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#1 benn093

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 09:11

Do you know anything about Waterman Serenity Blue ink? I was in a Carrefour supermarket in Toulon and bought a couple of the Kultur-ish pens (both in blister packs with fine nibs) for about 10 Euros apiece. There was a single pack of Florida Blue cartrideges for sale. On the following day, having decided to get some of the cartridges, the row was replaced by a new line of Waterman "Serenity Blue" cartridges - never heard of them before. The package is the same size but the artwork is quite different (pity I don't have access to a scanner!). Any ideas? I hope to try them out soon. They are washable. (The really annoying thing is that Carrefour can sell these at 1.30 Euros and in the US and Canada?????)

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 11:29

Umm.... I may be getting off the track but "Serenity Blue" cartridges may just refer to cartridges which fit into a "Serenity Blue" pen.

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 11:43

Don't think so. It fits a normal Waterman but the colour seems a little different from the Florida Blue.

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 19:04

Waterman makes only those coloured inks:

  • Noir (Black)
  • Bleu-noir (Blue-black)
  • Bleu effaçable (erasable blue, Florida Blue)
  • Bleu Mers du Sud (South Seas Blue)
  • Vert (Green)
  • Violet (Purple)
  • Rose (Pink)
  • Havane (Brown, Havana)
Sérénité Bleu is this pen

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Posted 08 December 2011 - 19:18

I'll have a look at those next time I go to the supermarket. It's not like I have too many inks yet ;)

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 12:09

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I tried to attach a scan of the boxes - don't know if it worked. The barcode number is the same as the Florida Blue, so maybe this is a re-naming?

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 13:36

The barcode number is the same as the Florida Blue, so maybe this is a re-naming?


Looks like it. It's still called "Bleu effaçable". Notice also the big "Newell Rubbermaid" logo which wasn't there on previous packaging.

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 12:19

I concur. The "Bleu Sérénité" is Florida Blue, "Bleu Mystère" is blue black, and "Noir Intense" is black. It seems to be repackaging. And a good way to jump from 5€ a bottle to 7€ a bottle.

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Posted 29 December 2011 - 22:45

I just bought a bottle of Waterman Serenity Blue at Dromgoole's Fine Writing Instruments, an hour ago. They had Florida blue and Serenity blue on the same shelf, next to each other. The man there allowed me to take a swab of both colors.

I was actually under the impression that they were completely different inks. When I swabbed them, the Florida blue seemed significantly darker than the Serenity; the serenity was more of a pastel, sky blue. Also, when I looked at the caps, the Serenity seemed less viscous. On the box, it says: "Encre Bleu Sérénité" and below," Serenity Blue Ink. I may be wrong about this, but I think they are different inks. This is really interesting, considering they were both the same price.

I don't have a sample of Waterman Florida Blue to compare it with, but if I ever do get a bottle, I'll be sure to do a comparison.

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 01:40

I just bought a bottle of Waterman's Serenity Blue fountain pen ink.....the packaging is different from the regular bottled inks. They also had a bottle of Waterman's purple in the new packaging. I think it was called tranquil purple or something like that.

Now that I've tried the Serenity Blue in a pen, it looks different from regular Florida blue, much darker, so I don't know what's going on. No one in the shop had any information on it and I didn't see anything on the Waterman site.

Hope someone clues us in but for now, a mystery.

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 15:41

If it is a different ink, this is really disheartening. Florida Blue is my favorite ink color and I really hope it doesn't become discontinued...
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Posted 17 January 2012 - 04:39

"Serenity Now! Serenity Now!" ;) Sorry, I couldn't help myself.

Back on topic: I have never used Florida Blue so I can't compare this new Serenity to any samples. Looking at the ink reviews of FB posted here, the Serenity color is similar, FWIW. Not sure why they would
re-name and re-package the same classic inks, without a press release. Still hope somebody can get info from Waterman. ( My B&M store still hasn't heard back from them. )

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Posted 18 January 2012 - 01:29

Well...I am glad I found this topic so I didn't have to be the one to start the potential panic...I heard from a reliable retail source that Waterman Florida Blue has been discontinued and replaced with Serenity Blue. As mentioned above these are different colors. I don't know if it the decision is final or not...perhaps someone in the know (are you listening Goulets? :) ) can comment.
This has fast become one of my favorite inks too, so I would be quite sad indeed.
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Posted 18 January 2012 - 13:52

Vanness Pens noticed this when they ordered the Florida and got the other. Their swabs show a different color. DRAT! If the reliable Waterman ink is getting reformulated to Rubbermaid's low bean counter standards, I don't know what I'll use in my Carenes :sick:

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 15:20

Well...I am glad I found this topic so I didn't have to be the one to start the potential panic...I heard from a reliable retail source that Waterman Florida Blue has been discontinued and replaced with Serenity Blue. As mentioned above these are different colors. I don't know if it the decision is final or not...perhaps someone in the know (are you listening Goulets? :) ) can comment.
This has fast become one of my favorite inks too, so I would be quite sad indeed.


Thanks for the update. I went ahead and bought 5 more bottles of it before it becomes discontinued. My favorite color... :crybaby:
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Posted 19 January 2012 - 16:07

I like the color as well, but I don't seem to have a single favorite color, just a favorite color range that I like to rotate through. Waterman Florida Blue is in there. Incidentally, the name (which I gather the French don't use) has always perplexed me.

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 16:21

I'll check when our new shipment comes in.

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 21:24

FWIW: Here's the package and the bottle that I have: my local pen shop also had this new packaging for the Waterman's Purple (and a new name for the purple that I can't remember) :

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 23:29

According to Newell/Rubbermaid; the US distributors of Waterman. The inks are just being renamed.
Attached is a chart showing the new names
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Posted 20 January 2012 - 04:10

Well...I am glad I found this topic so I didn't have to be the one to start the potential panic...I heard from a reliable retail source that Waterman Florida Blue has been discontinued and replaced with Serenity Blue. As mentioned above these are different colors. I don't know if it the decision is final or not...perhaps someone in the know (are you listening Goulets? :) ) can comment.
This has fast become one of my favorite inks too, so I would be quite sad indeed.


Thanks for the update. I went ahead and bought 5 more bottles of it before it becomes discontinued. My favorite color... :crybaby:

I did exactly the same thing (5 bottles) couldn't take a chance. I suspect the Post from Vanness is more accurate than what I heard locally

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