Guerlain and Baccarat, the tale of a perfume bottle
Exactly one hundred years ago, Guerlain set up its boutique at 68 avenue des Champs-Élysées, but by that time it was already a major actor of high perfumery – the Maison was established in 1828.
The Guerlain family is no stranger to high society who have praised their work over the last two hundred years, including Eugénie Bonaparte, Balzac, the Prince of Wales, and other European monarchs. When Jacques Guerlain opened his boutique on the Champs-Élysées, he called upon Baccarat, the fine crystal manufacturer, to design the vessel for the perfume that would accompany the ribbon cutting.
Guerlain decided that the turtle was a befitting shape for the bottle, as the construction work prior to the opening of the boutique were long-drawn-out and the organic curves fit into the Art Nouveau movement, which was all the rage at the time.
A gorgeous vessel for a unique fragrance
Guerlain and Baccarat celebrate this historic date 110 years later with a one-litre Tortue bottle, dyed a glorious ruby red – Baccarats signature colour – and born of a fusion between clear crystal and 24 carat gold powder. This limited edition, 32-piece (numbered) Métier d’Art bottle is a fitting vessel for the legendary perfume ‘Champs-Elysées’. The fragrance is a sweet blend of currants and berries that enhance the floral essence of rose and mimosa before ushering in the musky and woody smells of hibiscus and almond seeds.
This masterpiece is entirely handmade and cements the union of the two maisons who have collaborated for more than a century. This fine fusion of crystal and fragrance is also a gift to one another.
This vessel is the culmination of technical mastery serving creativity. It brings together the superb technique of the master glassmakers at Baccarat who cut and polished the 88 facets of the turtle’s shell and head and the fine work of the Dames de Table Guerlain whose ‘barbichage’ – or feathering – garnishes the vessel. Tradition is the core of the Dame de Table’s craft, as they paint the silk treads which adorn the neck of the bottle one by one, creating an ever-lasting Albizia flower. It truly is a sight to behold!
Flacon Tortue Red Edition by Baccarat – €25,000