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Aston Martin x Hogan: Luxury limited edition sneakers debut at London Men’s Fashion Week

Sneaker heads, this one’s for you! Men’s Fashion Week in London has shown us a number of collaborations between designers and brands, with this one being one of the most anticipated. Combining the ultimate street style cult favourite — the sneaker — with the sleek curves of a luxury car, the ‘Aston Martin x Hogan’ limited edition sneaker is stepping out this fall for Autumn Winter 2017/18.

Luxury sports car manufacturer Aston Martin is lauded for their contemporary and sophisticated aesthetic. Melding with Hogan’s quality craftsmanship, this pair of sneakers is one you’d need on your feet. Modelled after the iconic ‘Olympia’ sneaker by Hogan, these sneakers are made of full leather accompanied with nylon mesh to give it a sportier look. Details on the shoes are from Aston Martin’s artisan leather craft, reflecting the elegance of an Aston Martin sports car.

The tongue is decorated in Aston Martin’s classic kestrel tan leather with a pinched seam detailing, featuring a print of the iconic Aston Martin wings. Offered in four seasonal colours, the versatility of these sneakers gives you the free reign to dress them up, or down.

“Collaborating with brands that share our views on quality, style and elegance is important to us,” said Marek Reichman, EVP & Chief Creative Officer at Aston Martin. “Working with creative teams outside of the automotive industry helps to broaden our designers’ minds, and this is always a positive experience for both myself and my team at Gaydon. We take inspiration from all walks of life and our work with Hogan will help to shape and inspire many aspects of our future creations”.

“Hogan’s attention to detail and passion for beautiful products, and Aston Martin’s beautiful craftsmanship made this project a natural fit,” said Sergio Azzolari, General Manager from Hogan. “It was a pleasure for us to collaborate on a shoe that reflects the attention to detailing in Aston Martin sports cars.”

Each of these sneakers are crafted with the same exquisite craftsmanship seen in the British marque’s sports cars and the Italian master’s casual luxury shoes. Only 3,000 pairs of these lux kicks will be produced, so get them while they’re hot! The ‘Aston Martin x Hogan’ exclusive collection will be available at Hogan flagship stores worldwide, at Hogan and at the Aston Martin Dover Street brand centre from the end of June.

For more information, do visit Hogan and Aston Martin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Timepieces and accessories for a good cause with the Montblanc for UNICEF collection

Watchmaking and brand-building are both about continuity, which is what makes partnerships such as the Montblanc-UNICEF initiative so special. Over the last 13 years, the Montblanc for UNICEF collection has helped raise more than US$10 million to benefit education programmes around the world. Montblanc, a brand built on the idea that writing — and consequently reading — is a “precious gift”, is the perfect partner for UNICEF in its mission to help children in need everywhere. Obviously, UNICEF’s mission is a tough one, given that some 59 million school-age children are not in school. Even where children receive some form of schooling, some 130 million will not achieve a basic standard of literacy and numeracy. Montblanc’s journey with UNICEF began in 2004 with the Sign Up for the Right to Write initiative, a campaign that used the exactly the right words — if you are lucky enough to read those words the reason should be clear.

In 2017, Montblanc has set the bar high for its Montblanc for UNICEF campaign, aiming to raise more than US$1 million. In service of this goal is the aforementioned Montblanc for UNICEF collection, consisting of limited edition writing instruments, timepieces, accessories and leather goods. Each item from the Writing Is a Gift Collection sold between April 1, 2017, and March 31, 2018, raises the amounts Montblanc will be contributing to towards helping more children gain access to improved standards of primary education.

“There is still much to be done to ensure that every child around the world has proper access to an education, a cause Montblanc has been proud to champion for the past 13 years,” explains Nicolas Baretzki, Montblanc CEO. “This new initiative gives individuals who are as passionate as we are about the written word the ability to own a Montblanc piece that carries true purpose, and by doing so, making a valuable contribution to the work of UNICEF in communities around the world where children are not always given the opportunity to learn to read and write. Writing is indeed a special gift that every child should enjoy.”

More than pretty words, Montblanc has released some specifics of how it intends to use the money it raises. In China, for example, it will be supporting child-friendly schools and the rights equal education. In Brazil, Montblanc’s contributions will help UNICEF achieve its goal of getting children aged four to 17 access to basic education; UNICEF is also helping teachers and school managers here to stymie the dropout rates of the most disadvantaged boys and girls. The mission continues in other places, of course.

Novelty watches for him: IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition ‘Sharks’ released with book by photographer Michael Muller

The grey dial of IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Sharks” references the colour of the species it was named after

The grey dial of IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Sharks” references the colour of the species it was named after

New watches are often called novelties and the origin of this is from the French word “nouveauté” [this is disputed but not disproved – Editor] but translated as “novelty” due to the linguistic quirks peculiar to the watchmaking trade. Sometimes, new watches fit the novelty bill to a tee, as in the case of the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Sharks”. Surely, offering a watch as part of a package with a book, all presented in a bite-proof metal shark cage, must count as novel!

