Inspired by famed Nouveau Realisme painter/ sculptor Arman’s ingenious use of everyday objects to create striking works of art, the Pineider La Grande Bellezza Homage to Arman fountain pens are designed to invite new forms of expression and innovate the art of writing.
In his most famous works, Arman expressed his disapproval of “cookie-cutter” mass-production through deconstruction and fragmentation of commonplace items. Pineider, in this homage to the artist, breaks the mold of modern pen design by cutting away sections of the body to highlight the function and uniqueness of these writing tools.
This matte black Aluminum fountain pen features multiple cuts with a black trim and black plated 14k gold nib.
The bold design showcases the inner workings and unique filling mechanism with an absence of material, which would otherwise conceal these features. This reflects Arman’s rejection of mass produced designs and highlights the handcrafted, intentional design of this pen as a premium writing experience.
The cut out openings highlight the Mystery filling system and allow for unobstructed sight of its inner workings. Pineider’s Mystery filler system is truly unique with a piston knob that is normally hidden. To ink the pen, simply push the button to extract the piston knob, turn it like any other piston filler to load the pen, then push the button again to hide it again.
Each pen features one of Pineider’s signature 14k soft gold “Hyperflex” Quill nibs. The twist magnetic lock, Pineider’s ingenious capping method, employs magnets to snap the cap into a secure, closed position, keeping the nib primed for the next writing endeavor.
The clip is a skeletal feather where voids and solids play on the style of Arman, emphasizing the feather's proportions, thus each pen contains the exact morphology of its accumulation or of its break.
The pen can be arranged within the included circular wooden display as an attention grabbing, yet functional, showcase for these striking pens.
Limited to 88 worldwide.
More About Arman:
The French-American artist Arman began as an abstract painter and later focused on sculpture, finding inspiration in the Dadaism and Pop Art movements. He is regarded as one of the foremost artists in Nouveau Realisme movement which incorporated commonplace items into art to invoke deeper questions about mankind. His works can be found in collections all over the world, including The Museum of Modern Art, the Tate Gallery, and the Centre Pompidou.
Many of Arman’s works called out society's movement towards mass production and a loss of craftsmanship. In the spirit of returning to craftsmanship and distinction, the Pineider La Grande Bellezza Homage to Arman fountain pens break the mold of traditional design. They showcase intentionality in every feature of the pen, cutting away sections to reveal new frontiers of pen technology and providing a singularly enjoyable writing experience.
- Fountain Pens
Whether or not the barrel of the pen is translucent, allowing you to see the ink and filling mechanism inside.
- Body Material
- Cap Type
How the cap is opened/closed from the barrel of the pen. Some common options include Snap-Cap, Screw-Cap, Magnetic Cap, or Capless (no cap).
- Magnetic cap
- Compatible inks & refills
Which ink this pen will accept. Choices include bottled ink and various styles of pre-filled ink cartridges.
- Bottled inks
- Filling Mechanism
How the pen fills with ink. Click here to watch our video tutorial on common filling mechanisms.
- Mystery Filler
- Grip Material
- Nib Size
- Soft Extra-Fine, Soft Fine, Soft Medium
- Nib Color
- Nib Material
- 14k Gold
Whether or not the cap fits securely onto the back of the barrel when open.
Whether or not the nib/tip can retract into the body of the pen (usually for click or twist-open style pens).
- Diameter - Body
- 13.2mm (0.52in)
- Diameter - Cap (without clip)
- 15.9mm (0.63in)
- Diameter - Cap (with clip)
- 18.6mm (0.73in)
- Diameter - Grip (mm)
Measured from the place most people choose to rest their fingers, which varies with each pen.
- Length - Body
The measurement from the back end of the barrel to the tip of the nib.
- 139.6mm (5.50in)
- Length - Cap
- 70.2mm (2.76in)
- Length - Nib
The measured length of the visible portion of the nib when it is installed in the pen, from grip to tip.
- 23.7mm (0.93in)
- Length - Overall (Closed)
- 152.6mm (6.01in)
- Length - Overall (Posted)
When the cap of the pen is posted onto the back of the pen body, this is the measurement of the entire pen including the nib.
- 173.4mm (6.83in)
- Weight - Body
If a converter is included with the pen, this weight is reflected in the total.
- 35g (1.23oz)
- Weight - Cap
- 24g (0.85oz)
- Weight - Overall (g)
- Max Ink Capacity - Piston Vac
The maximum volume of ink that can fit in the pen when using the built-in piston or vacuum filling mechanism.
Reviews & Questions
How do I fill a fountain pen with ink?
It depends on the pen's filling mechanism, which you can find in the Technical Specs section above.
Here's a quick definition of the most common filling mechanisms:
Cartridge - A small, disposable, sealed plastic reservoir that holds fountain pen ink. These come pre-filled with ink, and typically you just push to insert them into place and you'll be ready to write!
Converter - A detachable and refillable ink reservoir that allows you to use bottled ink in a cartridge-accepting pen. Typically you will install the converter into the grip section, dip the nib/feed into the ink, and twist or pull the converter knob to draw ink into the converter. Here's a video for how to fill a cartridge/converter pen using a LAMY pen as an example.
Eyedropper - A pen that utilizes the entire barrel as a reservoir for ink. Ink is directly filled into the barrel, allowing for a high ink capacity. Here's a video on how to do it!
Piston - A type of filling system that uses a retracting plunger inside a sealed tube to draw ink into a pen. They are typically either twist or push-operated. These pens cannot accept cartridges or a converter, and only fill from bottled ink.
Vacuum - A push-style piston that uses pressure to fill the large pen body with ink. They seal the ink chamber when closed, making it ideal for flying without risk of leaking.
You can learn more with our Fountain Pen 101 video on Filling Mechanisms on YouTube.
How do I clean a fountain pen?
It depends on the filling mechanism, but it mostly comes down to flushing it out with water, and sometimes a little bit of Pen Flush if the ink is really stuck.
It's a bit easier to show than to tell, so we've put together a few quick videos showing you the process:
How often do I need to clean my fountain pen?
We recommend a good cleaning every 2 weeks, and any time you change ink colors.
Water will usually do the trick, but we recommend you use our Goulet Pen Flush if the ink has been left in the pen for a while and could have dried up, or when you’re switching ink colors.
My pen won’t write! What do I do?
First things first... make sure you have ink in the pen! Be sure that the ink cartridge or converter is seated properly in the pen, and that you aren't out of ink.
We always recommend you give your pen a good cleaning first, using our Goulet Pen Flush, or a drop of dish soap in some water. New pens often have some machining oil residue left in the feed, so a good cleaning often does the trick first.
If that still doesn't work, try priming the feed. This consists of either dipping your pen nib and feed in ink, or forcing ink from the converter down into the feed.
If it’s still not working after that, please reach out to us so we can help!