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Pen of the Year 2018 Imperium Romanum€ 3,200.00 – € 4,500.00
The latest edition of the Pen of the Year tells a story of an epoch and people whose deeds made
a strong impression on the history of mankind. This year it centres on an empire that, step
by step from the 8th century BC, extended over three continents: Europe, Africa, and Asia.
Even today, in the early 3rd millennium, it still exerts immeasurable influence on our world: the Imperium Romanum.
According to legend, Rome was founded in the year 753 BC by Romulus, who had earlier been the subject of a remarkable drama: he and his twin brother Remus had been abandoned as infants but were discovered and suckled by a wolf. That was the start of a rise to fame without parallel in the ancient world. The city on the Tiber reached the zenith of its power in AD 117. Its vast field of influence extended from Scotland in the
north to Nubia in Africa, from Portugal in the west to Mesopotamia in present-day Iraq. With its numerous peoples, the Roman empire embodied the idea of an “imperium sine fine”, a boundless empire, ruled from the “eternal city”. Rome’s symbol is the Colosseum: the legendary arena where the gladiators fought is an architectural wonder that has survived the changes and upheavals of the ages.
Our image of ancient Rome is marked by emperors,
gladiators, and legions. But the influence of
the Roman empire is much deeper and more varied.
Culture and the arts blossomed at that time, and
the quality of life in Europe and North Africa was not achieved again for many centuries. Rome remains our example in other ways, too. That is among others the case with the legal and political system in most European countries.
He was destined for great things from birth: coming from an ancient Roman patrician family, Gaius Julius Caesar held important office at an early age, conquered all of Gaul as far as the Rhine, and increasingly acquired the reputation of resolutely pursuing his goals. As no other, he knew how to follow up his deeds with memorable words. After the battle of Zela, when his legionnaires exhausted the troops of King Pharnaces II in just four hours, he wrote to a
friend “veni vidi vici” – I came, I saw, I conquered.
One need hear this concise triumphant phrase just
once, and it is remembered for ever. The conversion of the Roman Republic into an Empire began with Caesar. He was the first ruler to be represented on Roman coins during his lifetime.
Stone of the gods: that is how the Greeks expressed their respect for the beauty of marble. The Romans took up the theme: marble statues were reserved for gods and emperors. They were produced in large numbers to declare the power of Rome, and many can still be admired in museums. Marble of the highest quality from Carrara in Tuscany made a significant contribution to the radiance that commanded so much respect. It was laid down 30 million years ago when the African and European continental plates collided,pushing up the Alps.A unique aura surrounds ‘statuario’ marble from Carrara. In the world of luxury, statuario stands for elegance and prestige to meet the most demanding standards. It forms an impressive sight in the entrance hall of the Faber-Castell castle, for example. For the ‘Imperium Romanum’ Pen of the Year 2018 we have chosen a special variety of statuario. Each individual pen is produced by hand with masterly skill in the Stephan jewel studios. Inserted between the marble segments of the barrel are platinum-plated rings decorated with laurel wreaths, symbolizing fame and success, and lending the pen its inimitable elegance. A further unusual detail in this edition is the elaborately worked cap with an engraving of the famous Colosseum and a miniature Roman penny (denarius) as the crowning glory. The denarius in the cap of this edition is modelled on a very rare silver coin from the year 44 BC depicting Caesar’s head. We found the original at Ritter in Düsseldorf, a prestigious dealer and certified coin expert. The fountain pen comes with an 18-carat, bicolour gold nib that is inscribed by hand. The nib is available in nib width M, F, B and BB. A platinum-plated endcap protects the rotary knob of the plunger mechanism of the plunger-type fountain pen.In the search for a suitable opposite number to white statuario marble we made a lucky find in the Iberian peninsula, once part of the Roman empire. Nero Marquina from the Vizcaya (Biscay) region in the Basque country combines in a refined way a basic
black colour with pronounced white veins. It harmonizes perfectly with the anthracite-grey titanium PVD coating that gives the
writing instruments of the “Black Edition” an ever-changing appearance in use. The fountain pen is fitted with a ruthenium-plated
18-carat gold nib, already run in by hand, which matches perfectly the very masculine appearance of the barrel. The cap of the “Black Edition” is also adorned by an engraving of the Colosseum and a miniature Roman penny (denarius). An end-cap protects the rotary knob of the plunger mechanism of the plunger-type fountain pen.
