The slim and curved body is accentuated by a chequered pattern with anthracite lacquer. The design have been conceived to ensure the best performance when in the hand. A small lever disguised as the rocket’s entryway activates that deploys three stabiliser legs.
This ingenious mechanism inspired by penknives allows the the pen to stand up, almost ready to take off. The design was possible by combining the skills of craftsmen of the two Swiss companies. Each piece is made of 99 components and comprises a multitude of innovative features including a “detent” system of vertical stabilisation, a launch-pad box and a magnetic figurine…
“I was only 2 years old when Neil Armstrong set his foot on the moon. It’s a dream which always accompanied all of us who were born in the sixties: go to the moon” says MB&F CEO Maximilian Büsser.
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The Astrograph project was developed in 4 years of research and design. It took a whole year just to develop the final model. It takes more than 500 manual operations to produce each writing instrument. “A genuine proof of an adventure” say at MB&F.
“The innovative design of the Astrograph, together with the many challenges that were overcome throughout the development of each of its component parts, have led to the creation of the most complex writing instrument ever made in our workshops” say at Caran D’Ache.
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