As far as collaborations go, this one is quite remarkable. Louis XIII has joined hands with luxury goods company Hermès, crystal-ware company Saint-Louis and silversmith Puiforcat to create L’Odyssée d’un Roi – which the brand calls “a bespoke tribute to the Louis XIII mythical journeys through the ages.” Inspired by the first shipments of Louis XIII cognac in the late 1870s and the journeys that followed, each of the French brands have contributed towards the creation of travelling trunks for an artisan blend of cognac.
“The unique collaboration between Louis XIII, Hermès, Puiforcat and Saint-Louis had to be represented by an exceptional blend, an assemblage of eaux-de-vie from Grande champagne that are as rare as they are precious.”, said Baptiste Loiseau speaking about the special blend he created alongside former Cellar Master Pierrette Trichet.
The blend is housed in a crystal decanter and presented along with matching serving glasses that were all mouth-blown, cut and engraved entirely by hand by the masters at Saint-Louis. The royal cristallerie used the ancient and painstaking technique of copper-wheel engraving to give a regal touch to these creations.
The white gold pipette of L’Odyssée D’un Roi was hand-forged by the Art Deco silversmith Puiforcat for service, using a centuries-old method. Each of the three pipettes were painstakingly shaped, planished, stamped and engraved by the talented craftsmen.
Hermès created the bespoke travel trunk for L’Odyssée D’un Roi. The hand-stitched trunk uses the finest leathers and is modelled on a classic steamer trunk. The interior of the trunk was precisely designed to house a unique magnum decanter of Louis XIII.
Over 1,000 hours of labour per piece and the expertise of more than 50 artisans was required to produce these three bespoke sets of L’Odyssée d’un Roi. They are to be presented at events in the culture capitals of the world on different continents as part of a yearlong travelling exhibition.
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