Pen of the Year 2015
Pen of the year 2015

A CROWN PRINCE GOES HIS OWN WAY

A royal drama took place in Prussia in 1730 that captivated the whole of Europe.

The young Crown Prince Frederick rebelled against his father, fled with a friend, was arrested and found himself facing execution. This sent a ripple through the royal houses of Europe. Emperor Charles VI and Prince Eugene personally interceded for the Crown Prince by letter and the drama took a happy turn: after the initial arrest, Frederick was completely vindicated. This paved the way for one of the most extraordinary ruling figures of this and every other period: philosopher, artist, musician, strategist, lawmaker, enlightened monarch – Frederick II, later called the Great (1712 - 1786), King of Prussia and Elector of Brandenburg, took to the European stage.

Pen of the year 2015

Pen of the year 2015

THE MANY TALENTS OF THE "ROI CHARMANT"

When he took office in 1740, the young king displayed a remarkable open-mindedness that resurfaced time and again during his reign.

Inside this ruler coolly pursuing his interests was a fine mind with astonishing talents. Frederick devoted himself to the study of philosophy, history and poetry. He designed his private apartments to suit his own taste, right down to the last detail, sketched floor plans for Sanssouci and founded Frederician Rococo.

He regularly exchanged letters with Catherine the Great and dedicated several poems to her. His intensive correspondence with the great French Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire, deemed by historians as an “epochmaking dialogue”, has survived the centuries.
Pen of the year 2015

THE STRATEGIES OF A GREAT MONARCH

Frederick II showed extraordinary strategical skills in the eventful ups and downs of European power politics.

Under his rule, Prussia acceded to the circle of the major powers. He also incorporated his enlightened ideas into his politics. He described himself as the “first servant of the State” and caused a sensation in Europe as a young monarch when he abolished torture.

Tolerance and openness were the main tenets of his attitude: “Everyone should be free to pursue their own happiness,” was his motto. He also demonstrated remarkable foresight in foreign policy: he concluded a treaty of amity and commerce with the distant United States, signed by the American founding fathers Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson.

Pen of the year 2015

AT THE PEAK OF FAME

After the Seven Years’ War and victory over the powerful Habsburg monarchy, large and influential Silesia became part of Prussia.

 
Frederick was hailed as a military genius and henceforth called “the Great”. As a sign of his victory he ordered the construction of his largest and most ambitious building: the New Palace of Sanssouci.

Magnificent ballrooms, impressive Galleries – everything to ensure that guests from the German and European aristocracy could celebrate in style. Precious decorative natural stones played a special role in this splendour, something Prussia had in abundance thanks to the conquest of Silesia: wall coverings made from multi-coloured marble, floors inlaid with jasper, amethyst and serpentine – the interiors of the New Palace are unparalleled in Europe!
Pen of the Year 2015

THE APOTHEOSIS OF NATURAL STONE

Frederick the Great, as king and connoisseur of decorative natural stones, cultivated a personal and simultaneously regal interest in the rich Silesian deposits then used to do justice to Prussia’s new status.

By special sovereign right, the monarch reserved all precious stones and chrysoprase in particular for himself: these stones with their emerald to apple green colouration are considered the most valuable variety of quartz. Frederick the Great himself travelled to Silesia to choose the most beautiful. The New Palace was the culmination of the royal interest. 

This magnificent building is home to a greater variety of natural stones than any other Frederician palace. Its fascinating architecture was the inspiration for the creation of the “Sanssouci, Potsdam” Pen of the Year.
Pen of the year 2015

CREATED BY THE HAND OF A SKILLED MASTER

The creation of the “Sanssouci, Potsdam” Pen of the Year demands the highest standards of craftsmanship.

 
The Herbert Stephan gemstone manufactory was singularly predestined for this task. It carries on the great tradition of the Idar Oberstein gemstone workshops, which dates back to the 15th century and is still of world renown. The masters have demonstrated their incomparable skills with impressive results: the platinumplated barrel and cap are adorned by four green Silesian serpentines and a Russian smoky quartz – both ground and polished by hand. The Special Edition combines 24-carat gold plating with green serpentine and rare chrysoprase, Frederick’s favourite natural stone. Chrysoprase has not been mined for many years and is only available on the antique stone market.

