In its latest collaboration, The Macallan sought to bring something truly unexpected, innovative and extraordinary to the world. There was only one partner who could turn this vision into reality and that was avant-garde Swiss watchmaker Urwerk.
Visualised and engineered by one of the most technically advanced and luxurious timepiece creators in the world, The Macallan x Urwerk Flask is a design masterpiece, intricately composed of 156 parts, critically usable and highly collectible.
With the Flask, two masters, in different yet complementary fields, have united to create something beyond the ordinary, where a mutual obsession and intentional use of time is fundamental in the quest for perfection. Each of the limited-edition flasks produced capture a moment in time and are the result of an exquisitely creative and technical process.
The inherent mastery, intricacy and individuality of The Macallan and Urwerk have transformed a traditionally small and simple everyday object into a machined aluminium, titanium and stainless steel work of art, presented in a custom design box and loaded with intriguing features:
- Cap: A connecting arm has hidden 1mm ‘ball clickers’ which click when completely open. The ball snaps into a small recess and holds the cap open while pouring.
- Two Titanium Tanks: Encase the whisky enabling two different expressions to be carried at once.
- Mouthpiece: A unique spring-loaded directional mouthpiece, crafted from stainless steel, switches between the two tanks.
- Winglets: When deployed these flaps create a stand for the flask.
- Cask Indicators: A cask type wheel and a whisky age wheel display the age and wood type to act as subtle reminders of the spirits inside.
Ken Grier, Creative Director, The Macallan, said; “The Macallan continues to push the boundaries of possibility and has been defying convention since 1824. Through inspiring partnerships we are continuing to change the rhythm of traditional Scotch whisky perceptions. Our latest collaboration with pioneering watchmaker Urwerk has created a remarkable flask beyond imagination. Just like time is fundamental in the making of The Macallan as each bottle distils and captures a moment in time, Urwerk uses the same mastered process to create its own vision of time.”
Martin Frei, Urwerk co-founder and chief designer, said: “When we were offered the opportunity to collaborate on this adventure we immediately said yes to the challenge. I knew the flask had to be exciting and daring, while also providing pleasure and I envisioned an object with complex simplicity, just like a good whisky – a flask mirroring its content where people can take it in their hand and then start their journey of discovery.”
Established in 1997, Urwerk is regarded as an innovator on the independent watchmaking scene. Producing 150 watches per year, it is a house of artisans where traditional expertise and avant-garde aesthetics coexist in perfect harmony and an intentionally niche and exclusively scaled commitment crafts highly technical luxury timepieces that are accessible to only a small audience.
Limited to up to 500 worldwide, The Macallan x Urwerk Flask is available to buy here at a price of £1,995.
Source: The Macallan