Tibaldi Special Limited Editions
TIBALDI CLARI VIRI VISCOUNT HORATIO NELSON FOUNTAIN PEN BROAD NIB
Tibaldi Clari Viri: (Figures of greatness) TIBALDI introduces a precious pen collection, celebrating the most powerful and influential leaders the world has ever known. The TIBALDI CLARI VIRI collection spans the gamut from the military genius of Alexander the Great and Napoleon Bonaparte, to the political manoeuvring of Julius Caesar, the defiance of Nelson and the inspirational leadership of Peter the Great. Each writing instrument is hand painted with a portrait on the barrel and a symbol of the great leader on the cap. Designed, painted and produced with supreme precision and craftsmanship, TIBALDI pens are ornate accessories and masterpieces of technological innovation. TIBALDI pens embody the ancient concept of the Divine Proportion, or Phi, to every minute detail, resulting in writing instruments of sublime elegance.
Divinely inspired design: Phi – the concept known as the Divine Proportion – informs every aspect of the structure of all TIBALDI pens. For example, the proportion between the pen’s cap and the visible portion of the barrel when the pen is closed equals the phi ratio, 1.618. Even the pen’s accompanying case is measured in multiples of the phi coefficient. Phi has been used in art, architecture and music for centuries, often unintentionally. Aesthetically, phi is a symbol of perfect and natural beauty. It occurs constantly in nature, in the pattern of the skins of animals and fruits and the arrangement of leaves on trees.
Precious, reliable, collectible: Ever since TIBALDI introduced Italy’s first fountain pen in 1916, collectors and pen lovers round the world continue to rely on TIBALDI’s extraordinary, precious and high-performance writing instruments.
Tibaldi Clari Viri patents: The TIBALDI CLARI VIRI collection is based on the original TIBALDI Divina design. Two international patents testify to the uniqueness and technical excellence of all TIBALDI Divina pens. TIBALDI’s unique design based on the Divine Proportion is patented, as is TIBALDI’s innovative and precise filling mechanism. Rotating the pen’s blind cap while filling the pen feels and sounds like winding the crown of a fine watch. The mechanism applies a slight resistance to rotation, avoiding brusque movements at the bottom of the pen and reducing the risk of accidental leakages.
Meticulous detailing: A snap mechanism and roller on the clip mean the TIBALDI Divina slips smoothly into a pocket or onto a notepad. Each clip is carved with computer-operated cutting and shaping machines combined with the finely honed skills of Italian master craftsmen.
Tibaldi nibs: Like the original TIBALDI nibs from the early 1900s, each 18K solid gold TIBALDI nib is engraved with the guarantee of first class writing instruments – 1ª Qualità. Platinum is only applied outside the contours of the eagle and inside the words, requiring the skill of an experienced goldsmith. The thickness of gold varies across the nib to maximise flexibility and comfort when writing. Writing grades available are: fine (F), medium (M) and broad (B).
Airbrushed miniatures: Airbrushing is an art of extreme precision. An airbrush is a small, air-operated art tool used to spray paint from a small reservoir mounted on its side. The artist combines the right amounts of paint and air pressure by depressing the trigger on the top of the airbrush, whilst moving the airbrush at varying distances from the surface being painted. Artist Lorena Straffi began working millimetres from the surface, skillfully airbrushing the detail onto the tiny surface of the Clari Viri pens.
The materials: The Julius Caesar and Alexander The Great pens are fashioned from ivory resin while those celebrating the lives of Napoleon, Horatio Nelson and Peter The Great are of black resin. The ivory and black stress free acrylic is carefully carved by master craftsmen from a single bar of raw material, guaranteeing durability.
Jeweler’s finished trim: A diamond patterned finish is found on the pen’s trimmings in sterling silver with rose gold plating. This pattern is known as Clou de Paris – an ancient decoration found on fine watches ever since the 18th century. The ratio of the Divine Proportion applies to the height and width of every Clou de Paris engraving found on the pen’s trim and barrel.
Tibaldi Clari Viri Limited Editions: Each TIBALDI CLARI VIRI pen is a precious limited edition writing instrument. 50 fountain pens and 50 roller balls are made in each design.
Tibaldi casing: The complete set of TIBALDI CLARI VIRI writing instruments is presented in a sumptuous veneered, hand-painted wooden case. The TIBALDI CLARI VIRI pens are also sold individually in an exclusive box.
Viscount Horatio Nelson: (1758-1805) Renowned for his bold action and occasional disregard of orders from his seniors, Nelson joined the British Navy aged 12. When Britain entered the Revolutionary Wars in 1793, Nelson helped to capture Corsica and battled at Calvi, where he lost the sight of his right eye. He later lost his right arm at the Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 1797. Nelson’s defiance brought him victories against Spain in 1797, and at the Battle of Copenhagen four years later, where he ignored orders to cease action by putting his telescope to his blind eye and claiming he couldn’t see the signal. Nelson’s most famous triumph, at Cape Trafalgar, saved Britain from the threat of invasion by Napoleon, but it was also his last. He died on the first day of battle.
Nelson’s coat of arms