The Maison Caran d’Ache and the horological laboratory, MB&F, have combined their expertise for a unique creative odyssey : the Astrograph writing instrument. Projecting his dreams of conquering space onto a writing instrument was the original idea of the founder of MB&F, Maximilian Büsser. The creative and technical forces within Caran d’Ache enthusiastically embraced this new adventure, which proved to be both thrilling and complex. The result is the Astrograph writing instrument, product of the overflowing creativity of its designers. An artistic union that took root among the common values held dear by both Maisons : limitless creativity, respect for traditions, impeccable quality and Swiss Made. THE START OF THE ADVENTURE The Astrograph adventure began four years earlier, when Maximilian Büsser revealed his idea to Caran d’Ache’s creative teams: to let his childhood dreams of travelling in space unfold in a writing instrument. His meeting with Caran d’Ache paved the way for this idea, as poetic as it was as technically challenging, to become a reality. Explorers at heart, Caran d’Ache’s teams drew upon their imagination and technical ingenuity to construct an actual rocket – in reality an exceptional writing instrument that is extremely comfortable in the hand. Astrograph reminds us that we all hide a childhood dream in our heart. TECHNICAL CHALLENGES Developing Astrograph was truly challenging. Four years of gestation and discussions were necessary to perfect the technical concept. The result of this collaboration is the futuristically designed body of an instrument that comprises a multitude of innovative features among a total of 99 components : a “detent” system of vertical stabilisation, launchpad box, magnetic figurine… It took a whole year to develop the final model. It takes more than 500 manual operations to produce each writing instrument, genuine proof of an adventure. The innovative design of the Astrograph, together with the many challenges that were overcome throughout the devel – opment of each of its component parts, have led to the creation of the most complex writing instrument ever made in the Caran d’Ache workshops