Fountain pen contains world’s ‘oldest’ CognacBy Annie Hayes
Collector’s club Wealth Solutions and Italian manufacturer Montegrappa have launched a fountain pen containing a drop of what is thought to be the world’s oldest Cognac.
Following on from its Spirit Watch line, which saw the same Cognac contained in a timepiece, Wealth Solutions has partnered with the luxury lifestyle company to create the Cognac Pen.
The pen is crafted entirely from oak wood, and features decorative elements including grapevine motifs along the body.
A drop of Gautier Cognac, which dates back to 1762, is enclosed in a special capsule mounted in the pen’s cap.
The nib is available in sterling silver or gold in the version for men, and sterling silver only in the version for women. Buyers may also choose the nib thickness from F to B.
The pen can be filled by a converter or a cartridge and is 155.5mm in length in men’s edition and 130mm in the women’s edition.
The Cognac was purchased by Wealth Solutions in 2014 for US$60,000 at Bonhams New York’s Whisky, Cognac and Rare Spirits auction, and is the oldest Cognac sold at a public auction to-date – confirmed by an official entry in the Guinness Book of Records
Maciej Kossowski, president of Wealth Solutions, said: “Our search for uniqueness in creating rare collectibles had to lead us to the world to pens. Montegrappa is one of the most respected creators of fountain pens. They did a great job bringing our idea to life. The Cognac pen perfectly fits the great and diverse collection of writing instruments I have seen in Bassano, the home of Montegrappa. I believe it will find favour with both pen and rare spirits aficionados worldwide.”
Only 110 Cognac Pens are available, 100 in silver and 10 in gold.