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

The Montegrappa Rigoletto

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, 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.