Maison Francis Kurkdjian Paris - Aqua Universalis Forte
An aerial fragrance, at once light and powerful, like gold in the summer. With an exceptional concentration of 40%, it is on a par with a perfume extract.
The olfactory composition has the same "sunny" emotions of the "classical" Aqua Universalis, but adds sparkle and intensity to its citrus charm. The nobility of its bouquet of white flowers is elevated by absolutes of rare Egyptian jasmine flower and Moroccan roses. The result is a fabulous, precious "sillage" or lingering trail left by this precious eau de parfum.
The inspiration for the falcon is an example in crystal that designer Fred Rawyler who conceived and executed the graphic found while antiquing, one originally designed to be part of a traveling toiletries case. He was taken with the idea of a flacon that travelled and returned fitting exactly into its holder. Mr. Rawyler’s model is a unique object, obviously created for a particular person. It led him to design a flacon sectioned in square crystal facets, each in rapport with the next and shaped from the base to the neck. He asked the glassmakers to create angles as alive as possible without appearing too aggressive. To underline this artesian work, he added a small signature – the monogram of the House – at the back of the flacon, much in the manner of artists signing works with pride. A tube extends from the atomizer pump but seems to disappear after the first spray, leaving the perfume languid in its container.
The perfume flacon was designed to be the precious jewel that one discovers in its case after all other wrapping is removed. While packaging is often included within the case to protect the flacon, here Fred Rawyler created a corrugated wrapping for the outside, a covering to protect both the flacon and the case (which is perfectly fitted to the dimensions of the flacon). It is only when opening the case that one discovers that it is gilded with warm gold on all its interior faces and leads to the perfume in its immaculate universe. It is a luxurious package that one comes upon slowly and deliberately.