Japan’s Pilot Pen Corporation is best known for inventing the capless fountain pens. Now, Hermès teams up with Pilot to create a new capless pen named Nautilus which was conceived by Australian industrial designer, Marc Newson. New pen was unveiled last Thursday along with the launch of a new category of objects which also includes notebooks, writing paper and leather accessories. Nautilus is available in two versions – fountain and ballpoint, and in three colors exclusive to Hermès: H red, ebony and blood orange.
Both 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.
“This is the most complex object you could hope to design from an industrial design perspective,” said Marc Newsom, claiming that 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.
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.