Clive Christian, creator of the world’s most expensive perfume

Clive Christian, creator of the world’s most expensive perfume

Clive Christian No1 perfume is undoubtedly the pinnacle of the perfumes created, elevating the level of luxury in perfumery. The perfume was developed with the principle, “design first – to be the best that it can be – then cost it”.

Infused with rare and select ingredients from around the world No1, which Clive describes as “the perfume of my heart”, earns recognition as the most expensive in the world. The vision for luxury perfume resulted in an original collection of three matched ‘his and hers’ pairs. No1 so named simply because it has to be the very best in the world, arrives at its 15-year anniversary. To celebrate this milestone a collection of unique gold, diamond and crystal bottle designs were exhibited at a glamorous event at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

NO1 SO NAMED SIMPLY BECAUSE IT HAS TO BE THE VERY BEST IN THE WORLD

Taking luxury of No1 to a spectacular level and to mark the opening of the first Clive Christian Perfume Boutique in Harrods’ new Salon de Parfums, Clive ventured to create an extraordinary bottle for No1.

This special bottle christened as No1 Passant Guardant the house’s signature crystal bottle is draped in handcrafted 24-carat gold lattice work. More than 2,000 individually set pristine white diamonds are embedded in the lattice work.

The upper segment of the heraldic crest is from Clive’s own coat of arms, which was awarded by Queen Elizabeth II Royal College of Arms in 1999 upon taking custodianship of the Crown Perfumery. The perfumery was first established in 1872 and is the only house to be granted the image of Queen Victoria’s crown.

THE UPPER SEGMENT OF THE HERALDIC CREST IS FROM CLIVE’S OWN COAT OF ARMS, WHICH WAS AWARDED BY QUEEN ELIZABETH II ROYAL COLLEGE OF ARMS IN 1999 UPON TAKING CUSTODIANSHIP OF THE CROWN PERFUMERY. THE PERFUMERY WAS FIRST ESTABLISHED IN 1872 AND IS THE ONLY HOUSE TO BE GRANTED THE IMAGE OF QUEEN VICTORIA’S CROWN.

Set within eyes of the lion standing “passant guardant” over the Crown are two yellow diamonds, and the lions tongue is marked out with rare pink diamonds.

The bottle, in all its refinery is an opulent tribute to the 30ml of No1 fragrance – The Most Expensive Perfume.

The No1 Passant Guardant is exclusively available in the Salon de Parfums Harrods for £143,000 (USD 222,257).

“I was inspired to create an iconic bottle as precious as a crown jewel to mark this special event.”

– Clive Christian, OBE