Comme des Garçons joins Baccarat for Exquisite Collaborative Glassware

 

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Japanese fashion house Comme des Garçons taps French glass artisans Baccarat for a special collaborative event. To welcome summer, the duo are launching a pop-up with a special edition piece of stemware.

Reimagining the Harcourt with polka dots.

Having recently dipped into the world of Japanese fashion courtesy of fragment design, Maison Baccarat is no stranger to inventive creations. This collaboration, however, isn’t a new shape – instead, Comme des Garçons tweaks one of the iconic classic Baccarat creations.

comme-des-garcons-aoyama-baccarat-harcourt-glass-collaboration-event-2The Harcourt wine glass has remained a staple of Baccarat’s line-up since the Maison was founded in 1841, simultaneously highlighting the house’s knack for elegant design and its equisite attention to detail. Sleek lines inform the glass, arcing down onto a brilliantly simple hexagonal base.

Comme des Garçons’ collaborative edition places branding on the base and CdG’s preferred polka dots across the bowl, yielding a glass that is equal parts progressive and classic.

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Joining the $415 Harcourt glass, a commemorative T-shirts will drop at the special event hosted inside Comme des Garçons Aoyama, which begins May 31.

Come into the beautiful worlds of Maison Baccarat and Comme des Garçons.

 

 

 

 

 

Guerlain L’Abeille Eternelle 190th Anniversary

 

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Baccarat and Guerlain, two iconic names. Since they were founded, the two French Maison’s have shared a passion for beautiful objects and the desire to keep unique know- how alive. To embody the perfumer’s inspiration, Baccarat has taken an incredibly ingenious approach and created extraordinary flacons for Guerlain, some of which are real technological feats. From the voluptuous Quadrilobé bottle dedicated to Jicky to the revolutionary Shalimar, these symbolic flacons have beautifully enhanced Guerlain’s fragrance creations, helping to give these fragrances iconic status.

To celebrate its 190th anniversary, Guerlain has joined forces with Baccarat to create a spectacular exceptional piece.

The celebration of Maison Guerlain’s 190th Anniversary, the pencil of the Place Vendôme jeweller Lorenz Bäumer has created a masterful design that beautifully enhances the Maison’s icon: faceted like a diamond, a majestic bee levitates in a crystal cell in pure, clear lines whose flanks a ridged with wild grass.

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Nathalie Blaise, Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, is a modeller: with her expert hands, she creates a plaster model of the bottle – Lorenz Bäumer’s sketch comes to life in three dimensions. This model makes it possible to produce the mould into which the hot crystal will be poured. Each Baccarat crystal bottle has been designed, shaped, cut and polished to perfection by expert artisans, using a mixture of traditional and innovative glassmaking techniques.

For this exceptional anniversary, Guerlain’s in-house Master Perfumer Thierry Wasser has created a fragrance by way of celebration. Like its bottle pairing heritage -based know-how with innovative craftsmanship, it combines – in an unprecedented Double Absolute concentration – contemporary top notes of orange, orange blossom and almond with a more traditional Guerlinade in the base notes, featuring benzoin tincture, sandalwood and ylang-ylang, creating a fragrance with hidden depths to its score.

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Since they were founded, the two Houses have shared a passion for beautiful objects and the desire to keep unique know- how alive. To embody the perfumer’s inspiration, Baccarat has taken an incredibly ingenious approach and created extraordinary bottles for Guerlain, some of which are real technological feats.

From the voluptuous Quadrilobé bottle dedicated to Jicky to the revolutionary Shalimar, these symbolic bottles have beautifully enhanced Guerlain’s fragrance creations, helping to give these fragrances iconic status.

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Jicky ,1908. Designed by Gabriel Guerlain, the Quadrilobé flacon evokes an alchemist’ flacon and owes its name to its stopper carved from a solid block to obtain a four – lobed shape.

 

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L’Heure Bleue, 1912. Its sensual flacon echoes the Art Nouveau movement and its pierced stopper is an Avant Garde feat in crystal making.

 

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Parfum des Champ Élysees, 1913. Created for the opening of the Guerlain boutique on the Champs Élysées, the flacon adopts the outline of the slow tortoise, in reference to the delay with the work (above is shown the 100th Anniversary Edition, 2013).

 

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Liu, 1929. Guerlain was inspired by an opera that takes place in the court of China and the Baccarat crystal became black, reminiscent of Chinese laquered tea caddies.

