Rolls-Royce Motor Cars presents limited-edition Cocktail Hamper

Article by Andrew Christian, on December 16, 2015

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is introducing the limited edition Cocktail Hamper, designed for customers who want to relax with a wide selection of classic and contemporary cocktails. To come up with this limited edition Hamper, Rolls-Royce Accessories Designer Sina Maria Eggl collaborated and consulted with people Dorchester Collection’s London Hotels, The Dorchester and 45 Park Lane.

Featuring a selection of handcrafted glasses and supplies for concocting cocktails, the Cocktail Hamper is painstakingly handcrafted in eight weeks from American Walnut Wood and Natural Grain Leather – materials that are seen in the cabin of some Rolls-Royce vehicles.

Once customers open the hamper's Navy Blue leather-bound lid, they will be greeted by an automatic integrated light that is reflected from the mirrored surfaces, thereby evoking the visual appeal of a real cocktail bar. This Cocktail Hamper comes with all accoutrement needed to concoct, serve and enjoy the perfect cocktail.

Each of these bespoke and luxurious accessories is beautifully crafted by hand and is designed to allow supreme ease of use. For instance, the limited edition Cocktail Hamper comes with a paring knife magnetically stored in a carved recess.

This placement allows the knife to be stored and transported safely and without disturbance. During its design and crafting, each possible application has been considered. For instance, creating canapés for guests won't present a problem as two dishes are placed in the lower portion of the Hamper on either side of an ice bucket.

Moreover, the Cocktail Hamper features discreet drawers containing hold recipe cards and cotton napkins. Meanwhile, the upper portion of the Hamper – wrapped with Golden Sand colored leather and offset with polished aluminum -- contains decanters tumblers, and a shaker.

This limited edition Cocktail Hamper features smaller utensils, including a muddler in American Walnut and a strainer with the ‘RR’ monogram. These utensils are stored on a moveable rack that can be locked when unused. The rack can be moved using a hinge, thereby ensuring effortless access when the utensils are needed. Moreover, the limited edition Cocktail Hamper features glassware sourced from Theresienthal, which is considered as the most revered glassmaker in Europe.

In fact, Theresienthal supplies glassware to a number of Royal Courts across Europe. These Theresienthal glasses take around a month to create, since the glassmaker employs a time-honored technique that entails blowing the glass into beech wood molds for an exceptionally smooth surface.

Moreover, Theresienthal still employs highly skilled craftspeople at every stage of the production process, thereby making sure that no two glasses are the same. The rims of these glasses are finished in platinum, a testament to the delicacy and exclusivity of these wares.

Additionally, the limited edition Cocktail Hamper features a glass tray that is subtly placed beneath the integrated wooden chopping board as well as a book containing cocktail recipes inspired by the Rolls-Royce's heritage. Rolls-Royce is only set to build just 15 examples of the Cocktail Hampers, which means that each of them guarantees exclusivity. After all, an owner of one of these hampers knows that only 14 other units exist.

Gavin Hartley, Head of Bespoke Design at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, remarked that each vehicle created by the carmaker represents a personal expression of a customer's tastes and lifestyles. This personalization, however, is not only limited to Rolls-Royce vehicles, but also extends through an Accessories Collection, which features bespoke yet exclusive objects that should augment the lifestyles of its customer.

He described the Cocktail Hamper as an illustration of Rolls-Royce's intimate understanding of the desires of the marque's customers. To acquire one of these limited edition Cocktail Hampers, interested buyers could contact any of the Rolls-Royce 130 dealerships across the globe.

Press Release

ROLLS-ROYCE CELEBRATES THE COCKTAIL HOUR WITH LIMITED EDITION HAMPER

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is delighted to present a limited edition Cocktail Hamper, conceived to meet the needs of customers who wish to relax and enjoy something a little beyond the traditional glass of Champagne.

This elegant vision is realised through a marriage of hallmark Rolls-Royce attention-to-detail and remarkable craftsmanship. The designer behind its creation, Rolls-Royce Accessories Designer Sina Maria Eggl, consulted with experts from Dorchester Collection’s London Hotels, The Dorchester and 45 Park Lane, to ensure the Hamper is perfectly appointed to cater for a vast selection of classic and contemporary cocktails.

The Hamper itself is meticulously hand-crafted over a period of eight weeks from American Walnut Wood and the finest Natural Grain Leather that adorn the interior of some Rolls-Royce motor cars.

On opening the Navy Blue leather-bound lid, the customer is presented with every necessary accoutrement required to create and enjoy the perfect cocktail. Each implement is a bespoke, hand-made creation designed to combine beautiful aesthetics with practicality, ensuring effortless use. Indeed, the notions of effortlessness and supreme luxury inform everything about the design. The paring knife, for example, is magnetically housed in a recess hewn into the American Walnut structure thereby ensuring it is stored and transported in safety and without disturbance. On opening, an automatic integrated light illuminates the Hamper in a warm glow, in turn reflecting from the mirrored surfaces to evoke the aesthetic of a luxurious cocktail bar.

“Each motor car that we craft represents a deeply personal expression of individual customer tastes and lifestyles. This extraordinary scope for personalisation extends far beyond the car itself through an Accessories Collection, featuring exceptional objects designed to augment the lifestyles of the marque’s customers,” said Gavin Hartley, Head of Bespoke Design, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. “This beautifully executed Cocktail Hamper illustrates the marque’s intimate understanding of the desires of the most discerning patrons of luxury in the world; Rolls-Royce customers.”

Every possible application is considered and ingeniously executed. Should the user wish to present their guests with canapés, two dishes find their place in the lower portion of the Hamper, either side of an ice bucket, whilst discreet drawers hold recipe cards and fine cotton napkins. The upper tier of the Hamper, containing tumblers, decanters and a shaker, is adorned in a Golden Sand coloured leather, selected for its vibrancy, offset with polished aluminium.

Smaller utensils including a muddler finished in American Walnut and a strainer engraved with the ‘RR’ monogram are securely stored on a specially developed moveable rack that can be locked when not in use and moved via a hinge to ensure effortless access when required.

Only the very finest materials, sourced from the world’s best suppliers adorn a Rolls-Royce motor car, with this philosophy extending in this instance to the choice of glassware. Theresienthal, Europe’s most revered glassmaker and supplier of many of the Continent’s Royal Courts, was chosen for their unique dedication to artisanal hand-craftsmanship.

The glasses themselves take one month to complete owing to the utilisation of a time-honoured technique that sees the glass blown into beech wood moulds, guaranteeing an exceptionally smooth surface. Many of the Theresienthal craftspeople represent the fifth generation of their family to work at the foundry. The presence of the human hand at every stage of the production process ensures no two glasses are the same, with almost imperceptible differences attributable only to the glasses’ master craftsperson.

As an exclusive flourish, designed to express the delicacy of the glasses themselves, the rims are finished in platinum.

Finally, a perfect service is guaranteed through the inclusion of a glass tray, discreetly and safely housed beneath the integrated wooden chopping board, ensuring drinks are presented to guests in consummate Rolls-Royce luxury. As a finishing touch, a book containing a series of cocktail recipes inspired by the marque’s extraordinary heritage completes the set.

Only 15 of these exquisitely crafted hampers will be produced, ensuring their exclusivity. Customers wishing to acquire one can do so through one of the marque’s 130 dealerships across the globe.

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