You can read our full review of the Aurora Mar Tirreno right here!
Aurora’s latest limited edition is made from a stunning green Auroloid that reminds me very much of the jade celluloid found in many of Sheaffer’s vintage Balance fountain pens. Mar Tirreno is the second pen, after the Mar de Liguria, in a line inspired by the seas of Italy. The fountain Pen features a solid gold 18 Kt nib, is a piston filler, and limited to only 480 pieces world wide. Rumors say this pen was supposed to be available in mid-February but I’ve only recently seen it at some European retailers’ websites.
I don’t have an MSRP but have seen it listed for 702 Euro (~$945). MSRP is $1500 with an average street price of around $1200.
Aurora’s description of the pen is as follows:
Aurora’s trip in the Italian seas is going on.
Here is Mar Tirreno, (Tyrrhenian Sea), which whashes the western coast of Italy, from Tuscany to Sicily. Several isles and archipelagos are located here: Elba, Pianosa, Montecristo, Giglio and Giannutri in Tuscany, Ponza in the central Italy, Maddalena and Caprera in Sardinia, up to Capri, Ischia, Procida, Ustica and Aeolian archipelago in the south.
Mar Tirreno – the pen is absolutely green, like the luxuriant native vegetation of its coast. It’s made in marbled auroloid, in the shades of green, with rhodium plated trims.
The cap rings have been decorated with elements of Tyrrhenian landscape. The clip ring, with Sardinia’s Nuraghi: the largest megalitic monuments in Europe. The central band depicts the Vesuvio’s outline and Capri’s Faraglioni (stacks), plus the name of the pen.
The cap top is engraved with the Aurora logo, with the same shape.
The barrel bottom ring, instead, is decorated with flower designs taken from Etruscan amphoras.
The Tyrrhenian Sea, in fact, took its name from Tyrrhenoi people (Greek name for the Etruscans), which from VIII to III century B.C. settled in western Italy, from Liguria in the north to Naples in the south.
UPDATE: Hi-res images added: