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.
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.
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.
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.
L’Heure Bleue, 1912. Its sensual flacon echoes the Art Nouveau movement and its pierced stopper is an Avant Garde feat in crystal making.
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).
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.
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.
The Silver Winged Bee, 2012. This piece featuring a levitating Guerlain bee is yet another technical feat successfully achieved by the two Maisons.
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.