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My experience with the Caran d'Ache 1010 LE pen


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#1 lanatir

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 17:42

Just a few weeks after South East Asia's first Caran d'Ache boutique opened in the posh new massive shopping mall of Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, I managed to catch a most privileged viewing of the limited edition 1010 rhodium piece (of which 500 pieces are made). The pen had just made a successful entrance in Singapore the night before (10/10/07 by coincidence) and was in KL for just a few hours so I made sure I did not miss the chance to see what some may consider, a true convergence of the watch and pen industries. There are also 10 of such pieces made in solid gold.

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...





Impeccable workmanship



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...

Skeleton work



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.

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 18:11

Do you have a photo of the whole pen?

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 19:43

Wow what a phenomonal pen, I would hate to think what it would cost-although i would buy a bottle of ink if it came in that bottle, I read somewhere that they produced the most expensive pen ever for $265000 USD...
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Posted 12 October 2007 - 01:04

For some reason I missed this photo....


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Posted 12 October 2007 - 01:28

absolutely stunning!

This is a very cool design
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Posted 12 October 2007 - 01:37

Spectacular pen!!! Wow what a fête of engineering! Can't even guess what the price would be!?

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Posted 12 October 2007 - 01:49

the MSRP for the rhodium is approx >USD17k
the MSRP for the solid gold is approx >USD109k
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Posted 12 October 2007 - 16:24

Kelvin! Great photography of a stunning pen. smile.gif One day I'll make it to Pavilion - I hear it's the shopping destination to beat nowadays. smile.gif

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Posted 13 October 2007 - 21:04

QUOTE(Leigh R @ Oct 13 2007, 12:24 AM) View Post
Kelvin! Great photography of a stunning pen. smile.gif One day I'll make it to Pavilion - I hear it's the shopping destination to beat nowadays. smile.gif


KL has a whole new slew of shopping spots including the new block at Sunway Pyramid and the also new and massive Midvalley Gardens (another 3 mil sq ft there). Of course, imho Pavilion is the most impressive and upmarket of the lot. You should come!
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Posted 13 October 2007 - 23:13

Such a beautiful pen! I saw it in the Pen World magazine and it it looked like such a piece of art. To bad I couldn't see it up close in person... crybaby.gif

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Posted 14 October 2007 - 04:12

How much for the converter? Maybe in this case, using cartridges is more economical. :-) Beautiful pen and great photography.
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Posted 14 October 2007 - 21:17

That's one beautiful, fully detailed and complicated pen, gorgeous in a mechanical engineering way. Thank you for posting the photos. I am sure I will not see one in person and wish I could fly to Malaysia right away just to ogle, be tempted, and perhaps...
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Posted 14 October 2007 - 21:49

QUOTE(lanatir @ Oct 11 2007, 12:42 PM) View Post
Just a few weeks after South East Asia's first Caran d'Ache boutique opened in the posh new massive shopping mall of Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, I managed to catch a most privileged viewing of the limited edition 1010 rhodium piece (of which 500 pieces are made). The pen had just made a successful entrance in Singapore the night before (10/10/07 by coincidence) and was in KL for just a few hours so I made sure I did not miss the chance to see what some may consider, a true convergence of the watch and pen industries. There are also 10 of such pieces made in solid gold.


Wow that's a really neat looking pen. I just wonder why they made it a converter filler rolleyes.gif Wouldn't it have been neater to have the sapphire on the blind cap and maybe knurl it so it looked like the winding stem of a watch. Then again who am I to offer suggestions on such a pen embarrassed_smile.gif


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Posted 08 January 2011 - 16:15

They now make a 1010 Diamond which retails at GPB 900,000....... if only I were a billionaire!

Thanks for the pictures.
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Posted 08 January 2011 - 19:56

For some reason I missed this photo....

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This photo explains why I would have to give this beautiful pen back if it were presented to me as a gift. Note the sharp step down from body to section. And what's with the multiple bands at the top of the section right where I would hold the pen?

Very beautiful to look at, but exceedingly uncomfortable to use if you grasp a pen further back on the body than the average ball point user. :bonk:

This is not the only pen company to commit this design sin, but it is the most consistent offender.

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A little less bling and a lot more attention to the end user might result in better sales outside the few collectors who put them uninked into a vault or display case, never permitting ink to touch the nib. :bonk:

Sorry to add a negative note, but that's like strapping a garden bench inside the rear of a Rolls-Royce and calling it a seat. :gaah: The design simply isn't finished.

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 20:12

not meaning to sound ignorant but...

does it tell the time?

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 20:41

not meaning to sound ignorant but...

does it tell the time?


mwahaha....funny, good one


and another : will they ever make a cartridge/ converter watch ?

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 20:46

They did. The Romans used them and they were known as water clocks.

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 20:50

They did. The Romans used them and they were known as water clocks.


:) now imagine this on your wrist...

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 21:18

That's a HUGE WOW! Beautiful.
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