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Montegrappa is proud to honour one of the greatest heroes of the 20th Century, with a limited edition pen marking the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s flight into space. It signalled the start of manned space flight, launching the most exciting period in the history of man’s unquenchable thirst for exploration.
Born on 9 March 1934 in Klushino, Russia, Gagarin was a Soviet Air Forces pilot who, in 1960, after completing the selection process, was chosen with 19 other pilots for the Soviet space program. Gagarin was further selected for an elite training group known as the Sochi Six from which the first cosmonauts of the Vostok programme would be chosen. He became the first human being to journey into outer space when his the Vostok 3KA-3 (Vostok 1) spacecraft completed an orbit of the Earth on 12 April 1961, with a time in space of 1 hour 48 minutes.
Following this momentous flight, Gagarin became a worldwide celebrity, touring widely abroad. Beginning in 1962, Gagarin served as a deputy to the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union; he also spent seven years working on designs for a reusable spacecraft. Gagarin achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel of the Soviet Air Force on 12 June 1962 and on 6 November 1963, was promoted to Colonel.
Because of his importance as a Soviet hero, and fearing for his safety, officials banned him from participating in further spaceflights. Gagarin had become deputy training director of the Star City cosmonaut training base, later named after him, while re-qualifying as a fighter pilot. On 27 March 1968, with tragic irony and despite the best efforts of Soviet officials to protect him, Gagarin and flight instructor Vladimir Seryogin died when their MiG-15UTI, on a routine training flight, crashed near the town of Kirzhach. Their bodies were cremated and the ashes were buried in the walls of the Kremlin on Red Square.
Originally conceived as part of the new Cosmopolitan collection, the importance of the 50th Anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s space flight has elevated the pen to the status of a stand-alone limited edition. The Montegrappa Yuri Gagarin Pen joins the company of other honours including a series of commemorative ruble coins issued by the Soviet Union for the 20th, 30th and 40th anniversaries, his title of Hero of the Soviet Union and the re-naming of the town of Gzhatsk in 1968 as Gagarin.
Montegrappa’s artisans have engraved the barrel with the image of Yuri Gagarin in bas-relief, bordered with an interplanetary motif, while the cap features the coat-of-arms of the USSR. The pocket clip, fitted with a rotating ball at its tip to facilitate smooth insertion to and removal from a pocket, is flanked by reproductions of Moscow’s monument to Yuri Gagarin, completed in 1980 and located in Gagarin’s square. The fountain pen features a built-in piston-fed filling mechanism, providing ink to the two-tone 18K gold nib with ebonite feeder.
Both the roller ball and the fountain pen arrive in presentation boxes, fashioned in wood. The lid of the box is embellished with a metal plaque bearing an engraved image of Yuri Gagarin, with a commemorative message in Cyrillic characters. The box for the fountain pen also includes a complimentary bottle of ink.
To mark the 50 years since Yuri Gagarin’s historic space flight in 1961, Montegrappa will issue the Yuri Gagarin pen in a limited edition consisting of:
• 1961 silver fountain pens
• 1961 silver roller balls
• 50 solid 18K gold fountain pens
• 50 solid 18K gold roller balls
Since 1912, Montegrappa has been manufacturing high-quality writing instruments in the same historic building in Bassano del Grappa, North East Italy.
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When the first timepieces made their appearance in 13th Century Europe, they were large public clocks. Accurate timekeeping remained the instrument of Church and State until the 16th Century when the personal timepiece evolved. These first personal clocks were drum-like objects worn around the neck, jewelry that told time.
These original concepts were revisited and their inspiration used to create a unique 21st Century timepiece. A Zadora Timepiece combines the historic drum-like design with an innovative read-out of time through the side of the case, thereby freeing the jewelry watch from centuries of dogma dictating that the flat uppermost surface should tell the time. By creating a cylindrical platform where the “dial” rotates, the “hand” remains fixed and the central portion of the case is transparent, the top of the watch can now be developed as a stage for Zadora’s one-of-a-kind jeweled objets d’arts.
All the elements of the watch have been worked to maximize their potential: the winding and setting crown carries a briolette cut diamond, the lugs are set with precious stones, and the actual time indicator located between the lugs is itself set with diamonds to mark the half hours. The hand wound movement, powered by a minimum reserve de marche of thirty-six hours, has been specially developed by a small team of artisans in the Swiss Jura.
All components including springs, wheels, bridges and more are designed, manufactured, chamfered, polished, decorated, assembled and mounted in house in Switzerland. Hidden components are decorated with perlage, a tiny circular engraving, and the bridges holding the movement in place are engraved with the delicate stripes of the Cotes de Geneve.
A small team working according to the highest standards of manufacturing means that only a handful of movements are created in a year. The process is a duly expensive one, and the result is a precious example of mechanical ingenuity that only a few fortunate individuals will be able to enjoy.
Zadora Ladybug Timepiece
Executed in textured 18kt yellow gold, this harbinger of Good Luck is micro pavé set with richly colored rubies and black diamond details with cabochon emerald eyes. 18kt yellow gold case.
Zadora Frog Prince Timepiece
Executed in textured 18kt yellow gold, the body is pavé set with tsavorites studded with blue sapphire cabochons with diamond feet details and ruby cabochon eyes. This royal amphibian proudly wears a diamond-encrusted crown. 18kt yellow gold case.
Zadora Sea Turtle Timepiece
This ancient symbol of wisdom is executed in textured 18kt yellow gold, with a pave set light brown diamond body and a minutely sculpted citrine shell and emerald cabochon eyes.18kt yellow gold case
Zadora Queen Bee Timepiece
Executed in textured 18kt yellow gold, the body is decorated with canary yellow diamonds, the wings encrusted with white diamonds, and ruby cabochon eyes. The bee wears a multi-gem encrusted crown and hovers over yellow and white diamond pave honey cells. 18kt yellow gold case.