Entirely hand-crafted in Christofle's legendary Haute Orfevrerie workshop in Yainville, Normandy, the saber's stunning design required the classical training and careful attention of Christofle's master silversmiths. The St. Regis Saber will retail this Fall, and guests who purchase the saber will have access to a St. Regis sabrage master class led by an expertly-trained St. Regis butler.
When creating the St. Regis Saber, Christofle's master silversmiths drew inspiration from archival images of The St. Regis New York, the brand's iconic flagship hotel, as well as art-deco touches found at St. Regis hotels and resorts around the world. The end result is truly spectacular–a sleek, intricately crafted piece with the brand's signature diamond pattern adorning the sterling silver handle, as well as the three brand hallmarks, subtle nods to the first St. Regis hotel on 55th Street & 5th Avenue, engraved into the saber's base. Expertly balanced, the saber features a stainless steel blade and the lines on the sterling silver handle are thoughtfully placed to add comfort the saber's grip.
The art of sabrage has an illustrious history that stretches back more than 200 years. The practice is most commonly associated with Napoleon Bonaparte, who famously opened champagne with his saber. The general famously said, “Champagne: in victory, one deserves it; in defeat, one needs it.” The tradition continued in Europe, eventually becoming popular around the world. Now carried out flawlessly at many of the 34 St. Regis hotels and resorts globally, the brand continues to saber champagne in lieu of the more traditional uncorking. Often performed by St. Regis butlers, the evening ritual continues to bring guests together at sunset, to celebrate victories on the polo field and to ceremoniously welcome new St. Regis hotels to the portfolio.
The St. Regis Saber by Christofle will be available for retail and will be featured at milestone events and celebrations at St. Regis hotels and resorts around the world. The saber and master class will be priced upon request, and those interested in purchasing the piece may call 1-800-599-2352. For more information on the St. Regis brand's evening rituals, including sabrage, please visit v.