Established three years prior to Bentley, Tibaldi has secured two vital international patents—one for its unique design inspired by the Divine Proportion and a second for its innovative and highly precise filling mechanism. Tibaldi has been producing the Tibaldi for Bentley Collection since 2006, with every pen making reference to a key Bentley event or model. Designers of both companies focus on shape, material and detail. The materials in themselves are indicative of the construction of a device with robust strength, yet able to incorporate exquisite details, to convey the complexity of a Bentley’s assembly. The shape itself must be consistent with the mix of elegance, stateliness and sporting intent that is embodied in every Bentley—especially the GTs.
The combination of fine craftsmanship, using skills that have been handed down through generations, alongside engineering expertise and cutting-edge technology is unique to UK luxury vehicle manufacturers such as Bentley. It is also an example of high-value British manufacturing at its best. As such there had to be a good understanding and synergy between the two brands to reflect their identities.
In order to represent the journey of the Bentley brand, Tibaldi’s designers have focused on shape, material and details
The first pen commemorated the 60th Anniversary of Crewe, where Bentley Motors employs around 4,000 people and is home to all its operations including design, R&D, engineering and production. More followed and were dedicated to Brooklands, the Continental, the Azure, the Mulsanne and the SuperSport, respectively. The GT Series represents the spirit of Bentley, its history and all the vehicles that have borne the Bentley badge.
In order to represent the journey of the Bentley brand, Tibaldi’s designers have focused on shape, material and details. Tibaldi uses a base material of brass with rhodium plating—sturdy yet handsome, like the vehicles the pens represent. The materials are durable, yet able to incorporate exquisite details and convey the complexity of a Bentley’s assembly. The shape is consistent with the mix of elegance, stateliness and sporting intent that is embodied in every Bentley—especially the Continental GT.
To write with a Tibaldi for Bentley GT pen is to draw on the long history of two of the world’s greatest brands
A key design feature is the partially lacquered barrel with two side “cheeks” presenting a sophisticated layered texture; an example of craftsmanship that recalls the attention to detail that is typical of Bentley. Fine execution of the design is treated like the manufacturing of jewellery. This sits at the heart of the brand design values, borne of an era defined by bespoke coach-building and hand-crafted execution.
As is the tradition with all “Tibaldi for Bentley” pens, the GT Collection includes a fountain pen, rollerball pen and ballpoint pen, offered in four hues. The quartet is offered in Beluga Black, Silverlake Blue, St James Red and Silver Tempest—among the most popular colours selected by owners of the actual cars. The fountain pens are cartridge-converter fed and are fitted with solid 18K gold nibs.
To write with a Tibaldi for Bentley GT pen is to draw on the long history of two of the world’s greatest brands.