The leading light of Guelain’s Absolus d’Orient collection, "Santal Royal," is to celebrate its fifth anniversary with a sumptuous bottle by artist and calligrapher Tarek Benaoum.

A one-time graffiti artist who has developed a passion for writing, Tarek Benaoum presents works that mix symbols and calligraphy inspired by the Orient with contemporary urban touches. These eclectic influences are expressed in a highly personal calligraphy that intermingles symbols and signs to create a harmonious whole, which combines tradition and modernity with a heady dash of mystery.

Artist Tarek Benaoum has created an exceptional version of Guerlain's famous...

Artist Tarek Benaoum has created an exceptional version of Guerlain’s famous Bee Bottle to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the brand’s ’Santal Royal.’ perfume. The new flask will be sold in an ultra-limited edition of which only 22 numbered copies will be made. (Photo : © Courtesy of Guerlain)

To mark the fifth anniversary of its oriental woody fragrance "Santal Royal," Guerlain has called on the talents and skills of the young artist to create a new version of its signature Bee Bottle. Rising to the occasion, Benaoum has come up with an unprecedentedly ornate version of the legendary container, which is entirely hand-painted, and thus essentially unique.

For each piece, Tarek Benaoum has adorned a spray-painted cobalt blue background with a hand-painted mix of arabesque and calligraphic designs in gold. As a final touch, the neck of each bottle has been decorated with a blue and gold cord by the French perfumer’s legendary "Dames de table" who apply the elaborate details to the house’s bottles.

Offered in a limited edition of only 22 numbered bottles, one liter of the latest "Santal Royal" retails for 10,000 euros.