 

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Vol De Nuit,1933. In 1933, crystal combined with metal for the first time to form a propeller, the perfect allegory for Saint Exupéry’s novel.

 

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The Silver Winged Bee, 2012. This piece featuring a levitating Guerlain bee is yet another technical feat successfully achieved by the two Maisons.

 

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And their latest creation: Guerlain L’Abeille Eternelle

For the true collectors, the Guerlain L’Abeille Eternelle 190th Anniversary by Baccarat is available exclusively in Guerlain boutiques and Harrods.

 

 

 

 

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire by Maison Legeron

 

 

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Following the style of the customary limited edition release for Muguet (2017) and the gorgeous pristine white bells designed by Maison Legeron adorning the bottle famous French Maison Guerlain reveals a limited edition bottle of La Petite Robe Noire by Maison Legeron. A beautiful collectors edition.

An exclusive release of the fragrance La Petite Robe Noire outfitted in a handmade black Baccarat crystal with hand crafted feather adornments performed by ateliers Maison Legeron. Maison Legeron created a truly unique, exclusive and admirable design for the famous La Petite Robe Noire perfume. The stunning bottle is covered with natural features of turkey, goose, and cocks. This careful and delicate work takes a lot of time to manually assemble each piece that’s why the limited edition bottles come slightly different from each other.

Top notes: Bergamot, Cherry, Red berries, Almond
Heart notes: Roses, Taif rose, Licorice, Tea note
Base notes: Iris, Patchouli, Star anise, Tonka bean, Vanilla

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire by Maison Legeron is composed by famous perfumer Thierry Wasser with a floral-infused aroma, mainly blending with the main ingredient Taif rose along with ‘black’ accents of black tea, dark cherry, precious iris and patchouli note. For me, this perfume is a must-try due to its unbelievable gorgeous design as well as a promising aroma.

 

 

 

Miss Dior: December 1947 – December 2017

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Seventy years ago the perfume Miss Dior was officially launched, after having received its debut at the Maison’s first haute couture show, on 12 February 1947. We take a look at the history of  an iconic fragrance, conceived by Christian Dior as ‘a perfume that smells of love’, and reinvented today by François Demachy as an Eau de Parfum that’s more sensual than ever.

For Christian Dior, perfume was ‘the indispensable complement of the female personality’. When creating his couture house, he dreamed to being able to give his flower-women a fragrance that ‘smells of love’. With the perfumer Paul Vacher, he developed a floral chypre, which he sprayed liberally throughout the salons in where his first collection was to be shown. This new scent went against the powdery perfumes of the time. Dedicated to Catherine, his beloved sister, Miss Dior erupted into life as the perfect accompaniment for the happy and liberated young woman of the New Look.

 

 

 

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1947, Christian Dior Miss Dior in handmade Baccarat perfume bottle and stopper, cased crystal white cut to clear, gilt details (7 1/2 in).

Officially launched in December 1947, this olfactory revolution took form in a bottle conceived as an object of rare luxury and designed according to the same exigencies as haute couture, because Christian Dior regarded himself as equally couturier and perfumer. He came up with a crystal amphora that alluded to the harmonious silhouette of the En 8 line in his first collection. The couturier was involved in each stage of its creation and turned to the expertise of the best glass masters in France. In 1950, echoing the modernist impulse of the time, and at the same time as his Verticale collection, he designed a more geometric and sober bottle, ‘cut like a suit’. Engraved with the houndstooth motif dear to the couturier, this bottle, which is still the one that holds Miss Dior today, it set off with a satin bow. This ultimate couture touch, whether in metal or embroidered by hand in the workshops of 30 Avenue Montaigne for the more exceptional editions, represents the immutable link between couture and perfume.

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70 years on, Miss Dior succeeds in conserving its couture spirit and continues to capture the Maison’s revolutionary vision, especially in the new Eau de Parfum developed by Perfumer-Creator François Demachy and focused around the sensuality of the rose de Grasse and the sexy aura of the damask rose.

This declaration of fragrant love is embodied by Natalie Portman, in a fringed raffia-embroidered haute couture dress whose feminine curves and unexpected use of materials passionately encapsulate the spirit of the iconic Miss Dior.

