Luxury brands Rolls-Royce and Fabergé present a spirited Fabergé Egg
Few objects conjure up the feeling of pure indulgence quite like the Fabergé Egg. This small jewelled piece is the ultimate in luxury statement – an objets d’art so intricately-crafted, rare and collectable – especially if it is one of the ‘Imperial’ eggs made by the House of Fabergé in St Petersburg before 1917. So, it has been exciting to hear of a contemporary Fabergé Egg commissioned by Rolls-Royce in the spirit of the original 50.
At Spinach, we like to observe how established luxury brands continue to excite in a time when consumers are overwhelmed with choice and there is little brand loyalty. Modern luxury is a complex set of games. Carmakers, in particular, are going through troubled times. Not only are they navigating new and cleaner forms of mobility, the more premium makers have had to re-imagine themselves as luxury companies – producers of other objects, providers of experiences – often involving cleverly-conceived cross-brand partnerships.
It therefore makes sense for the maker of the most luxurious cars and the creator of the most precious jewelled eggs to join forces. The ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ Fabergé Egg, announced this week, has involved two years of design and development by teams from both companies. Rolls-Royce bespoke designers Stefan Monro and Alex Innes sketched the egg, which was rendered by Fabergé lead designer Liisa Talgren and brought to life by the craft master Paul Jones and his team.
At the centre of the design is the Rolls-Royce mascot, the Spirit of Ecstasy. The fine figurine was hand-sculpted in frosted rock crystal to be held by arms of rose gold and cocooned in the egg. It rests on an engine-turned, hand-engraved, 18-carat white gold, purple enamel guilloché base. The movement is operated by a discreet lever at the base of the stand. The rose gold vanes, embellished with nearly 10-carats of round white diamonds, resolve into swathes of natural amethyst, selected for its colour saturation and quality. Finally, the purple hue of the enamel and amethyst provide a playful nod to the use of colour found in Fabergé’s brand heritage. The operation is pretty theatrical, as the boughs open to present the Spirit of Ecstasy.
The ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ Fabergé Egg marks the second object to be commissioned in the Imperial class since 1917 – a category reserved only for the most illustrious creations. It will be on public display at the Fabergé London boutique this Christmas.
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