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Montegrappa’s Tribute to Nelson Mandela


It’s time to put pen to paper and pay further homage to the late Nelson Mandela. This might have been what Italian heritage brand Montegrappa (literally) thought when, together with the Mandela family, the luxury manufacturer decided to produce limited edition sets to honor the South African statesman.

Montegrappa feels privileged to be selected by the Mandela family as a partner to recognize the achievements of Nelson Mandela,” stated Giuseppe Aquila, CEO of Montegrappa. “Nelson Mandela is a global icon, one of the most respected and revered human beings of the past century.”

box_bigAfter opening its first boutique in Saudi Arabia, at the Kingdom Center in Riyadh, Montegrappa made a tribute to the world-renowned South African anti-apartheid activist with a limited edition of 500 sets, including a customized pen (fountain, roller-ball, or ballpoint), watch, and cufflinks.

The Nelson Mandela Limited Edition collection features a South African inspired tribal pattern crafted from plated rose gold on the pen cap’s band, the cufflinks, and the watch’s case. Moreover, the top of the pen’s cap is engraved with a map of South Africa, while the side of the cap, the cufflinks, and the watch dial are engraved with Mandela’s signature. As a final, symbolic embellishment, the pen’s clip is encrusted with a diamond from South Africa.

To say it with the words of Nelson Mandela himself, the pen is mightier than the sword. “A good pen can remind us of the happiest moments in our lives, bring noble ideas into our dens, our blood and our souls. It can turn tragedy into hope and victory.”

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