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Plating Issue On Visconti Clip


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#1 whichwatch

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 18:27

I have a Visconti Homo Sapiens Crystal that shows some sort of disturbance to the plating on the clip.  The cap and trim rings seem unaffected.

 

Although it looks like something is happening under the plating, I thought maybe something was on top of the plating.  I tried cleaning with a silver polishing cloth, Windex, ammonia water, etc but nothing has touched it.  So I am thinking it may be under or in the plating.

 

I have contacted Coles of London (US Distributor) and am awaiting a response, but I suppose they will want me to send it in.

 

In the meanwhile, has anyone experienced this condition on one of their pens?  Does anyone know how much a clip replacement costs if it is not covered under warranty (I am not original owner and do not have original purchase receipt).

 

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 20:24

I happen to have my Crystal in my pocket and it looks great.  I've had a number of these with no plating issues.  In the absence of damage yours looks like just a poor plating job.

 

Coles has been wonderful to me with my few Visconti problems.  They've never asked about purchase date and charged minimal if any costs (besides shipping).

 

Good luck,

Craig



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Posted 12 October 2017 - 22:35

I did get a very fast response from Coles.  They said it should be covered under warranty.  However, it sounds like they would have to send it to Italy, which will of course take a while. 

 

I have not dealt with Coles before.  So far, excellent responsiveness!



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Posted 13 October 2017 - 05:53

Looks like corrosion to me.

 

Was the pen kept in close proximity to a celluloid pen? :o 

 

I had a few pens (not only Visconti) which had demonstrated similar pitting/corrosion on their plated parts, after being kept close to a few celluloid ones which had started to "rot".

 

 

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Posted Yesterday, 04:22

I thought the clips on the HS was sterling silver, no? In my research on the HS London Fog, bloggers and reviewers said the clip was Sterling Silver. Am I mistaken?

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Posted Yesterday, 15:17

I thought the clips on the HS was sterling silver, no? In my research on the HS London Fog, bloggers and reviewers said the clip was Sterling Silver. Am I mistaken?

 

 

The cap band and trim rings are sterling silver for sure.  I am not 100% sure, but am fairly certain the clip is plated steel.

 

I have not seen anything definitive from Visconti on this however.



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Posted Yesterday, 16:20

 

 

The cap band and trim rings are sterling silver for sure.  I am not 100% sure, but am fairly certain the clip is plated steel.

 

I have not seen anything definitive from Visconti on this however.

They only charge shipping for plating issues. I sent my pens directly to them in the past.

The gold plating on large surfaces has always been a problem for many pens, especially when stored in a humid environment or has been soaked with ink.

Some of their clips are sterling silver with enamel insert. But in those cases, enamel will lose over time.

I can't remember any model with vermeil new style clip.



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Posted Yesterday, 23:17

They only charge shipping for plating issues. I sent my pens directly to them in the past.

The gold plating on large surfaces has always been a problem for many pens, especially when stored in a humid environment or has been soaked with ink.

Some of their clips are sterling silver with enamel insert. But in those cases, enamel will lose over time.

I can't remember any model with vermeil new style clip.

 

Not gold plated or vermeil.  It is a white metal.   I assume it is a rhodium or chromium plate on steel.








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