Jarre AeroSystem One gets a Lalique crystal facelift, we go hands-on

We saw the original AeroSystem One saunter into our lives a couple of month's back, and now Jarre Technologies has collaborated with crystal house Lalique to give it a makeover. The partnership sees the original iPod dock covered in smooth glass and cut metal, which certainly sets it apart from pretty much any other dock we've ever seen. The dock connector sits at the top, and being inset, isn't suitable for iPads, but if you're getting one of these, we imagine you don't want to ruin the aesthetic by perching a slate on top anyway. There is, however, a USB connection meaning this isn't an iDevice only affair. If you've got the estimated £10,000 (or about $15,840) lying around, it'll have to keep burning that hole in your pocket until some time in March. We managed to get a quick hands -- and ears -- on with the only two units in the UK, but couldn't explore much beyond how it looked in-store, bar an awkward moment when we placed an iPhone on it, only to discover it set to full volume. Check the gallery below for a closer look, or hit the PR after the break for more info.

Mat Smith contributed to this post

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AeroSystem One by Lalique

A marriage of innovation and craftsmanship, born from a meeting between Silvio Denz, CEO of the prestigious house of LALIQUE, and Jean Michel Jarre, the genius of electronic music.

Two worlds, which on the surface seem to be completely opposite of each other, have come together in their quest for excellence.

To further their pursuit for innovation, these two men have combined their values and talents. Together, they have created an object that combines their expertise: the AeroSystem One® by LALIQUE.

In one respect, Jean Michel Jarre created the Aerosystem One® for Jarre Technologies, as the embodiment of a unique experience known for its unbeatable sound quality.

In the other respect, LALIQUE cultivates its tradition of excellence and innovation by seeking new forms in new worlds.

From these two worlds, the Aerosystem One® by LALIQUE was born, a speaker with extraordinary acoustic qualities, enhanced by crystal.

LALIQUE crystal, which decorates this speaker, reveals sparkling jets of water which emerge from the intriguing Masque de Femme, an iconic motif of this prestigious crystal house. This Art-Deco style mask reveals the face of a mysterious woman, with subtle features, surrounded by aquatic wildlife. Like a fingerprint, the face seems perfectly captured in the crystal. To create this piece of work, 13 master glass-blowers blow, cut and polish crystal with their expert hands into a design that is so emblematic of LALIQUE.

The artisans from LALIQUE have managed to enhance and illuminate the speaker created by Jean Michel Jarre and to raise it to the rank of a true piece of contemporary art.


Mute and volume control

30-pin for iPod, iPod Touch, iPhone
Auxiliary input for mini-jack 3.5 mm
USB with WMA & MP3 decoder

Total power 120 W
1 subwoofer 60 W RMS
2 speakers 2 x 30 W RMS

iPod and iPhone functions

200 V ~ 240 V - 50/60 Hz

Height: 1085 mm (42.7 in)
Diameter: 115 mm (4.5 in)
Base external diameter: 260 mm (10.2 in)

Stainless steel and Lalique crystal