The House of Rolls-Royce recently presented the Champagne Chest, the latest addition to its accessory portfolio. The Rolls-Royce Bespoke Design Collective envisioned an accoutrement intended to “delight, suitable for the most extravagant of environments from a superyacht to the terrace of a private residence.” 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,” said Gavin Hartley, head of bespoke design for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
The Champagne Chest is distinguishably Rolls-Royce, embodying the meticulous attention to detail and commitment to remarkable craftsmanship characteristic of the marque. The chassis, made from machined aluminium and carbon fiber, is swathed in natural grain black leather embossed with the Spirit of Ecstasy and flanked by Tudor Oak wood, materials found in the marque’s motor cars. Naturally, should a patron wish to create a bespoke colour-way, this would be possible.
At the touch of a button, a sense of theater ensues as the case opens to reveal the finery of a perfectly appointed Champagne set for four guests. The exterior lid turns 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 aluminium 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 anodized aluminium and carbon fiber each proudly bear the “RR” emblem, and ensure the Champagne is maintained at the optimum temperature.
A caviar configuration is available, whereby two thermal caviar caissons, each accommodating a 30g tin, are complemented by two blini caissons proving an 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 flavor 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.
Extending the scope for personalization beyond the confines of automotive luxury, the Accessory Collection comprises exceptional collector’s pieces, designed to augment personal experiences to a Rolls-Royce standard.
The Rolls-Royce Champagne Chest is available to acquire through Rolls-Royce dealerships, with prices starting from £37,000 (around P2.45 million), excluding local taxes.