Aurora Optima 360 Monviso: Happy New Pen Day

Aurora 369 Optima Monviso fountain pen

The Monviso makes me think of granite.

While I waited for Aurora to grind the stub nib and send this pen over, I saw a lot of photos on Instagram of the Monviso, most of which seemed to feature the pen on dark desks with dark leather notebooks and accessories. I get that now. The Monviso color scheme was drawn from the Alps, and the black and gray acrylic does look stony.

A lot of us were wondering how the Monviso would compare with the Nero Perla Optima in the regular line. Here’s the answer: Nero Perla on top, Monviso below.

Aurora 369 Optima Monviso and Nero Perla fountain pen comparison

The Monviso has more black, and its acrylic chunks seem larger on the whole, giving it a strong appearance.

Aurora 369 Optima Monviso fountain pen closeup

The Nero Perla has some smaller bits, and more variegated acrylic chips with a lighter and warmer overall color.

Aurora Optima Nero Perla auroloide closeup

I wasn’t surprised to like the Monviso. I was a little surprised that the Monviso has made me appreciate my Nero Perla all the more. The Nero Perla is lighter and more delicate and it has a translucence and depth that seem partially iridescent, like the inside of an abalone shell.

The answer to the Monviso versus Nero Perla question for me is “both.” Shocker, I know.

The acrylic pattern of the Monviso actually reminds me much more of the regular blue auroloide Optima, below.

Aurora 369 Optima Monviso fountain pen and blue auroloide comparison

That blue and chrome auroloide happens to be the Optima I use the most.

But I like them all.

Aurora Optima fountain pens

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