Wed, Jul 3, 2019

Luxury Goods, Jewellery & Watches
Most expensive perfume to debut in London

The world’s most expensive perfume will debut in London this September at Nabeel Perfumes’ boutique.

Following its global launch in Dubai, The Spirit of Dubai Parfums by Nabeel takes Shumukh, the unisex perfume valued at £1.015 million ($1.295 million) to the UK capital.

Shumukh, which in Arabic translates to ‘deserving the highest’, unites the art of jewellery and perfumery to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that tells the tale of the great emirate through seven core design elements.

The perfume bottle, set with 3,571 sparkling diamonds (totalling 38.55 carats), topaz, pearls, 18 karat gold (2479.26 gm) and 5892.88 gm of pure silver, is the epitome of luxury. The piece will be showcased for public viewing at the brand’s flagship boutique in Knightsbridge.

Shumukh is the only perfume to hold two Guinness World Record titles, including ‘Most diamonds set on a perfume bottle’, and ‘Tallest remote controlled (RC) fragrance spray product’. It is also customisable and offers the opportunity to have bespoke and personalised modification incorporated. Additionally, all diamonds and precious stones are accompanied by individual certificates of authenticity.

The Spirit of Dubai Parfums is inspired by the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Dubai – an awe-inspiring city of vivid scenery and captivating contrasts of ancient tradition and all the luxuries of a thriving, cosmopolitan society. The award-winning brand launched its ‘First generation’ Luxury collection in 2015 followed by ‘Second Generation’ Ultra-luxury Collection in 2016. All products are conceptualised from the seven core elements.

Shumukh – an unrivalled tribute to Dubai in the world of fragrance, beautifully showcases the seven key elements of pearl diving (durra), falconry (Baz), Arabian horses (abjar), roses (narjesi), luxury (haibah), Arabian hospitality (diwan), and Dubai’s stature as a ‘city of the future’ (aamal), all of which have been intricately modelled in gold and silver, and ornamented with the highest quality VVS diamonds and precious stones.

Standing 1.97 m tall and taking over three years and 494 perfume trials to formulate, Shumukh comprises the finest natural ingredients sourced from the farthest corners of the globe, culminating in a scent that is as unforgettable as it is mesmerising with notes of rare amber, sandalwood, musk, rare pure Indian agarwood, pure Turkish rose, patchouli ylang-ylang and frankincense, the company says.

The perfume takes its lasting power from the superior quality and rarity of its ingredients and is estimated to last on the skin for more than 12 hours and up to 30 days on fabric. Shumukh's hand-blown Italian Murano glass bottle infused with 24 KT real gold has the capacity to hold three litres of perfume dispensed via a revolutionary remote-controlled spray mechanism that adjusts to the user's ideal height.

Shumukh was conceptualised in the UAE by Asghar Adam Ali, chairman and master perfumer at Nabeel Perfumes Group of Companies, and executed by renowned artisans and master craftsmen from France, Italy and Switzerland - including the recipients of the designation of Meilleurs Ouvriers de France ("Best Craftsman of France").

Ali said: “With a history of passion for perfumery that has spanned 48 years and a keen eye for jewellery design, my dream was to bring to life a “history in the making” concept with innovation at its core. My vision was not only to capture Dubai’s persona in one monumental piece of art but to also create a fragrance that embodied the pinnacle of luxury in the world of perfumery. Today, I am very proud of Shumukh, an evocatively stunning and bespoke creation which combines the disciplines of art, jewellery design and perfumery and is concurrently also the holder of the highest number of Guinness World Records in the world of perfume industries.”

Shumukh is also available for private viewing on appointment and on the basis of its availability, the company says.

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