Damn Rich People: A $105,000 Luxury Fountain Pen

March 2, 2016


Because some people have so much money they can spend more on a writing pen than most people make in a year, this is the $105,000 Richard Mille RMS05 Fountain Pen. I bet it doesn't even give good handjobs.

According to Richard Mille, it took the Swiss watchmaking company four years to develop the RMS05, which incorporates a mechanical movement on par with an RM watch calibre. The Grade 5 titanium, 12-jewel movement sits inside a barrel of NTPT (North Thin Ply Technology) carbon, which is a laminate of thousands of parallel layers measuring less than 30 microns thick. The layers are built up out of resin-impregnated carbon fibers that are woven on a special machine that modifies the direction of the weft between layers by 45°, then heated to 120° C (248° F) at a pressure of 6 bars to create a distinct pattern before moving on to a CNC machine for forming.

It extends the hand-polished 18K white-gold nib automatically from the barrel at the press of a button. That may seem simple in a world of retractable ballpoints, but Mille wanted the action to be smooth and precise, and hence the mechanism, which is regulated by a recoil-type escapement to keep the speed of extension under control.

Aaaaah, so it has a mechanism to regulate the speed of the tip's extension. That is very important to me, I can't have my pen tip extending all willy-nilly. So, how many of these $105,000 pens do you think the company will even sell? "One?" Exactly -- way too many.

Keep going for several more shots including the complicated nib-extending mechanism, which looks like part of a watch.





Thanks to Max, who prefers his pens the old fashioned way: crayons.

  • I just use the pens they give away free at my bank.

  • Bling Nye

    "Give away free" ... riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

  • You, sir, clearly use the wrong bank.

  • Bling Nye

    I keep my money in the ground like god intended.

  • So the archaeologists can find it in years to come?

  • Bling Nye

    Nah, mostly so I can be a pirate with buried treasure.

    But also because I distrust banks, and fuck them for trying to fuck me by making me pay them to use my money.

    Banks are evil. I'd trust the cold hard Earth more.

  • The pirate thing makes sense.
    As for the other... banks give a better rate of interest.
    And free pens!

  • Jocko

    Free shit are cool

  • I prefer pens rather than excrement.

  • Gene Kaufman

    And I'm sure the ink still runs out in .1 of a femtosecond.

  • Replacement ink is an affordable 20k per refill though.

  • Gene Kaufman

    Oh boy, that's cheaper than Staples!

  • Bling Nye

    You can get a really sweet deal on this pen, $99 at Pen Island, just visit their website penisland,com and enter the code, PENISMIGHTY.

  • iofo61

    Damn. My server at Applebee's keeps leaving cheap Bics to sign the bill. She needs to step up her game.

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