Tuesday, February 10, 2015

OMAS Michelangelo Anniversary Limited Edition

OMAS pays tribute to Art and to Italian genius Michelangelo by introducing a special edition timepiece in collaboration with the “Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore” in Florence. It has been a difficult creative path, as rich in character until the last interpretation of the Limited Edition, which culminated with the choice to pay homage to Michelangelo as he liked to define himself: to be a sculptor, even before being a painter, an architect, a poet.
The sculpture of Michelangelo is the theme that guided the design and the development of the Anniversary Limited Edition. The cap, almost “statuesque”, has been fully realized in "Carrara marble" with an innovative artisanal process to ensure an optimal weight and maintain, at the same time, the technical characteristics and durability. The top of the cap is decorated with the stylized portrait of Michelangelo,made by Daniele da Volterra and along its sides the rhyme 151 that inspired the whole collection is engraved.  The uniqueness of each individual cap reveals the authenticity of the marble itself, making each piece a collector's item.
It is in the body of the Limited Edition that the hidden sculpture is now revealed: the detailed reproduction of the "Moses", the masterpiece Michelangelo handcrafted for the tomb of Julius II and that is nowadays placed in S. Pietro in Vincoli in Rome. The figure of Moses is the Rabbi (Teacher/Prophet) by definition according to the Old Testament for Jewish and Christians. He was the leader of the Jewish people according to the Bible as recounted in “The Book of Exodus”; For the Muslims, he is defined as a Prophet and Messenger and mentioned in the Koran 502 times.
The reproduction of the drapery of the “Moses” clothes is reinterpreted in the body of the Limited Edition with a sinuous movement of the silver. This is in contrast with the essentiality of the marble creating a balance between the linearity and the creative energy of Michelangelo early works. The choice to recall the technique of Michelangelo’s "unfinished" works is expressed through the sculpted surfaces left unfinished and not polished and through the burnished silver finishing. The sculpture comes out from the material in which it was locked and now it is free.
The sculpture is no longer conceived as a faithful reproduction of reality but as "an expression of states of existence" (ref.Giulio Carlo Argan). The sign at last, usually affixed by Michelangelo on the block of rough marble, is engraved behind the reproduction of Moses. The 18ct gold nib shows the decoration of the floor of “Piazza del Campidoglio” in Rome, redesigned by Michelangelo between 1534 and 1538. The Limited Edition, made of 400 Limited piston filling Fountain Pens and of 50 Limited Roller Balls numbered on the bottom of the pen, is presented in a collectible box. The case, made of grey wood and plexi-glass, has been designed to display the simple and minimal characteristics of the Anniversary Limited Edition.
The Opera of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence
The Opera of Santa Maria del Fiore, which was established to look after the work of the Cathedral of Florence, just on that September, 8th 1296 in which the first stone was laid and then remained active until today to take care of its custody and maintenance, had more than a reason to accept the invitation of OMAS to collaborate in a unique initiative that remember the 450th Anniversary of the death of Michelangelo. In the truth, the “Opera” - for decades the most important patron of the arts at that time in Florence –very rarely met the life of the great artist grown up in the City.

The most significant trace - the acquisition of the Bandini’s Pietà - does not occur thanks to a direct relationship between the “Opera” and Michelangelo, but it is the culmination of a process that begun in Rome when, only after his death, the sculpture that Michelangelo had imagined for his own crave, was brought to Florence, first in the Cathedral and then into the Museum.

Also, all Michelangelo projects, which the artist presented to the “Opera” to complete the drum of the Dome by Brunelleschi, were never followed up. At that time “Opera” chose, in fact, the design of Baccio D'Agnolo; and it is said that Michelangelo, now famous, has taken his revenge by describing as "a cage of crickets" the section of the gallery just made by Baccio in a side of the octagon drum, thus establishing the final abandonment of that realization, as it can be recognized by looking at the south side of the Dome.

Direct and effective it was, however, the relationship with the “Opera” in the creation of the“David”. It was thanks to a commitment by the Opera del Duomo, using its large block of marble purchased and previously abandoned after an unsatisfactory attempt of another sculptor, that Michelangelo sculpted the large statue intended to be place, originally, into the Cathedral.

Also, it was into the “Opera” offices that a special committee met on January 25th, 1504 just to decide what would be the permanent location of David, indicating the Palazzo Vecchio’s “arengario”: a committee which included, among others, Sandro Botticelli, Filippino Lippi, Leonardo da Vinci, Perugino, Antonio and Giuliano da San Gallo, Andrea dellaRobbia and Davide Ghirlandaio. The report of this historical meeting is still preserved in the “Opera” archives.

Technical details
Model: MICHELANGELO Anniversary Limited Edition
Limited and Numbered Edition
- 400 Piston filling fountain pen made in Carrara Marble and Silver
- 50 Roller Balls made in Carrara Marble and Silver

Shape:  Cylindrical
Cap: Made in fine Carrara Marble. Every piece is characterized by the unique colour and veining of the material.
Barrel: Sculpted reproductions made by the investment casting tecnique, reproduce some details of the Moses statue based in St. Pietro in Vincoli, Rome
Top of the Cap:Engraved portrait of Michelangelo, made by Daniele da Volterra.
Engraving on the top of the cap ring: text from Michelangelo poetry, Rhimes 151.
Engraving on cap ring: Michelangelo logo
Engraving on the knob: OMAS logo and Italy
Numbering and Mark engraved on the knob top
Length:  146 mm
Diameter: ø 20 mm
Weight: FP 134gr; RB 142,3gr
Nib: OMAS SF 86 in 18K gold engraved with drawing of the floor at Campidoglio square in Rome
Nibs available: EF - F- M – B
Feeder:    Ebonite ø 6,50mm a 2 capillaries
Ink capacity: 1.42 ml 
Refill Roller: CL8126

Collector’s packaging handcrafted in Italy

Retail price
Piston Filling Fountain Pen made in 400 Limited Editions at 3.500€
Roller Ball made in 50 Limited Editions at 3.400€

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