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Pocket Rocket

Montegrappa, the Italian maker of luxury pens, has joined forces with NASA to recreate the Apollo 11 craft in miniature–for the pocket.

As preparations for the fiftieth anniversary of that famed July 20, 1969, moon landing enter their final phase, Montegrappa has released the Moon Landing LE.

Shaped like the Saturn V rocket that propelled Apollo 11’s crew to the moon, the new writing instrument uses visual references to show lineage with one of modern history’s most momentous achievements.

The new pen is an executive toy par excellence. It allows the user to simulate the separation of flight modules to reveal ink flux controls, observed through a special internal window.

When not in use, the Moon Landing LE rests in a diorama presentation case recreating the lunar landing site. “We came in peace for all mankind” reads its miniature plaque.

As the latest addition to Montegrappa’s limited edition Cult Series, the Moon Landing LE marks a further example of the maker’s ‘pen complications,’ which first debuted in 2015.

Montegrappa CEO and Creative Director Giuseppe Aquila has had a lifelong fascination with mechanical precision. He has piloted his family’s company beyond the traditional boundaries of pen making. In recent years, Montegrappa has offered a series of limited edition designs aimed at breaking new ground in a category it has championed for more than a century.

“Ideas that communicate joy and unexpected functionality help us draw attention to the creative elements of engineering and craftsmanship,” Aquila explains. “Pens are, in many ways, a timeless technology, but we must continually remind the market that they are tools of imagination, and keep them moving forward to be in sync with contemporary tastes.”

Montegrappa’s Moon Landing LE is available in only 363 fountain pens and 110 rollerballs. Look for classic pearlized white resin and sterling silver models and a line in titanium and 18-karat gold.

Prices begin at $7,100 (rollerball, silver and resin) to $47, 400 (fountain pen, titanium and gold).

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