Montegrappa Chaos Watch For Stallone Hands-On

Montegrappa Chaos Watch For Stallone Hands-On

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A polarizing and unique watch, the Montegrappa Chaos watch is an horological extension of Sylvester Stallone and points to some of the reasons we love watches. Italian pen maker Montegrappa has a rather interesting recent history that involves, among other things, the creation of timepieces in addition to pens and a sale and repurchase from the Richemont Group. Recently they release their Nero Uno watch collection (reviewed here) of pretty nice looking mechanical timepieces that served as an extension of the well-known writing instrument collection of the same name. Which is now followed-up with the limited edition Chaos watch with skulls, reptiles, and roads of fire on it.

Before you gawk at this timepiece in awe or as if it were a train wreck, a bit of explanation of what the Montegrappa Chaos is due. This all started with the Chaos pen produced for Sylvester Stallone and then sold as a limited edition. First of all, Stallone is on the board of Montegrappa - so that should explain some of this. The story goes that Stallone wanted a special pen to use in the first Expendables movie. It was featured more I believe in the Expendables 2. Apparently he sketched out the design of the Expendables skulls with wings pierced by a sword logo during a meeting. It evolved into the Chaos pen, and because Stallone is Stallone, Montegrappa produced it.

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The body of the pen was either sterling silver or 18k gold engraved with skulls, snakes, lizards, and red and yellow enameled sections that can only be described as "roads of fire." Montegrappa's CEO has a good sense of humor about the Chaos and shared with me that a member of the Italian press wrote that the Chaos pen was "the worst thing to happen to Italy since Mussolini." He got a laugh out of that, and here I was thinking that the worst thing that happened to Italy since Mussolini were accountants. Anyhow, despite the polarizing effect of the Chaos, it became Montegrappa's best-selling item, which I promise you is not a testament to their other products. The Chaos clearly has a "love it or hate it" niche appeal. Which, as you can guess, is why the pen and now the watch, are all limited edition items.

Montegrappa and Stallone felt that if the Chaos pens were doing so well, why not a watch? I mean guys like Stallone who often dress like "Ed Hardy's rich cousin" can pull this stuff off. Everyone else can joke about what the Chaos watch will look like with their suit and tie, or perhaps with beach attire. When I posted a wrist-shot of the Chaos watch on Instagram I think it set a record for the most comments received in a short period of time. Clearly not all were good, but Montegrappa isn't looking for that. To be honest, if you are new to making watches you have a better chance of making a splash with something that a lot of people dislike and a few people love, versus some mediocre product that attempts to please everyone, and excites no one.

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By the way, what do you think about the complete set of Montegrappa Chaos items? There is the Chaos pen, watch, and inkwell made from rock crystal. There is also a pair of cufflinks. You know you need them all if you want to live the Chaos lifestyle. My question is, what do people use inkwells for these days? I mean, people with fountain pens have special places to keep their ink so that it does not dry up, and ideally you don't need to dip your pen all the time. You are mostly going to use a writing instrument to sign your name so having an easily accessible container of ink on your desk isn't necessary. It is actually more of a liability. Imagine if you knocked it over and ink got all over your desk and office. Maybe the iguana that lives on your desk with a Chaos skull necklace accidentally knocked over the inkwell as you fed it live crickets when you were bored. You'd probably want to stab someone with your Chaos pen if that happened. What, your office isn't set up for maximum Chaos?

Let's get back to the watch, which will be offered in four versions. There will be two sterling silver Chaos watches and two in 18k yellow gold. That means either metal case be had with or without the enamel "fire." The watch dial itself is actually rather handsome and legible. I like the thick sword-style hands and applied brushed Roman numeral hour markers. It isn't super fancy, but the dial itself is pretty decent. Inside the watch is a Swiss ETA 2824 automatic movement...

  • Grinnie Jax

    The most ugly watch ever?

    • SilverPitilessOntheroad

      Grinnie Jaxno, the most unuseful comment to it.. you won

      • Grinnie Jax

        SilverPitilessOntheroad Grinnie Jax And you got the prize for the worst sense of humour…

        • Kris C

          Let’s not dismiss the literacy – unuseful?
          I love making up new words. I’d join in the fun, but I’m late to go ploxtinam my peflafabab.

        • SilverPitilessOntheroad

          Kris C http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/unuseful i think it’s your idiom, not mine.

  • Panagiotis

    I love the gold one!!!! Regardless of price, I believe more people could pull it off than one would think…

  • SN0WKRASH

    I want the entire set – it should come with a white cat to pet in your lap while intimidating/entertaining underlings you summon to your office

    • Ryan B

      SN0WKRASH  everything one needs when planning world domination

  • MarkCarson

    1) The inkwell is where people (who use) will keep their drugs.
    2) The gold watch has got to be one of the most expensive ETA 2824  watches out there.
    3) Perfect for Halloween (assuming you have the coin)
    4) The sterling silver watch, while still expensive for an ETA 2824, is reasonably priced in the strange world of purposefully outrageous watches.
    5) Hey – it’s just for fun. Not a serious timepiece, but then it doesn’t try to be. Go with the flow, let it make you smile. Doesn’t  mean you have to buy one to find the humor and fun in it. Sort of like, ‘No shit, check this out! Wild, eh?’

