Built by Fabergé, the egg is destined for one lucky (wealthy) collector of both eggs and cars.
Rolls-Royce has teamed up with world-famous jewellers Fabergé to create a new Spirit of Ecstasy-themed egg.
Designed around the British car manufacturer’s bonnet mascot, the egg “celebrates the history, heritage and legend for which both Rolls-Royce and Fabergé have been revered.”
The egg was hand-built by Fabergé, which rose to fame after building 50 Imperial Easter eggs for the Russian royal family between 1885 and 1916.
Standing just 16cm tall and weighing in at around 400 g, the Rolls-Royce egg is the second in a line of eggs dubbed ‘Imperial Class’ – a category reserved for Faberge’s top-end creations.
The somewhat minimalist design sees the Spirit of Ecstasy encased in a protective cage of rose gold ‘boughs’, which open at the touch of a hidden lever.
Once lowered, the boughs form a chalice around the Spirit of Ecstasy and reveal their amethyst lining, as well as the 10 karats of round white diamonds that line their inside edges.
The mechanism that opens the egg’s arms sits inside an 18-karat white gold plinth, which is lined with purple enamel and supports the frosted crystal statue in the centre.
The egg will eventually reside with an unnamed collector of both Rolls-Royce cars and Faberge eggs, but Rolls-Royce has announced that it will first go on public display in Fabergé’s London window over Christmas.
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Rolls-Royce’s CEO, commented: “The Spirit of Ecstasy Fabergé 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.”
Sean Gilbertson, the chief executive officer of Fabergé 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 Fabergé Egg and the Spirit of Ecstasy.”
Josina von dem Bussche-Kessell, Fabergé’s business development and global sales director, added: “Two years in the making, we are very excited to unveil this special piece to our clients and partners across the globe together with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and are proud to continue making history by creating bespoke and unique pieces such as this. The ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ egg marks a demonstration of the reputation that Fabergé proudly carries today.”