Story

Story

For more than a century, a family company nested in the Italian Dolomites has remained relentlessly curious about the magical relationship between paper and the human mind.

Since beginning our quest for perfection in 1912, we have watched words become devalued by abundance. ‘Progress’ has often come at the price of substance and truth. Far from representing a suspension of progress, Montegrappa pens exist so that those who value words may savour the luxury of slowing time down.

Many of our friends and rivals delight in portraying pens as relics of days gone by. With the greatest of respect, we beg to differ. Whereas others purport to be guardians of tradition, Montegrappa remains committed to the tradition of continual innovation.

Take a journey through some of the landmark moments that have shaped a century of defying conventions

1912

Writing history

Design and technology are making writing more accessible than ever. With personal correspondence on the brink of a boom, a group of industrialists open Italy’s first fountain pen factory.

1912
1915

1915

Signature style

The Bassanese Cà Erizzo estate – still home to Montegrappa – inspires the Reminiscence pen. A century later, its bold octagonal silhouette is a constant pillar of Montegrappa design.

1928

Pride and passion

Known throughout Italy and beyond, Bassano’s famous Elmo pens take on a new look and a new name, with the introduction of sparkling celluloid colours and the debut of the Monte Grappa insignia.

1928
1938

1938

An affair begins

The company embarks on a long and fruitful relationship with stationery merchant, Leopoldo Tullio Aquila. His ensuing love for pens and the finer things in life would go on to shape four generations.

1981

Turning the page

Having risen to become Elmo-Montegrappa’s largest customer, Gianfranco Aquila makes an offer to acquire Montegrappa and introduce it to the world. A renaissance begins.

1981
1992

1992

The new way

A strictly limited release of 1,912 sterling silver 80th Anniversary pens ushers in a new era of possibilities for Montegrappa – and helps push out the boundaries of contemporary luxury.

1995

Enter The Dragon

Audacious and complex, The Dragon sets a new standard in pen design and craft, establishing the brand’s avant-garde credentials and the young Giuseppe Aquila’s burgeoning influence.

1995
2000

2000

High Praise

A prestigious Vatican commission for the Great Jubilee is honoured with a heavenly example of hand-burin engraving, elevated by the likeness, signature – and blessing – of Pope John Paul II.

2010

Sting like a bee

After nine years under the custodianship of Richemont, the Aquila family reassumes control of Montegrappa in 2009. Tribute to Muhammad Ali signals fighting spirit and fealty to true individualists.

2010
2012

2012

Celluloid on celluloid

A cameo appearance by the Chaos pen in The Expendables 2 marks the beginning of a bolder presence for the brand, and Sylvester Stallone’s role in the Montegrappa story.

2013

Art meets science

Exploring the relationship between the pen and the human cerebrum, the Brain pen is the first of several acclaimed collaborations with neurologist and author Richard Restak, M.D.

2013
2014

2014

Back on the block

Creativity, celebrity and timeless cool come to Bassano as Quincy Jones cuts the ribbon to open Montegrappa’s first flagship boutique and premiere his capsule collection, The Secret Garden.

2015

Changing gears

Baselworld is the setting for the launch of a new paradigm in pen engineering and design. Forbes labels the complications of the Montegrappa Q1 “a technological proclamation for the industry”.

2015
2015

2015

Breaking the rules

Baselworld is the setting for the launch of a new paradigm in pen engineering and design. Forbes labels the mechanical genius of the Montegrappa Q1 “a technological proclamation for the industry”.

2016

Return to glory

Digital detox and a growing appreciation for handcraft is causing surging demand for fountain pens. Increased retail sales are exceeded by sharp rises in private, corporate and special commissions.

2016
2017

2017

Journey to Westeros

Heraldry meets fantasy with the release of The Iron Throne – a wonder of lost-wax casting created and the crown jewel of Montegrappa’s wildly popular homage to the HBO series, Game of Thrones.

2018

Made by You

Montegrappa democratises pen design with the launch of two pioneering customisation platforms: Atelier and Configurator give new creative powers to aficionados and individualists.

2018
2019

2019

Forged in fire

A detachable replica of the One Ring is the only thing separating good and evil on the limited-edition The Lord of the Rings. Montegrappa explores Tolkien’s dense universe for its newest Cult series edition.

2020

Next Generation

A two-year identity upgrade culminates with the integration of the Glacier design system and Ambigram logo across all activities: retail display, materials and packaging.

2020
2020

2020

Magical writing

Montegrappa inaugurates a multi-year collaboration with J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World with the launch of Harry Potter: House Colours – a collection created to conjure passions in young writers.

2020

The new normal

The release of the ZERO breaks new ground in contemporary design and fabrication. Made specifically for customization on Configurator, its success reflects growing interest in writing instruments as lifestyle accessories.

2020