BEST of the BEST 2014 | Style | Pens: The Montegrappa Rigoletto

  • John Lyon

Last year, Montegrappa celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi with a writing instrument that pays tribute to one of his most celebrated operas, Rigoletto. The Montegrappa Rigoletto (+39.0424.522232, www.montegrappa.com) is the latest release in the brand’s opera-inspired Emozioni in Musica series. The version of the pen trimmed in 18-karat gold is priced at $24,575 and limited to just 30 fountain and 21 rollerball examples. Each features a barrel in red, white, and black resin that recalls the diamond-checked clothing of the opera’s eponymous court jester, as well as a red bulb crowning its cap that evokes the character’s puffy sleeves and pantaloons.