Baccarat is marking its 250th anniversary by collaborating with Japanese design studio Nendo to create a limited edition crystal chess set.
The Harcourt Chessgame features hand-cut figures shaped in the form of the king’s crown, the hem of the queen’s robes and the bishop’s miter, and only 50 sets have been produced in total. The pieces were inspired by Baccarat’s Harcourt drinking glass design, which has become something of a design icon over the centuries, known for its distinctive stem shape.
The pieces are made from clear and midnight-blue crystal and come to life as the game is underway, thanks to the contrast cuts and the light reflections from the set’s contemporary glass board. The Baccarat House signature color red is represented via a ruby square placed at the base of the chessboard.
Since being founded in 1764, Baccarat has gone on to become one of the world’s most famous luxury crystal design houses.
Japanese design studio Nendo was founded in 1997 by Oki Sato and the company is well known for collaborations with design giants such as Cappellini, Cartier, Fritz Hansen and Armani.
French fashion house Hermés have created a luxurious chess set as part of their Spring-Summer 2012 collection.
The hand-sculpted set is carved from Brazilian rosewood and mahogany, laid out on a 95cm board made from Clemence taurillon leather.
Kiki de Montparnasse and aruliden have collaborated in the creation of a uniquely luxurious chess set that combines strategy and sensuality.
The exquisite set is made of the highest quality materials. Thirty-two individual pieces with matte and gloss finishes hold court on a handmade walnut game board.
Each playing piece has a hidden function. What if we tell you that the pieces are actually vibrating?
Victor F. Scharstein has given shape to his dream of 30 years in the form of this bejeweled Art Of War which is a truly stunning piece of beauty, like none you have seen before.
This one-of-a-kind set features rhodium and gold chess pieces that move over a jeweled ebony board. To raise the bar of luxury, the designer has ornamented every piece with precious rocks like diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires.
The board stands on two yellow gold feet encrusted with diamonds and two white gold feet with rubies. Even the â€œArt Of Warâ€ words on the Chinese version on the board are etched out of 14 carat gold. The case that is supposed to house this uber-exclusive chess set is pimped with gold samurai characters and stands on 8 solid gold balls.
The estimated cost to create this luxury chess set is $50,000 but if you are interested, you will have to contact the maker, as the price will be disclosed only on request.
This collection is a dream come true for the ultimate gamer, especially so for the gamer that shares passion for both the adrenalin rush of Formula 1 and the classical battle of chess.
The pieces of this beautifully crafted set are actually parts of the Renault car â€“ the suspension, hubs, uprights, wings and cockpit sitting.
The genuine engine pieces of titanium, stainless steel, aircraft specification aluminium and carbon fiber have literally felt the heat of Formula 1, and sit coolly on 64 squares of sterling silver and leather.
A collector’s item for all the right reasons of exclusivity, uniqueness, luxury and delight, the Renault F1 Team chess set comes at a price of £21,000 (or approximately US$41,600) for the die-hard Renault fan who can boast of having a real piece of a Renault car gleaming on their coffee table.
We have the latest exclusive pictures of the chess set for you courtesy of the makers at the Renault F1 Team Collection.
The Mammoth Ivory Collector Series Signature Chess Set from the House of Staunton is crafted from 40,000-year old Wooly Mammoth Ivory and reproduced on the lines of the original Staunton pattern Chess set, registered by Nathaniel Cook and produced by Jaques of London in 1849.
The full Club-sized Chess set features a 4.4″ King with a 2.0″ diameter base.
While the white army retains the original ivory, the black army is stained black. The aesthetically handcrafted chess set comes packaged with a personalized Certificate of Authenticity and complementary English Leather base pads that can be affixed to the underside of the both armies if so desired.