Video: Rolls-Royce debuts 'Spirit of Ecstasy' Faberge Egg.
by Times News Service
Muscat: A new Faberge Egg has been created with the Rolls-Royce mascot, the Spirit of Ecstasy, in the middle. For the first time in history, an iteration of the Spirit of Ecstasy, the enigmatic mascot that has adorned Rolls-Royce motor cars since 1911, is cocooned in an exquisite, contemporary, Faberge Egg. The design, conceived by Rolls-Royce Designers Stefan Monro and Alex Innes and rendered by Faberge Lead Designer Liisa Talgren, has been brought to life by Faberge workmaster Paul Jones. This 'Spirit of Ecstasy' Faberge Egg, the second to be commissioned in the 'Imperial Class' since 1917 -- a category reserved only for Faberge's most illustrious creations -- celebrates the history, heritage and legend for which both Rolls-Royce and Faberge have been revered over more than a century.
The 'Spirit of Ecstasy' Faberge Egg The Egg is destined for the residence of a great collector of both brands. Torsten ME-ller-EutvE[micro]s, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, commented, "'The Spirit of Ecstasy' Faberge Egg was born from an intrinsic desire to further the realms of Bespoke personalisation. 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." A team of seven craftspeople from Faberge undertook the challenge of fabricating the design using the finest materials married with their extraordinary skill as artist jewellers. Design cues from Faberge's heritage are masterfully woven into the intricate design which stands at 160mm and weighs just 400g, with the Egg harnessing the 'surprise and delight' attributes for which Imperial Eggs are celebrated. The 'Spirit of Ecstasy' Faberge Egg The Egg rests on an engine-turned, hand-engraved, purple enamel guilloche base of 18 karat white gold. Arms of rose gold define the shape of the egg, acting as a protective chamber for the Egg's precious inhabitant. Upon operating the movement via a discreet lever at the base of the stand, a sense of theatre ensues as the boughs open to present the fine figurine of the Spirit of Ecstasy, hand-sculpted in frosted rock crystal, standing nobly in her opulent surrounds. The rose gold vanes, embellished with nearly 10 carats of round white diamonds, resolve into swathes of natural amethyst weighing over 390 carats, specially selected for its colour saturation and quality. The purple hue of the enamel and amethyst provide a playful nod to the use of colour found in Faberge's heritage. Sean Gilbertson, Chief Executive Officer, Faberge said, "A unique moment in both our companies' history, the creation of the 'Spirit of Ecstasy' Egg represents the meeting of two masters of unrivalled quality and design, showcasing two globally recognised symbols -- the Faberge Egg and the Spirit of Ecstasy." The 'Spirit of Ecstasy' Faberge Egg has been premiered at the House of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, West Sussex, England, to a host of distinguished guests and venerable patrons of the marque on 23 October, 2018. The Egg will then be on public display in Faberge's London window this Christmas.
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