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Fabergé And Rolls-Royce Collaborate To Launch ‘Spirit Of Ecstasy’ EggSaturday 3 November 2018
Fabergé And Rolls-Royce Collaborate To Launch ‘Spirit Of Ecstasy’ Egg ⇒ Two of the biggest luxury brands in the world, Fabergé and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, have partnered up and launched the “Spirit Of Ecstasy” Egg, a bejewelled egg that represents the heritage of both historic companies. It’s named after the iconic hood ornament that has adorned Rolls-Royce cars since 1911. The egg was unveiled recently at Rolls-Royce headquarters in Goodwood, West Sussex, England.
This objet d’art is only the second Fabergé egg to be deemed “Imperial Class,” since 1917, meaning it is styled in the same way as the original 50 Imperial Easter Eggs created for Imperial Russia between 1885 and 1917 by Peter Carl Fabergé, the founder of the famed Russian luxury house. These creations are inextricably linked to the lives of the Romanov family. Ten eggs were produced from 1885 to 1893 during the reign of Emperor Alexander III; and another 40 were created during the rule of his son, Nicholas II. Rolls-Royce says its archives reveal that Nicholas II was a patron of the luxury car maker.
In a joint statement, the companies say the egg “celebrates the history, heritage and legend for which both Rolls-Royce and Fabergé have been revered over more than a century.” From concept to completion it took two years and seven craftspersons from Fabergé to create the egg, which stands at 160mm (6.3 inches) and weighs 400 grams (14.1 ounces). This includes the surprise inside the egg, which is the signature detail of all Fabergé imperial eggs. Fabergé describes the design of the egg and the mechanism that opens the vessel as “highly complex, conceived through computer-aided design and animation and developed with micro engineering.” This modern engineering is combined with traditional goldsmith techniques.
Fabergé and Rolls-Royce created an egg that rests on an engine-turned, hand-engraved, purple enamel guilloché and 18k white gold base. The egg itself is in an open-worked design with the exterior of individual branches made of 18k white gold, defining its shape. Inside the egg, which can be partially viewed through the branches from the outside, is a base of 18k rose gold. The branches open by operating a discreet lever at the base of the stand to fully reveal the surprise: the familiar figurine of the Spirit of Ecstasy, hand-sculpted in frosted rock crystal. When the egg is fully open, one can see that the rose gold interior of the branches, embellished with 10 carats of round white diamonds, move upward, eventually blending into amethyst swathes totalling more than 390 carats.
“The Spirit of Ecstasy Fabergé Egg was born from an intrinsic desire to further the realms of bespoke personalization,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO. “Responding to the continuing demands of patrons in search of unique and cherished possessions, a designer at the House of Rolls-Royce sketched an egg, igniting a fascination that will undoubtedly become one of the most collectable items of modern times.”
Sean Gilbertson, Fabergé CEO, added, “The creation of the Spirit of Ecstasy egg represents the meeting of two masters of unrivalled quality and design, showcasing two globally recognized symbols.”
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