FrontRunners: Wheel Write
To the extent that pens can resemble cars, the Tibaldi for Bentley (www.tibaldi.it) writing instruments, from the Italian brand that Aquila Brands resurrected last year, display similarities, both visible and tactile, to the collection’s namesake automobiles. The knurling on the turning parts of the pens recalls that of Bentley knobs and handles; the pens’ barrels and caps echo the pattern of the dashboards; and the crowns of the caps resemble the top of the Continental GT’s gearshift. The sterling-silver instruments are available in both fountain-pen and roller-ball versions for $6,750 and $6,350, respectively; white-gold versions cost $30,000 and $36,000. Regardless of whether you can see or feel the car connection, the pens’ design is worth writing about.