NINA RICCI L'AIR DU TEMPS
L'Écrin Des Colombes
"Longstanding muse, L’Air du Temps has inspired an array of artists over the decades. “L’Écrin des Colombes” (2015) is the latest creative collaboration to honour the iconic fragrance. The acclaimed craftsmen of Lalique and Gérard Lognon drew on their talents to give new life to “La cage” (1951): the precious birdcage that encased the exclusive 1951 edition of L’Air du Temps, the emblematic bottle upon which perched for the first time a pair of interlinking doves.
In a glittering display of craftsmanship, “L’Écrin des Colombes” pays tribute to the exclusive vintage edition with a series of 74 one-of-a-kind, meticulously hand-carved and individually numbered bottles.
The finely honed and fastidiously repeated technique of the master glass-maker is seen in a spectacular swirl of signature volutes that sparkle beneath crystal-cut doves ablaze with flashes of pure gold.
Then, at the expert hands of the pleat maker, a bolt of beaming yellow satin is carefully coaxed into the concertina pleats of the birdcage. As the fabric is heated, cooled and fashioned, hand and eye work in unison to transform raw material into a three-dimensional work of art.
For a fleeting instant, time stops.
Synchronised in silence. Working in artisan time."