I am talking about the near replicas and unmistakeable throwbacks to their original vintage models with same name and style.
Could you clarify the criteria please? Same name is easy enough, but what is encompassed in "style"? Also, does the relaunched pen need to be a current pen or might it have been re-launched before?
If I pull out a current Onoto Magna and a late 1930s Onoto Magna, I see that they have similar girth, length, flat-ended design and, really, not much else in common. Materials and patterns are different. Clips are quite similar but with different logos, cap bands different, clip positioning in relation to finial different, and of course one is a C/C pen and the other vacuum fill. It is possible to get a vacuum fill modern Onoto, I have one, but that is an insert. The modern nibs are Bock (now Jowo) and quite different in flexibility from the magnificent De La Rue originals.
The modern Aurora Internazionale is quite different in construction and filling compared with the original, nib presumably different too.
On the other hand, should we include the 1980s-1990s Waterman Man 100 Patrician, throwbacks to the 1930s Patrician, even though after some physical resemblance and name linkage it is quite a different pen in material respects of filling, nib and construction?
Is it just the name and a bit of a resemblance that matters, like Ferrari riffing off famous 1960s designs when they brought out front-engined models in the 1990s and since?
I am not asking cynically. If the throwback name and style meant nothing at all then it might be fair to say that I would not have bought a modern Onoto Magna rather than another S T Dupont. I am interested in how people distinguish between a re-launch, a re-envisioning, a re-hash, or just a bit of marketing fluff.
Edited by praxim, 28 September 2020 - 11:44.