Being one of history’s most legendary objets d’art, the Fabergé Egg has lured the world’s richest people for more than a century. To continue the legacy of this precious collector item in the 21st century, Rolls-Royce has recently tied up with luxurious egg maker, Fabergé to create a bespoke “Spirit of Ecstasy” Fabergé Egg.
Rolls-Royce bespoke division designers Alex Innes and Stefan Monro sketched the preliminary design which was rendered by Fabergé lead designer Liisa Talgren. The iconic object was then brought to life by craft master Paul Jones who began to make a modern interpretation of one of the globe’s most illustrious possessions.
According to Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Rolls-Royce chief executive, its creation was inspired by an ingrained desire to further the realms of bespoke personalization. He adds that a designer at the House of Rolls-Royce sketched an egg in response to the continuing demands of patrons in a quest for distinctive and cherished possessions that will indubitably become one of the most collectable items in the contemporary era.
Employing the finest materials and using their special skills as artist jewelers, a team of seven craftspeople from the house of Fabergé started re-creating the Spirit of Ecstasy’s design. The mascot is sculpted in frosted rock crystal and cocooned within the egg. The ultimate design exudes Fabergé’s heritage, which stands at 160mm and weighs 400g.
The precious Fabergé Egg rests on an engine-turned, hand-engraved, purple enamel guilloché 18-karat white gold base. The shape is defined by arms of rose gold, which cocoons the egg inside.
The operating mechanism is intricate and entails micro engineering, which Rolls-Royce claims as the most intricate opening of any Fabergé Egg. It is also worth mentioning that the movement is operated through a hidden lever at the base of the stand for a theater sense as the boughs open to present the sophisticated figurine of the “Spirit of Ecstasy”. The rose gold vanes, which are embellished with around 10-karats of round white diamonds, resolve into swathes of natural 390-karat amethyst, exclusively chosen for its quality and color saturation. Ultimately, the purple hue of the amethyst and enamel give a spirited nod to the use of color in the Fabergé heritage.
Sean Gilbertson, Fabergé chief executive, said in a statement that the creation represents the meeting of two masters of unparalleled design and quality, exhibiting two globally renowned symbols—the Fabergé Egg and the Spirit of Ecstasy.
The finalization of the “Spirit of Ecstasy” took over two years. It marks the second precious object to to be commissioned in the “Imperial Class” since 1917–a category designed only for Fabergé’s most prestigious creations.
The “Spirit of Ecstasy” Fabergé Egg is currently showcased at the House of Rolls-Royce in Goodwood, UK and will be available on display for the public at the Fabergé London boutique for Christmas.