In today’s world of customised luxury, there are few things as personal as a pen.Not only does this constant companion speak volumes about a person’s taste, it also reveals a lot about the holder’s personality and the image they want to portray.
And image is precisely what is behind the latest launch to come out of the Montegrappa atelier: the Portrait Pen.
“Few for the few” has been the driving concept that has inspired Italian pen manufacturer Montegrappa’s selected production of writing jewels.
Priced at Dh88,000, this fountain pen is made of 18 carat white or yellow gold and on its barrel there is reserved a plain oval area that is decorated for each client with a design of their choice.
This is executed under the guidance of the master craftsman of Montegrappa, using the traditional manual technique of burin engraving, a technique that requires an artistic skill that is already extremely rare in the world and one that only the master engravers of Montegrappa are capable of applying to the tiny surfaces of writing such exquisite instruments.
Roberta Facciano, Montegrappa’s vice-president of sales and marketing, told Emirates Business: “Our master craftsman is an artist from Bottega Incisioni Giovanelli, an artistic engraving workshop, and he has been working for Montegrappa for many years.
“Each Portrait Pen generally takes three months to make. It is entirely handcrafted. Depending on the drawing the customer asks for, the master engraver uses the burin or chisel engraving technique. Even the smallest detail has to be carefully and faithfully reproduced.
There is another very small area on the end of the cap reserved for a second precious engraving. The result is an authentic work of art, created by an expert hand and carried out directly on the surface of the pen. In a remarkable feat of miniaturisation, the artist interprets, in gold, the lines of any design that the client may care to commission.
And because these pens are all so different from each other, they are not a limited edition. Facciano said: “It’s not a limited edition because each pen is absolutely unique as the customer chooses his own subject. It is a unique pen for a unique client. An edition that is more than limited, and indeed is not numbered, because it is simply a collection of unique pieces.
“This pen will be available in Dubai soon as the Portrait Pen will be presented there at end of April on the occasion of a new Montegrappa boutique opening.”
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