Called Sharks, the book in question is by American photographer Michael Muller and it is one of those heavy-duty Taschen affairs. This limited-edition collector’s item comes with the Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Sharks”, and is a boutique exclusive for IWC. So don’t go looking for it in Kinokuniya, folks.

Obviously, the Chronograph Edition “Sharks” is the same Aquatimer we looked at a couple of years ago, with some tweaks. The watch is limited to 500 pieces and features a hammerhead shark engraving on the solid case back. We’ll revisit some of the other details in a bit. First, more about the photographer, his project, and why IWC was interested.

If the name Michael Muller sounds familiar, but you aren’t a devoted follower of the National Geographic Channel (NGC), don’t fret. Actually, his work was featured on the Travel Channel, not NGC. Banter aside, Muller photographs celebrities and works on advertising campaigns. You’ve probably seen his work and not even guessed it. Happily, he’s not just Insta-famous…

Anyway, sharks are Muller’s particular passion and he travelled the world documenting shark species for this book. IWC describes his work here as having “an unprecedented degree of technical perfection”, which probably explains why the Schaffhausen-based watchmaker was drawn to him.

Hammerhead sharks are featured on the back case of the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Sharks”

Hammerhead sharks are featured on the back case of the IWC Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Sharks”

Muller’s work in “Sharks” illustrates the plight of the fish species, of which an estimated 100 million are caught and killed every year. This unbelievably large-scale slaughter drew IWC to the project. Raising awareness is the name of the game here, so we’re happy to play our part too.

Protecting endangered species is one of the key themes in IWC’s commitment to environmental issues. That is why, since 2009, we have also been working intensively with the Charles Darwin Foundation as it campaigns for various causes such as the preservation of the shark populations in the Galapagos Marine Reserve,” explains Georges Kern, CEO of IWC.

So, what is different about the Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Sharks” then? Aside from the engraving on the case back, the grey dial is meant to evoke the distinctive colouring of many shark species. In terms of hands, hour markers, numerals, functions, and movement, this edition is the same as the standard Aquatimer Chronograph.

It is also worth noting that the edition of Muller’s “Sharks”, which comes with the Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Sharks”, is signed by the photographer.

Specifications

Movement Self-winding Calibre 89365 with flyback chronograph
Power Reserve 68-hours
Case 44 millimetres in stainless steel
Water Resistance Up to 300 metres
Strap Black rubber with stainless steel pin buckle
Price S$17,400

This article was originally published in WOW.

Geneva Auto Show 2017: Red Bull and Aston Martin give you the limited edition Vantage Red Bull Racing

 

Red Bull gives you wings. Well in this context, it sure does. We all know about the upcoming collaboration between the two brands for the AM-RB 001 hyper car due for 2018. To keep motoring junkies sated, Supercar manufacturers Aston Martin have recently revealed their special edition Red Bull Racing editions of their Vantage series V8 and V12 — just in time for the 2017 Geneva Auto Show. The new cars have been built to celebrate Aston Martin’s on-going partnership with Red Bull racing, as well as the start of the 2017 Formula 1 season on March 26. Despite having no additional changes to the power of the car, both present aesthetic changes.

The cars are finished in Red Bull-inspired Mariana Blue exterior paint. Gloss Tungsten Silver and satin Mariana Blue are also available as an option. Complementing this signature paint finish is a carbon fiber spoiler, splitter and front grille. The grille gets a Red Bull red finish and the brake calipers are a contrasting yellow, staying through to the brand’s colour scheme. No changes have been made to the powertrains of both models. The V8 model gets a 436hp 4.7 litre unit and the V12 a 573hp 5.9 litre engine

Inside, the vehicle is dressed in carbon fiber trim, with Red Bull Racing embroidery on the headrests, diamond quilted leather and an Alcantara wrapped steering wheel complete with 12 o’clock marker. Created by the brand’s in house customisation firm Q by Aston Martin, this Aston Martin has also offered the opportunity of an autograph from one of Red Bull’s current F1 drivers — Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen — on the vehicle’s sill and inspection plaque.

Aston Martin CEO, Dr. Andy Palmer commented: “Motorsport is and will always be a key part of Aston Martin’s DNA and both the V8 and V12 Vantage S Red Bull Racing Editions bring that ethos straight to our customers. With the 2017 FIA Formula 1 World Championship® set to begin soon, I hope that the purchase of these models will bring the racing season that little bit closer for those lucky few customers who can’t wait for it to begin”.

 

Limited edition beauty collection: YSL Beauté will release Touche Éclat 25 Star Edition in 2017

For lovers of beauty, the Touche Éclat by YSL Beauté is a must have product in the daily arsenal. Housed in a slim gold pen, the makeup tool has garnered a healthy following from those who know the power it yields with just one click. After 25 years, it comes as no surprise that YSL Beauté is celebrating what is now an icon in the beauty world with a collectible Touche Éclat 25 Star Edition. The formula of the illuminator remains the same but it is the gold casing that makes it different and desirable.

