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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.

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