Waterman Man 100 Etoile, Limited Edition
We travelled to Rome on our 10th Wedding Anniversary. What else do you get but a great pen. For some reasons I was "confused" and thought that the 10th year gift had to be silver. Well that led to the Waterman Etoile - a limited edition version of the Man 100 pen, in Sterling Silver. Turns out a 10 anniversary gift is paper, and well, pens write on paper. But back to this pen, a Limited Edition, my first. I have pen 199 of the 1,000 pens produced.
Augusto Parascenzo, of Novelli Pen wrote me and invited me to Rome for dinner. So we took him up on his offer. It was our first visit to Novelli Pen and we had a great pasta that evening. His son, Marco, was just in the process of finishing his studies. Now, some 23 years later, we have been to Rome and visited Novelli pen all but one or two years since that time.
The Etoile is different from a different version of the Man 100 also produced in sterling silver. The 1985 Man 100 in sterling silver does not have the Fougere style pattern of engraving and it also has a black top at then end of the cap. The Etoile is all sterling silver
The Etoile, is based on the Man 100 body, which was introduced in 1983 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Waterman company. The Etoile was issued in 1993, ten years later.
Although produced in France, at Waterman's factory in Nantes, the pen was designed and marketed for the Italian pen market. At the time, precious metal pens were quite popular in that country.
This is a large pen, even by today's really big pen standards. There is real solid weight because of the brass inner mechanism and the sterling silver body. The pen measures 5 5/8 inches long when capped and 6 3/4 inches when the cap is posted to the pen. I really like the nice tight snap when the cap is placed on the pen body.
The barrel and cap are engraved in a Fougere style pattern. The nib section and the top of the cap are in plain sterling silver.
Limited edition pens were not the thing back in 1993. The packaging was impressive. The pen comes in a large blue box complete with a nib that can be pinned on your clothing. I reserve that for very special meetings!
The nib sections that come with this pen were available in Fine and Medium. The nib itself is 18 kt gold decorated with rhodium.
The filling mechanism is the regular Waterman cartridge/converter method.
The nib is a very smooth, the pen is a pleasure to write with.
A limited edition pen of 1,000 pieces, designed and marketed to compete with Italian pens.