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Year of the Dragon

Tribute to Chinese culture

A legendary figure in the Chinese zodiac, symbolising happiness and success, the powerful dragon is revered as the founder and protector of Chinese civilisation.

The Maison Caran d’Ache pays tribute to this majestic myth with the creation of prestigious “Year of the Dragon” writing instruments, fountain pens or roller pens. Layer by layer, the bright red hue of the matt Chinese lacquer breathes vibrant life into the silhouette of the dragon engraved against a shiny black lacquered background.

This exceptional work bears witness to the artistic delicacy and precision of the Caran d’Ache master craftsmen, fervent admirers of Chinese culture and artistic crafts. As a token of authenticity and extreme attention to detail, the Geneva-based Manufacture has called upon the skill of an exceptional Chinese calligrapher to apply the sign of the dragon to these writing instruments.

This limited edition is the first of a themed line designed to bring the twelve signs of the Chinese zodiac back to life under the expert fingers of Caran d’Ache craftsmen. Year after year, it will delight and enthral collectors from all realms of experience and culture.

Limited Edition

Launching 2012


888 fountain pens
888 roller pens


– Gold-plated fittings
– Body coated in several layers of red then black Chinese lacquer
– Polishing brings out the natural brilliance of the black lacquer
– Body engraved to create the dragon and the signature of Li Qiang Sheng in matt red Chinese lacquer
– Writing block laser-engraved with 5 dragons

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