Bentley is delighted to announce that its pen partner Tibaldi has recently won the Most Exciting Motorsport Pen at Pen World’s 17th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards.
(Press Release – Crewe, 21st July 2011) The Tibaldi for Bentley Mulsanne pen was chosen by readers because it was inspired by the roaring engines which are associated with the legendary straight and corner at the Le Mans circuit. The Readers’ Choice awards were presented in New York City and the complete list published in Pen World.
The Bentley Mulsanne embodies the challenges that honed the marque’s reputation. The flagship model reflects the masterpiece 1930 8-litre vehicle owned by W.O. Bentley himself. The 8-litre defines the heart and soul of the Mulsanne, which was designed, engineered and built entirely in the company’s headquarters in Crewe in a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. The Mulsanne is the pinnacle of Bentley motoring – like its ancestor, a true grand tourer.
As interpreted by Tibaldi, the Tibaldi for Bentley Mulsanne pens marry two traditions, two aesthetics. Now an established family of writing instruments for connoisseurs, the pens fashioned by the Italian maker for the world’s leading maker of luxury cars employ the proportions and patented technologies of Tibaldi, with the forms and details prescribed by the cars they honour.
Giuseppe Aquila, Tibaldi CEO, says: The greatest challenge when developing these extraordinary pens has been the production of the wood components, which were designed to match the interior of this outstanding new car.
To capture the essence of the Bentley Mulsanne, Tibaldi has fashioned a series of writing instruments that communicate the feel of the car in a piece of functional, hand-held sculpture. Fingers holding the Mulsanne will make contact with knurled bands, the surface matched on the pocket clip, echoing the design of Bentley switchgear. The pen is topped with a Bentley emblem which recalls the vehicle’s starter button. And every pen adheres to Tibaldi’s respect for the Divine Proportion, the ratio between the pen’s cap and the visible portion of the barrel when the pen is closed, equalling the ratio of 1.618.
Fashioned from precious metals, including versions in sterling silver and 18K rose gold, the Tibaldi for Bentley Mulsanne is unmistakably an accessory to a car handcrafted from the finest materials. The pen will be limited to 90 fountain pens and 90 roller balls per finish in the sterling silver version and 9 fountain pens and 9 roller balls per finish in the solid 18K rose gold version. This represents a significant anniversary for Bentley: 2009 marked 90 years since Walter Owen Bentley founded the company that bears his name.
There are three finishes with their caps and barrels accented in one of the three woods found in the cars themselves: Dark Stained Vavona, Burr Oak and Burr Walnut.
Supersports Pen Joins the Continental Collection
Every Bentley car is a statement. With the Continental Supersports, Bentley shows that limitless performance, peerless comfort, and sublime elegance are compatible with a changing world. To define a supercar for the 21st century, embodying all of Bentley’s traditional values but honed to accommodate modern needs, the Continental Supersports’ designers exploited the limits of aerodynamics, employed radical new materials, banished excess weight, and adapted the powertrain to work with FlexFuel. The result has been described as the most extreme Bentley ever.
The Tibaldi for Bentley Supersports collection has its own tradition to follow, with every fountain pen and roller ball sharing materials and aesthetic details consistent with the vehicles they symbolise. Giuseppe Aquila, CEO of Tibaldi, says: The close collaboration between our engineers and Bentley’s design team of Robin Page, head of Interior Design, and Jonathan Punter, resulted in the creation of an outstanding pen, which encapsulates the features of Bentley’s most powerful car ever.
As interpreted by Tibaldi, the Tibaldi for Bentley Supersports pens lose nothing in translation. The series of writing instruments speaks in the design language of the vehicle itself. Each pen features Tibaldi’s unique pocket clip terminated in a rolling ball and, to extol its extreme functionality and purpose, Tibaldi’s designers turned to carbon fibre – the material most evocative of modern technology – with solid titanium trims. Materials such as these enable the Supersports to be both lighter and stronger.
Addressing the exclusivity of the actual car, the Tibaldi for Bentley Supersports will be limited to 630 fountain pens and 630 roller balls. The number of pieces manufactured corresponds with the horsepower of the actual Supersports car.