Rimowa’s $1,720 Champagne Suitcase

Rimowa’s $1,720 Champagne Suitcase

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I’m undecided as to whether this is cool, ridiculous, or both. I will say, it’s more practical than Louis Vuitton’s $39,000 airplane bag… but not by much.

Rimowa’s one bottle case

Rimowa is known for its high quality (and pricey) hard shell luggage, and has a pretty loyal following. Over the years Rimowa has come out with some unique luggage pieces, though I’ve never seen anything quite like this before.

Rimowa is selling luggage for your wine bottle. Specifically, for $1,720 you can be the owner of the Rimowa One Bottle Case, described as “the ultimate piece for connoisseurs.” The case, which weighs around 4.5 pounds, features TSA approved locks, a grab handle, and protective cushions.

Rimowa’s wine suitcase
Rimowa’s wine suitcase

Now, in fairness, I don’t think this is actually new, but a friend just brought this to my attention and it’s the first time that I’ve seen this, and I couldn’t help but share.

How would one even use this?

Presumably you’d buy something like this as a statement piece, rather than it actually being terribly practical. But even if this is more about style than anything else, I’m still not sure how exactly you’d want to use this:

  • You’re probably not going to check a single bottle of wine on a plane, and for that matter you’d probably be better off packing a bottle of wine in a suitcase surrounded by soft materials
  • In theory I suppose it’s a cute way to gift a bottle of wine to someone, though a $1,720 case certainly adds to the cost of gifting a bottle of wine
  • I’m trying to think of other uses… do people frequently transport a closed, single bottle of wine?

Bottom line

There’s a lot of expensive luggage out there, but Rimowa’s $1,720 case for a bottle of wine has to be one of the most interesting items out there. I’d kind of love to see how someone actually uses this in real life.

What do you make of Rimowa’s wine bottle case?

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  1. BRE Guest

    I bought one, not for champagne. But to store medicine and jewelry almost like an old fashioned train case. It goes with the rest of my things. I must say, I wish the lining would pop out. It leaves very little space for the small essentials while traveling.

  2. Cedric Guest

    The plastic luggage they sell last longer than the metal ones. The metal ones look like crap after 4-5 trips. My father had one that he used on like 200 flights..man that thing looked horrible.

  3. Alian Guest

    Does it come with any guarantee or insurance. No point pay top $$$ and the wine bottle cracks. Can they assure the quality. If it comes with insurance yeah then it’s worth it.

    If not then how can they put their mouth where their foot is

  4. gougoul Guest

    I carried a bottle of Petrus 89 from Europe to the US protected by our clothes and everybody I know does it like that.
    Many wine merchants used the import limit to bring top notch bottles to Hong Kong and transported them in their luggage.

    This stuff is the same as an Hermes Ipad case for people reluctant to pay 100 bucks subscription for quality content. A statement of poor taste. Ever since Rimowa...

    I carried a bottle of Petrus 89 from Europe to the US protected by our clothes and everybody I know does it like that.
    Many wine merchants used the import limit to bring top notch bottles to Hong Kong and transported them in their luggage.

    This stuff is the same as an Hermes Ipad case for people reluctant to pay 100 bucks subscription for quality content. A statement of poor taste. Ever since Rimowa got acquired by LVMH they became yet another brand that some marketing "genius" tries to locate between another zillion of brands, parting fools of (too much of) their money in the process. You know where it took GM, you know where it's taking VW, wait another 20 years for LVMH.

    The bottle was excellent by the way, Robuchon at the Mansion were kind enough to even waive the corkage fee.

  5. Frog Guest

    We have wine luggage that we use pretty often. Though, admittedly, it holds 12 bottles. And it doesn't cost anything near $1720.

  6. portmanteau New Member

    I've wanted a Rimowa luggage forever and finally realized that it was way too much money for the brand recognition. Purchased a TravelPro and couldn't be happier.

  7. D3kingg Guest

    Ben this is absurd. Why not just buy a case of dom Perignon and store it properly instead ? You can enjoy it over the years and or it will increase in value anyways.

  8. Nico Z Guest

    What does real life have to do with most of LVMH business lines? They’re selling a fantasy. How different is it from selling credit card referrals?

  9. foo blah Guest

    Ridiculous.

    A Rimowa, a Rimowa, a Rimowa.. oh the lion, the mighty lion, the lion sleeps tonight….

  10. TranceXplant Member

    This is very on-brand for post-acquisition Rimowa: a bland, wildly overpriced item of dubious quality that's perfectly suited to status-obsessed nouveau riche in Asia.

    1. John K Guest

      I couldn’t agree more

    2. Schar Gold

      disagree with the "dubious" quality. This is Rimowa, German Enngineered premium aluminum cases. Definitely not a random low quality company

  11. Brian G. Member

    It doesn't even look like it doesn't do a good job of wrapping around the bottle. Maybe you can pay extra for custom foam.

  12. Paul Morgan Guest

    I collect champagne. Most, but not all bottles valued over 1k come in a wooden case. I would definitely use this, not as luggage, nor as carry on, but when transporting a valuable bottle in the car.

  13. John K Guest

    I honestly have been disappointed by Rimowa luggages and their customer service. Their aluminum suitcases are nothing more than glorified cola cans and get smashed and get misaligned quite easily. A trip to the local rimowa set me back $45 for the repair but having paid $$$ I find these trips for repair repulsive.

    1. TranceXplant Member

      When did you buy it? There's been a noticeable drop-off in quality (along with a large increase in prices) since LVMH bought the company.

    2. John K Guest

      Purchased about 3 years ago. I’m now afraid to check it in as every single time, they decimate it and the luggage becomes misaligned to the point of unable to close correctly.

  14. relidtm Member

    I think this is more flash like an AMEX centurion to some degree.
    I got a 12 bottle wine suitcase that I have used on a lot of trips at total wine for under 200$ on clearance because a new model was coming out, I have been able to use it for trips to France, and the EU and parts of America for beer and other spirits with no issues. That being said it's a nice case is it 1700$ nice? maybe not but its probably a few hundred dollars nice.

  15. Wilo Guest

    In Australia, this would be for either Chinese or Lebanese. The only ones that like to show off over priced luxury brands items

  16. Creditcrunch Diamond

    This would have been perfect for a group of US passengers I overheard that had bought a $7k bottle of Patrón En Lalique tequila in Dubai a few years back.

  17. Red Nexk Guest

    Anyone knows if a bottle of Fireball fits in that thing?

  18. David Diamond

    I don't think the purpose is to actually use this for travel. It's more like using it to present a special champagne at a friend's or relative's house? But then again, Rimowa isn't about practicality anymore anyways since the LVMH acquisition. After all, these are the people that came up with the transparent carry-on luggage...

  19. Jimbo Guest

    I could see it being used to transport a vintage bottle of Petrus, La Tâche, Salon, etc.

    The point is that you need to be transporting a bottle worth several thousand dollars and can’t afford to have it damaged/stolen, that’s the only scenario that would make sense.

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Schar Gold

disagree with the "dubious" quality. This is Rimowa, German Enngineered premium aluminum cases. Definitely not a random low quality company

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D3kingg Guest

Ben this is absurd. Why not just buy a case of dom Perignon and store it properly instead ? You can enjoy it over the years and or it will increase in value anyways.

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foo blah Guest

Ridiculous. A Rimowa, a Rimowa, a Rimowa.. oh the lion, the mighty lion, the lion sleeps tonight….

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