Hardened and Perfect
From childhood, every male Spartan went through a training system which was tough and physically demanding. Driven to bravery, perseverance, fearlessness and abstinence, they were to be made the best warriors of their time. As Spartiates they became full citizens, the ruling minority in the Spartan state and thus elite warriors for the whole of Greece. Heavily armed with shield, breastplate, helmet and greaves, they went into battle on foot. They had to buy their very expensive armour themselves, which was adapted to their own body shape. The Pen of the Year 2020 embodies the characteristics of this armour - durability, hold and aesthetics. Seven rough diamonds of 0.35 carat on the ruthenium-coated and matt, sandblasted barrel of the writing instrument represent the robustness, strength and uniqueness of the bold Spartans. The milled pattern on the barrel is reminiscent of the strip-style armour worn in the abdomen region.
Fights were the order of the day in the Spartas´ relentless training, which forbade any comfort. A steel breastplate served as their defence. Its shape is reflected in the detailed milled grip of the Pen of the Year 2020.