All writing instruments are individually numbered and come in a highly polished black wooden case. A certificate bearing the signature of Count Charles von Faber-Castell attests that these are all strictly limited editions.
Limited edition Heritage Ottilie e Alexander
The study and the ladies’ lounge at Faber-Castell castle superbly express the personalities of Ottilie and Alexander von Faber-Castell. With their extraordinary craftsmanship they inspired the fountain pens of our „Limited Edition Heritage”. The metal parts are made of solid silver. The grip, end cap and cap are adorned by the hallmark. The front end of the elegantly fluted cap is decorated by the double knurling characteristic for our Sterling silver writing instruments as well as by the intertwined
initials A, O, F and C – a display of filigree craftsmanship. The words “Handmade in Germany” are engraved in the decorative ring. The 18 carat, bicolour gold nib has been inscribed by hand. The end cap features an engraving of the collection’s name “Limited Edition Heritage” and the limitation of each of the fountain pens to 1,898 pieces, representing the year of Ottilie’s and Alexander’s wedding.
Graf Von Faber Castell perfect pencil Magnum€ 290.00
It is really a perfect pencil, worshipped by designers, architects and all who love elegant and functional objects. Platinum plated cap that includes a sharpener on the top. This new version is of much larger proportions and is ideal for sketches,drawings and notes. It comes in a beautiful wooden box to display on a desk.
Available in October
SnakeWood Limited Edition Graf von Faber-Castell€ 395.00 – € 695.00
The style of the Classic collection combines the natural charisma and warmth of wood with the cool elegance of platinum surfaces in a unique way. Classic writing instruments are available with platinum, ebony, in Pernambuco or in grenadilla wood, each combined with platinized fittings and a barrel ribbed. The natural differences in grain and color mean that every writing instrument is unique .In this case, for the celebration of the anniversary Faber castell has used the so called “snake wood”that gives it a unique touch. Special edition on the occasion of the 255th anniversary of the house. All writing instruments are individually numbered, edition of 1761 pieces as the year of the foundation of the Faber Castell maison. Collection is presented in a brown box of dark wood, the fountain pen is loading Cartridge System / converter, two-tone 18K gold nib handmade with iridium tip. Nib widths available are M (medium), F (fine) EF (extra fine) and B (large) Available 0.7mm mechanical pencil,twist ballpoint pen and roller with cap.
Ondoro Precious Resin€ 98.00 – € 110.00
The unusual contours of this design are the first thing you notice – and just as you would expect, Ondoro gives every piece of writing a very personal touch! Framed by chrome-plated metal parts, the hexagonal barrel of high-gloss precious resin shows off straight lines to their best effect. Ondoro also sits comfortably in the hand. Jotting down notes and thoughts has never been so smooth and easy.
AMBITION OpArt Black Sand€ 65.00
The Ambition OpArt Black Sand is a tribute to a style-defining art form of the 60s: Optical Art. The slimline barrel with its delicate guilloche pattern creates surprising visual effects, revealing a precise pattern of colours and shapes and yielding a fascinating glimmer. The sand-coloured base tone gives the Ambition its classical elegance and makes it the perfect business accessory.
The chrome-plated front and end pieces add a touch of lustre. The ballpoint pen has a twist mechanism to extend and retract the black magnum refill in line width B. The fountain pen, too, promises perfect ease of writing with its high-grade stainless steel spring and cap that fits either end. Its spring-loaded metal clip secures the pen safely to an agenda or diary.
AMBITION OpArt Aqua
A fresh breeze, the meditative view of the blue-green sea on an exotic beach: all evoked by the new shade of the Ambition OpArt Aqua. The cool yet soft color of the pen looks fabulous on a modern, white desk but also goes well with other, more playful variations.
