For the past few weeks, Atimelyperspective has been testing the boldly beautiful Montegrappa NeroUno timepiece, which is sold in a superb set along with matching cufflinks and a chic black resin Montegrappa NeroUno fountain pen.
Montegrappa is known the world over for its fine Italian craftsmanship in writing instruments, with luminaries and dignitaries from around the world writing with these instruments. In fact, during World War I, both Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos were volunteer ambulance drivers on the front. While stationed in Italy, they wrote their communiqués with Montegrappa pens.
While the fountain pen in the set I was testing was wonderful, the watch was the clear winner. The watch I test-drove is a 42mm piece crafted in 18-karat 5N rose gold PVD (though it is also available in stainless steel and in black PVD). It was so stunning that I was dismayed when I had to package it up to return it. This is a dramatically impressive timepiece. It features an octagonal case with sharp, strong lines that are smoothly formed but powerfully identifiable. Even the crown is octagonal. It offers discreet date at 3:00 and a generous sub-seconds dial at 6:00. The sapphire crystal is treated with anti-glare coating and the watch is water-resistant to 5 ATM. With a crocodile-patterned strap and deployant clasp – this watch went on like a dream and caught the eyes of many discerning business colleagues.
While Montegrappa is a heralded Italian writing instrument manufacture with roots dating back to 1912, the brand recognized the need to create its watches with the finest watchmaking country. Each watch is Swiss made and houses either a Ronda 6004 quartz movement or an ETA 2824 automatic movement. The watch is sold as part of a three-piece set – boasting rose gold PVD cufflinks, black resin and rose gold PVD fountain pen by the famed Montegrappa – both with octagonal accents. It is all housed in a fine Italian-made Montegrappa box. The set is beautiful, the watch is inspiring. It is a true statement maker and a symbol of individuality as well as good taste. Making it supremely better is the outstanding retail price: $4,100. Go try it out!!