Hermès launched the latest addition to its writing instruments series, the Nautilus pen, at the fashion house’s Madison Avenue flagship store last week. Attendees—including Fern Mallis, Glenda Bailey, and Hermès artistic director Pierre-Alexis Dumas—tested the Marc Newson-designed Nautilus in a faux French-style post office; had their handwriting analyzed; participated in automatic drawing (which was pioneered by The Surrealists including Andre Breton as a door to the psyche); and sat for portraits by a sketch artist. Click through the images for a preview.

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