 

 

 Baccarat, Flos and Philippe Starck collaboration steals the spotlight at Milan Design Week

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The thousands of projects – complete or forthcoming – his global fame and tireless protean inventiveness should never distract from Philippe Starck’s fundamental vision: Creation, whatever form it takes, must improve the lives of as many people as possible. Starck vehemently believes this poetic and political duty, rebellious and benevolent, pragmatic and subversive, should be shared by everyone and he sums it up with the humour that has set him apart from the very beginning:

No one has to be a genius, but everyone has to participate.

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His precocious awareness of ecological implications, his enthusiasm for imagining new lifestyles, his determination to change the world, his love of ideas, his concern with defending the intelligence of usefulness – and the usefulness of intelligence – has taken him from iconic creation to iconic creation… From the everyday products, furniture and lemon squeezers, to revolutionary mega yachts, hotels that stimulate the senses, phantasmagorical venues and individual wind turbines, he never stops pushing the limits and criteria of contemporary design.

His dreams are solutions, solutions so vital that he was the first French man to be invited to the TED conferences (Technology, Entertainment & Design) alongside renowned participants including Bill Clinton and Richard Branson.

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Bon Jour, designed by Philippe Stark in 2015 is the timeless elegance of high-technology dematerialization. With a body that is ethereal, pure and almost immaterial. Its naked, transparent base can be customized with a variety of interchangeable finishings and materials, expressing personal taste. It’s timeless.

I have a total weakness when it comes to the French ‘crystal’ Maison’s like Lalique, Daum and Baccarat. Not only the vases and sculptures I like, but also ‘transparant’ lamps!…. Lighting is always the centre of attention in a room.

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Presented during Milan Design Week, Fuorisalone, the Bon Jour Versailles collection of lamps – a collaboration between French crystal maker Baccarat, Italian lighting manufacturer Flos and renowned designer Philippe Starck – stole the spotlight.

A beautiful handmade version of the Flos ‘Bon Jour’, is the Baccarat ‘Bon Jour Versaille’ that is availble in two sizes. The lamp sits on top of a finely sculpted transparent handmade crystal stand. The lines are reminiscent of Baccarat’s most iconic pieces. Starck designed a beautiful timeless classic.

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Camus receive prestigious French Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant label

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French Maison Camus has been awarded the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (Living Heritage Company) label in recognition of itssavoir-faire, advanced technical skills and commitment to crafting quality products.

Created in 2005 by the French State to promote its industrial and craft heritage, the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant label rewards outstanding economic and cultural talent across the country. Selected companies undergo a rigorous and lengthy examination process by an official body comprising independent and governmental entities.

Camus has been recognized as one of the select few Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant labeled brands to contribute to France’s economic standing, which include Baccarat, Boucheron, Chanel, Hermés, and Chateau Laubade.

Cyril Camus, President of Camus, representing the fifth generation of the founding family, said: “It is a privilege for Camus to receive the Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant label, which testifies to the devotion and savoir-faire passed on from each generation of my family to the next, as well as to the ongoing support from all those who have worked alongside us over the years. This success is also theirs”.

Maison Camus spans more than 150 years. With 180 hectares in the Borderies cru, the smallest and rarest district in the Cognac appellation, the Camus family has always been deeply involved in making and distilling Cognac.

Come into the beautiful world of Camus.

 

 

 

 

Marc Newsome and Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos 568 takes you back to the future

 

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Australian designer Marc Newson has designed his third Atmos clock, powered by air and cased in handmade Baccarat crystal.

Celebrated watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre and industrial designer Marc Newsome have worked together several times before on Atmos clock models and have wowed us each time. The latest model in the Atmos series promises the same innovation and technical complexity as those that came before it. Jaeger-LeCoultre and Newsome have recently revealed the Atmos 568 clock which is actually housed in a Baccarat crystal cabinet.

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The transparent crystal gives the clock a cool futuristic look and evokes a feeling of clean minimalism. The Atmos was originally created in 1928 and runs on the strength of a mix of gases hermetically sealed inside a capsule. The gases expand and contract with temperature changes in the room, their expansion swell the bellows of the accordion and power the clock. Even minute changes of a single degree are enough to keep the clock running for two days.

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For the new 568 version, Newsome has redesigned most of the visible parts including the hands, dial, case and counterbalance.

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When looked at through the front of the clock, the mechanism appears to float in midair, but a look through the back reveals the points at which it has been secured in place.

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Bold blue numerals mark the indices and the month marker is part of the transparent dial. Moon phases are indicated on a white moon and blue sky at 6 o clock.

