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Harmonie

Maker: Waterman.

A bit of a hold-over from the days of tubular metal-bodied models, the Harmonie may be thought of as a somewhat tarted-up Hémisphère; the works are the same, the size and weight are of a muchness, but they look rather different from one another.  While the Hémisphère is relatively conservative in its styling, the Harmonie is somewhat avant-garde; the silly aspect of avant-gardism is reflected in the raised oblique decor-rib in the cap band and derby.  The clip, while also a bit of an aesthetic excursion from the usual sort of thing Waterman gets up to, is less of an oddity.

The prices are slightly above those attached to the contemporary Hémisphère, as there is something more of an appeal to “personal adornment” rather than “functional tool”, and so it is slightly more open to accusation of pointless price-iness.  The fact that it was dropped from the company’s line-up, while the Hémisphère persists, suggests that the increase was more than the market would bear.

Given that the point and feed are common to the Hémisphère, it should not be surprising that the performance is similar; willing, smooth, but nothing to ignite passion.

Production Run: c. 2000 – c. 2010 (the approximations because I wasn’t paying enough attention to it at either end of its career and my 2010 catalogue doesn’t dip into the lower half of Waterman’s offerings).

Cost When New: Between $90 and $150, depending on trim and source.

Size: 13.7 cm long capped, 15.0 cm posted, 12.4 cm uncapped.

Point: Steel, gold plated in some trims.

Body: Brass.

FillerCartridge, capacity approx. 0.6 ml or 1.4 ml (international pattern).

Waterman Harmonie; the rather silly trim treatment is hard to make out, but a close examination of the derby will reveal it.

Waterman Harmonie; the rather silly trim treatment is hard to make out, but a close examination of the derby will reveal it.

 

 

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