This year, the brand covers the sleek pen in a blanket of a dozen stars. The reimagined design gives the Touche Éclat a rockstar edge, thanks to the motif, that provides us with a product that is a collectible objet d’art. Available in three shades such as the N°1 Luminous Radiance, N°2 Luminous Ivory and N°3 Luminous Peach, it serves more than one purpose. YSL Beauté calls the Touche Éclat as something that is more than a highlighter or concealer and we agree.

With the N°1 Luminous Radiance, one can count on it as a universal illuminator that is perfect for any skin tone. Those with fair to medium tones, the N°2 Luminous Ivory provides a super-bright beam of light while the N°3 Luminous Peach pairs well with those of medium to darker skin tones with its warm glow. Like a magic light that enhances features and eliminates fatigue and dark circles in a heartbeat, the Touche Éclat has been a necessary companion for those with who are strapped for time.

The Touche Éclat 25 Star Edition by YSL Beauté will available from March 2017.

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Limited edition fragrance: Eau du Soir by Sisley provides some Christmas cheer

The smell of Christmas is in the air and the stockings are all set to be filled with gifts from loved ones. One item that many turn to, is a fragrance. While I would personally love for the scent of freshly baked cookies all year round, it would be a shame to pass up an opportunity to own a limited edition “Eau de Soir” by Sisley.

The famous scent is set to twinkle under those magical fairy lights, with its uniquely designed bottle. The black petals give us just a preview of the floral accord that sits at the heart of the fragrance. The linear patterns on the bottle stand out thanks to the glossy white lacquer bottle.

Our favourite element of the bottle, is the cap, that happens to be a work of art on its own. The gold adds to the grandeur of the limited edition Eau du Soir for 2016. The floral chypre scent is limited to 14,000 units worldwide so you may want to grab it before its too late.

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3 Limited Edition Nespresso Variations For Christmas

Vienna is far from just the birthplace of Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. The European nation is also known for its love of coffee, which explains why Nespresso has been inspired by Vienna to create its festive Nespresso Variations. Joining the permanent Variations range, are the limited edition Variations. Available in special gift packs, the three special creations make this a wonderful gift for a loved one who cherishes their daily dose morning Joe.

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Variations Sachertorte

Using three famous Venetian pastries, the brand has presents us with a taste of Vienna in a cup. The first of the three, Variations Sachertorte brings to life the popular Austrian Sachertorte with the help of the Livanto Grand Cru alongside notes of chocolate and apricot. We suggest you enjoy the cuppa with a slice of that glazed chocolate cake and thin layer of sweet apricot jam that it takes its name from.

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Variations Apfelstrudel

An apple a day keeps the doctor away and we hope that works in a pastry or in a cup. With the Variations Apfelstrudel, the classic puff pastry is best enjoyed in an Espresso that fills the senses with the rich aromas of the pastry, baked apples and just a hint of cinnamon. The final variation is the Variations Linzer Torte that rings the delicious red fruit tart with spiced dough notes in another Espresso.

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Variations Linzer Torte

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Moncler Opens New York Flagship, Celebrates City with Art

French luxury outdoor apparel brand Moncler, after having imposed its signature down jackets around the world, opened its first American flagship in a city that will definitely enjoy the warmth, the comfort and the style of their products: New York City. Two locations have been announced: Madison Avenue (main venue) and Prince Street, Soho.
Celebrating this grand opening, Moncler wanted to pay tribute to the Big Apple and imagined two art projects that would both enlighten NYC creativity and the brand’s experimental style.

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The first part of the tribute has been handed to Thom Browne. The stylist conceived an installation, called “USA Flag”, consisting of 28 special limited editions of the brand’s iconic jackets – same model, different design – all having the American as common theme. The jackets, each of them being unique and numbered, will be assembled to create mosaic decorating the background of the boutique before being sold online to benefit NPO Robin Hood.

Thom Browne also designed a full Special Collection, featuring jackets, cashmere sweaters and other special items, only available at the Madison Avenue boutique – and yes, they will all be Stars and Stripes.

The second part of that Tribute is a unique realization by famous NYC Film Director Spike Lee. His contribution, is a Short Musical Film celebrates the Big Apple’s heat of life and magical atmosphere.

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Frame from Musical Film “Brave” by Spike Lee for Moncler

The Film, called “Brave” – reference to the lead song, begins with Spike Lee himself reciting The Sonnet “The New Colossus, inscribed on The Pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.  “Lady Liberty’s Flame,” concluded Spike Lee, “welcomed millions of people arriving in the United States of America. Their first step onto American soil was in New York City. I hear that in this song, “Brave Suffering Beautiful”, which holds the essence of what it means to be an American in this particular period in time.”

