Unveiled ahead of this year’s annual Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, Rolls-Royce’s latest accessory is the most fitting item for wealthy folks who love hosting soirees out of their prized Rolls-Royces with fine bubbly.
Yes, this is a purpose-built champagne chest that’s also available in caviar-specific configuration. Like its cars, this latest addition into the Rolls-Royce accessories portfolio is finely crafted by hand with high attention-to-detail.
The chest underpins a ‘chassis’ constructed out of both carbon fibre and machined aluminium, with its exterior wrapped in fine black leather and flanked by Tudor Oak wood. When closed, the whole thing looks very discreet in a very 007-esque manner, but all that changes when it opens up.
Rolls-Royce Champagne Chest
With the press of a button, the chest opens “with a sense of theatre” as Rolls-Royce puts it, to reveal “hammocks” that house the thermal champagne coolers, as well as four hand-blown flutes that are nestled in an illuminated bay and arranged to evoke the V12 engine.
The design is clever too as the exterior lid doubles up as a delicate serving tray of Tudor Oak wood and laser-cut stainless steel inlay. The champagne coolers, on the other hand, which are made of black anodised aluminium and carbon fibre, are also specially insulated to ensure your champagne is served at the right temperature.
By the way, if champagne isn’t your thing, Rolls-Royce will also offer the chest in a caviar-specific configuration. Here, it features two 30-gram caissons (fancy caviar containers), as well as mother-of-pearl spoons set to match.
Additionally, there’s also a configuration with a container featuring three porcelain bowls "should patrons wish to present their guests with an alternative accompaniment to champagne," the company says. By the way, customers can customise the chest to their exact specifications in similar fashion as buying one of their cars.
How much does it all cost? The short answer is ‘Astronomical’ to say the least. According to Rolls-Royce, prices starts from £37,000 excluding local taxes, which roughly equates to nearly RM200k. Now that calls for a round of celebratory libations indeed.