I asked myself: to what extent could I express myself within that object? And that, in fact, was the real challenge. … Despite the careful consideration for designing the interior elements, the “wow factor” of this clock is the Baccarat crystal case with its rounded cube shape. However the case was extremely complex to fabricate, there was an enormous amount of work and development required to perfect the shape.

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The clock is a rounded cube, with the crystal at certain places being only 13mm thick to amplify that feeling of lightness and airiness.

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While the previous Newson clocks were limited editions, the Atmos 568 is part of the regular collection.

Marc Newson reinterprets the Atmos clock by reworking its classical style while preserving all its essential features, allowing an icon of watchmaking to become an icon of style. Unveiling its secrets little by little, the Atmos 568 will intrigue the gaze of connoisseurs of beautiful objects.

The Atmos 568 by Marc Newson (ref. Q5165107) is available from both Jaeger-LeCoultre boutiques and retailers starting December 2016, priced at $28,000. The clock features both brand names and promises to be a showstopper at the 2017 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie.

 

 

 

Guerlain Flacon Quadrilobé

Guerlain’s Quadrilobe Bottle Colour Collection was inspired by a phenomenon that remains a mystery: synaesthesia. A spontaneous association of the senses experienced by many artists, musicians and authors. Including Vassily Kandinsky and Duke Ellington, who saw music in colour, and Vladimir Nabokov who, as in Rimbaud’s ‘Vowels’ (A black, E white, I red, etc.), perceived the shade and texture of letters…

Guerlain’s Quadrilobe Bottle Colour Collection

One of Guerlain’s most iconic creations has been reinvented for the occasion. Designed by Baccarat in 1908 for Jacques Guerlain’s Rue de la Paix Boutique, the Quadrilobe bottle has accompanied the perfume House’s history for over a century, holding Jicky, Liu, Shalimar, etc. over the years. Now crafted by the famous Verreries Brosse (Brosse Glassworks), it harbours the private collections and tailor-made fragrances, along with spectacular exceptional pieces made of crystal.

With the Colour Collection, this legendary creation is available for the first time in a range of five subtly gradated colours of precious stones. The neck of the bottle is adorned with a matching silk thread, meticulously hand-tied and combed according to the barbichage technique, traditional know‑how kept alive by Guerlain’s incomparable Dames de Table.

This jewel bottle nestles in an amethyst case decorated with a sun, Guerlain’s historic emblem. In the Colour Collection, sumptuous gem tones express the quintessence of five fragrances, chosen from Guerlain’s Les Exclusifs collection:  amber is the color of Spiritueuse Double Vanille (2007), the ruby bottle features Oriental Brûlant (2008), the sapphire bottle contains L’Heure de Nuit (2012), amethyst is the color for L’Eau de Parfum du 68 (2013). And Santal Royal (2014) comes in a green bottle that represents emerald. All created by Thierry Wasser, they are all for women and men.

 

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Spiritueuse Double Vanille comes in a bottle of amber color, which refers to the shimmering sensuality. The fragrance is a sparkling elixir of rum, cedar, vanilla and herbs.

 

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Guerlain Oriental Brûlant, 2008

Oriental Brûlant represents the color of passion, fiery temperament and sensuality. The composition is a cocktail of herbs, almond, tonka bean and carnal balms.

 

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L’Heure de Nuit represents a modern homage to the legendary L’Heure Bleue fragrance, inspired by the magical atmosphere of Parisian nights. The scent combines delicate and light notes of orange blossom, vanilla, heliotrope, iris, sandalwood and musk.

 

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Guerlain L’Eau de Parfum du 68, 2013

L’Eau de Parfum du 68 by Guerlain, is a blend of red and blue, reflects the contrast between the warm and cool facets of this distinct fragrance, in which everlasting flower pairs with rose, over an enveloping heliotrope, cedar and benzoin base.

 

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Santal Royal. The emerald green of Santal Royal leads us into a woody universe, at the heart of the mysteries of the Orient. A play of contrasts between the allure of sandalwood, the radiance of jasmine and rose, and the obscure charm of leather and oud accords.

Guerlain Colour Collection Flacon Quadrilobé perfumes are available in bottles of 125 ml at the price of 650 Euros. They will be sold starting in June 2016 in the Guerlain boutique at Place Vendome.

