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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Caran d'Ache pays tribute

The Caran d'Ache new La Rindyà limited edition pays homage to the company's homeland of Switzerland. Every year, autumn signals one of the country's most beautiful traditions: A procession of cattle, richly decorated with flowers and greenery, wends its way slowly down the mountain to the foothills where they will spend the winter. In the Canton of Fribourg, and particularly in the Gruyere region, this custom (which dates to the Middle Ages) is referred to as La Rindyà. 

There are 1,291 pieces in this edition, the number recalling the founding date of the Swiss Confederation. The fountain pen, rollerball and ballpoint are beautifully engraved with pastoral images contrasting the platinum and the black lacquer. The writing section of the fountain pen and rollerball is decorated with an engraving of Le Moléson, the most famous peak in the Fribourg Alps, and the cap features the Caran d'Ache name and logo, while the clip flies the Swiss flag. The pens are presented in an original box of Swiss beech. Its design is based on the stacks of wood planks, common on Alpine farms, that are used for the restoration of chalets. 

The cartridge- or converter-filled fountain pen has a rhodium-coated, 18-karat gold nib, available in three widths (F, M, B). The rollerball offers a choice of a fine-point roller cartridge or a fiber-tip cartridge in two widths (F, M). The fountain pen is priced at $2,500.

Earlier limited edition tributes to Switzerland include La Poya and the Matterhorn pen collections.

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