August 25, 2010 § Leave a comment
The Waterman Exception fountain pen is a shining example of radical and yet stylish design. Its deep-lacquered, rounded-off, square sectioned barrel gently transforms into a more conventional round section towards the front end grip. The Exception is quite a statement piece. It is surprisingly comfortable to hold, given the unusual profile. The Exception comes in 2 model sizes, the standard or slim version which is extremely elegant without being over-large. The Night and Day, and Ideal models are significantly larger and, in my opinion, the design loses some of its elegance when scaled up.
The nib is an 18ct unit of visually balanced size, finished in gold or with rhodium plating to match the trim of the pen. The nibs are available in a range of sizes and styles including, stub, oblique fine, and oblique broad, but the catch that Waterman have taken a while to concede is that, any change of nib, either by choice or to restore an injured number, require the pen to be returned to the factory for fitting and alignment. This has proved a bit of a drawback for users and retailers alike. If you’re looking for something that’s a bit different, please do not dismiss the Exception but be aware of its little idiosyncrasy.