CRYSTAL CHEETAH - LALIQUE FOR McLAREN :
CRYSTAL CHEETAH - LALIQUE FOR McLAREN, 2018 heralds the launch of a new collection, the Essence of Speed - a landmark collaboration born out of shared values, particularly performance and excellence. At its heart are three designs symbolizing speed; collector's pieces, combining René Lalique's mesmerizing talent for bringing the natural world to life in glassware, and McLaren, one of the most iconic and successful teams in Formula 1 history.
The collaboration between McLaren and Lalique is a perfect fit. Both are leaders in their fields, with passion and dedication at their heart and a shared inspiration drawn from nature.
McLaren possesses an outstanding racing pedigree and, over the years, has honed its expertise and pursued a relentless quest for speed in its cars, which are renowned for their engineering art. For McLaren, inspiration comes from some of the fastest animals on earth, on land or in the air or sea - intelligent, adaptive and blisteringly quick. Whether it's the sharp edges of tailfins or the swept-back wings of a bird of prey when diving, there are so many natural designs adapted for speed across the animal kingdom.
René Lalique was also inspired by the other natural forms of flora, fauna and feminity and his iconic car mascots reflecting all three were some of his best-known pieces created in the 1920s and 1930s, gracing radiator caps as a symbol of prestige. Each on is still sought after by fastidious collectors who seek perfection.
The Essence of Speed collection will depict three stylized creatures in clear crystal, in two sizes and limited editions to be released over a three-year period. The first depicts a sprinting cheetah; a smaller standing edition limited to 375 (the same number as the limited-edition P1 supercar) and a spectacular larger piece created using lost-wax technique in an edition of 20 to commemorate the 20 Formula One Worl Championships that McLaren has won so far. The collection will be enriched by a new design annually over the next two years.
In the words of Silvio Denz, Chairman and CEO of Lalique: "This is a special collaboration that perpetuates the genius of René Lalique and our heritage in collaborations with car manufacturers. A natural synergy and shared values exist between McLaren and Lalique, and the result conveys the essence of speed through the medium of crystal glass."