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Since its birth in Geneva in 1915, the Maison Caran d’Ache has been perpetuating its exceptional expertise and its spirit of innovation. Technical excellence as well as impeccable quality stemming from the Swiss tradition of fine craftsmanship, give rise to some of the world’s most sophisticated writing instruments and the most luminous colours.
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2018 under the sign of the dog

2018 under the sign of the dog

In keeping with the aesthetics of previous limited editions dedicated to the symbols of the Chinese zodiac, the “Year of the Dog” revives the splendour of genuine Chinese lacquer. A mastery of this ancestral technique and extensive know-how in terms of precision engraving ensure the master craftsmen at Caran d’Ache enjoy great freedom when creating their designs while maintaining the integrity of the lacquered surface.

And so the sleek shape of the dog emerges in grey Chinese lacquer, creating an elegant contrast with the deep black of the lacquer covering the writing instrument.

The finely engraved figurative lines and contours express all the agility and elegance of the dog. The typically Asian character of the design further underlines its rippling coat and the arching of its slender body. The writing instruments’ attributes are coated in yellow gold. The combination of gold and grey symbolises the union of energy and reason, light and awareness, signs of balance and good omens in Asia. Each writing instrument is authenticated by the calligraphic symbol of the dog and by the red Caran d’Ache Chinese seal which is supposed to bring good luck.

The “Year of the Dog” edition is limited to 888 items in homage to Chinese culture, in which the number 888” is the ultimate sign of good luck.