They say the pen is mightier than the sword, but aren’t pens something of a dying breed? Technology has taken the lead with nary a handwritten scribble to be seen. Has the pen lost its mightier-than-sword status, or is it more cutting-edge than we realize?
A great pen is part of the weaponry of a successful mogul, and if you need the status symbol of success, then arm yourself with one of these luxe items.
Best Bling ($1.47m)
Italian pen manufacturer Aurora created a fountain pen which offers more than mere smooth writing delivery. The Aurora Diamante Fountain Pen boasts serious bling and you will boost your status by simply uncapping this beauty. With a nib of 18 carat gold and encrusted with 2 000 diamonds, and only one pen manufactured a year, Aurora have ensured the Diamante Fountain Pen is a bold statement of wealth, as well being an incredible collectible. The nib can be personalized with a signature, portrait or coat of arms.
Ludicrously Luxe ($1m)
Swiss designers Caran d’Ache have created the 1010 Diamonds Limited Edition Fountain Pen – a thing of beauty. Additional to its exquisite craftsmanship and smooth writing flow, this fountain pen has a dazzling display of diamonds, all ethically sourced and totalling 24.61 carats, which can stop a board meeting in its tracks. It boasts a hand-made nib of 18-carat gold and plated with rhodium and a body of white gold, while the cap has 26 lines set with 22 diamonds each.
Cosmic creation ($1m)
This feminine fountain pen, designed by Anita Tan for women, endows its owner with a fitting feel of affluence and status. The Heaven Gold Pen has a body moulded from pink gold and is set with 161 coloured diamonds and 43 carat Tsavorite gemstones. The gems are arranged in heart, flower and diamond shapes on the clip. Anita took her inspiration from the alignment of the stars and planets in 2012. Powerhouse women will pay a pretty penny for this pen.
Signature showstopper ($730 000)
Mont Blanc collaborated with Van Cleef & Arpels on this pen, which is also a superbly crafted piece of jewelry. The extravagant Van Cleef and Arpels design is set on top of the Mont Blanc white gold body. A limited edition created for the 2006 centenary of these companies, it is set with 840 diamonds and contrasting gemstones – you have a choice between rubies, emeralds or sapphires. The extravagance of the design is equivalent to the fine functionality of this fountain pen - a veritable show stopper with which to scribble your million dollar signature.
Flamboyant finery ($406 453)
It’s not hard to see how the Caran d’Ache Gotica pen derived its name. Limited to 1140 pens, the six-sided body is created from sterling silver with rhodium plating and has Gothic windows with the floral design and fleur-de-lis motif replicated in brilliant colours. A colourful deviation from this exclusive stationery set, the Gotica is the perfect representation of a flamboyant business leader.
Streamlined sophistication ($265 000)
With its inspiration drawn from the modernist architect Antonio Gaudi, the La Modernista Diamond Pen is the creation of Swiss company Caran d’Ache. This streamlined pen has a rhodium-coated, solid silver body and 18-carat gold tip which oozes sophistication. Pave-set with no less than 5 072 diamonds and 96 half cut rubies, it will outshine the Rolex of your boardroom nemesis with supreme style.
Fit for a Prince ($260 200)
For royal style, the Mont Blanc Prince Rainier III Limited Edition 81 pen is in a class of its own. Made to honour Prince Rainier III of Monaco, who passed away at the age of 81 in 2005, a mere 81 pens were made – making this a collectible. For the princely sum of $260 200, you will be in possession of a pen moulded from 18-carat white gold, set with not only 996 diamonds but also 92 rubies and a nib crafted from 18 carat gold.
Pencil perfection ($12 800)
If you prefer lead to ink, then the world’s most expensive pencil may be what you need. Crafted from 240-year-old olive wood and white gold, the Graf von Faber-Castell Perfect Pencil features three built-in diamonds, a sharpener and an eraser. However, at $12 800 a pop it may be best to only sharpen this pricey writing instrument when calculating the profit from your biggest business deals.
Luxury and Parisian Elegance
Skillfully made in France, Waterman creatively echoes the genius of its founder Lewis Edson Waterman, inventor of the first reliable fountain pen in 1883 and since then, the sensuality and distinctiveness of Waterman have assured its place at the heart of Parisian elegance and luxury. In its Centre of Excellence in Nantes, in France, over 500 specialists work with state of the art equipment and techniques to transform precious materials and innovative designs into striking jewels. No two Waterman pen designs are alike. As unique as the owner, each has its unique personality and traits, with the power to delight, astonish, enchant and impress.
Most expensive ($8 million)
The only Fulgor Nocturnus to be made was auctioned off in 2010 in Shanghai for the staggering amount of $8 million. Manufactured by Tibaldi, this fountain pen’s design was based on the golden ratio – the ratio between the cap and the visible portion of the pen when the cap is closed is 1.618. Embellished with 945 black diamonds and 123 rubies, the body is made of solid ruthenium-plated 18 carat gold.