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H.-B. de Saussure

Horace-Bénédict de Saussure, the pioneer

The Maison Caran d’Ache and the enamelling artist Andrée Peaudecerf create a collection of five unique writing instruments: the Collection Privée. Four miniature enamelled paintings on the solid gold body of the fountain pens pay tribute to Geneva’s humanitarian, scientific and artistic identity, as well as to the bicentenary of its joining the Swiss Confederation. A fifth piece celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Maison Caran d’Ache.

Horace-Bénédict de Saussure

Scientist Horace-Bénédict de Saussure devoted his life to applied studies in geology, botany and physics. His work led him to conduct many mountain expeditions, particularly on the Mont Blanc chain. Born in 1940 in Conches, near Geneva, he became the pioneer of scientific travel and one of the forerunners of climbing. While the first ascent of the Mont Blanc took place in 1786, he climbed the “roof of Europe” himself the following year with the aim of measuring the boiling point of water, the temperature of the snow and his guides’ pulses.

His passionate tales of the first ascents of the Mont Blanc had an enduring impact on the minds of generations of scientists and mountain enthusiasts. A powerful symbol of Swiss identity, they promoted the culture of climbing far beyond the borders of the country.




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– 18-carat solid gold attributes
– Black Chinese lacquer and enamelled painting
– Engraving of the name of the instrument on the lower ring of the body
– 18-carat solid gold nib

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