For their 2014 Natale pipe, the Ascortis went with a new design altogether: a charmingly chubby little Apple fitted to a contrasting, saddle stem. For this year's holiday-themed, limited-edition series, however, they chose a shape which really showcases the marque's modern Italian style: the straight Bulldog.
Recently, we've seen quite a few of these modern neo-classical Bullies come our way, yet for the most part, they've all been bent configurations. Straightened, the composition takes on less of a chubby aesthetic and more of a powerful, almost automotive sense of implied motion in profile — with the sleek stem and crisp-lined diamond shank seemingly propelling the bowl forward. The 2015 Natale Bulldog is available in either a warm sandblast, a light blonde stain, a vibrant orange/red contrast, or as seen here, a more reserved palette of walnut and chestnut.
- Andrew Wike
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