In 1973, S.T.Dupont created a revolution in the world of writing by launching its first luxury ballpoint pen. In 1996, the Olympio line saw the light of day, embodying the pleasure of writing. The pen became a jewel. In 2011, all this legendary expertise is condensed into ELYSEE.
The new symbol of S.T.Dupont’s craftsmanship, the ELYSEE pen is aptly named. From its very beginnings in 1872, S.T.Dupont has always been chosen by the most powerful figures in the world. An emblem of French luxury, S.T.Dupont was rapidly adopted by governments and men of power. The brand was therefore appointed official supplier to the Elysée palace, serving French presidents from René Coty to Vincent Auriol, Georges Pompidou, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, Jacques Chirac and François Mitterrand. There is no more right or left wing: the excellence and power of S.T.Dupont products is hailed across the political spectrum. Even today, the French Republic uses them for many of his official gifts.
What name could better evoke the qualities of this new writing range?
The elegance of the object, and the nobility of the materials, make it without a doubt a brand with incomparable writing performance. The body of the pen, in solid brass, takes shape in the hands of the craftsmen after 150 operations and 200 quality checks. All this is carried out in order to give its lucky owner the correct weight with a reassuring feel in the hand, “The Weight of Excellence”. The nib, in 14-carat gold, is hand-polished by real goldsmiths. The contemporary, innovative design of this pen is emphasised by the precious “Dupont lacquer” used to form the body, in a manufacturing process unlike any other in the world.
But an S.T.Dupont pen can also be recognised by its details, and ELYSEE is no exception. The clean resonance of the mechanism echoes the famous “cling” of the famous S.T.Dupont lighter. The articulation of the clip, a unique concept, protects jacket and shirt pockets. There is no compromising on quality, since this single clip is able to stand up to 70,000 manoeuvres. The iconic “D” at the top of the cap serves as a discreet signature for this elegant jewel.
The products in the ELYSEE range bear the essence of a great classic. The models come in versions to satisfy all tastes, in black lacquer and palladium, black lacquer and gold or entirely in palladium. Whatever the model chosen, nib, rollerball or ballpoint, the special patented ultra-smooth gel ink ensures exceptional writing comfort for pen enthusiasts. Finally, the prices of the models in this range (between 250 and 390 euros) allow a symbol of French luxury to be presented as a gift or bought for oneself.
Welcome to the world of the great.
First published in Men's Passion issue #34 October 2011