Through Moncler’s tribute to New York, all can see the brand’s love and respect for the Big Apple. Thom Browne and Spike Lee bring their own vision of the common theme, making the project and innovative and exciting demonstration of Moncler’s personality.

 

Watch the full film below:

Aston Martin Releases Limited Edition Badges

With a successful show at the 2016 World Endurance Championship (WEC), Aston Martin has marked the impressive achievement with 250 handmade jewel-like badges. The set of badges will contain nine Aston Martin emblems that were specifically designed to reflect the nine countries in which a race was held this year. For the race at Silverstone in the UK, the British sports car company has introduced red, white and blue detailing to the badges and red and green feathers for the round held in Mexico.

What makes the design so special is that it is an exact replica of the ones that have adorned Aston’s V8 Vantage GTE competition cars. Hand crafted from a copper base using enamelling techniques normally found with jewelry, each badge takes up to 20 hours to create. The badges are produced under the watchful eye of British jeweler, Vaughtons. To help fans understand and appreciate the process and effort that goes into crafting the badges, Aston Martin published a video of the badges being made.

Considering that these badges are in fact racing memorabilia, it comes with a hefty price tag of £3,750 (that’s €4316 or $4650). Of course, fans of the motoring company will see this as a good investment.

Should Aston Martin’s drivers win the upcoming November 19 competition in Bahrain, then the brand will be making a clean sweep of the GT titles. And, if that does happen, don’t be too surprised if the company decides to build a celebratory collector’s edition car to go with those badges.

To watch the process of crafting the badge, catch the video below:

Marni Blinky Holiday Collection

Marni Unveils Limited Edition Holiday Collection

Inspired by the German abstract art of the 1960s, the limited edition collection by Marni blends geometric patterns and high-voltage colors in three different repeated combinations, focusing on the primary hues of red, blue and yellow. The initial ‘M’ is also a recurring theme throughout the series, appearing on the pieces as a bold motif in various sizes.

The 11-piece collection includes a gilet, a woollen mini-skirt, a cotton t-shirt with a contrasting trim, a pair of patterned socks and a nylon anorak with rib-knit cuffs at the neck. Accessories include a silk scarf, a block-color wallet, resin and gold earrings and a brooch and charm in the form of the house’s signature letter ‘M’. A Marni Pocket Bag has also been revamped in the three colors of the collection.

This is not the first time Marni has taken inspiration from the art world — last year the Italian house chose to incorporate its Autumn/Winter 2015 collection into art shot by Boston-born, UK-raised photographer Jackie Nickerson. It also teamed up with Brazilian artist Véio on a sculptural project called “Becoming Marni” for the 56th edition of the Art Biennale in Venice.

The Marni Blinky Collection will be available from Marni.com until January 72017, priced from $90 – $1,760.

Lotus Evora Sport 410: Ludicrously Fast

Lotus Evora Sport 410: Ludicrously Fast

In developing the new flagship Lotus Evora Sport 410 coupé, Lotus wanted to create a proper icon, not just another quick fix for the weekend racing crowd. This turned out to be a job that took thousands of hours going over the existing model in microscopic detail looking for any way to boost road and track performance without adding weight. Lotus wanted to build a “pure” supercar that could be considered the successor to its last genuinely iconic model – the Esprit Sport 300.

In terms of vital statistics it does this with aplomb. With a 410hp, 3.5-liter supercharged V6 under its carbon fiber hood, it goes gangbusters. The Lotus Evora Sport 410 demolishes the race to 60mph in 3.9 seconds and climbs to a top speed of 190mph. The Esprit Sport 300 needed an extra 0.8 seconds to hit 60mph and reached its limits at 168mph.

However, what both cars have in common is that they are as light as technological advancements will allow and have been engineered to stick to a track or a back road as if the tarmac is made of steel and the car is magnetized.

Whether both cars will be thought of as iconic Lotus models will not ultimately be about the numbers game though or even how well the new car handles. This will be down to how the passionate Lotus clique of owners and enthusiasts comes to feel about the car. Nevertheless, Lotus clearly fancies its chances with the Evora Sport 410.

“[The car] defines a period in which we are producing our best ever cars,” said Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Group Lotus plc. “Its ballistic pace means that, in the right hands, it’s unbeatable. We have achieved so much in the development of the Evora platform, and the Sport 410 is possibly the most accomplished car we have ever built.”

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At £82,000 (€108,500) it is also one of the most expensive series production models in Lotus history. That price point puts it head-to-head with the likes of the Porsche 911, Jaguar F-Type Coupe and a host of M-powered BMWs and AMG Mercedes.

But the Lotus should still stand out in this crowd because it is built so that a keen driver can use all the car’s capabilities all of the time. Lotus promises that even when the car is at its 190mph limit, there is still traction on tap.

“[It] delivers the power and precision that Lotus cars are renowned for. We’ve taken the war on weight to a new level, demonstrating perfectly our principle of intelligent engineering,” said Gales.

