These luxurious glassware sets make for great conversation pieces for years — and special occasions — to come.
My B bar by Baccarat
The 250-year-old crystal glassware house Baccarat has just launched its showstopping My B bar set this season, perfect if you like treating your VIP guests like royalty. The set of six crystal glasses include two Chateau Baccarat wine glasses; two rose motif tumblers for whisky or juice; and two Harcourt Eve Champagne flutes, which feature a decorative ruby-coloured crystal band, inspired by the style used in King Louis Philippe I’s court.
Perhaps equally as much of a talking point as the exquisite glassware is the plush red hand-carry box they arrive in, which has built-in spotlights so you can proudly showcase them before you pour your guests their preferred drinks. The glassware can also be personalised with individual engravings. The initial run is limited to 999 pieces, selling for HK$12,800 in China and Hong Kong only.
Baccarat, Shop 121, Landmark Prince’s, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2537 2303, baccarat.com
Jardin d’Eden by Christofle x Marcel Wanders
Fans of Christofle pieces will know its iconic Jardin d’Eden flatware collection, designed in collaboration with world-renowned Dutch designer Marcel Wanders. The collection has just expanded with new crystal and porcelain additions for the Christmas season, though the well-known floral motif will work well for the spring season in a year of new beginnings. The new wine glass ($890), champagne flute ($890) and wine carafe ($7,390) are all made of mouth-blown crystal with a band of delicate sandblasted patterns, while the voluptuous design of the carafe and the beaded stem of the glasses echo the forbidden fruit.
Christofle, Shop 117, Prince’s Building, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2869 7311, christofle.com
For a toast to befit a king, you might want to look to the oldest glassware manufacturer in Europe, Saint-Louis, a house which was named by King Louis XV himself in 1586. Despite its history, the designs these days are very modern, and three ranges of Champagne flutes are particularly worth your attention: The Thistle range features ruby or sapphire coloured crystal glasses which will have you sipping in luxury — each has a thick, intricately designed 24K gold or platinum rim, done by hand.
The Excess range keeps the density and clarity of Saint-Louis’ signature handicrafts, but uses traditional diamond-cutting methods to bring out more shine and sparkle to go with your bubbly. Perhaps suited for more everyday occasions, the Bubbles range is the most whimsical, featuring glass pearls along the body of the flute. Engravings can be arranged for each of these glasses, and take about two to three months.
Saint-Louis Crystalware, G/F, China Taiping Tower, 3 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2601 4811, saint-louis.com