FrontRunners: Sign of the Times

  • Laurie Kahle

Pens may not require the intricate technical mechanics of fine Swiss watches, but manufacture Girard-Perregaux (877.846.3447, www.girard-perregaux.com) believes that both of these everyday objects should be works of art and craft. Through a partnership with Italian pen manufacturer Montegrappa, the watchmaker recently introduced a limited collection of writing instruments that pays tribute to its three-bridge tourbillon movement. Each pen’s square body is shaped from luminescent Havana brown celluloid, a material that is derived from trees, produced in sheets, and formed into bars that require a maturing and processing period of more than a year. The pen’s clip mimics Girard-Perregaux’s watch bridge design, and the cap cover is engraved with an image of the tourbillon cage.

Pens in the new collection are available in several fountain and rollerball variations through specialty stores, including New York City’s Fountain Pen Hospital (800.253.7367, www.fountainpenhospital.com) and authorized Girard-Perregaux dealers. Every pen in the collection is numbered and comes packaged in a cherry wood rolltop writing cabinet.

Photo by Richard P. Goodbody Inc.
The antiquities dealer Les Enluminures will offer a large collection of biblical manuscripts…
The sale will feature architectural treasures salvaged from around the world…
Sotheby's
Standout items include a set of Wang Qi panel paintings expected to fetch as much as $700,000...
Illustration by Bruce Morser
Santiago Barberi Gonzalez travels the world in search of compelling art and design...
The show will showcase works from Peter Paul Rubens, Gortzius Geldorp, and more…
Photo by Michiel Elsevier Stokmans
The top lot could fetch as much as $450,000…
timothy c. fabrizio and george f. paul
After more than a century, gramophones, phonographs, and cylinder players are prized as...
Bloomsbury Auctions
With a drumbeat of 50th anniversaries, Beatlemania breaks loose all over again...
The show will exhibit exceptional offerings from 72 dealers and galleries…