I finally caved and bought the pen. It's such a beautiful pen, and presenting the pen is an equally amazing box. So much so that when I was trying and choosing the pen at the local shop, another customer walked by, was so enamored with the pen that he wanted it, and bought it immediately.
There is no doubt it's a VERY pretty pen. The proportions, and nib and the details are just first rate. I was trying to look for manufacturing flaws, and currently can't spot any. Although there is only a difference of $1 in price between the Key of Heaven and the Le Grande, there is sufficient difference to wonder why you'd choose the Le Grande unless you hate the specific color. The one thing that really drew me in was the translucent material and also the carefully chosen materlal and finish.
There are a couple things that I worry. One is the magnet closure. I somehow always feel that the magnet would either wear out, break or detach from the cap. Although I have 3 Viscontis with magnet closure has never given me a problem. Which is another problem. Magnets for closure seem to peg this pen in the $150 - $250 price range which is the price of Visconti Rembrandts and Van Goghs. I feel that for a pen in this price range, maybe a different closure system that feels more high end should have been considered?
Nib performance. It's the old Visconti problem again. I tried 2 pens at the store, and both wrote terribly. While the current NEW Visconti's write like a dream. Am I spreading rumors??? I don't know. The nib is quite soft, very beautiful but it's struggling to write well. I bought a Visconti Northern Light during the same purchase. This Visconti writes like a DREAM! No hesitating, with a slight feedback. Almost Aurora like, and quite unlike the Viscontis of old.