Caran d’Ache has consistently held an exceptional spot in my heart – one that was possibly reinforced when I visited the Geneva base camp interestingly around twenty years ago.
As a significant composing instrument fan, I’d gone gaga for the brand’s variety of intriguing and very much created pens, and I loved that they were neither German nor Italian – the wellsprings of most top of the line pen brands at the time.
They appeared exotic.
I additionally appreciated Caran d’Ache’s exceptionally long and Swiss provenance, which incorporates a past in making specialists’ drawing apparatuses like bright lead pencils. The brand’s name, all things considered, comes from karandash, the Russian word for “pencil.”
When my girl got hitched a couple of years prior, we got her a silver Caran d’Ache Ecridor pen to accompany her visitor book. This precious stone loaded faceted pen, while so delightful, additionally seemed like the ideal allegory for the occasion: it came from long and tough roots, making it a suffering thing; it was all around planned and multi-dimensional; and, critically, it sparkled.
It needs cleaning, however – the allegory continues.
This year points Caran d’Ache’s 100th commemoration. What’s more, to praise, the company has dug into its set of experiences and teamed up with a Swiss gems expert to make the restricted release Spirit of Switzerland.
I should introduce this by saying that the company has recently communicated its worship for its country by making a whole assortment called Léman – named for Lake Geneva, or its French name Lac Léman. This brilliant arrangement helped me not exclusively to remember the apparent tones of the lake at various times, yet additionally Caran d’Ache’s celebrated craftsmen’s supplies.
The Spirit of Switzerland observes Swiss practices like wine creation and watchmaking in beautiful help on the cap and barrel. The strong silver formed overlay is on a matte dark finish pen body, giving it considerably more “fly” than if the pen were made on the whole silver.
The symbolism incorporates mountain tops, Edelweiss (the public image), a high horn, chalets, and even cheddar. Does this sound like a great deal to put on one pen? All things considered, this is a strong pen. However, the execution of the model is elegant to the point that what could be over the top excess in another person’s hands is a refined accolade on account of Caran d’Ache.
And looking at the pen just adds to its advantage, since more subtleties are found the more one looks. A frieze engraved with Swiss crosses portrays the two finishes of the pen, and a rutile rock precious stone cabochon decorates the cap crown.
The Spirit of Switzerland is accessible as either a wellspring pen with a 18-karat gold nib or rollerball pen, each introduced in a rich dim box. The version incorporates only 100 numbered pieces – likewise, I assume, out of appreciation for its anniversary.
For more data, if it’s not too much trouble, visit www.carandache.com.
Editions: wellspring pen, rollerball
Cap and barrel: dark lacquered with alleviation engraved strong silver overlay
Nib: 18-karat gold, accessible in a few widths
Limit: 100 pieces
Value: wellspring pen 4,900 Swiss francs; rollerball 4,300 Swiss francs