Nature has a way of creating inventive and oftentimes intriguing design choices. The latest from Caran d’Ache, the Leman Terre d’Ombre is a perfect example of this. With its focus on a deep rustic colorway, one is able to see the true beauty of the inspiration that surrounds us all when we step foot out of the office and into the natural splendour.
The Leman Terre d’Ombre is a collection which embodies the poetic interpretation of inspiration that only Caran d’Ache can accomplish. Within this collection, there are two styles and two sizes, giving everyone an opportunity to find the right pen for them. With each dimension and style comes a new interpretive approach to the subtle theme of terre d’ombre.
First and foremost, the natural balance of the silver trim of this pen is offset with the dark khaki green that is a nuanced finish and a colorway that is often not seen in modern luxury pens, yet is one that Caran d’Ache has championed over the years. For the Swiss brand, this color symbolizes nature, forests, and serenity.
The dark khaki green is polished to a shiny varnish that gives just a little bit more depth to the barrel versus a matte finish. In the standard models, there is added appeal to the cap for the fountain pen and ballpoint models, with a chic decorative guillochage in a twisted striped pattern.
Overall, the Swiss brand continues to show us not just the same old design in a new colorway, but an entirely new interpretation and personality that uses the beloved models as a jumping-off point for new creations to be made.
The Terre d’Ombre comes in two model sizes (small and standard) as well as two modalities (ballpoint and fountain pen). Prices begin at $392 and are available at carandache.com or authorised retailers.
“Same old design” doesn’t quite do justice to the many iterations the Léman collection has enjoyed over the years, with the most recent culminating in a complete redesign back in 2015 to 2018; I would go for “established design” instead. What’s more, the current design language makes the Léman a fierce competitor of the Montblanc Meisterstück, which it surpasses not only in terms of build quality but also as a truly modern classic design icon. To my mind, Caran d’Ache should steer clear of meddling with this and, as you indicate, work with surface variations for new flankers while leaving the seamless design unchanged.