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Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540

 

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Last year, crystal manufacturer Baccarat celebrated its 250th anniversary with the launch of the Baccarat Rouge 540 fragrance as a high point of the festivities. Presented in a beautiful, precious handmade Baccarat crystal bottle, the scent was carefully created by the perfumer Francis Kurkdjian.

The company is renowned for its chandeliers and glassware with these red crystal embellishments – red being the signature colour of Baccarat since 1847 when its first red crystal was created. And it is this transubstantiation of heat and mineral, as well as the sublime craftsmanship required to create the red Baccarat crystal, that has inspired this perfume and which Kurkdjian has attempted to recreate in fragrance form.

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Created for both men and women, the Baccarat Rouge 540 fragrance is the result of a partnership between the crystal manufacturer Baccarat and the perfume house Maison Francis Kurkdjian.

The name of this very special anniversary limited edition was inspired by the bottle manufacturing process. Clear crystal mixed with 24-carat gold powder is gradually heated to a temperature of 540 degrees, metamorphosing it into a golden red color.

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Not long after the introduction Maison Francis Kurkdjian announced that the Baccarat Rouge 540 fragrance will become part of its celebratory perfume collection, and will be packaged in the perfume house’s iconic bottle.

Floral notes may be very popular among the masses, but I believe I’m in the minority of those who just aren’t into them mostly. Though Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540 has floral notes, it’s the mix of woods and amber that totally make it completely for me. It’s an amazing blend of floral and woody which is perfect for a life-long floral opponent quite like myself. I imagine Dominique Deveraux on Dynasty would love a fragrance like this.

 

Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540 Eau de Parfum

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540, an Eau de Parfum born from the encounter between Maison Francis Kurkdjian and Baccarat, as a celebration of the 250th anniversary of the iconic crystal house.

At first Baccarat Rouge 540 gives a fizzy effervervent rush with a warm candy-flossy blur before drying down to a mysterious long-lasting intense woody and metallic scent. A very alluring seductive perfume. As Kurkdjian says, “fragrance needs mystery” and this modern subtle and sophisticated creation certainly gives the wearer this.

Top (Breeze accord): Jasmine & saffron
Heart (Heat accord): Cedar wood
Base (Mineral accord): Ambergris

Luminous and sophisticated, Baccarat Rouge 540 lays on the skin like an amber floral and woody breeze. A poetic alchemy composed by Francis Kurkdjian, where the aerial notes of jasmine and the radiance of saffron carry mineral facets of ambergris and woody tones of a freshly cut cedar wood. A graphic and highly condensed signature.

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I’m a bit of a beauty snob, but there is truly nothing like an amazing high end fragrance that speaks to you and your senses. Baccarat Rouge 540 ranks high among the fragrances I’ve tried and will be in heavy rotation through summer. As expected with a fragrance of this caliber, it will last throughout the entire day. A perfume that is luminous, dense and intense.

 

Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540

Last year, crystal manufacturer Baccarat celebrated its 250th anniversary with the launch of the Baccarat Rouge 540 fragrance as a high point of the festivities. Presented in a Baccarat crystal bottle, the scent was carefully created by the perfumer Francis Kurkdjian.

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The Baccarat Rouge 540 fragrance is the result of a partnership between the crystal manufacturer Baccarat and the perfume house Maison Francis Kurkdjian. This new celebratory fragrance will be available in mid-January 2016.

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The name of this very special anniversary limited edition was inspired by the bottle manufacturing process. In Francois Truffaut’s film of Ray Bradbury sci-fi title Fahrenheit 451, this is the temperature of the auto-ignition point of paper — the heat at which it will catch fire without being exposed to an external flame. In the case of the Baccarat crystal, it is a heat of 540 degrees that once applied, with consummate skill, to the raw materials of sand, lead and 24-carat gold powder metamorphosing it into the beautiful red incandescent crystal for which the house is famous.

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A few months later, Maison Francis Kurkdjian announced that the Baccarat Rouge 540 fragrance will become part of its celebratory perfume collection, and will be packaged in the perfume house’s iconic bottle.

This woody amber floral fragrance has opening notes of jasmine and saffron, followed by ambergris and cedar.

Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540 Eau de Parfum

Baccarat Rouge 540 in the iconic Maison Francis Kurkdjian bottle (70ml) will be available from mid-January in the brand’s Parisian stores. Price: €195. A limited numbered edition of 250 in a Baccarat crystal bottle will also be available. Price: €3,000 for 100 ml.

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