Rolls-Royce and Fabergé Team Up for a Luxuriously Iconic Egg

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.



Rolls-Royce Dives into the Flying Cars Trend

Self-driving cars have just started to navigate roads and innovators are already conceptualizing the next big trend in transportation—flying taxis.

According to reports, Uber intends to create a network of flying taxis in Dubai and the Dallas area two years from now. In fact, Kitty Hawk, a flying car startup that was created by Google cofounder Larry Page – is already providing test flights to potential clients.

Rolls-Royce has recently jumped on the bandwagon with its debut of a concept electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle at the Farnborough International Airshow held in Britain. According to the British automaker, the vehicle could have a seating capacity that fits up to five passengers and speed of up to 250 mph for around 500 miles.

Rolls-Royce noted that the vehicle could be airborne as soon as the early 2020s. However, the company revealed that it intends to create a vehicle prototype within the next 18 months.

In a news release, Rob Watson, who heads Rolls-Royce’s Electrical team, stated that building on their existing expertise in electric technologies and aviation, they are dynamically exploring an array of possible markets and applications for electric and hybrid electric flight. “We are well placed to play a leading role in the emerging world of personal air mobility and will also look to work in collaboration with a range of partners.”

Rolls-Royce’s concept vehicle will reportedly be powered by six electric propulsors that are designed to have a low noise profile. To take off or land vertically, the wings of the vehicle rotates 90 degrees. The moment the craft reaches its cruising height, the propellers fold away and the craft depends on a number of rear propellers for thrust.

According to Rolls-Royce, the vehicle will fill a niche created by overtaxed transportation systems in progressively crowded cities.