The $105,000 Fountain Pen From Richard Mille

This expensive fountain pen from Richard Mille costs more than most watches and it’s more than most people make in a year.

The $105,000 Fountain Pen From Richard Mille

According to Richard Mille, it took the Swiss watchmaking company four years to develop the RMS05, which incorporates a mechanical movement on par with an RM watch calibre. The Grade 5 titanium, 12-jewel movement sits inside a barrel of NTPT (North Thin Ply Technology) carbon, which is a laminate of thousands of parallel layers measuring less than 30 microns thick. The layers are built up out of resin-impregnated carbon fibers that are woven on a special machine that modifies the direction of the weft between layers by 45?, then heated to 120? C (248? F) at a pressure of 6 bars to create a distinct pattern before moving on to a CNC machine for forming.

It extends the hand-polished 18K white-gold nib automatically from the barrel at the press of a button. That may seem simple in a world of retractable ballpoints, but Mille wanted the action to be smooth and precise, and hence the mechanism, which is regulated by a recoil-type escapement to keep the speed of extension under control.

This is the kind of expensive fountain pen that’s perfect for PUTTING IN A SAFE AND NEVER TOUCHING OR USING EVER. Maybe once, just to see if it works.

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Here’s the expensive fountain pen in action, since you’ll probably never own it.

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