SUDDENLY, EVerything changes.
Or: How to describe a glass?
Yes, the price is heavy, no question.
And also this question is allowed: Can glasses be worth that much at all?
Our answer is surprisingly unambiguous:
This is where the difficulties begin, because to want to describe a normal wine glass is already quite demanding:
All wine glasses have a goblet, stem and foot and are 100% made of glass and therefore largely indistinguishable - differences are therefore usually in the finest of nuances.
So how do you describe a wine glass that moves within these parameters but is still fundamentally different from all other glasses?
It would be easy to say that Zalto glasses are lightweight - especially in relation to their impressive size.
But how does it feel, this filigree fibre, this upside-down glass cathedral?
How do you describe the fact that, despite its thin-walled elegance, it feels so incredibly springy, robust and generous?
How it turns and rotates, and how carefully one handles it unintentionally?
How can one describe the astonishment when, after a few weeks of use, one notices that the chalice, except for fine contour lines and light reflections, is clear without distortion and almost does not reflect at all?
And why didn't you notice this much earlier?
Or the pensive moment on a warm afternoon on the shady balcony:
Unlike expected, the back of the fingernail on the edge of the glass does not produce a bell-bright tone, but an irritatingly brittle clack.
On closer examination, however, the glass reveals its most subtle nuance to date:
The golden, slowly swinging tone of the chalice, only audible directly by the ear, which gradually loses itself in waves and persists as goose bumps in your neck.
The whole glass vibrates visibly - a nerve-wracking observation due to the thin walls and the price.
And it keeps on swinging and swinging and swinging:
The glass itself is so unadorned and sober.
The lines connect the goblet with stem and foot as unembellished as they are uncomplicated.
But also - and this again makes the glass so special - without any compromise: lines and proportions are perfectly balanced, precise and pointed.
And so you gradually get to know it, the most special of all glasses.
You learn to see them, the nuances and details that you couldn't see before.
And you don't want to miss it anymore.
But you don't necessarily want a 12-piece assortment. And not every day either.
But 2 glasses. For yourself and your darling.
To drink to oneself, one's life together and one's child from time to time.
Such a glass is that.
"TAKE THE GOOD GLASSES"
Zalto glasses are anything but everyday objects.
We actually only use these glasses when we have a special moment to celebrate, just like our grandmother used to bring out the "good" porcelain on special occasions.
Our darling is the Universal glass, because it is the most radical and completely deserves its name:
Be it good whiskey, cream, cheerful good mood drinks with lots of colour and bling-bling, aperitif on ice in summer or just classic for the special wine with dinner - the glass is every time a subtle sensory spectacle and makes moment and drink to equal pieces additionally special.
One thing first: Zalto glasses MUST be carefully polished after rinsing - a Zalto glass with water stains simply isn't acceptable.
If you get involved in this process, this previously perhaps annoying duty becomes a truly enriching ritual, because polishing the glasses is simply and touchingly quite joyful:
Perhaps because you get to know another aspect of glass through polishing, for which we don't have any words yet. Perhaps by polishing you can simply revive the previous moment. Or we are simply very prone to beautiful rituals.
Be that as it may: We have discovered that careful care after drinking is a consistently pleasant and relevant part of the product.
And finally the official Zalto video in which you can see the production:
DEAREST PIECES, THROUGH AND THROUGH.