My hosts were none other than Mr Silvio Laurenti, CEO of Caran d'Ache as well as Mr Olivier Walthert, MD and Ms Jaime Gooi, GM of Dianomiq Pte Ltd (Malaysia/Singapore distributors for Caran d'Ache).
(L-R) Mr Olivier, Mr Silvio and I.
I understand that it took more than a year to develop the pen due to the difficulty in obtaining the parts. The skill required for such craftsmanship, Mr Silvio mentioned, is also scarce due to competition for skilled human resource with the watch industry in Switzerland.
Of course the pen is laden with details that can be related to fine mechanical watches. For example, even the ink bottle has a cap that is made to look like a watch crown.
The finely engraved nib...
Observe and guess what these parts relate to in a mechanical watch...
On to the amazing skeleton barrel that is made transparent with the use of sapphire crystal
Caran d'Ache had to source for a balance wheel to fit the tip of the barrel... notice the spring?
Even the converter is not spared any detail...
The end of the converter is finished with a fine ruby to symbolize the jewels of a mechanical watch
After this wonderful experience with the stunning 1010, I had a short chat with Mr Silvio and Mr Olivier about Caran d'Ache's plans for the future and was pleased with some of the interesting developments being done over in their R&D.
I also did not miss the chance to have a look around the newly opened boutique which not only sells pens but also fine Caran d'Ache products.
And I got the 1010 book for keepsake (since I cannot afford the pen anyway hehehe)
My thanks to Mr Silvio and Mr Olivier for kindly accommodating me in their tight schedule and also to Ms Jaime for remembering that I love pens and inviting me.
Thanks for viewing.
Edited by lanatir, 11 October 2007 - 17:45.