It all started simply enough. A handful of months ago I saw what looked like a pretty attractive pen. I wasn’t familiar with the Visconti celluloids from the 1990’s, but this model called the Ponte Vecchio looked and sounded good, so I decided to give it a try.
I liked the pen and its beautiful blue and rust color scheme, but for some reason I sold it rather soon after I got it, though I can’t remember why. I suppose I probably needed some cash to chase after some other infatuation. Months went by and the urge struck once again. This time it was a Visconti Voyager in lapis celluloid, a material I love. This was a somewhat larger pen, a positive for me, and best of all it proved to have a big bouncy 18K gold nib that wrote like a dream long before Visconti moved to Palladium “Dreamtouch” nibs. I had heard that Voyagers had a reputation for “falling apart” and apparently the clip design, in which it is fastened to the cap with a flat steel spring, is prone to corrosion and subsequent breakage. But mine showed no corrosion or issues with the clip.
I was really smitten with this one. No way this one was going to be sacrificed on the altar of some other “lust of the day”. I wrote constantly with this pen, sometimes writing even when I had nothing to write, just for the sheer enjoyment of using this pen. How could it get any better? And then it did.
I stumbled upon the pen’s sister – this one in a more rare coral color that I wasn’t even aware existed. Basic research into comparable sales showed this color selling at very high prices, and based on the comparables I had what I felt to be a bargain.
Same big bouncy gold nib, this time a Fine to pair with the Medium nib in the lapis Voyager.
Best of all, the coral piece was NOS – never inked, in box, and pristine as can be. There is a bit of corrosion on the cap finial of the lapis which I expect I will be able to clean off though I have not yet tried. No signs of issues on the coral.
The clips and fastening springs show no signs of problems on either pen. While I thought this picture would show off the graceful curve of the clip, what I like best is the way it shows off the wonderful celluloid of which the pens are made.
The coral pen came in its very cool burled wood box.
Inside the box was not only the original paper scroll (multi-language warranty document and operating instructions for the power fill mechanism) in its metal sleeve, but a velour lined tray with spaces for two pens. Perfect to house my beautiful twin sisters!
Life was good. At least it was until I found the full color booklet that also came in the box, and it showed there is a third color in the series – a beautiful silvery gray celluloid. Ahhh well, just one more for the short list. I’ve never seen one in dealer stocks at show or offered on sales boards or at auction, but you can bet I’ll keep my eyes open!
And so, I was perfectly happy with my two Voyagers. Until. Yes, there’s that word again! Until….. I saw this! The set of three Ponte Vecchio Limited Editions – NOS and never inked, complete in original box.
Well, you know how that goes! And so it came to be. When I had bought that first Ponte Vecchio months ago, I didn’t realize there were two others. And here they were, in my possession.
Apparently there were regular editions, with black sections, but also Limited Editions with matching celluloid sections, which mine are.
Same big 18K gold nibs, this time all Broad size.
The Limited Editions also have celluloid buttons as cap finials that match the body material.
I took this picture to show the Limited Edition number, but I actually love the way it shows off the depth of the celluloid material.
So now I’m done.
Until I find that silvery gray Voyager!