Who would have thought that a 16th-century Italian physician, philosopher, and mathematician would have such influence over how bubbly is served aboard superyachts?
This is Bottler, one of the most beautiful and frankly creative inventions I’ve seen in some time. It’s a champagne-bottle holder designed by the Dutch interior designer who created the artist’s impressions and interior workshop drawings for Paraffin, the 197-footer known for, among other things, having a 400-bottle wine “cellar” aboard. He was inspired by Gerolamo Cardano, who in 1537 developed a gimballed device consisting of three concentric rings allowing a supported compass or gyroscope to rotate freely. It’s hard to see in the images here, but Bottler also consists of three concentric rings, and regardless of wave action, when a megayacht like Paraffin is either cruising or anchored, the champagne bottle within those rings stays upright.
Paraffin isn’t the only yacht to use this beautiful item. Last year during the Monaco Yacht Show, the 150-foot Princess Iolanthe had one on display during a champagne reception.
Since each Bottler is manufactured by hand, “with watch-making precision,” according to the Web site, they’re priced accordingly: Prices start at €5,000 (about $7,500). They go up depending on which model you choose, whether you’d like it engraved or designed to match your yacht’s decor, etc. For further information, call +31 0252 340230 or visit the Web site.