The first Ancoras were black hard rubber safety pens, made in lady’s and gentleman’s versions. What really sets these pens from the twenties apart is their refined style. Many pens have an enameled design of a blue anchor on a white background on the cap top, for example. The same style of decoration can also be found on models with metal overlays, most of which are of excellent quality and stylistically first rate.
For almost a century, the name Aurora is synonymous of high quality, good taste and fine Italian craftsmanship. The first fountain pen produced in 1919, now considered a cult object, is the first of a long series of successes not only linked to its classical design but also to the values Aurora communicates, such as knowing how to spend time on everything that really counts, feelings, beauty and culture.
Tradition and innovation. The philosophy of the BOSSERT & ERHARD brand is a combination of these two components. Ever since its founding in 1919, the brand has placed emphasis on durability and technologically sophisticated designs. Even today, old techniques such as guilloching or diamond pressing are applied with dedication and precision.
In 1775, Abraham-Louis Breguet opens his workshop in the Ile de la Cité in Paris, with the help of Abbot Joseph-François Marie, who takes him under his wings and introduces young Breguet to the French Court. French aristocracy quickly become Breguet’s clientele.
Chopard’s L.U.C 1860 line is as much a mindset as an aesthetic, extending superior craftsmanship to all the accoutrements of the modern gentleman. Elegant ‘ruche’ texturing along its rose gold-plated barrel, and the discreet gleam of the polished cap confer a heritage feel to this rollerball pen that makes writing a pleasure.
David Oscarson has been creating luxury fountain pens since 2000 when he launched his eponymous brand with the limited edition Henrik Wigstrom Trophy pen collection. Since then, he has created numerous limited edition pen collections – four of which have been the recipients of the Robb Report’s annual Best of the Best award, and the prestigious Readers’ Choice Award for the Jacques deMolay collection – each one a personal tribute to the art of writing.
The Dove of Peace limited edition from S.T. Dupont pays tribute to Picasso’s ability to capture important ideas with a simple image. The collection is limited to 1950 pieces to mark the year Picasso created his iconic image and includes Line D writing instruments and a Ligne 2 lighter.
After his victory in the Seven Years’ War Frederick the Great ordered the construction of his largest and most ambitious building: the New Palace of Sanssouci. Magnificent ballrooms, impressive galleries, a baroque palace theatre – Paying homage to these splendid rooms, the “Sanssouci, Potsdam” Pen of the Year brings the lustre of a major era alive in such a fascinating manner.
Founded in the year 2000, 18 year-old entrepreneur Grayson Tighe made his mark as the youngest professional pen designer and maker in the world. Today, a Grayson Tighe pen is recognized for its timeless design, precision craftsmanship and sophisticated use of materials; pure Titanium is a trademark in his work, in addition to Fossil Ivory, Stainless Steel Damascus, Mokumé-gané, Sterling Silver, Gold, and other rare materials.
Jack Row designs and creates elegant writing instruments and accessories. Working exclusively in Gold, Silver and Platinum, and utilising precious gemstones including diamonds and sapphires, the virtuoso designer skilfully unites traditional goldsmithing skills with the latest technology to craft beautiful artefacts that are as much objets d’art, as they are fine jewellery and writing instruments.
Krone brings products into the pen market that make a statement-products that evoke discussion and even controversy. With this approach, Krone has captured the attention of pen collectors worldwide, and expanded the market to those who not only appreciate aesthetics but who have an emotional bond with the history to which Krone brings them closer.
Marlen writing instruments are born from the hands of skilled craftsmen, the result of Italian talent and creativity. Precious materials, groundbreaking techniques, meticulous control of the details: jewels to present to someone or to give the emotion of writing by themselves.
Commemorating one of the most revered figures in modern history, the Montblanc Special Edition John F. Kennedy makes symbolic references to the life of J.F. Kennedy in subtle design details. The burgundy-colored precious resin refers to Kennedy’s famous Ivy League style and is inspired by his time at Harvard University.
Only the finest craftsmanship and materials may be considered worthy of the highest seat of power. This ultimate talisman for Game of Thrones aficionados could only come from the House of Montegrappa. A fiery red ruby and the swords of the seven kingdoms crown a work of unprecedented grandeur and complexity.
At the start of the 20th century, a fountain pen utilizing the Japanese traditional art of “Maki-e” was born. The strong and attractive body with a lacquer finish, and the fine and elegant design by the craftsmen are highly acclaimed around the world, and those skills and spirit have been passed down to the world’s most famous name in Maki-e fountain pens, “Namiki”.
Design, handcrafting, and working with difficult materials constitute the values around which each Omas pen is developed. Omas pens, handcrafted in Bologna’s workshop, have always been characterised by their timeless, elegant, essential design, devised and created by OMAS entirely in Bologna’ workshop bringing out the best of the typical characteristics of Italian creativity.
A world where luxury and versatility are never compromised. Smythson endeavours to make the ordinary extraordinary and the everyday timeless. Rooted in deep heritage, they represent over 130 years of British luxury leather goods at their most refined, with an enduring dedication to unrivalled craftsmanship.
All Urso Luxury collections are unique in style and craftsmanship. Rooted in Italian tradition, Urso Luxury is quite the opposite of today’s mass production operations. While the brand relies mostly on local artists and workshops, they are also working to incorporate the latest technologies collaborating with partners in other parts of Europe, the US.
Since the 1988, the Visconti brought the writing industry back to Florence after an oblivion period over the years and it has turned Florentine and Italian craftsmanship into an icon of its products accompanying its fundamental values: Italian Design & Creativity, Craftsmanship, Quality, Luxury.
Crafted in France, Waterman epitomises a Parisian style that has defined elegance since 1883. Made with precious materials and with beautiful designs, these fine writing instruments empower those that write with them to have a confidence about their style and showcase their success.
William Henry is an American brand creating timeless personal style for men through unique accessories crafted with honor and integrity. The seamless integration of classic natural materials, precious metals & gemstones, and state-of-the-art alloys is a hallmark of William Henry’s work.
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