Drinking and driving is never a good idea, but a (chauffeur-driven) Rolls-Royce and a glass of chilled champagne go together like a horse and carriage – which is why the maker of “the best cars in the world” has just introduced a luxurious, hand-crafted accessory that’s specifically designed for transporting one’s favourite cuvées.
The Rolls-Royce champagne chest is the latest addition to the marque’s accessory portfolio and comprises a “chassis” made from machined aluminium and carbon fibre covered in natural grain leather, with sides made from Tudor oak.
Pushing a button causes the chest to slowly open, with the lid transforming itself into a serving tray with a laser-cut stainless-steel inlay and exposing four R-R monogrammed napkins and a quartet of handblown crystal flutes with polished aluminium bases. Simultaneously, the sides of the chest deploy outwards to reveal a pair of “hammocks” swatched in “Hotspur Red” Rolls-Royce leather that are designed to hold treats such as champagne, caviar or canapés, while thermal coolers made from black anodised aluminium promise to maintain two bottles of champagne at optimum temperature.
The chest is also available in a special “caviar configuration” – with a pair of chillers capable of holding a 30g tin and a pair of blini caissons complemented by two mother-of-pearl spoons – or with an alternative arrangement of three fitted porcelain bowls.
As with everything Rolls-Royce, the champagne chest can be made in a bespoke finish using wood and leather of the buyer’s choice, with personal monograms and so on. It costs £37,000 – slightly more than the entry-level 5-series saloon car made by Rolls-Royce’s parent company BMW – and can be ordered through Rolls-Royce dealerships.