As humanity barrels toward the premier of the final season of HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ saga and the highly-anticipated showdown with the Night King, various companies begin to roll out associated items to profit from the show’s massive fan base. But Elizabeth Doerr has yet to see anything equaling the chilling look and high quality of Montegrappa’s latest limited edition pen set recreating some of the show’s most gothic-looking characters.
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Chances are that if you have a pulse, you have probably watched – or perhaps even read – some of the ‘Game of Thrones’ series. And unless you live at the bottom of the Eyrie, you are probably aware how popular the series is. And if so, you may also be interested in Montegrappa’s set of pens paying tribute to the dragonlicious show
For many watch enthusiasts, writing instruments form a significant secondary fascination to timepieces. In a lot of cases, these two worlds have intersected as this fun post highlighting many pen stories from Quill & Pad’s initial five years shows.
Grayson Tighe is an exceptional pen maker. And Grayson Tighe is an artist. And, as his Rainbow Fire series of limited editions highlights, Grayson Tighe is well ahead of his time.
One of the first times that Martin Green walked into high-end pen store P.W. Akkerman in The Hague – one of the few shops of its kind to survive – there was a Montegrappa Privilege on display that made a lasting impression on him. Fast forward a few years and here we are . . .
Though pen makers collaborating with watchmakers is more common today than it was a decade ago, the combination of Blancpain and Grayson Tighe continues to delight with characteristically distinctive writing instruments expressing elements of both creators. The titanium Series 2 is a perfect example of the pen maker’s art mixed with thoughtful watch details.
The Bartolomeo Ferracina limited edition set of pens is Montegrappa’s way of paying tribute to watchmaker and engineer Bartolomeo Ferracina, who created the bell tower clock in Montegrappa’s own hometown of Bassano del Grappa, Italy.
It’s not just the Đông Sơn drum theme of these two quite different collector’s items by watchmaker Peter Speake-Marin and pen maker Grayson Tighe that caught Elizabeth’s eye: it was the actual pieces themselves, which were inspired by the indigenous people of the Red River Delta of Vietnam.
A pen – like a watch – is a relatively small, mechanical object that adds some punch to the somewhat restrained category of “men’s accessories.” Each provides more than a little intellectual stimulation thanks to the respective brand histories, and they can both provide a generous hit of luxury. What else might they have in common? Or not?
Blancpain regularly peers outside the box of tradition, seeking challenge, inventiveness and even provocativeness in the design of its watches. So it isn’t surprising that the watch brand decided to team up with another provocateur, pen maker Grayson Tighe, to produce a collection of limited edition pens. This is the origin of the Tighe Blancpain pens, starting with Series 1.