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 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.
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
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
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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