For six whole years, I had the Sérénité on my wish list. In fact, it was this very pen along with the Delta Dolce Vita that got me started with fountain pens in the first place. Fast forward to December 2005, I had funds sitting in my Pay Pal account that I didn't want to convert back to Canadian. Wish only one pen left on my list, I was soon waiting for the package to arrive from Pam.
Here goes, the Sérénité with a slightly different perspective.
What I liked about the Sérénité:
Unique Shape: there is no other like it, it's Waterman's effort at an anti-torpedo shape writing instrument
Designer Suave (although subjective): I am guessing that a lot of engineering went into this. I personally think it's a work of art. The Sérénité has so much attention to details yet it's simple at the same time. I am personally fascinated by how the nib mechanism is locked-in by the rotating metical section. All of this wrapped in perfectly balanced package, capped or uncapped.
<_< And now, what I didn't like:
(Blah) Nib: Aesthetically pleasing nib design that really compliments the rest of the pen. However, its performance leaves much more to be desired. It's probably the stiffest and most lifeless nib of all moderns that I've tried (move over Duofold, the Sérénité takes gold in the stiffest modern nib in my books). I might go so far as comparing the writing experience to a rollerball (yikes). More importantly, there is no excuse for the skipping and hard starts as well even after an intense flushing session and experimentation with different brands of inks. Whenever Sanford Canada returns my call, I am shipping it back first thing to have the nib tweaked. It's very frustrating and disappointing considering that this is close to Waterman's flagship model.
Tricky Capping Mechanism: Unlike other click cap designs, the Sérénité requires the cap to be turned to a very specific way before you are rewarded with a satisfying click. The same goes for posting. The whole capping and uncapping process takes quite a bit of time and extra attention. Because of this, I don't think I can be using the Sérénité at work to quickly uncap, jot down a quick note or check off a completed task on my agenda. Another unusual aspect is that there is this rather shoddy looking unfinished plastic that extends from within the interior walls of the cap. This allows for the cap to sit within the metal section, holding it in place.
Over the top Packaging: I think this is where a good portion of the sticker price went towards. Curved box similar in shape with the Sérénité with two booklets, little capping instruction card (also die-cut into the Sérénité shape).
To sum it all up:
If I could go back in time, I'd probably do it all again and purchase the Sérénité. It's one of those enigmatic pens that I simply had to discover on my own. I really wanted to love the Sérénité but unfortunately, it's all show and no go (for now). Perhaps, my perspective may change once I get the nib looked after by the folks at Sanford. Until then, it'll have to serve as a piece of desktop decoration.
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Edited by wil, 05 January 2006 - 03:40.