A premium capless pen designed by Australian industrial designer Marc Newson and developed by Japanese pen-maker Pilot was unveiled last Thursday by French luxury brand Hermès. The pen christened Nautilus, will be available in three colors exclusive to Hermès: H red, ebony and blood orange. Nautilus is available in two versions – fountain and ballpoint.
Both fountain and ballpoint versions are made from solid aluminum and stainless steel, and nibs in rhodium-plated white gold. The Nautilus fountain pen is available in six nib widths and the ballpoint in two widths. For fountain pens ink cartridges are available in black and carbon blue.
According to Marc Newsom it took him three years to design the pen with most of the time spent on trying to fit the rotating mechanism into a small space. “This is the most complex object you could hope to design from an industrial design perspective,” he said. Marc is also trying to encourage younger generations to use more pens than computers and noted, “younger generations forsaking penmanship a real concern”.
The Nautilus will go on sale in September in a selection of stores worldwide, with the fountain pen retailing for $1,650 and the ballpoint pen for $1,350.