As a big fan of rose gold, I was super excited to see that Platinum would release a limited edition 3776 Century with rose gold trim. I thought that the frosted demonstrator look is really cool, too. Overally, I purchased this thinking that there would be no better opportunity to try out the much-loved 3776 pen for the first time.
The box feels cheap but I appreciate Platinum's efforts at making it pretty. The bottom is white cardboard and the lid is a textured pearly off-white with the Platinum logo and some text written in rose gold. I like the ovoid shape. I don't have a nice pen storage system yet, so I'll probably be keeping the pen in here for now. I don't mind!
There were a couple of paper things inside (a lil thing on the #3776 Century Nice that says that this pen "personifies the mild southern French climate and the radiant sunlight, which attract celebrities from a far [sic]," a Century User's Manual, a warranty card) that I did not include in the photo. What's important is that you get a blue Platinum cartridge, a converter, and A REALLY COOL PEN.
Appearance and Design
What a pretty pen! I think I'm really into this sort of "subtle demonstrator" look. According to Platinum, the frosted panels are supposed to be evocative of the waves on the beaches of Nice. Lovely! I haven't been there, so I can't speak to the accuracy, but I would argue that Platinum still made a very elegant pen, here. It's a very light, graceful sort of elegance. It's clean and summery. It doesn't confuse sombreness with sophistication.
The rose gold is slightly more pink than it is in these photos, for the record. Above, on the clip, it seems to look a lot more yellow than it actually is.
Overall, the pen feels quite sturdy. A lot of the weight is from the trim, but that adds some much-needed heft to an otherwise light pen.
The text on the cap reads "0149/2K," meaning that I have #149 out of the 2000 pens made! I know the number doesn't really matter, but #149 is in the first 7.5% of the pens, and I can't help but be a little excited about that
Here's a sort of close up on the frosted, translucent resin.
Cap with some of that Slip & Seal technology on display. It's nice that this will keep the pen from drying out! I do live somewhere with a cold, dry climate so that could be a real concern. Still, this pen is too much of a pleasure to write with for me to set it down for very long!
Weight and Dimensions
I didn't take these measurements myself, but here they are pulled from Goulet Pens (I bought the pen from there, too... no affiliation). They seem to be the same specs as for the other 3776 pens.
- Weights: 20g overall, 10g body, and 10g cap.
- Lengths: 140mm overall closed, 159mm overall posted, 120mm body, 67mm cap, and 23mm nib.
- Diameters: 13mm body, 15mm cap w/o clip, 17mm cap w/ clip.
Overall, it's a comfortable pen to hold! I think this diameter suits my hands/grip particularly well. The transition between barrel/threads/section is comfortable; the small step didn't bother me at all.
The cap is ridiculously heavy, as it is the same weight as the body, so the pen is weighted horribly when posted. Definitely don't post with this pal. I'm not a fan of the balance, at least. Perhaps that will help to prevent scratches/cap marks on the barrel? It's light unposted, same as an unposted Lamy Safari, but I quite like that.
Nib and Performance
The nib is 14K rose gold plated and available in fine, medium, and broad. I chose the fine-nibbed version as I generally write small and plan on using this pen for work, which means plenty of mathematical symbols, subscripts, and superscripts. I definitely wasn't let down, here. Fine but still super smooth! The below writing sample is on a Rhodia 5mm dotpad. I was writing at slow-medium speed so the lines look a little thicker than they would when I write quickly.
After doing the sample above, I wrote a few pages of math, still using the Platinum Cartridge. The pen only skipped once and it was due more to user error than the nib. Overall, it was super smooth and a real pleasure to write with. I really can't stress that enough! I felt like I barely needed to touch the page to write, which I guess makes this my perfect anti-ballpoint.
The 3776 Century Nice is a cartridge/converter pen and comes with both a blue Platinum cartridge as well as the Platinum converter. Unfortunately, the silver of the converter doesn't really match the rose gold, but the frosted barrel hides this mismatch so you can't really tell. Not much to say about the converter! It's usually about $8 on its own, which is kind of expensive for a converter, but it works well.
I actually really like the Platinum Black cartridge I used for the writing sample above! It's a nice black. I aim on mostly using bottled ink, but I might keep some cartridges on hand.
Cost and value
At a list price of $250 (USD) and retail price of usually about $200 (USD), it's about $25-30 more than the other pens in the Platinum 3776 Century line (discounting the music nib versions). If you're a big fan of the look of this pen, then I'd say that jump is worth it. I wasn't in love with the other 3776 pens before this one, though I knew I did want to try a 3776 eventually, so I personally didn't mind paying more. It's really an excellent pen.
Still, $200 is no chump change so don't go impulse buying this or anything, but this nib has blown me away. The design is the icing on the cake! I can tell this pen is going to be pretty special to me. I can't say I have tried other pens in this price range, so I can't compare the value of this pen over others.
I'm really, really happy with my purchase. Other than a Parker 51 Special, this is my first pen purchased for over $40, so I had pretty high expectations and had carefully considered my purchase. I can confidently say that I'm super impressed with this pen, both in terms of its stellar writing performance and really cool appearance. I don't think I am brave enough to take this to work/school, but this pen is definitely going to be the first one I reach for at my desk at home.