This writing utensil is a tribute to OpticalArt, a defining art form of the 60s. The slimline barrel creates exciting visual effects with its fine guilloché, producing a precise pattern of color and shapes. The chrome-plated front and end pieces add a touch of luster. The ballpoint pen has a twist mechanism to extend and retract the black magnum refill in line width B.
The fountain pen, too, promises perfect ease of writing with its high-grade stainless steel spring and cap that fits either end. Its spring-loaded metal clip secures the pen safely to an agenda or diary.
Perfect Pencil Graf von Faber-Castell€ 200.00
The pleasure of writing and drawing with a classic pencil depends a good deal on it being well sharpened. But where is the best place to keep a sharpener so that it is always to hand? The Perfect Pencil provides a simple but elegant answer: just where it is needed, on the pencil itself, built into the protective cap that also serves to extend the pencil in use. With the replaceable eraser under the end cap, you have everything together in an ideally compact form and always ready for use: for writing, correcting, and sharpening. The extender is available in a platinum-plated version or in sterling silver.
Tamitio Graf Von Faber-Castell€ 140.00 – € 195.00
Our series „Tamitio“ shows how the culture of writing can be enriched with extraordinary nuances. Each of the slender writing implements is the expression of pure elegance and therefore both, eye-catcher and stylish accessory, together.
- Cartridge/converter system
- High-quality stainless steel nib, rhodium- plated
- Available nib widths are M (medium), F (fine), EF (extra fine) and B (broad)
Faber Castell Gourmet card
A new special offer by Faber Castell. With the purchase of a writing instrument of the Graf von Faber Castell collection ( minimum price € 140,00) you will receive a complimentary Gourmet card that offers you unlimited dinners in selected restaurant throughout Italy with the 2 x 1 Menu formula. We look forward to seeing you!
Faber Castell Pen of the Year 2015 Sanssouci Potsdam€ 3,500.00 – € 6,500.00
Frederick the Great, as king and connoisseur of decorative natural stones, cultivated a personal and simultaneously regal interest in the rich Silesian deposits then used to do justice to Prussia’s new status.By special sovereign right, the monarch reserved all precious stones and chrysoprase in particular for himself: these stones with their emerald to apple green colouration are considered the most valuable variety of quartz. Frederick the Great himself travelled to Silesia to choose the most beautiful. The New Palace was the culmination of the royal interest. This magnificent building is home to a greater variety of natural stones than any other Frederician palace. Its fascinating architecture was the inspiration for the creation of the “Sanssouci, Potsdam” Pen of the Year.Inspired by the impressive architecture of the “New Palace” the “Sanssouci, Potsdam” Pen of the Year brings the lustre and aesthetics of a major era alive in a fascinating manner. Both editions come with an 18-carat, bicolour gold nib that is run in by hand. An end-cap protects the rotary knob of the plunger mechanism of the plunger-type fountain pen.
Platinum-plated barrel adorned by four green Silesian serpentines
Individually numbered writing instruments
18-carat bicolour gold nib, run in by hand
Available in the nib widths M, F, B, and BB
Cap of the pen is crowned by grey shimmering Russian quartz with facet finish
Exclusive wooden box with additional insert with space for additional 6 writing instruments, high-quality brochure and a certificate of authenticity
Limited to 1000 pieces Four large, green Silesian serpentines are embedded into the platinum-plated barrel of the plunger-type fountain pen and envision the aura of these magnificent rooms perfectly. The cap of the fountain pen is adorned with grey, shimmering, Russian quartz with a facet finish.
Perfect Pencil Garf von Faber Castell€ 200.00
Probably the world’s most beautiful pencil: perfect because in the hood rolled platinum which allows to extend the pencil, is located in the head tempera lapis. The pencil disonibile in two wood colors (black and brown) is equipped with rubber ricaribile- The packaging is a very elegant wooden box for the desk.
Faber Castell Ondoro€ 98.00 – € 135.00
The beautiful collection of Ondoro Faber Castell, the famous German Nuremberg founded in 1761, is enriched with two new finishes: matte black and oak wood. Both embellish this collection made of colored resin hexagonal.
Prices start from € 95.00 of the resin ball (black, orange and bayonet) to € 135.00 fountain of wood. For all versions are available variants mechanical pencil, roller, stylus and ball.