The Winter Collection is the second in the David Oscarson™ series of Limited Edition writing instruments. Produced in four color variations, each will be limited to production of 128 pieces (including fountain pens and roller balls).
The Winter Collection continues in the spirit of artistic mastery and the tradition of Old World craftsmanship by combining the centuries-old technique of Guilloché with the art and expertise of Hard Enamel. The Winter Collection is also the first to incorporate three levels of Guilloché on each Collection piece. All four breathtaking colors of translucent hard enamel are accented with rich opalescent white hard enamel; each color limited to production of 128 pieces (including fountain pens and roller balls).
Hand-crafted from 18-karat gold and .925 Sterling Silver, each precious metal component passes through multiple stages of precision engraving, creating an intricate pattern known as guilloché; a painstaking process which brings light and life to the surface of precious metals. For the Winter Collection three levels of engraving are required; the first forms an ice pattern in high relief while the second, a pinstriped background is interrupted by a third dimension of frost.
Using a mortar and pestle, a composition of glass, water and metal oxides is ground for hours by hand. When settled, the water is removed, leaving the fine paste that is the basis for hard enamel. A quill is then used to apply each coat of the mixture to the surface of the metal, ensuring that the entire guilloché area is completely covered in enamel. The components are then fired in a furnace at temperatures exceeding 1,000° F, fusing the enamel to the metal and forming a layer of glass.
After cooling, the pieces are manually ground with a diamond file, restoring their proper shape and surface. This tedious process is repeated at length until the level of enamel reaches the depth required to cover the peaks and fill the valleys of each intricate guilloché pattern. When the final stages of firing are completed, the pieces are polished and buffed, revealing the velvet finish of translucent hard enamel.
Production of translucent hard enamel demands the highest levels of patience, experience and skill. A five-year apprenticeship is required to ensure that the highest levels of quality will be met in each individual Collection piece.
Nib and Feeder
Engineered in Heidelberg, Germany, the 18-karat gold nib is unsurpassed in quality and form. Coupled with an ebonite feeder, each nib is plated with rhodium and tipped with iridium to ensure durability in fine, medium and broad sizes.
The Winter Collection will be produced in 4 color variations:
Translucent Winter Blue Enamel with Rhodium Vermeil
Opaque Black and Translucent White Enamel with Rhodium Vermeil
Translucent Grey Enamel with Rhodium Vermeil
Translucent White Enamel with Rhodium Vermeil