Christmas is not a time to be making frivolous investments, especially when considering those select items that you’ll either be subtly guiding your loved ones towards or indeed, considering to treat yourself to this Christmas. But with a vast market of luxury items to choose from, identifying a product with enduring appeal over something hastily promoted to cash-in on the festive rush is not always easy.

Paying careful consideration to their history, design, and enduring appeal, Ape’s Editor-at-Large offers his recommendations for three of the best collectable gifts this Christmas.

Montblanc Meisterstück 90 Years Anniversary 149 Fountain Pen – £620


First manufactured in Hamburg in 1924, the Montblanc Mesiterstück 149 is an iconic design in the world of writing instruments.  Now 90 years old the design remains as elegant now as it was when it was first created.

To mark the anniversary of the Mesiterstück, Montblanc have launched a special version of the 149 fitted with red gold plating and a specially engraved ’90’ nib. Putting pen to paper remains a classic undertaking and, with this handsome fountain pen in your hand, you’re sure to scribe correspondences with pride.


Man Ray Chess Set – £495

The perfect stimulation for those that like to think strategically, chess remains a bastion for the intellectual gamer. Boards and pieces come in many styles but we find the geometric shapes of this set – a replica of one first created in the 1920s by noted visual artist, Man Ray – the most striking.

Known throughout the world for his paintings, photography, and sculptural works the set provides an opportunity to obtain an accessible example of Man Ray’s varied work. With pieces based on symbolic and decorative forms it will remain a striking object in any room when games are not underway.


Rémy Martin LOUIS XIII – £1850

Crafted in Baccarat Crystal, the decanter design of Rémy Martin’s famed LOUIS XIII Cognac is based on a flask that was discovered on the site of a historic French battle and later bought at auction by Emile Rémy Martin in 1850. The handcrafted design is now synonymous with the quality of the liquid within.

Containing a blend of 1,200 eaux-de-vie and aged in antique oak barrels in a private cellar, this Cognac is as rich in history as it is in flavour. Handsomely housed in a distinctive leather presentation case, the only factor not considered in its creation is when the perfect time is to open and enjoy.