THE HALF A MILLION RAND ROLLS-ROYCE CHAMPAGNE CHEST
The House of Rolls-Royce has launched its very own Champagne Chest, the latest addition to the Rolls-Royce accessory portfolio, at just over a delectable half-a-million Rand.
It’s the usual weekend stumper. There are places to go, people to see, yet nowhere to adequately store that bottle of 1959 Dom Perignon Rose – and let’s be honest, that other monogrammed crocodile wine carrier from Valentines Day is just not suitable. Fortunately, the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Design Collective, rich in the understanding of true luxury and epicurean pleasure, envisioned an accoutrement intended to delight, suitable for the most extravagant of environments from a superyacht to the terrace of a private residence or late afternoon polo-field aperitif. The Champagne Chest endows conviviality with one’s closest friends, family or business associates.
“The Champagne Chest by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is a contemporary and sociable addition to the Accessories Collection. The approach is that of designing a Rolls-Royce motor car; the finest materials are married with pinnacle engineering to provide an experience like no other. The Champagne Chest is crafted for those that seek a heightened sense of occasion in an elegant, entertaining manner and offers the irresistible allure of gadgetry.”
– Head of Bespoke Design Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Gavin Hartley
Those of suitable taste will know that the Champagne Chest is distinguishably Rolls-Royce, embodying the meticulous attention-to-detail and commitment to remarkable hand-craftsmanship, characteristic of the marque. The chassis, made from machined aluminum and carbon fibre, is swathed in Natural Grain black leather embossed with the enigmatic Spirit of Ecstasy and flanked by Tudor Oak wood, materials found in the marque’s motor cars. Naturally, if you would want to create your own Bespoke colour-way, this would of course, be possible.
At the touch of a button a sense of theatre ensues as the case opens to reveal the finery of a perfectly appointed Champagne set for four guests. The exterior lid metamorphoses into a beautiful serving tray made of Tudor Oak wood with a laser-cut stainless steel inlay. Four cotton napkins with finely embroidered ‘RR’ monograms are discreetly hidden under the lacquered Tudor Oak table.
The Chest is illuminated from the central bay, presenting four hand-blown crystal champagne flutes arranged to evoke memories of a V12 engine. The glass of each is masterfully joined by a polished aluminum base, etched with the ‘RR’ monogram.
The sides of the Chest automatically deploy, revealing two hammocks adorned in ‘Hotspur Red’ Rolls-Royce leather to cradle one’s preferred ensemble of either champagne, caviar or canapés. Thermal Champagne Coolers made from black anodised aluminum and carbon fibre each proudly bear the ‘RR’ emblem, ensure the champagne is maintained at the optimum temperature.
But what about the caviar? Well, a caviar configuration is available, whereby two thermal caviar caissons, each accommodating a 30g tin, are complemented by two blini caissons proving an irresistible accompaniment to chilled champagne. Two exquisite Mother-of-Pearl spoons with anodised aluminum handles are housed magnetically at the top of the hammock, designed so as not to impair the delicate flavour of the caviar. An additional arrangement of three porcelain bowls concealed in a matching thermal capsule can be specified should patrons wish to present their guests with an alternative accompaniment to champagne.