MB&F Astrograph Pen Collaboration With Caran D’Ache

MB&F Astrograph Pen Collaboration With Caran D’Ache

MB&F Astrograph Pen Collaboration With Caran D'Ache Luxury Items

Imagination incarnate. That’s the modus operandi of MB&F, who manages to make the unexpected something of a routine with every wild new release. As though set in some alternate universe from an H. G. Wells novel, MB&F brings a distinct science fiction twist to everyday objects, like a sentient robot clock, a music box built like an intergalactic starfighter, and a watch that... well, just look at this crazy thing. But the latest genre-defying release – the MB&F Astrograph pen made in collaboration with pen maker Caran d'Ache comes some four years in the making, and while a truly unique piece, the design restraint may leave some people desiring something a little bit more elaborate. However, it is delivered as an appropriately out-there set and will fit in perfectly on the desk of an MB&F collector.

Richard Mille released their $105,000 RMS05 pen earlier this year, and while MB&F went in a different direction with this piece, they also decided to keep it well below the six-figure mark at about a fifth the price.

MB&F Astrograph Pen Collaboration With Caran D'Ache Luxury Items

Despite the wild categorical expanses between each release (clocks, music boxes... now pens?), there’s a distinct pattern to the madness – a re-occurring theme wherein MB&F collaborates with the most capable Swiss manufacturers and artisans across various fields to bring founder Maximilian Büsser’s ideas to life. Similarly to the past instances where MB&F partnered with renowned clockmaker L’Epée for various robot clocks, the vision of the Astrograph and Büsser’s childhood dream of space travel is realized by Caran d’Ache – and was one that would be the luxury writing instrument workshop's most complex project ever undertaken.

MB&F Astrograph Pen Collaboration With Caran D'Ache Luxury Items

MB&F Astrograph Pen Collaboration With Caran D'Ache Luxury Items

An ordinary fountain pen could have as few as five individual components, or as many as twenty for those on the more technical end of the spectrum. But MB&F looks down on the “technical end of the spectrum” from a telescope in the stratosphere – as the MB&F Astrograph is an *ahem* "working" rocket ship comprised of nearly 100 expertly machined, lacquered, and hand-finished components, complete with thruster engines, and landing fins that can be lowered at the flip of a switch.

MB&F Astrograph Pen Collaboration With Caran D'Ache Luxury Items

Granted, not all of those components are part of the pen itself – which deploys from the fuselage along with the nose of the ship, as a perfectly proportioned, ultra high-precision writing instrument. Oh, and lest we forget, the whole package also includes a rhodium-plated, magnetized astronaut figurine that can hitch a ride anywhere on the rocket where the physics of space travel would permit.

MB&F Astrograph Pen Collaboration With Caran D'Ache Luxury Items

MB&F Astrograph Pen Collaboration With Caran D'Ache Luxury Items

When not joyriding across the cosmos, the MB&F Astrograph can be stored vertically atop, or safely inside its launch pad-inspired display, which comes fitted with its own three articulated legs for launch day. The MB&F Astrograph will be available as either a fountain pen or a roller pen in three distinct finishes: high gloss rhodium (fountain only), sandblasted matte rhodium (fountain or roller), or ruthenium anthracite (fountain only), with each finish limited to 99 pieces only.

MB&F Astrograph Pen Collaboration With Caran D'Ache Luxury Items

Collectors looking to blast off with the MB&F and Caran d’Ache Astrograph may do so for a price of $19,900. Not inexpensive by any means, but for the collector with a sense of whimsy who might still be a child at heart? It can certainly add a sense of fun on the desk that's likely already populated by the various clocks and other creations dreamed up by MB&F. mbandf.com

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  • Looks….rakish. Are you rakish, sir?

    • Marius

      Do you have bespoke or made-to-measure suits? Drive a European auto? Have a nice pen, preferably a fountain? Do you appreciate and occasionally take a two-martini lunch? Play as hard as you work? Smoke a fine cigar on occasion? Have a sense of adventure and bold style? Are you rakish, sir? Then you’ll get it: The pen guy, the car guy, the watch guy, and the Berluti guy are all the same guy.

      • ??????

        My jeans have taken the form of my buttocks. I drive an Audi 80 and appreciate a two-beer lunch. I play SuperMario as hard as I glue advertisements while fuming my Viceroy Red. And I sense an adventure when I get a pack of Marlboro instead.

    • DanW94

      Totally dashing, slightly jaunty, a bit of devil-may-care, but not quite rakish, I can’t seem to pull it off…..

  • PleaseSpellRoman4AsIV

    This is not a pen; this is a sonic screwdriver!

  • IanE

    Feels like another Sponsored Post to me – making it 6 out of the last 11 items. This doesn’t, in any case, feel like ‘Imagination Incarnate’, more like ‘Imagination Empty’. And what is it doing here – at least the admitted Sponsored Posts were of horological relevance.

    • Yojimbo

      You’re right, I’m logging onto this site less and less. But all the watch sites are increasingly becoming like this

    • ??????

      Same thoughts.. 65% of articles on the page became sponsored posts.

