This year Guerlain treats us to another exceptional collector's flacon just in time for the holidays. To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the birth of Shalimar, a gorgeous deep cobalt blue crystal flacon has been created by famed glass works Waltersperger. The flacon is adorned with a 22kt gilded branch which is attached around the neck of the bottle. Two blown glass birds, symbolizing the eternal love between Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, perched upon the branch are handmade by Maison Desrues and richly covered in silver, blue and gold enamel. The bottle holds an impressive 1.5 litres of Shalimar extrait. Only 17 of these limited edition flacons are available this year.
You may remember the previous cobalt blue crystal Waltersperger bottle for the Shalimar Nuit de Indes Exceptional Edition from 2014 shown below.
Photo of the 2015 Shalimar edition by jojolinoo on Instagram via monsieur-guerlain.com
"The famous Guerlain Shalimar bottle deploys its monumental scale and is cloaked in midnight blue by the French glassmaker Waltersperger specialist in exceptional formats for almost a hundred years. A real feat that combines unique expertise handbook of best advanced technologies. A delicate golden branch with fine 22,5 carat gold carefully wraps around the bottle neck and grips his shoulder. A couple of birds called inseparable just asked them. Poetic allegory of the eternal love between Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal, this masterpiece craft reveals the expertise and talent of Maison Desrues, French Haute Couture jeweler since 1929. Only 17 numbered pieces are available in the world.
In his music version Shalimar is a flight of citrus notes that fuels a heart and gently wrapping powdered. The footprint of a carnal bewitching vanilla, the penetrating charm of the iris, the balmy roundness opopanax, gourmet hot tonka bean orchestrate an intimate symphony of scents in which to languish.
Maison Desrues brings his artistic talent and expertise to the adornment inseparable birds adorning the bottle Shalimar Edition 90th anniversary. This French Haute Couture artisan founded in 1929 is combined for the first time to Guerlain sublimate for this creation of a rare and modern technique."