ROMA, the pen of the Roman Empire

Limited edition
of 27 numbered fountain pens

ROMA, the pen of the Imperium Romanum

ROMA, made of Bois de Rose, is the newborn into the D-Parmy family. It has been dedicated to the capital of one the most impressive empires ever founded.
Each pen is one-of-a-kind, made of fine wood and hand-decorated. A Walnut wooden marquetry is at the summit of each pen, where the Colosseum, the city’s utmost monument,
has been carved by hand.
This bas-relief, delimited by thin rings made of Ebony and Maple wood, has been hand-painted in order to underline the gradual volumetric change within the arches,
and to emphasize the sculpture effect. A repeated play of straight lines and niches recalls the symbols of Roman architecture: arches, columns, capitals.
On a central inlay work made of Maple wood, contrasted with two Ebony rings, the word “ROMA” and the fountain pen’s identification number have been hand-painted.
Its body’s silhouette slightly slims down downwards. Its nib is made of rhodium-plated solid 18 K-750 gold, with tip in iridium.
Its turned cap shows a clip made of rhodium-plated high-alloy brass, whose shape is inspired to a Roman sword, symbol of military supremacy.
For the first time its grip has been made of Ebony and finished with a very thin coat of beeswax.
Twenty-seven is the items’ number, in homage to the year to which, according to historians, the imperial supremacy dates back.

An epic tale

The Roman Empire formally started in 27 B.C. when Augustus gradually seized absolute power.
Our juridical, political and social system dates back to the civilisation of our great and gifted ancestors.

Roma, caput mundi

Rome was the political, economic and cultural heart of an empire which extended geographically between West and East, able to absorb the subjected civilisations
and sap continuously from them. Besides being the seat of the imperial, administrative and military power, Rome was a highly-populated multiethnic metropolis,
whose inhabitants flowed from all the regions into the eternal city finding here a rare magnificence.
No other ancient capital boasted such impressive urban structures – aqueducts, bridges, streets, markets – and many public sites for leisure and entertainment.
The crowded and overwhelming city certainly aroused an alienating effect in any traveller and the particular astonishment of scholars and artists.

Only one artwork: the Colosseum

Rome is its Colosseum. The city identifies with a 2000-year-old monument which keeps on catching visitors from all over the world.
It is a World Heritage Site and one of the New7Wonders of the World. The Flavian Amphitheatre’s construction began under the rule of Vespasian in 72 A.D.
and it was inaugurated by Titus in 80 A.D., becoming a symbol of the imperial capital.
In his Liber de spectaculis, Martial wrote “All efforts now give way to Caesar’s new amphitheatre, fame can speak of the one, and that can do for them all.”
Games, fights between gladiators, hunting, mythology dramas and memorial plays of famous battles took place in a building characterized by
an astounding architectural conception.

Classical aesthetics inspires writing

Lines, arches and vaults reappear at both ends of the ROMA pen, by harmonizing with the Bois de Rose fine appearance.
This is a precious wood essence, of which are made many of the most important models conceived and produced by D-Parmy.
Inlaid on a pen for the first time, the Colosseum makes ancient Rome’s solemnity and lends the altogether an odd, prosperous and evocative classical nature.

Handpainted wooden stand

In order to represent the greatest geographical expansion achieved by the Imperium Romanum,
D-Parmy has designed a stand made of Walnut hardwood, on which a map of the ancient world has been hand-painted with various tones,
from blond to mahogany. A tiny drawer contains the fountain pen’s information pamphlet.