Rolls-Royce Chest designed to rise to the occasion

WHETHER you’re celebrating or commiserating the outcome of yesterday’s Australian Federal Election, here’s a vessel that could help you do it in style wherever you happen to be – in a car, on a super yacht or just enjoying the brilliant autumn warmth on a private terrace.

Behold the “Champagne Chest” from the Bespoke Design division of luxury automaker Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

This latest addition to the Rolls-Royce Accessory Collection is part of the British company’s efforts to produce pieces that lift personal experiences to the Rolls-Royce standard.

The Champagne Chest was designed to be highly portable, enabling owners to enjoy some of the design cues of a Rolls-Royce car wherever they go. It’s made from machined aluminium, carbon fibre, and embossed natural grain leather, all flanked by Tudor oak – materials commonly used in the marque’s cars.

A push of a button opens the chest in dramatic style, with the lid morphing into a serving tray for a champagne set for four within. Hand-blown crystal champagne flutes are illuminated from within to make them sparkle in their V12 engine-inspired display. Polished aluminium bases complete the look, each etched with the “RR” monogram. Thermal coolers keep the bubbles at the perfect temperature.

For those who want to switch things up, a caviar configuration can be optioned in, including two thermal caviar caissons with space for 30g tins, two blini caisson and the requisite Mother-of-Pearl spoons to ensure the flavour of the delicate fish roe isn’t unimpaired.

The Champagne Chest is a clever pairing of luxury and gadgetry so would probably go down well with that special-someone who’s hard to buy for, especially as it may become a collectible.

Local pricing is yet to be revealed but, if it was a car, it would almost certainly attract at least a little Luxury Car Tax, which kicks in from $66,331.

Rolls-Royce says it’s making the vessel available through dealerships from £37,000 – equivalent to $A68,575 before taxes.