The inaugural Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Open will see its first winner crowned on Sunday, and the champion will be rewarded with the new perpetual trophy – a bespoke design created by Asprey.
Commissioned by International Sports Management (ISM) and the European Tour, the perpetual trophy took 85 hours to complete and was expertly crafted by master silversmiths in the Asprey workshops, housed above the Mayfair store in Asprey’s New Bond Street.
Asprey also produced the Harry Vardon Trophy, awarded to the winner of the season-long Race to Dubai, and the Ryder Cup.
The perpetual trophy features specialist hand-engraved detail highlighting its Cypriot identity with the pierced-out outline of the island itself and olive branches, taking Asprey’s Master Engraver two days to complete.
The gold-plated interior reflects through the piercing to give added definition to the 65cm tall trophy, which stands proudly on a hand-carved wood base.
Ben Cowen, the European Tour’s Deputy Chief Operating Officer International, said: “Victories on the European Tour are moments to cherish for our members, and we are pleased to partner with Asprey once again with the production of this wonderful trophy. The trophy is truly fitting of the occasion and our visit to the island for the first time in our 48-year history.”
Chubby Chandler, Chief Executive Officer of International Sports Management, promoters of the Cyprus Open, said: “The Cyprus Open is delighted to have Asprey as a partner and the trophy is a beautiful symbol of what we are sure will be a great week and a tournament that’ll have many great champions.”