A journey into the past with an ultramodern tool captures the significance of Pineider's new pen; Back to the Future.
In the search for Pineider’s origins, for their history and for forms with undying beauty are the Proustian source of their new pen. Back to the Future is more than just a pen, it is a journey on which Pineider set out to rediscover ancient knowledge, a primordial writing implement; but at the same time, it is the centuries-old history of Pineider that began in 1774 and, crucially, was reborn from the horrors of WWII along with the rest of Italy in 1949, in what the Mayans would call a new beginning.
Back to the Future’s inspiration is the quill, a writing tool from time immemorial made out of bamboo cane, that has allowed mankind to hand down written knowledge, wisdom and his own history generation after generation.
The quill is the magical carriage that takes Pineider on their journey back in time. Pineider went in search of the way they were in 1949, the year of impatience, when Italy was a favorite destination for Hollywood movie stars. And, Pineider was laboriously but enthusiastically rebuilding its future along with the people of Italy.
The Magnificent Book
The book that comes with the pen, published by Pineider, tells the story of the Italy of the period, including through Pineider's clientele who visited their premises in Florence: Hollywood movie stars, artists, politicians and scientists and more. In other words, the 'crème de la crème' of the international jet set.
Those were tough years yet they were years full of hopes and dreams, of the will to live, filled with a love of life – years that author Pier Luigi Pizzi, a set designer, costume designer and film director, recounts and illustrates with photographs of the leading personalities of the time. The list of celebrities is amazing and they are captured in period photography as well as fashions.
The Future Now
The future of the Italian people and of the world as a whole needs to be rebuilt, reimagined and reinvented today more than ever before. Back to the Future is a world-wide limited edition of 949 fountain pens or roller pens. The shape is inspired by the quill, the writing implement of the ancient Egyptians and Romans, made from a cane or rush and used right up until the 6th century AD before being gradually replaced by the goose-feather quill.
The cap and barrel are in carboiridium, a carbographite cane with a special finish in spiralled carboiridium lending it a moiré effect whenever it is exposed to direct light. This effect is most apparent and quite unusual for a pen. The clip, a further variant of the goose-feather quill, has a technical sophistication.
Precise Manufacturing on Display
One of Back to the Future's most outstanding features is the precision of all its parts. While inspired by a centuries-old implement, the pen is manufactured and assembled with superb precision as we can see, for example, in the accuracy of the cap/barrel join and the smooth functioning of the piston filler. The cap fits easily with a magnetic snap. It posts perfectly by design.
The nib: the quill nib
The extra-flexible 14k gold nib was designed in 2017. It features a an ingenious piston filling system. In keeping with the global trend in writing, Pineider created a nib that we christened hyperflexible and that is endowed with an excellent memory. The Pineider designers sought to achieve a flexible nib for writing rather than a nib for calligraphy, which performs in a somewhat different manner.
Pineider’s primary aim was to bring the pleasure of writing even to those new to the art, although we should never forget that a fountain pen is an extension of the hand and requires no pressure for writing. With this pen and this nib, that will become overtly obvious.
Limited Edition of 949 fountain pens or rollerball pens
Nib: quill nib in 14 carat gold 585 hyperflex
Clip: activated quill in marine grade stainless steel
Filling system: piston filler
Packaging: luxury box including the book "1949"
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