Lalique and McLaren have joined forces to create the Essence of Speed collection that celebrates the values of performance and excellence shared by the famous crystal maker and one of the most iconic and successful teams in Formula 1 history. These collector’s pieces in limited editions will be released over a three-year period and will depict three stylized creatures in clear crystal, each interpreted in two sizes.
The first symbol of speed that makes up the Essence of Speed collection, is a stunning sprinting Cheetah, because 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 tail fins 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. McLaren’s designers often look to such animals for inspiration. René Lalique was also inspired by the other natural forms of “Flore, Faune et Femme” (flora, fauna and the feminine) 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.
Fashioned in satin-finished crystal, emblematic of Lalique, it comes in a smaller standing edition, limited to 375 and a spectacular larger piece created using the lost-wax technique in an edition of 20 to commemorate the 20 Formula One World Championships that McLaren has won so far.
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