The luxurious board game, unveiled on January 23rd in Paris, comprises 32 chessmen cut by hand from midnight blue and clear crystal, mimicking the iconic Baccarat Harcourt glasses. The cutting process alone took 200 hours.
“Baccarat has a very long history and tradition, but there is always fun in the product, and I wanted to express that,” said product designer Oki Sato said of the giant chess set he thought up for Baccarat’s 250th anniversary, adding it would retail at an estimated price of $27,200, in a limited-edition of 50 units.
A yearlong exhibition kicked off Friday at Baccarat’s museum in Paris, displaying the house’s art de vivre. The French maison will lend its crystal touch to the windows of a number of department stores around the world, starting with a “Fire and Ice” theme at Bergdorf Goodman next month, while the opening of the first Baccarat Hotel & Residences is slated for later this year, also in New York.