Omas Limited Edition Doctor Solid Gold Fountain Pen
The initial impression is always very pleasing. Indeed, the Omas Limited Edition Doctor Solid Gold Fountain Pen is extremely balanced. The two apparently contrasting barrels are united to perfection. The result is an original, and yet at the same time elegant design. The cap of the Omas Limited Edition Doctor Solid Gold Fountain Pen is a classic design with the usual attention to detail.
The subtle knurl at the end is a refined touch that softens the break caused by the circular band. The clip is engraved with the name OMAS in the same font used for the very first designs.
Amazement is the first reaction each time the reservoir is held between the fingers. Despite its shape, it is very easy to hold thanks to its slightly rounded, ergonomic shape.
The original model, designed by Armando Simoni, housed a small clinical thermometer, separated by a tiny plate of German silver from the rubber container. The filling system used a lever mechanism. The Omas Limited Edition Doctor Solid Gold Fountain Pen is refined with a new version because the design described above is difficult to use in today’s hectic world.
The shape and beauty of the design perfectly mirror the original version, whilst the current model is enriched by the wonderful gold and silver Art Nouveau decoration by the sculptor Federico Monti. The staff of Aesculapius is reproduced at the centre of one of the two spirals adorning the sides.
Each Omas Limited Edition Doctor Solid Gold Fountain Pen is fitted with an 18kt solid gold nib and only 150 pieces were ever produced.
Omas was established in Pens Bologna, Italy in 1925 by Armando Simoni who designed equipments and tools for the company to make the Omas Pens. The name OMAS comes from the first letters of Officina Meccanica Armando Simoni, a name synonymous to quality and contemporary design today.
Some of the most iconic designs of OMAS includes the vintage Omas Doctor Pen which allows a thermometer to be inserted into the pen, Omas Art Italiana Collection, Omas 360 Collection with a triangular body to maximize grip and writing comfort.
The largest size pen manufactured as a non-limited edition in the OMAS stable include the 12-faceted Paragon, the second largest being the Milord Collection. Omas product range was last updated in 2005 with the Milord model which has the size of the pre-2005 Paragon model. OMAS continued to release Limited editions based on their earlier style pens. Other luxury collection include the Apollo 11 Collection, Atlantide Collection, Merville Du Monde and the Almirante Collection.
In 2000, the French company LVMH acquired OMAS from the heirs of Armando Simoni. Subsequently, in October 2007 the Xinyu Hengdeli Group 亨得利 of Hong Kong purchased 90% equity stake in OMAS. It was subsequently sold to another Chinese company O-Luxe.
As at this time of writing, OMAS pens have become such a collectible pen that exudes luxury and contemporary design of modern times. Hence, with the company on liquidation since 2015, Omas is definitely a very collectible pen.