  • Marius

    Besides the fact that this servient “article” seems to have been written by MB&F themselves, my impression is that MB&F are slowly becoming a bad joke. Sure, I can understand that they want to diversify their portofolio and produce the occasional pen, clock, or robot; however, MB&F seems to have forgotten that watchmaking made them famous in the first place. Name me one interesting and original watch that they released lately.

    Furthermore, there’s another problem: MB&F is mostly known by watch enthusiasts; the average person knows extremely little/if anything about this brand. So let’s assume that you are a person interested in watches with $20,000 to burn. Now please tell me, what would you rather spend your hard-earned coin on: a brand-new Patek 5196/Lange 1815/FP Journe Chronometre Bleu/Audemars Royal Oak/Vacheron Overseas OR an MB&F pen? OK, Aaron Sigmond aka The Pen Guy, would definitely get the pen, but other than that, you would have to suffer from brain damage to spend $20,000 on these crappy pens.

    • “Crappy” is not the word I would use to describe them. Expensive, pointless, even uninteresting if you want… but crappy, as in “markedly inferior in quality”, doesn’t seem to be the proper word.

    • ??????

      True. They should make some solid watches from time to time. Just to stay on track as (watch)makers 🙂

    • “Name me one interesting and original watch that they released lately.”
      The LM Perpetual is fascinating, an original movement, and was released less and a year ago.

  • Bill W

    Do they make toothbrushes too? Luxury keychains? Ski goggles? Pasta sauce?

    • ??????

      Luxury plungers for rakish plumbers.

      • The pasta sauce guy, the goggle guy and the toilet plunger guy – they’re all the same guy.

        And his internet search history must be disturbing to look through.

        • ??????

          Living on the edge!

        • Bill W

          The tapas guy, the fantasy football guy, the beanie baby guy, the murder guy…they’re all the same guy!!

  • Bill W

    Let’s be honest: if you’re the kind of guy who has 20 Gs lying around for a pen, you probably don’t come here often.

  • SuperStrapper

    Ugh. MB&F, I loved you once but you’re just starting to become an afterthought in the rear view mirror. No net-new watches in… years? And an endless stream of semi-interesting semi-retarded desk clocks and now pens that seem to serve only to distract people from the fact they can’t actually come up with ew watches anymore. A real shame. I always thought that the ‘F’ in your name would lead to a lifetime of exciting and innovative watch designs, but it looks like we’ve been punked on that.

  • This is the coolest pen in the world – if it was 10% of the price I would be playing with one on my desk and making rocket noises, right now.

    • ??????

      Is there sound in space? 🙂

      • In space, nobody can hear you play rockets…

        • I told Charris Yadigaroglou, the Chief Communications Officer at MB&F, that their next music machine should have the shape of the Nostromo. Hasn’t lost faith yet…

        • ??????

          Makes sense 🙂

  • Marius

    MB&F will soon be the proud sponsor of the Archie Luxury Channel.

    The MB&F logo will proudly appear on Archie`s fridge, alongside prestigious brands such as:
    Loud mouth Tim.com
    BBBdeals.com — Cheap flights, cheap hotels
    http://www.f196bbs.com — Free speech for all!!!
    BKKSingles.com
    Woo-Dog Recordings
    911weather.com
    ChicagoDogTrainer.com
    girl of the hour.com
    Polar Beer
    I love Bangor, Maine
    And last but definitely not least,
    Jewlers On Time

    • Bill W

      If you spend $50 on fridge advertising with ArchieLuxury, a Thai ladyboy hooker will keep having your $50. It’s like money out of the bank.

  • ??????

    Children of 60s would have peed in their pants from fascination after seeing this pen. Space! Galaxies and billions of stars, humanity is about to come out from the balloon.. And today we are all training our sarcasm muscles here.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I use a biro

    • You’re not really using that biro; you are merely holding onto it for the next person to find it down the side of the sofa.

      • Gokart Mozart

        I thought that was Patek Philippe.

      • ??????

        Patek promoters are crying 🙂

  • Richard carroll

    MB&Fs products, well made and extravagant as they are, always seem to under-deliver (considering the effort and resources that go into them) on their primary functional purpose, .

  • Mike Darwin Brown

    The price is just absolutely ridiculous!

  • IG

    MB&F should collaborate with someone to create a luxurious rocket-shaped mechanical penis pump.

  • Reprobus Marmaritarum

    What a load of cobblers.

  • Gokart Mozart

    This is a heck of a lot better than the Richard Mille pen, and a lot of fun for a pen, in as much as a pen can be but this is not my favourite pen. Still ridiculously expensive at20k.

    I do like the Breguet pens but It is the FP Journe pen for me.

    For an affordable pen relatively speaking and also not a horolgical company it would be a Yard-O-Led.

    The problem is I am always losing my pen so I will skip.

  • ??????

    I write with fountain pen. 17$ Kaweco Sport 🙂

  • The Deplorable Boogur T. Wang

    Is this a watch?

  • Ulysses31

    A Star-Trek weapon? One of the Predator’s crampons? Perhaps an alien spark-plug? It’s cool, if a little too fat. Stick with a Lamy or a normal Caran d’Ache.