The Montegrappa Tribute to Ayrton Senna fountain pen is a combination of the timeless style of a classical writing instrument and the charismatic charm of the most loved formula 1 world champion. His memory is tied to intense emotions, historical victories and the overwhelming sense of humanity that the pilot expressed with his constant help for the Brazilian abandoned children. A commitment set forth with the Ayrton Senna Foundation, a charitable association that donates its profits for the realisation of benevolent projects in Brazil. Montegrappa, in collaboration with the foundation, pays tribute to this big champion with a limited edition featuring exclusive details such as the tread of a tyre reproduced in low-relief on the body and on the cap. The clip reproduces the shape of a Formula I racing car, with the pilot in 18K gold. The name of Senna is engraved on the cap.
The fountain pen has a 18K gold medium nib and use a cartridge/converter filling system.
1,960 pieces, like the year of the champion's birth, were available as fountain pens and rollerballs in sterling silver. 161, the number of races in which Senna has taken part, were produced in 18K gold. 41, like his victories, was the number of gold rollerballs.
Italy's first pen manufacturer, Montegrappa, began manufacturing pens in 1912 in its factory in Bassano del Grappa - a picturesque town along the Brenta River, which flows through Alpine foothills in northeastern Italy. Utilizing natural celluloid and precious metals, Montegrappa combines traditional methods such as die-casting with more recent innovations as low-relief engraving to form their precious art objects. Whether they use colors reminiscent of the master painters or ornamentation suggestive of Baroque palaces, the Italian heritage and romance is infused into each product.