Design and Technology
Works of art in their own right, these rare and exceptional pieces go far beyond bespoke to make truly extraordinary gifts for a landmark occasion
BLACK PEARL AHD
Former cellar master Georges Clot said, “When you discover Louis XIII, you become a different man.” Now, in tribute to the centenary of former Chairman André Hériard Dubreuil, Louis XIII presents an exquisite rare blend of Cognac drawn from a single tierçon hidden within the Hériard Dubreuil family’s private cellars. Part of the Black Pearl Collection, the AHD Cognac is encased in just 1498 numbered 35cl decanters, exquisitely crafted by the highly skilled crystal-makers at Baccarat. Featuring minute pearl inlays and precious palladium plating, the design is inspired by a royal flask found on the battlefield of Jarnac, fought in 1569, and acquired by Paul-Émile Rémy Martin in 1850.
JAMES BOND COLLECTION
From an omnibus edition of Casino Royale, From Russia With Love and Doctor No inscribed to James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me inscribed to Robert Kennedy, and a copy of Live and Let Die inscribed to Winston Churchill, the most significant Ian Fleming Collection ever to appear on the market is made available by Peter Harrington, the UK’s largest rare bookseller. The 81-piece Collection has been assembled over 30 years by a New York collector and contains inscribed first editions of every James Bond book published in Fleming’s lifetime alongside a number of manuscripts, personal letters, notebooks, pre-publication proofs, advance copies and ephemera.
When Tsar Alexander III commissioned jeweller Peter Carl Fabergé to create an Easter gift for his wife in 1885, he began an annual tradition of gifting intricately crafted eggs which would become the ultimate symbol of luxury. Marking the centenary of the last Fabergé Imperial Eggs ever delivered, Fabergé has crafted a unique Pearl Egg. Created by 20 artisans, it is embellished with 139 fine white pearls from Hussain Ibrahim Al-Fardan’s private collection, 3,305 diamonds, carved rock crystal and mother-of-pearl, set on white and yellow gold. Opening to reveal a unique 12.17 carat grey pearl, it is accompanied by a white pearl, diamond and mother of pearl necklace.