Yet, the car should still be comfortable. There’s an Alcantara-trimmed cabin, a touch-screen infotainment system plus the option of complete bespoke detailing via Lotus’s recently launched Exclusive program.

The Evora Sport 410 will be limited to just 150 examples a year and a North America specific model will be rolling out next summer.

Chanel N°5 L’Eau Limited Edition Holiday Special

Chanel is ushering in the holiday season with a limited edition ‘N°5 L’Eau’ in a crystal bottle. The new interpretation is so exclusive that it will be made available by reservation only. The 900ml bottle that is set to be rolled out on November 4 is one that is set to catch the eyes of collectors and aficionados of luxury perfumes.

What sets this special edition apart from other versions of the iconic fragrance is the bottle that is made entirely out of crystal. Cut like a diamond, the bottle is sealed with a special skin to help preserve the fragrance. Retaining the clean, classic lines or the original bottle as well as the name, the bottle is completed with a faceted cap and is presented in a white lambskin box.

With only 15 numbered editions of the Holiday 2016 edition being made available, this is one gift that will make any holiday season feel special. All reservations must be made directly with Chanel.

Infiniti Q60: 50 Infinitely Collectable Models

Infiniti Q60: 50 Infinitely Collectable Models

A collaboration between luxury US department store Neiman Marcus and Nissan’s luxury imprint Infiniti will lead to 50 very special versions of the Infiniti Q60. Basically, Neiman Marcus has added a special version of the coupé to its 2016 Christmas Book.

Based on the Red Sport 400 edition Q60, this very limited edition model – just 50 examples are planned – will keep the glorious twin-turbocharged 3-liter V6 engine and its 400hp output.

However, it will be getting a number of Infiniti optional upgrades as standard. For instance, it will come with dynamic digital suspension, a Bose Performance Series sound system and the company’s range-topping infotainment system.

But the upgrades that will really make it stand out among other Infinitis and among other ideas in this year’s Christmas Book are unique touches such as the Solar Mica (think gold) external paint finish. Then there are the carbon fiber accents that dress the car’s fender vents plus the special wing mirror caps and rear spoiler.

As for its interior, the cabin is awash with Gallery white leather that covers the seats and that contrasts well with the Silver Optic Fibre trim that accents the dashboard and door panels.

Each model will have a plaque displaying its unique VIN number within the 50-model series as well as a letter of authenticity. The final elements of exclusivity are a special ivory leather weekender bag and a Neiman Marcus-branded car cover (for use indoors only).

“The Neiman Marcus Christmas Book is an iconic part of the holiday season for luxury brands,” said Allyson Witherspoon, director, Marketing Communications and Media at Infiniti Americas. “We were very excited for this exclusive Q60 to be the Fantasy Gift and worked closely with Neiman Marcus to bring it to life.”

The car will retail for $63,000 and for each edition purchased, Infiniti will donate $1,000 to Neiman Marcus’s charity foundation.

Anyone interested can find the car on page 128 of this year’s Christmas Book and can start placing their orders from November 2.

BMW M4 DTM Championship Edition

BMW M4 DTM Championship Edition Unveiled

The BMW M4 DTM Championship Edition is yet another special model from the company in its centenary year, but one glance at the car’s vital statistics should have well-heeled keen drivers around the world rejoicing.

That’s because this model’s differences are more than skin deep. There’s the obligatory special exterior paint finish – Alpine White with BMW racing stripes. There’s also a large carbon fiber rear wing, side skirts and different front and rear aerodynamic elements. But lift that hood and the 3-liter six-cylinder engine that would normally output 431hp will give 200 lucky owners 500hp instead, plus an extra 50Nm of torque (600Nm).

What’s more, the car has the same ingenious water injection system that until now was only available on the equally collectable M4 GTS. This piece of technology sprays water into the chambers ahead of combustion to cool the engine before the fuel arrives. The fuel comes in colder and therefore denser, meaning it detonates with a bigger, more efficient bang, meaning more performance and less waste.

All of these powertrain enhancements mean the car can go from 0-100km/h in 3.8 seconds instead of the usual 4.3 seconds – seriously impressive considering the rear wing – and on to an electronically limited top speed of 305km/h.

Of course with that much power on tap, the suspension has been significantly altered too and fade-free ceramic brakes are standard equipment.

However, although this is a track car first and foremost, it hasn’t jettisoned all creature comforts. Ok, it’s a two seat rather than four-seat car in this configuration (the rear passenger seats have made way for a racing roll cage), but there’s still an infotainment system, air conditioning, satnav, parking sensors and the carbon fiber racing seats have been wrapped in Alcantara.

“Never before has one of our edition models been so closely linked to motor racing,” said Frank van Meel, President of BMW M GmbH. “Congratulations to Marco Wittmann, his team RMG and the entire crew from BMW Motorsport.”

The BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition 2016 will cost from €148,500 (roughly $165,000) and will be limited to 200 examples, globally.

Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Autumn 2005

Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Edition Automne 2005

You can never say no to a glass of champagne by Perrier Jouet, especially when it is the limited edition Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Edition Automne 2005. Don’t worry if you haven’t heard of this vintage before because the exclusive cuvée was just recently unveiled, just in time to usher in the season of fall that also serves as the inspiration behind the champagne.

This is hardly the first time that the brand has used nature as an inspiration, which is unsurprising given that champagne is, you know, a product of nature. The new cuvée, which we’ve been teasing since the SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS previews, is a follow up to the Belle Epoque Edition 2007 that was released for spring.

The man behind the champagne, Chef de Caves of Perrier-Jouët, Hervé Deschamps was so mesmerized by fall that he crafted a creation that reflects the season’s shades perfectly. It also happens that autumn 2005 played a vital role in the final flavor of the Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Edition Automne 2005. The pink tone of the champagne is something that captures your attention in an instant but when you experience it, the sharp bite of the after-taste might just be the most memorable element.

“The richness of the 2005 vintage inspired me to create this cuvée in tribute to autumn’s allure and vitality as a way of savoring the beauty of an ephemeral season” said Hervé Deschamps. Blending Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier the champagne offers notes of various berries, orange, sour cherry, spice and cream on the nose.

Reflecting the season that has inspired the special cuvée, Perrier-Jouët presents the champagne in a bottle that features a swirl of pink anemones. Designed by Emile Gallé in 1902, the flowers featured on the bottle are a link to the brand’s love of Japan. The result of this affection for Japanese autumn, is the presentation of “A Haiku for Every Season” by Perrier-Jouët.

Visit us and Perrier-Jouët at the SINGAPORE RENDEZVOUS from today to Sunday for your own taste of the Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Edition Automne 2005.

Patek Philippe Nautilus 40th Anniversary Watches Ref. 5711/1P

Patek Philippe Nautilus 40th Anniversary Watches

The 1970s were a time of upheaval, especially for the traditional Swiss watch industry, resulting in some modern classics such as the Patek Philippe Nautilus. We are looking today at two new limited edition models that remind us once more of the genius of the late Gerald Genta (he designed the original 1976 Nautilus, reportedly on a napkin) but first we need to set the stage, as it were.

As the Patek Philippe Nautilus celebrates its 40th birthday this year, it is indeed odd that we find ourselves again in a period of unparalleled change. In a strange way, this reminds us that a watch like the Nautilus is resilient in the face of the inexorable march of time. In 1976, when Ref. 3700/1A debuted – the very first Nautilus model – it seemed an unthinkable decision on the part of Swiss watchmaking institution like Patek Philippe. Today, the family-owned company’s decision is celebrated.

The audacious design – typical for Genta – and the fact that it was a sports watch were both somewhat astonishing but this does not really explain why the watch was so important. The Nautilus was cased in steel and that material choice earned the watch its legendary status. For the 40th anniversary, the Geneva-based manufacture has once more made heads turn as both limited edition models for 2016 are in precious materials. Granted, sporty watches in precious materials are not uncommon at all, but honoring a watch that was famous for being made in steel with precious metal models is quite cheeky. Speaking of cheek, the old ads for the Nautilus were all cheek (and they illustrate that Patek Philippe has been casing Nautilus watches in precious metals for some time).

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This brings us to the watches proper, the Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5711/1P 40th Anniversary Edition and the Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 5976/1G 40th Anniversary Limited Edition. Both retain the signature “hinges” at 9 and 3 o’clock, and have the same eye-catching octagonal bezel as the original. It is enough, we think, to leave it at that for the salient similarities and move on to each of the watches in a little more detail.

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We’ll address the watches by the reference numbers, as is traditional, as we dive deeper. Ref. 5711/1P most closely mirrors the original Ref. 3700/1A but it is of course cased in platinum with a matching bracelet, which (we imagine) makes it quite a load on the wrist. It is a 40mm time-only watch, with sweep seconds and date, as far as the functions go. There is quite a bit more precious about Ref. 5711/1P than the platinum case and bracelet here. The dial is in 18k gold and so are the hands and the hour makers too, though the markers are set with baguette-cut diamonds. There is one final diamond, set into the bezel at 6 o’clock, which is par for the course when it comes to Patek Philippe’s platinum models. You will already have noticed the embossed words, possibly the most controversial element here. The embossed wording also appears on Ref. 5976/1G. Limited as it is to just 700 pieces, Ref. 5711/1P clearly doesn’t have to appeal to everyone of course.

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Ref. 5976/1G is of course a chronograph, which you will recognize from Patek Philippe’s signature numbering, even if the configuration and pushers don’t clue you in. This model is cased in 18k white gold and it is significantly larger than Ref. 5711/1P. Indeed, at 44mm this is might be one of the largest Patek Philippe watches we have ever covered (neither of these pieces were at BaselWorld, as we reported on so we haven’t seen them up close). Things are a bit less precious here as the dial is in brass (which is a common practice in watchmaking), though the hour markers and hands are all in 18k gold. Unlike Ref. 5711/1P, Ref. 5976/1G uses princess and baguette-cut diamonds. This watch is limited to 1,300 pieces so getting it will be a little easier than scoring the simpler Ref. 5711/1P but not by much.

