Skulls & Roses marks a new beginning – both thematically and stylistically. Its gothic deco patterns enjoy wide resonance in religion, art, and music as a symbol of rebirth. Plus, this edition’s ‘full-body ornamentation’ is a demonstration of Montegrappa’s recently acquired, 6-axis deep laser engraving technology. Future limited edition releases will make use of this lasering technique to bring new looks to precious metals and revisit Montegrappa’s most iconic silhouettes. This pen uses the beloved Extra silhouette.
This radical reworking of the Extra shape features an all-over tattoo like engraving enhanced with hand antiquing and satin finishing. Lightly textured, its continuous pattern completely envelops Skulls & Roses’ sterling-silver body. Mirror-polished silver end discs, cap band, trim ring and clip are points of continuity from the Extra family, while a lifeblood red cubic zirconia and magma Montegrappite grip section provide the design’s only traces of color.
Skulls & Roses is available in a limited edition of 333 fountain pens and rollerballs and is delivered in a walnut case with a custom plaque and certificate. Fountain pens carry the same specifications as the Extra 1930: piston-fill with an 8mm, 18k gold nib with an ebonite feed and a custom 50ml bottle of ink.. Medium is available for immediate delivery. EF, F, B and Stub 1.1 and the rollerball are available in 2/3 weeks from Italy. The fountain pen’s custom nib engraving depicts a single skull or - memento mori - a reminder that life is short.