Antique pen revival set to please Lady Agathe

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 05 May, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 05 May, 1996, 12:00am

Waterman has revived its Lady Agathe fountain pen series for women, retaining the classic design features of the originals.

'The design concept is derived from one of our antique women's pens manufactured in 1912,' product manager Wong Chor-ling said.

'The interior is brass to make it heavier and the barrel is gold-plated and lacquered.' A solid 18-carat gold nib is attached to the fluted gold-plated section, which in turn is attached to a lacquered body with a marble pattern. The Lady Agathe is in purple-blue, rose and green.

'The pen comes with a lacquered pen case in the same pattern, making it an ideal gift set,' Ms Wong said. The matching holder has an elegant gold electroplated closure.

The Lady Agathe costs $2,280 and is sold at Seibu, Wing On, Sincere, Sogo and Yaohan.

For those with more contemporary tastes, Kenzo has a new series of bamboo-diamond fountain pens ($1,100) and rollerball pens ($950).

They come in the vibrant colours associated with the Japanese designer's fashions.

'If you look carefully, you can see the design has a bamboo image,' distributor Brian Lui said.

'Not only is the shape reminiscent of bamboo, the clip is fluted to resemble a bamboo leaf as well.' Designed and made in Paris, the pens are feminine in styling, with a lacquered brass cap and barrel and a silver ring and clip laser-engraved with Kenzo's signature.

The tip of the cap is made from clear crystal, replacing the red crystal of the original Bamboo Ruby series. Colours in the collection include lime green, vivid yellow, bright blue and fuchsia pink.

The fountain pen uses an iridium-tipped nib which is available in a choice of fine, medium or broad sizes.

The rollerball pen has an exclusive Kenzo ink refill to ensure silky writing.