Specs

  • Ref. 5711/1P
  • Dimensions: 40mm (corner to corner); 44.5mm (end-to-end width, including crown)
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, central seconds, date
  • Power Reserve: 45 hours
  • Movement: Self-winding Calibre 324 S C
  • Case: Platinum 950
  • Water Resistance: 120 meters
  • Strap: Link bracelet platinum 950, foldover clasp
  • Ref. 5976/1G
  • Dimensions: 44mm (corner to corner); 49.25mm (end-to-end width, incuding crown)
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, central seconds, date, chronograph
  • Power Reserve: 55 hours
  • Movement: Self-winding Calibre CH 28-520 C
  • Case: 18k white gold
  • Water Resistance: 120 meters
  • Strap: Link bracelet 18k white gold, foldover clasp
Lotus Exige 350 Special Edition: Hungry for Speed

Lotus Exige 350 Special Edition: Hungry for Speed

The best way to make a wild animal absolutely ferocious is to starve it. And that appears to be the approach Lotus is taking with its latest limited edition car, the Exige 350 Special Edition.

Lotus has taken an already rather vicious track-focused car, the Exige, and put it on a crash diet. The resulting special edition – limited to just 50 examples worldwide – tips the scales at 1,099kg, meaning that it now has a 314hp per tonne power to weight ratio, a 0-100km/h time of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 170mph (274km/h).

However, with all Lotus cars, straight line performance is secondary. One of the reasons this car will be slightly slower off the mark than other collectable sportscars in the same €82,000 price bracket is because of its assorted front and rear spoilers that increase downforce.

In fact, at 100mph the car’s newly designed nose, louvered rear and rear wing spoiler work together to generate 42kg of grip and track-hugging downforce.

“The Lotus Exige is the quickest point-to-point sports car on the road; nothing can match its levels of accessible performance and grip,” said Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Group Lotus plc.

The car’s reason for being is to celebrate 50 years at the company’s current Hethel, Norfolk site and so it’s fitting that the new model is the fastest Exige in history to lap the Lotus Hethel Track, needing just 1 minute 29.8 seconds. “It is a real beast that needs taming but it won’t bite back,” said Gales.

Unlike lightweight Lotus models of the past, this Exige has shed the pounds without completely ditching creature comforts. The seats are carbon fiber, the wheels forged from a lighter alloy, the gear shift (six speed manual only) is exposed and the battery is lithium ion rather than lead oxide.

But there’s still Alcantara trim, some sound proofing, floor mats and even cruise control for those journeys back from the track when your feet need a break from heel-toe clutch and acceleration operation. However, the infotainment system is optional.

The Lotus Exige 350 Special Edition is the third and final 50th anniversary model that the company is planning to mark its anniversary, joining the already sold out Evora 400 Hethel Edition and Elise 250 Special Edition.

LaFerrari Aperta Rolls Out, Sells Out

LaFerrari Aperta Rolls Out, Sells Out

In the absence of many of the biggest names in motoring at the Paris Motor Show, Ferrari had the spotlight to itself for the debut of its LaFerrari Aperta soft-top supercar; the entire production run is already spoken for. Next year is also a landmark one for the Prancing Horse as it turns a nimble 70; the Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta is possibly an early birthday gift to itself. The automaker also detailed plans to build 350 limited edition takes on its current supercar lineup.

By all accounts, Ferrari turned the debut of the LaFerrari Aperta into a party (which is unsurprising in the world of cars) and revelled in the absence of guests such as Lamborghini, Bugatti, Aston Martin, Bentley and Rolls-Royce. Actually, it was also a farewell party of sorts because the LaFerrari Aperta is sold out. Also, the proper name is Aperta, not Spider as we had it in our teaser in July. Thanks for that Ferrari. Ok, let’s get into that now-unavailable supercar for a bit and see how it would have handled if we could have gotten our hands on it.

Like its hardtop sibling, this new hypercar offers hybrid hyper performance (say that 10 times fast!), thanks to an electric motor and V12 engine working in concert. The result is a sprint to 100km/h in under 3 seconds and a top speed of 350+km/h – all without a solid roof. As you might imagine, that amps up the adrenaline quite a bit and we await actual field reports on this. We imagine the technical challenge to be unbelievably complicated.

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Why? Well, a car without a hard-top roof loses its structural rigidity and aerodynamic prowess, for a start. However, the AFP reports that Ferrari’s engineers and designers have done everything within their powers to ensure that there is no noticeable difference between the hard-top and soft-top versions.

And this is important because who wants a lesser supercar.

The car will come with a fabric soft top as standard or a carbon fiber removable hardtop can be specified as an option.

