As a child, Stefan Lucht was fascinated by his grandfather’s Leica M3. With his company SC. Lucht & Probst, the writing-tool enthusiast has now created a high-end pen whose fine details echo the camera's tactility and style.
The ‘hidden charm’ of this exquisite tool however is embedded in the pen's twist-knob: an original Stanhope lens from the 1950s. This one-piece miniature microscope, invented by the eccentric 3rd Earl of Stanhope (1753–1816), was initially used in the medical field. In the early twentieth century, it was fashionable to integrate the lens into pocket-knifes, watches and fountain pens as a tool for viewing micro-photographs.
Stanhopes have not been produced for many decades. After a long search in collectors’ circles, Stefan Lucht sourced what was probably the last unassembled set. These lenses, which measure a mere 2 mm, have now been integrated into the Fotografica Pen. When you undo the twist-knob, you are able to peer through the lens at a French city scene from the 1950s. A total of 23 images have been distributed among the limited edition of 500 pens – in unequal amounts, as this is after all a historic collection. So let yourself be surprised!
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