"This is a look at the limited edition Hublot fountain pen and inkwell. Remember this post from earlier in the year? Well, I finally got my hands on one, thanks to the good people at Hublot of America. It's a loaner and needs to go back. But I did get permission to ink it. ;-) Hublot is the Swiss watch manufacture brought to a great deal of recent success under marketing whiz Jean-Claude Biver, formerly of Blancpain, Omega, and Swatch.
A few items about the pen and inkwell to begin with:
1. The fountain pen and inkwell come as a set, a limited edition of 999 (this pen is #394)
2. The combo has an MSRP of 2’200 CHF (Swiss Francs)
3. Available now for delivery from Hublot
Hublot has reportedly been somewhat tight-lipped about who made the pen for them. It's probably safe to assume that they contracted with a high-end European pen manufacturer to make the pen to their specification, but I don't know that for a fact. Maybe Visconti? Montegrappa? I'm not familiar enough with the characteristics of those brands to say with any confidence. The best clue might be the filling system. It definitely requires bottled ink as opposed to cartridges. The mechanism uses a spring-loaded plunger under a blind cap. I can't recall what the proper term is. Maybe a "button-filler?" Doesn't Conway-Stewart use a similar mechanism in some models? For what it's worth I don't think there's any shame in having a complementary product made by an expert.
I'm not sure what material the pen is made of. It looks like the gray of titanium, but is too heavy for that, so perhaps some kind of treated stainless steel?"
Edited by MYU, 21 December 2009 - 20:52.