Author of the Year: The possibilities to create your own Montegrappa Extra Otto just got broader



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Author of the Year, Extra Otto Custom and other luxury writing instruments news from Montegrappa, the Italian manufacturing company of high-end writing tools.

Bold, solid colours come to the Extra Otto Custom pen silhouette with the arrival into Montegrappa’s Custom Shop of a new family of octagonal resins. Collectors and fans will use them to create contrasts of tone and texture, or to turn the most assertive statement pen into true trophy pieces.

The prospect of a return to international sporting competition this summer is a beacon after more than a year of frustration and false starts. All eyes will be on the European Football Championships beginning in three weeks, closely followed by the biggest sporting celebration on the planet. Team colours always look best when draped in gold.

Head to Montegrappa Configurator now to experiment with colours that articulate your pride.

@Montegrappa Extra Otto Custom luxury writing instruments

The possibilities to create your own Montegrappa Extra Otto pen just got broader – and bolder – with the addition of perfectly polished resins to the Configurator design dashboard. Select from eight flawless, solid colours to bring new shine to the famous facets of Montegrappa’s top-tier writing silhouette.

Eight angled surfaces and eight personalisation points await, with a vast array of high-grade materials, upgrades and engraving options at your disposal. Ten days is all it takes to turn your idea into reality.

A reverence for octagonal forms has been a constant of Montegrappa’s oeuvre for generations. In 1915, the tower overlooking Montegrappa’s Cà Erizzo estate inspired the owners of Italy’s first fountain pen manufactory to create the Reminiscence. The filigree found in the detailing of the 18K gold nibs echoes this landmark design, and the culture of bold innovation fomented by its creation.

Richard Osman, named Author of the Year at the 2021 British Book Awards; photo

Congratulations to Richard Osman, named Author of the Year at the 2021 British Book Awards.

The Montegrappa-sponsored prize was awarded at last week’s virtual ceremony – accompanied by Montegrappa’s Extra Custom fountain pen, decked out in celluloid shades inspired by the jacket design of ‘The Thursday Murder Club’.

The prestigious ‘Nibbies’ trophy caps a year of highs for the 50-year-old author and television presenter. Osman’s debut novel became Britain’s fastest selling crime book upon release, and has spent more than 25 weeks atop the UK fiction charts. Set in an up-market retirement home in Kent, the light-hearted crime thriller sees a group of amateur sleuths plunged in the middle of a live murder case. Film rights have already been snapped up by Steven Spielberg, and all fans suspect Mr. Osman has a great deal more writing ahead of him.

2021 British Book Awards Trophies; photo