If a picnic doesn’t include alcohol, we’re not going. But owners of Rolls-Royce cars can now get a champagne chest to bring to a golf sesh, or a trip on a yacht.
That was the thought behind the British marque’s latest reveal — a lavish wine-and-appetiser case that’s got us thinking about dining outdoors.
Gavin Hartley, head of Bespoke Design at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, says that the approach to this chest “is that of designing a Rolls-Royce motor car; the finest materials are married with pinnacle engineering”.
This minimalist carbon fibre and aluminium box is covered in natural grain leather with Tudor oak wood sections. Along with embossed images of the iconic ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’ emblem, these details are reminiscent of the materials used in their cars.
The magic, however, lies within. With the touch of a concealed button, the oak-wood lid rises to convert into a serving tray. Underneath it is a sleek champagne set of four hand-blown crystal flutes, arranged in a pattern reminiscent of the V12 engine.
On either side of the case are hammocks or containers, lined with ‘hotspur red’ leather. These open to reveal perfectly sized temperature-controlled spaces to chill a bottle of champagne. The compartment can easily be used to store caviar or canapés.
There’s even a configuration that offers two caviar caissons, chilled by thermal coolers. But it gets fancier — a pair of mother-of-pearl spoons with magnetic handles that attach to the lid, so nothing impairs the taste of the caviar.
Last but not least, under the lacquered lid-table are four cotton napkins with the classic ‘RR’ embroidery. And for that personalised touch, you get the chest in the colour of your choice.
If there’s any way to wine and dine outside, it’s in luxury like this — just the way Rolls-Royce intended.
Those interested can have a champagne chest specially made through Rolls-Royce dealerships for $47,000 USD (~$64000 SGD/195000 Ringgit) .
This article was first published on Lifestyle Asia.