Swiss writing instrument company Maison Caran d’Ache joins forces with ingenious watchmaker MB&F to bring the world an unprecedented writing instrument Astrograph. Inspired by the space travel, the $20,000 pen is the most complex writing tool ever designed by Caran d’Ache, since each individual utensil requires more than 500 manual operations to manufacture.
Astrograph is a pen shaped like a rocket ship that will be produced in a limited production of 99 pieces. The project was conceived four years ago when Maximilian Büsser revealed his idea to folks at Caran d’Ache who drew upon their imagination and technical ingenuity to construct a rocketlike writing instrument that is extremely comfortable in the hand. The futuristically designed body of an instrument includes an abundance of innovative features among a total of 99 components: a “detent” system of vertical stabilisation, launch-pad box and magnetic figurine.
The structure of Astrograph writing instrument is articulated by a complex mechanism inspired by penknives: a miniature lever, the entry door to the rocket, hidden in the ring of the pen, that activates the simultaneous lowering of three stabiliser legs. Once these have been deployed, it is possible to stand Astrograph up vertically. The rocket also comes with a miniature figurine of an astronaut. Rhodium-plated and magnetised, it will attach to any part of the body of the instrument, ready to get on board.[justified_image_grid preset=18 ids=68620,68619,68617,68616,68615,68614 caption=off]
A fountain pen is concealed inside the fuselage and can be “launched” from its “base” to join the hand. The Astrograph is available in three finishes—high-gloss rhodium (as a fountain pen), sandblasted matte rhodium (as a fountain or roller pen), and anthracite ruthenium (as a fountain pen). The roller is fitted with a Caran d’Ache cartridge and the fountain pen boasts a rhodium-plated, 18-karat gold nib and has an ink pump.
Each of the space-inspired Astrograph instruments is numbered and packaged in a limited box that resembles a launch pad, complete with a tiny magnetic astronaut and ladder detail on the pen itself.
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