EXCLUSIVE EDITION OF THE TORTOISE BOTTLE
This autumn, Guerlain releases an exclusive run of the historic tortoise bottle. Last time this bottle was used was for Extrait du 68, a deluxe reworking of Cologne du 68 to celebrate the reopening of Maison Guerlain in 2013 after extensive renovation. For that edition, the bottle was black coloured and quite voluminous, going for 40,000 €. The new tortoise edition is smaller and clear, but still manufactured by Baccarat. There's yet no report of the fragrance inside.
As a historical footnote, the tortoise bottle was originally created in 1914 to contain Parfum des Champs-Elysées, commemorating the opening of Guerlain's Champs-Elysées boutique. Parfum des Champs-Elysées was already finished in 1904, and the tortoise shape was by all accounts inspired by the slowness of the construction work on Guerlain's new premises. Also, animal motifs were very much in vogue during the Art Nouveau design period.
(October 2015, image taken from psychotronxx on Instagram)
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