Omas

555Armando Simoni was often heard to repeat “A pen must make writing pleasurable”. If writing is the key to a man’s soul then OMAS designs speak about their creator. Armando Simoni was a lover of Greek culture, a technician and artist at the same time and a great enthusiast of the pen world.

In 1925 he set up in Bologna OMAS (Officina Meccanica Armando Simoni). During the 1930s he designed the twelve-sided model and the other great success story of the pre-war years, the “Doctor’s Pen” fitted with a tiny clinical thermometer in the body of the pen. Simoni’s love of technical challenges resulted in the endless creation of surprising models as Omas Extra 1931, the fountain pen, that enables different types of writing with a single nib ranging from flexible and calligraphic, but also the ball point in the same model.

Having been appointed Cavaliere (Knight) of the Crown of Italy, Armando Simoni became known as the “Cavaliere”. The founder’s noble status also had an effect on his company and the small Bologna workshop was transformed into a company of international renown.

The Armando Simoni values are still present in OMAS creation, since 1925 all OMAS products have been devised, created and handcrafted in Bologna’s workshop. Each writing instrument is the result of a multitude of delicate manual operations, it brings out the best of the typical characteristics of the “Made in Italy” style and represents a benchmark of Italian excellence.