Best of the Best 2005: Pens

Montblanc Bohème Royal The Bohème Royal pen by Montblanc is anything but bohemian. This $150,000 made-to-order writing instrument incorporates a number of modern design elements without overlooking the classic European crafts that long have been associated with the brand. One such discipline is nib grinding, an art that is completed in-house at the German manufacture. […]

Feature: Extending the Lines

Jochen Benzinger’s atelier in Pforzheim, Germany, a sunlit room filled with intricate antique rose engine machines, is more reminiscent of a museum than a workshop. But such an atmosphere seems appropriate, for this is where the 42-year-old artisan practices the dying craft of guilloche. The rose engines Benzinger uses to perform this engraving technique are […]

Watches: Spin Art

It seems fitting that when Paris-born Alain Silberstein established his watchmaking business in 1985, he did so in Besançon, a city in the Franche-Comté, once a watchmaking center. Besançon is directly across the border from the Swiss Jura, the region that is now synonymous with premium timepieces. Like his company, Silberstein’s designs are beyond watchmaking’s […]