Fountain pen, Pen of the year 2015 platinum-plated, #144080

Recommended retail price $ 6,088.00

VAT included

Fountain pen, Pen of the Year 2015 Special Limited Edition, #144090

Recommended retail price $ 13,200.00

VAT included

Roller-ball pen, Pen of the year 2015 platinum-plated, #144087

Recommended retail price $ 5,500.00

VAT included

Roller-ball pen, Pen of the year 2015 gold plated, #144097

Recommended retail price $ 12,800.00

VAT included

PLATINUM-PLATED
GOLD-PLATED
PLATINUM-PLATED
GOLD-PLATED
Inspired by the impressive architecture of the “New Palace” the “Sanssouci, Potsdam” Pen of the Year brings the lustre and aesthetics of a major era alive in a fascinating manner. Both editions come with an 18-carat, bicolour gold nib that is run in by hand. An end-cap protects the rotary knob of the plunger mechanism of the plunger-type fountain pen.
  • Platinum-plated barrel adorned by four green Silesian serpentines
  • Individually numbered writing instruments
  • 18-carat bicolour gold nib, run in by hand
  • Available in the nib widths M, F, B, and BB
  • Cap of the pen is crowned by grey shimmering Russian quartz with facet finish
  • Exclusive wooden box with additional insert with space for additional 6 writing instruments, high-quality brochure and a certificate of authenticity
  • Limited to 1000 pieces
Inspired by the impressive architecture of the “New Palace” the “Sanssouci, Potsdam” Pen of the Year brings the lustre and aesthetics of a major era alive in a fascinating manner. Both editions come with an 18-carat, bicolour gold nib that is run in by hand. An end-cap protects the rotary knob of the plunger mechanism of the plunger-type fountain pen.
  • Special Edition, 24-carat gold-plated barrel adorned by four green Silesian serpentines
  • Cap crowned by rare chrysoprase
  • Individually numbered writing instruments
  • 18-carat bicolour gold nib, run in by hand
  • Available in the nib width M
  • Exclusive wooden box with additional insert with space for additional 6 writing instruments, high-quality brochure and a certificate of authenticity
  • Limited to 150 pieces

PLATINUM-PLATED

Four large, green Silesian serpentines are embedded into the platinum-plated barrel of the plunger-type fountain pen and envision the aura of these magnificent rooms perfectly. The cap of the fountain pen is adorned with grey, shimmering, Russian quartz with a facet finish.

GOLD-PLATED

The luxurious Special Edition of the “Sanssouci, Potsdam” Pen of the Year combines 24-carat gold plating with gemstone workmanship of extraordinary refinement. The barrel is decorated with four beautifully designed Silesian serpentines. A rare chrysoprase crowns the cap of the plunger-type fountain pen.
Inspired by the impressive architecture of the “New Palace” the “Sanssouci, Potsdam” Pen of the Year brings the lustre and aesthetics of a major era alive in a fascinating manner. Both editions come with an 18-carat, bicolour gold nib that is run in by hand. An end-cap protects the rotary knob of the plunger mechanism of the plunger-type fountain pen.
  • Platinum-plated barrel adorned by four large, green Silesian serpentines
  • Individually numbered writing instruments
  • Long-lasting black rollerball refill
  • Cap of the rollerball pen is crowned with grey shimmering Russian quartz with facet finish
  • Exclusive wooden box with additional insert with space for additional 6 writing instruments, high-quality brochure and a certificate of authenticity
  • Limited to 300 pieces
Inspired by the impressive architecture of the “New Palace” the “Sanssouci, Potsdam” Pen of the Year brings the lustre and aesthetics of a major era alive in a fascinating manner. Both editions come with an 18-carat, bicolour gold nib that is run in by hand. An end-cap protects the rotary knob of the plunger mechanism of the plunger-type fountain pen.
  • Special Edition, 24-carat gold-plated barrel adorned by four green Silesian serpentines
  • Cap crowned by rare chrysoprase
  • Individually numbered writing instruments
  • Long–lasting black rollerball refill
  • Exclusive wooden box with additional insert with space for additional 6 writing instruments, high-quality brochure and a certificate of authenticity
  • Limited to 30 pieces

PLATINUM-PLATED

Four large, green Silesian serpentines are embedded into the platinum-plated barrel of the plunger-type fountain pen and envision the aura of these magnificent rooms perfectly. The cap of the fountain pen is adorned with grey, shimmering, Russian quartz with a facet finish.

GOLD-PLATED

The luxurious Special Edition of the “Sanssouci, Potsdam” Pen of the Year combines 24-carat gold plating with gemstone workmanship of extraordinary refinement. The barrel is decorated with four beautifully designed Silesian serpentines. A rare chrysoprase crowns the cap of the plunger-type fountain pen.
Pen of the year 2015

HIGH QUALITY PRESENTATION

Pen of the Year 2015

Each writing instrument is individually numbered and comes in a highly polished, deep-black wooden case. It includes a certificate personally signed by the master craftsman of the Herbert Stephan gemstone manufactory attesting to the authenticity of the natural stones.

The wooden case can also be used as a collector’s case because a second insert has room for an additional six writing instruments.