Introduction to the Michel Perchin MP4 Fountain Pens Collection:
This discussion pertains to the Michel Perchin MP4 Fountain Pens Collection, a set of beautifully hand crafted, enameled sterling silver and fine acrylic writing instruments from this world class manufacturer. As with our other guides about Michel Perchin pens, we will define the edition size, detail the color palette, and highlight the important features of these value priced, limited edition, fine writing instruments, for the benefit of new and experienced collectors alike. Please pardon the fact that this guide looks much like the MP4 Rollerball/Ballpoint Pen Collection guide with the exception being these are fountain pens.
Michel Perchin, Inc., first introduced the MP4 Rollerball/Ballpoint Convertible Pen Collection in mid 2005 in celebration of their 10th Anniversary. A runaway success, Michel Perchin, Inc., is following up that collection with the same collection in Fountain Pens due to customer demand. Thus, in addition to the continued production of the MP4 Rollerball/Ballpoint Pen collection, introduction of the Michel Perchin MP4 Fountain Pens is scheduled for Summer 2006.
The precision crafted MP4 Fountain Pens, like the Rollerball version, were inspired by the magnificent design of the Fabergé "12 Monogram" Egg with intricate, high relief, guilloché work in an elegant scrolling pattern. The Michel Perchin MP4 pen is adorned with an Italian made acrylic cap in order to keep the weight of the pen down and create a first time ever price point that many more customers will find appealing. The solid Sterling silver barrel feels perfectly balanced in the hand and a German made 18k gold medium nib makes for smooth and effortless writing. This is a very handsome and high quality pen well suited for every day use. The MP4 name stems from the fact that this pen went through 3 previous iterations as a prototype before the final design criteria was perfected on the fourth attempt. The Michel Perchin MP4 Fountain Pens will be produced in a total of five color combinations, blue enamel barrel and mystic blue acrylic cap with 22 carat yellow gold plating, ruby red enamel and jet black acrylic cap with 22k yellow gold plating, midnight blue enamel and acrylic cap with rhodium plating, emeral green enamel and jet black acrylic cap with rhodium plating, and slate blue enamel and jet black acrylic cap with rhodium plating.
Each of the Michel Perchin MP4 Fountain Pens will be produced in fairly limited edition quantities of 999 pens in each of the five colors. Actual finished production quantities may vary as some pieces may fail to pass the rigorous quality control inspection. At the time this guide was published (June 2006), the MP4 Fountain Pens have not yet been delivered. Total aggregate production quantity of the MP4 Fountain pens will not exceed the maximum 4995 pens scheduled for production.
The Michel Perchin MP4 Fountain Pens should be available at most Authorized Michel Perchin Retail Dealers, including White Mountain Trading Company, an eBay Power Seller. Of course, on hand inventory of colors may vary from dealer to dealer. As popular historical favorites Michel Perchin pens have always been strong sellers in the Blue/Gold and Red/Gold color combinations. By all past measures these colors may be the first pens in the collection to sell out both at the maker and the retail level. The MSRP (manufacturer's suggested retail price), for the MP4 Fountain Pens is $1390.00, a value price given the pen's meticulous craftsmanship and Sterling Silver barrel and components. During the initial delivery period of Summer 2006 it may be possible for collectors to find entire matched serial number sets of all five fountain pen colors but because of alternating delivery times between colors a matched serial number sets are very difficult to anticipate.
The Michel Perchin MP4 Fountain Pens feature solid Sterling silver, (.925 pure), barrels and Italian made acrylic caps. Further, the pens are carefully completed with soft enamel. The finished pens are then plated in either 22K yellow gold or Rhodium, a precious white metal in the Platinum family, for a lasting luster.
The serial number for each pen is engraved on the cap ring prior to the "M" in the engraved name, Michel Perchin. The numerator, or top number of the serial number, indicates the pen’s position in the production sequence. The denominator, or bottom number, indicates the MAXIMUM number of pens to be produced in the series. As mentioned before, the total edition size of the Michel Perchin MP4 Fountain Pens is 4995 total pieces across five different colors, or 999 pieces in each color.
Each Michel Perchin MP4 Fountain Pen will be fitted and delivered with an 18k gold nib in medium size and converter cartridge. One package of 6 universal ink cartridge refills will also be included. Universal cartridge ink refills can be purchased from an authorized dealer or can usually be readily found at most better office products or stationary stores. Each Michel Perchin MP4 Fountain Pen will be shipped in a Swiss made leather display box, with soft ecru colored lining, and smartly packed inside of a cardboard dust cover box with Perchin logo. Further, each pen package, when new, should contain a Michel Perchin Certificate of Authenticity, that should be completed with a purchase date and location of the authorized reseller, and care instructions/warranty information.
Michel Perchin writing instruments give the word quality a new meaning. Their unique designs reach back into time to capture elegance unknown in today’s world of mass production. No expense is spared in materials and workmanship. The result is a powerful statement of value to be handed down from one generation to the next. The uncompromising quality of Michel Perchin writing instruments is recognized by their presence in the Pen Museum, in Paris, France.
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