  • JonnyD

    The price differential between the silver and gold models is absolutely astounding. I can actually see quite a decent classy dial just dying to get out from all that “chaos”. I agree with Mark, it would be perfect for halloween (perhaps dressing up as Flavor Flav in a clock and watch themed extravaganza)

  • LapYoda

    I think this whole set will look great displayed on my desk made of human bones in my secret base under a volcano. I look forward to my horde of battle thralls complimenting my taste before I make them fight to the death for my amusement.

  • shiranduarte

    – “NERD POWER! ” I’m a Brazilian Montegrappa fan, and Giuseppe Aquila (Montegrappa’s CEO) will understand this reference. :)

  • Ryan B

    I would so wear this watch.
    Oddly when I read the article my mind was using Stallone’s voice to narrate, quite amusing I must say.

  • Kar Wai Law

    I would wear this to a watch gathering/convention and then laugh with great pleasure watching people sneer at it, condemn it, offended by it, despise it but secretly wanting to have the watch on their wrist..-roar with evil laughter into the night-

  • Ulysses31

    This set was made for the likes of Meat Loaf and other sweating obese sleazy rock stars the world over.  You know the type; the kind that licks the microphone suggestively during a performance under the delusion that they are still sexually irresistible to women.  If I saw someone wearing this i’d react differently depending on who it was.  Most importantly i’d try to decide if the wearer was completely aware of how ludicrous it looked and was just having a bit of fun, or of they were deadly serious about the whole look.  In the case of the latter i’d look for anything that wasn’t nailed down and try to throw it at said individual, and when the men in white coats dragged me away and threw me into a padded cell for assaulting someone based on their watch choice, i’d curl up in the corner rocking back and forth constantly muttering “montegrappa, total-crappa, montegrappa total-crappa…” 
    Having said all that, I appreciate it for its shock value and don’t mind that it exists.  These are so rare and expensive I doubt i’ll ever see one in the wild.

  • Spaceguitar

    This is some of Ariel’s best writing yet. An iguana with a gold chain? Oh man. I come for the watches, but I  stay longer for the  humor. People shouldn’t take horology like a trip to the morgue. A Blog to Watch FOREVER!!!!!!

  • Kris C

    I’m going to go out on a limbv here and suggest that the owrst part of this watch is the sapphire – I feel drunk when I look at a shot of the dial. It looks to be heavily domed, and poorly done.

    • MarkCarson

      Kris C Well, looking at the back of the watch, it may well have a separate stainless steel case and the gold or sterling silver skull/snakes/lizards/roads of fire piece may just be a shell over the steel case. In which case (pun intended) you might be able to put the shell over something else – like a Patek Philippe Calatrava. Ha ha ha.

  • Frauss

    From a distance it kind of looks like a golden turd.

    • Ulysses31

      Frauss Oh no.  Cannot unsee.  Looks like King Midas’s pet cat laid this particular treasure.

    • Grinnie Jax

      Frauss  Montecrappa

  • Zeitblom

    If Stallone can get people to love Panerai, then he can do the same for this. Be afraid…..

    • Grinnie Jax

      Zeitblom Panerai doesn’t need Stallone to be loved…

  • aleximd2000

    first of all I didn’t know that Stallone can write properly
    second look for the youtube video when he is buying some U Boat watches from a second hand dealer-I mean second hand quality of the dealer not the watches
    third I wouldn’t be surprised if I could founf this kind of design in china town it is so kitschy
    fourth a good design cannot be made by pen , everyone who knows graphics knows that , if not in the situation in which you are badjoking on a fine writing instrument like Montegrappa
    and fifth Dear Sylvester Look after your family instead of making designs, you own everything what a man can have , it is time to look after your kids and rise them properly , not to become a bunch of loosers

  • AronL

    As utterly tasteless as the pen. When I was working in a pen boutique, we had one on display.
    It is an amazing piece of casting, but simply disgusting tonloo at. And nearly impossible to write with.

    • AronL

      Oh and the ‘base’ model in silver costs $6,000.
      The top model goes for roughly ten times that amount.

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  • marbstiu

    Frauss and the steel one just looks like a turd

  • http://fuckoff cmsaf_2003

    hey guys grow the fuck up and sit your asses down that man has everything .also dont have the player hate the game bitches ………he is an America icon top payed actor so what have u done with your life ? that’s what i thou .. let me know when u have more then that man ! bc u wont and how the fuck are u to tell that man to take care of his family ?
    u guys suck

  • http://IndividualDesign.com/ MarkCarson

    cmsaf_2003 At least I can spell the word “paid” correctly.

  • http://fuckoff cmsaf_2003

    I don’t give a fuck what u can spell ! Lol I speak 5 language

  • http://IndividualDesign.com/ MarkCarson

    cmsaf_2003 Maybe your next one can be English.

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