As well as a new hypercar, Ferrari also detailed plans to build 350 limited edition cars, 70 examples of each vehicle in its series production range – one for each year of the company’s existence – to mark its anniversary.

However, each of these special models will stand out visually but not in terms of performance. Ferrari’s Tailor Made Atelier (which usually handles ground-up bespoke commissions) has created 70 individual liveries inspired by the most iconic Ferraris in history, some of which, but by no means all, were on show.

The California T “Steve McQueen,” for example, is inspired by the 250GT Berlinetta lusso the actor and racing driver once owned. Like the original car, it’s finished in a deep brown and has a camel leather interior.

The company has also looked to racing success for ideas, including the 1961 Tourist Trophy winning 250GT Berinetta SWB. Applied to an F12Berlinetta on the stand, it boasts Blu Scuro racing livery, a number roundel and a white horizontal stripe across the hood.

LaFerrari Aperta Rolls Out, Sells Out

Ferrari unveiled a number of planned new liveries to mark its 70th anniversary in 2017

The Ferrari F12berlinetta: “The Stirling” edition

The Ferrari F12berlinetta: “The Stirling” edition

The Ferrari California T: “The Steve McQueen” edition

The Ferrari California T: “The Steve McQueen” edition

Saleen S7 Supercar Returns

Saleen S7 Supercar Returns, Limited to 7 Models

The Saleen S7 supercar is back but only seven owners will get to enjoy this reissue, called the S7 LM. Ten years after the original S7 supercar stopped its run, Saleen is bringing the model back but this time with a lot more fire in its belly. It will have more than 1000hp on tap and collectors will be pleased that it is limited to just seven hand-built examples.

When the S7 made its global debut in Monterey on August 19, 2000 it did so as America’s first true mid-engine supercar. The Ford GT40 is a supercar of course but it isn’t mid-engine. Using a spaceframe construction and clad entirely in carbon fiber, the original S7 boasted a naturally aspirated 7-liter Ford V8 at its center, transmitting 550hp to its rear wheels, which translated into a 0-60mph time of 3.3 seconds and a top speed of 220mph.

Over its lifetime it received a number of engineering enhancements, including turbocharging which doubled horsepower and chopped almost a whole second off the 0-60mph time. But while the road-going S7 and S7 twin turbo came and went, the racing version hung around, winning races around the globe including at Daytona, Sebring and Nurburgring. Supposedly, it is the racing success that is behind the company’s decision to resurrect the model, although that doesn’t really explain why there are only seven. It takes us back a little to our story on the so-called “dead man’s cars,” although we are unsure if the S7 qualifies as a dead man’s car.

“True to our form, we are bringing back America’s only true supercar,” said Steve Saleen, President and CEO of Saleen Automotive, “We are celebrating our winning heritage and advancing the performance DNA that Saleen was built around.”

Saleen S7 LM front

The new model, which will be badged the Saleen S7 LM and limited to just seven individually constructed examples, will boast a 7-liter twin-turbocharged engine rated at 1,000hp, a specially designed steering wheel, reimagined interior and special external livery to ensure they stand out from any ‘stock’ Saleen S7s on the road.

While we are not sure about Steve Saleen’s assertion that the S7 is America’s “only true supercar,” it is for certain that this limited edition will be built stateside. While the original cars started out as a joint creation between Saleen and UK-based RML Group, all seven of the S7 LMs will be built exclusively at Saleen’s California headquarters.

The original car caused quite a stir back in 2000 and in terms of styling it still stands up to scrutiny. However, the benchmark for US supercar performance has moved on considerably thanks to Hennessey Performance Engineering and its Bugatti baiting Venom GT.

But if the new Saleen can come close to the Venom’s 2.4-second 0-60mph time and 265mph top speed, it will be worth every cent.

ALPA 12 SWA

ALPA Anniversary Edition Set: Capturing Milestones

For those who love old school analog cameras, the ALPA certainly tops the list of finely crafted photographic equipment from the 1940s. Seventy years after it was founded and 20 years after it was bought over by Ursula Capaul and Thomas Weber, the company has introduced the ALPA Anniversary Edition Set.

In a limited production of 20 sets, the anniversary edition commemorates the ALPA 12 SWA that was the brand’s first medium format camera. Boasting rosewood grips, the camera comes with several special edition extras that would fulfil camera collectors’ dreams. Along with the rosewood grip, the set will include a Rodenstock/ALPA HR Alpagon 5.6/70 mm lens with lens hood, ALPA/Linhof 6×9 roll film back, ALPA viewfinder, light meter and a roll of Fujifilm Acros 100 film.ALPA Anniversary Edition Set

While it is dedicated to film, ALPA is not committed to anachronism. As such, the Anniversary Edition also features a modern update, with the ability to use digital attachments that can help those who want a proper contemporary tool. To complete the set, those who purchase the ALPA Anniversary Edition Set will also be given a personal ALPA Anniversary Edition Set Certificate.