Precisely 20 years after Montegrappa issued the first Cigar edition, Montegrappa has again honoured the most elevated form of smoking with a new limited edition. Although usage has fallen out of favour, cigars remain a guilty pleasure for connoisseurs who appreciate the rich tastes and aromas.
In the modern era, with smoking no longer accepted in public, cigar lovers have formed clubs in major cities. Here, smokers can enjoy cigars in a manner reminiscent of the era of the original oil barons, railway magnates, and other captains of industry, for whom cigars were mandatory accessories. Often, the smoking experience is accompanied by a brandy or other tipple.
Made in the special “Tobacco” celluloid, one of the 24 hues Montegrappa boasts in its archives, the Cigar pen resembles the subject with uncanny realism. The colour was chosen for its particular combination of light brown with lighter, pearlised streaks that resemble organic tobacco leaves.
Its shape is deceptively simple, just like a cigar, adorned on the outside by the “cigar-brand” in precious metal, declaring the brand and its year of foundation. To maintain the uninterrupted form, the Cigar pen does not feature a pocket clip. In terms of size, too, it is a perfect replica of a real cigar, specifically a classic model called a “Laguito n.2,” with sizing of 152mm in length and 15.08 mm in diameter.
Like an actual cigar, the pen possesses a roudish tip “to punch” and light up. A detail that adds to the cigar smoking-like experience is the fully functional puncher that comes out of the pen cap when the latter is pulled downwards.
Montegrappa’s Cigar Pen is offered with trim in Sterling Silver or 18k Gold and is available only as a fountain pen or rollerball. The nib on the fountain pen is made of 18k gold, embellished with the Montegrappa filigree pattern. Production is limited to the traditional numbers of Montegrappa: 888 fountain and 888 rollerball in Silver, and 88 of each in 18k Gold. All Cigar pens are housed in special packaging in the shape of a tobacco leaf.
Montegrappa – Cigar Fountain Pen, Silver – Model: ISCI7_SM – $2,595
Montegrappa – Cigar Fountain Pen, Gold– Model: ISCI7_GM – $18,990
Montegrappa – Cigar Rollerball, Silver – Model: ISCI7RSM – $1,995
Montegrappa – Cigar Rollerball, Gold– Model: ISCI7RGM – $23,990