For Tibaldi, creating a family of writing instruments in the “Tibaldi for Bentley Collection” is a challenge that requires translating Bentley virtues into a pocket-sized cylinder. Tibaldi’s and Bentley’s designers focus on shape, material and details. The materials in themselves are indicative of the construction of a device with robust strength, yet able to incorporate exquisite details, to convey the complexity of a Bentley’s assembly. The shape itself must be consistent with the mix of elegance, stateliness and sporting intent that is embodied in every Bentley – especially the GTs. Tibaldi selected a base material of brass with rhodium plating – sturdy yet handsome, like the vehicles the pens complement. A key design feature is the partially lacquered barrel with two side “cheeks” presenting a sophisticated layered texture; this example of craftsmanship recalls the attention to details typical of cars such as Bentleys, where fine execution is treated like the manufacture of jewellery. This sits at the heart of the brand design values, borne of an era defined by bespoke coach-building and hand-crafted execution.
As is the tradition with all “Tibaldi for Bentley” pens, the GT Collection will include a fountain pen, rollerball pen and ballpoint pen, offered in four hues. The quartet includes Beluga Black, Silverlake Blue, St James Red and Silver Tempest – among the most popular colours selected by owners of the actual cars. The fountain pens are cartridge-converter fed and are fitted with solid 18K gold nibs.