% of the purchase price would go to needy children under the Unicef programme but found out later that the programme ended in March 2014. Oh well... at least I get to write and sign in style :D
I later checked online on how to spot a fake Montblanc and the easiest way to tell is to unscrew the pen, take out your mobile phone, switch on the flash light function and beam in through the outer casing (lower section) and you can see the light shining throw the precious resin in red.
Gotta say that it feels great writing with the pen!
Next thing I need to do is go down to Montblanc official store in Singapore and have it engraved for free! Will share my thoughts about using the pen in another blog post.