A jury of experts chose the most beautiful writing instruments and fine leather ware of the year at the eight Stylographe Trophies 2008 in Paris.
Beautiful fountain pen Caran d'Ache 1010Martha Taylor-Brown ▼ Saturday October 25, 2008 2:13PM ET
1010: the Caran d’Ache, Maison de Haute Ecriture, Limited Edition wins two trophies including the Grand Stylographe Trophy 2008. This great tribute to fine Swiss watchmaking, a winner in all the categories, is awarded the Grand Stylographe Trophy 2008 and also wins the Trophy for Design and Artistic creation.
The name Caran d'Ache has very interesting history. The company’s founder, Arnold Schweitzer, admired the work of a famous French caricaturist of the Belle Époque, Emmanuel Poiré. While Emmanuel Poiré's first work glorified the Napoleonic era, he went on to create "stories without words" and as a contributor to newspapers like "Lundi du Figaro", he is sometimes hailed as one of the fathers of the comic.
Mr. Poiré signed his work Caran d'Ache, a French transliteration of the Russian word for pencil - "karandash". A slightly modified replica of his signature became the company's logo for Fine Arts products.
In the year 1924 Arnold Schweitzer acquires the "Ecridor Pencil Factory" (founded in 1915) in Geneva, creates a new company and gives it the name Caran d’Ache Swiss Pencil Factory. Five years later the the world's first all-metal mechanical clutch pencil, the Fixpencil, seen the light of the day. One year after that ecridor mechanical pencils in hand-engraved models in gold and silver make their debut.
With its long tradition of precious expertise handed down through the generations, Caran d’Ache devotes its passion and rigour to designing and producing exceptional products devoted to the art of writing: writing instruments, art and drawing materials.
Known the world over for their “Swiss Made” quality, the subtle luxury, craftsmanship, authenticity and contemporary personality of the products never cease to surprise people and start them dreaming. The name Caran d’Ache evokes a prestigious universe, a wonderful combination of excellence and creativity. More than just a signature, it communicates a unique style: it is the mark of a Maison de Haute Ecriture.
The exclusive “Swiss Made“ label meets the most demanding standards, incorporating not only a high level of technology, precision, reliability and a passion for perfection, but also the elegance and originality that come with Swiss products.
In Caran d’Ache’s Geneva studios and workshops, designers, engineers, craftsmen and gem setters have all pushed their skills to the limit, and combined their expertise to create the 1010 Limited Edition. Their rigorous standards and excellence in execution have made it possible to produce this unique and precious object in the great “Swiss Made” tradition to salute the genius of watchmakers. ■