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FABERGÉ X 007 OCTOPUSSY collection revealed





Fabergé and James Bond reveal the first in a series

of jewellery and objet collections celebrating the 007 archive. Available to

purchase and pre-order from 25th March 2024, the debut Fabergé x 007 capsule

collection is inspired by the iconic James Bond film Octopussy (1983) and

includes a hand-crafted limited-edition egg objet, and special edition egg

surprise locket. This unique collection is set to delight both admirers and

collectors of Fabergé and James Bond.

 

Easter 2024 sees the Fabergé x 007 partnership turn the page to its next

chapter, following the initial partnership announcement in 2022 that revealed

the forthcoming one-of-a-kind Fabergé x 007 Egg Objet. The first in a series,

each collection will take inspiration from a James Bond film. It was perfectly

fitting that the debut collection takes inspiration from the iconic Octopussy

(1983), which featured a plot line centred around an elaborate Fabergé egg

heist.

 

The first pieces to be revealed in the Fabergé x 007 Octopussy collection

are the Fabergé x 007 Limited Edition Octopussy Egg Objet and Fabergé x 007

Special Edition Octopussy Egg Surprise Locket. Designed by Fabergé Head of

Design, Liisa Tallgren, and overseen by Fabergé Creative Director, Josina

 von dem Bussche-Kessell, the design of these pieces is a symphony of past,

present and future, with nods to the legendary Octopussy film.

The hand-crafted Fabergé x 007 Limited Edition Octopussy Egg Objet is limited

to just 50 numbered pieces and stands at 8.4cm tall, crafted from 18k yellow

gold and hand-painted with a rich green enamel, carefully selected for its

similarity to the enamel used on the Fabergé egg featured in the film

Octopussy. A mesmerising pattern is visible underneath the lustrous enamel

– a combination of Fabergé’s signature guilloché, accompanied by an intricate

artwork of engraved octopus tentacles which mysteriously wrap around the

egg. These tentacles feature minute detail, and provide a level of depth and

intrigue to the piece. The application is a highly skilled technique which

takes absolute precision and patience, and is so complex that one week’s

work is reserved for this alone. The egg is mounted on a stand which is

reminiscent of that featured on the Fabergé egg from the film, set with white

diamonds and blue sapphires.

 

At the centre of the egg your eye is drawn into the gold 007 logo, which

marks the point of entry into discovering the signature Fabergé surprise

hidden within. The egg opens to reveal an 18k yellow gold octopus nestled

inside, adorned with white diamond suckers and black diamond eyes. The

octopus surprise pays homage to the eponymous antagonist at the centre of

the Octopussy film. This is also a nod to Peter Carl Fabergé, who was renowned

for his quirky little animal studies, both created as charms and as ornaments

in hardstone. The accentuation of specific characteristics of each subject

also gave them distinctive personalities. Fabergé combined these hardstones

with precious metals and gems, seamlessly integrating each with the other to

create miniature works of art; this octopus will be one to add to the history

books.

 

“Whilst work is continuing on the development of a large-scale one-of-a-kind

Fabergé x 007 Egg Objet, we’re very proud to be unveiling this Octopussy

capsule collection. Continuing our special partnership with EON Productions

and the James Bond franchise we decided the surprise inside this first capsule

collection had to be an octopus, in dedication to the eponymous antagonist

at the heart of the film. ‘Octopussy' is a powerful businesswoman and jewel-

smuggler who leads the all-female Octopus Cult, and her name derives from

her favourite octopus, the Blue Ringed Octopus, which she keeps as a pet.

The octopus surprise inside the Fabergé x 007 Egg Objet and Egg Surprise

Locket encapsulates her strong character”. Josina von dem Bussche-Kessell,

Fabergé Creative Director.

 

The very first Fabergé x 007 Limited Edition Octopussy Egg Objet has taken

seven months to be created, and the piece has been brought to life by the

hands of 12 specialists, working across nine individual crafts including

spinning, dye stamping, casting, goldsmithing, guilloché engraving, hand-

engraving, enamelling, setting and polishing.

 

With perfection comes patience, as each piece exemplifies the very finest

craftsmanship and time-honoured techniques that Fabergé is renowned for. Each

objet will take approximately six months to complete, passing through the

hands of many skilled artisans at the workshop in Germany. The production of

each egg objet is overseen by a Fabergé Workmaster who’s family have practiced

the art of enamel for four generations.

 

Alongside the Fabergé x 007 Limited Edition Octopussy Egg Objet is the Fabergé

x 007 Special Edition Octopussy Egg Surprise Locket. The exterior of the egg

closely follows the design of the Fabergé egg featured in the film Octopussy,

with a beautiful 18k gold lattice framework which is delicately set with

blue sapphires and white diamonds in a floral-like design. The egg’s surface

features a geometric guilloché engraved pattern, to juxtapose the more

organic shape of the egg, and each piece has been decorated with green enamel

to perfectly pair with the egg objet. Subtle nods are woven into the design,

including the bail of the locket which takes its inspiration from the letter

‘O’ in the film’s title treatment.

 

In true Fabergé style, the beautiful egg locket also offers a surprise –

opening to reveal a miniature 18k gold octopus inside, capturing the spirit

of the film’s namesake. The octopus has been set with two black diamond eyes.

”The Fabergé x 007 Octopussy Egg Surprise Locket closely follows the design

of the Fabergé egg that was featured in the film Octopussy. I introduced a

different style of guilloché underneath the enamel which works better with

the scale and size of the egg locket. The geometric style guilloché engraving

perfectly complements the intricate latticework of the piece, and feels

contemporary. I also wanted to incorporate the iconic letter ‘O’ from the

Octopussy film’s title treatment in a playful way, which you can see featured

as the bail on the piece”. Liisa Tallgren, Fabergé Head of Design.




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