Judging from its name alone - the Astrograph writing instrument - this pen is far from being an ordinary pen.
Created by Caran D'Ache and the horological laboratory MB&F, this Swiss-made creative wonder is the brainchild of Maximilian Büsser, founder of MB&F. Other magnificent machinery is created there, like Sherman or the astonishing spaceship-like MusicMachine 2 that plays themes from Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Star Trek on one 'channel' and Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven, The Rolling Stones' Angie and The Clash's Should I Stay or Should I Go? on the other.
The resemblence of the complex Astrograph's curvy body with a space rocket is uncanny. The pen, according to creators, contains 99 components and is made even more fabulous with features such as a "detent" system of vertical stabilisation, launch-pad box, and magnetic figurine.
Astrograph is fitted with an ink pump, but it can also be used with cartridges. The pen nib is made from rhodium-plated 18-carat gold, available in size M, while other sizes are available upon request. The Astrograph limited edition is available in three finishes - either highly polished or sandblasted matt, or plated in ruthenium anthracite. The chequered pattern is made from anthracite lacquer. All 99 fountain pens and roller pens in the limited edition collection are numbered: "1 in 99 pieces".
You wonder about the price of this exquisite item? You better sit down. It's no less than 20,000 American dollars.