Blast Off! With the MB&F Astrograph

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MB&F and the Maison Caran d'Ache, have combined their expertise for a unique creative odyssey: the limited edition Astrograph writing instrument. The Astrograph, which looks like a tiny rocketship, comes complete with retractable ‘landing gears’, a tiny astronaut, and a storage/display case that bears a striking resemblance to a launch pad. The Astrograph’s fluid design is accentuated by a chequered pattern, enhanced with anthracite lacquer – a particularly delicate process carried out by craftsmen and a speciality of Caran d’Ache. The proportions have been designed to ensure that the whole body is perfectly balanced so that it rests perfectly in the hand.

The structure is articulated by an ingenious mechanism inspired by penknives: a miniature lever – the entry door to the rocket, concealed in the ring of the pen – activates the simultaneous and symmetrical lowering of three stabiliser legs. These, just like the miniature ladder than runs alongside the "thruster engines" have parts that are sandblasted, satin-finished and rhodium-plated. Once the stabiliser legs have been deployed, it is possible to stand Astrograph up. The miniature figurine of an astronaut is rhodium-plated and magnetised, so it will attach to any part of the body of the instrument. Moreover, to up the fun factor, the presentation box has been designed in the form of a launch pad.

Developing Astrograph was truly challenging. Four years of gestation and discussions were necessary to perfect the technical concept. The result of this collaboration is the futuristically designed body that comprises a multitude of innovative features a total of 99 components.

Astrograph is available in three finishes: high-gloss rhodium, sandblasted matt rhodium or anthracite ruthenium. These limited editions are aimed at those who love unusual objets d’art – and at those who have managed to keep hold of an essential part of their childhood dreams.

 

 

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