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This One-Off Indigo and Copper Ferrari Roma Is the Best-Looking Car You’ll See Today

This One-Off Indigo and Copper Ferrari Roma Is the Best-Looking Car You’ll See Today

The Ferrari Roma may be named after Italy’s capital city, but a new one-off draws its inspiration from a country more than 6,200 miles to the east.

The marque’s Jap Program recently joined forced with the editors of Cool Hunting to design a special indigo blue version of the sports car. The collaboration, which was on display at the just-completed NYC X Design 10 Anniversary Festival, is an attempt to wed the distinct design cultures of Italy and Japan. And based on the pictures of the vehicle, that fusion really works.

The Japanese influence on the one-of-a-kind coupé’s design is immediately apparent. That’s because its aerodynamic body has been cloaked in a vivid coat of what Ferrari is calling Indigo Metal. As the name suggests, the bold blue hue is based on traditional Japanese indigo dyes. The Cool Hunting team got the idea to use the color after visiting one of the country’s last remaining indigo farms in Tokushima. The striking shade is offset by a daring set of copper-plated wheels, which are inspired by traditional tea canisters and kettles made from the material. The stark contrast helps accentuate the Roma’s sleek lines and profile. Ferrari may not allow for aftermarket bodywork modifications, but there’s no denying that this build looks unique.

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The blue and copper motif carries over to the interior. Inside the two-door you’ll find a completely bespoke upholstery that utilizes Sakiori fabrics, which are made from repurposed vintage kimonos that have had their silk replaced with high-tensile nylon for improved durability. Sakiori is one of the world’s oldest examples of upcycling, according to the automaker. The headliner, meanwhile, is made from indigo-dyed leather that’s been woven in a traditional Italian pattern. There’s are copper accents as well, including contrast stitching on the seats and a polished gear shift grate. Finally, the car’s dedication plate is adorned with a “kamon,” a custom-made crest which indicates one’s origins in Japan.
The Roma’s powertrain hasn’t been modified at all, and it’s easy to see why. The sports car is equipped with a twin-turbo 3.9-liter V-8 mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission that sends 611 horses and 561 ft lbs of twist to the rear axle. Thanks to all that power, the car can sprint from zero to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds on its way to a top speed of 199 mph.

Inside the Ferrari Tailor Made Program x Cool Hunting Roma 

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Since it’s a one-off, you won’t get a chance to buy this Roma. That’s unfortunate, but there’s no reason why the gorgeous build can’t inspire your own. Ferrari’s Tailor Made Program is taking commissions now. You’ll just have to be prepared, of course, to pony up more than the coupe’s original $220,000 sticker price.
Check out more images of Tailor Made Program x Cool Hunting Roma below:

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Gisele Bündchen Makes a Comeback for Riccardo Tisci, and Burberry

Gisele Bündchen Makes a Comeback for Riccardo Tisci, and Burberry

LONDON — She’s back.Gisele Bündchen has been keeping a low profile of late, but she’s bounding back into the public eye courtesy of her friend Riccardo Tisci, chief creative officer at Burberry.
Bündchen is the face of Burberry’s 2022 Summer Monogram campaign, and wears a variety of sporty looks, including a check bikini and workout gear suited to her beloved yoga, and beachy pursuits.
“I was so happy to see Riccardo again after such a long time and shooting with my sweet friends Luigi and Iango is always a blast. It was so special spending time with everyone.
“We had so much fun on set,” said Bündchen, who specifically chose to work with Tisci, and with Luigi Murenu and Iango Henzi, who are known creatively as Luigi & Iango.

The campaign also features previously unreleased black-and-white stills of Bündchen that the creative duo shot a decade ago.

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Current looks were styled by Suzanne Koller while the campaign makeup artist was Georgi Sandev. The campaign video features “Initials B.B.,” written and performed by Serge Gainsbourg.

Gisele Bündchen is the star of Burberry’s 2022 Summer Monogram campaign.
Image Courtesy of Burberry

Murenu and Henzi said they met Tisci at the very beginning of his career when he was living in Milan, and describe him as “family.”
“Working with Riccardo is always a wonderful challenge that allows us to explore new and great paths. It is a real exchange of ideas and of beautiful energies,” they said.
Bündchen “transmitted her kindness, grace and extraordinary energy in a very contemporary and cool way. We are very proud of this campaign, which transmits all the codes that touch us the most at heart: light, love and perfect harmony,” added the photographers.

Bündchen is the latest in a lineup of hot talent that Tisci has tapped over the past four years. In 2019, it was Gigi Hadid, followed by Kendall Jenner and Naomi Campbell. The Thomas Burberry Monogram, designed by Tisci and the graphic designer Peter Saville, was first unveiled in August 2018.
This year’s Summer Monogram collection includes cotton gabardine trenchcoats, caftans, wool-blend cardigans, eyewear, silky bomber jackets and wool sweaters. Accessories include the bestselling Lola and Freya, tote bags, linen high-top sneakers and Neoprene sandals.
During his first public appearance for Burberry last week, the new chief executive officer Jonathan Akeroyd said Burberry would maintain its luxury positioning, and that collaborations and special in-house collections, such as the Summer Monogram, would continue to be a big part of the strategy.
Akeroyd said luxury creates desire for customers and value for the brand. He added that he has confidence in Tisci, and described the designer as “consistent” in his vision for the Burberry with a “strong eye and pulse for what the market needs.”

Bulgari Taps Anne Hathaway as New Ambassador

Bulgari Taps Anne Hathaway as New Ambassador

Anne Hathaway has been named Bulgari’s newest ambassador.On Tuesday, Bulgari released its latest campaign, called “Unexpected Wonders,” featuring the actress alongside Zendaya, another spokesperson for the brand, as the two wander around a sumptuous palazzo wearing different statement pieces by Bulgari with the two stars taking turns narrating the video.
The campaign was shot in Rome and directed by Paolo Sorrentino, the award-winning filmmaker behind “La Grande Bellezza.”
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Hathaway made her debut as an ambassador during the Cannes Film Festival last week, where she wore a custom white sequined column gown by Armani Privé paired with Bulgari’s Mediterranean Reverie necklace and a matching sapphire ring from the brand’s high jewelry collection. She was styled by Erin Walsh.
Besides the Oscar-winning actress and Zendaya, Bulgari’s new media campaign will include Blackpink’s Lisa Manoban, Chinese actress Shu Qi and Priyanka Chopra Jonas, all of whom will present Bulgari’s jewelry and watch collections.

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In the images, Hathaway is wearing pieces from the brand’s classic Serpenti range as well as jewelry and watches from the Divas’ Dream collection. Zendaya is shown wearing pieces from the B.Zero1 and BB collection, while Chopra Jonas dons pieces from both the high jewelry and Serpenti collections. Manoban, known professionally as Lisa, wears necklaces and rings from the B.Zero1 and Divas’ Dream collections.

Zendaya for Bulgari
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Hathaway and Zendaya were photographed by Dan Jackson while Lisa and Chopra Jonas were shot by Chris Colls.
Zendaya and Lisa have been ambassadors for Bulgari since 2020, while Chopra Jonas was named one last year. Qi has been a longtime spokesperson for the brand.

Blackpink’s Lisa for Bulgari
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Priyanka Chopra Jonas for Bulgari
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Hublot and Samuel Ross Mesh For Titanium Tourbillon

Hublot and Samuel Ross Mesh For Titanium Tourbillon

Multi-disciplinary artist Samuel Ross teams with Hublot to create the Big Bang Tourbillon Samuel Ross, a stylized, hexagonal 44mm watch with titanium honeycomb mesh featured on its sapphire dial, case, case back and strap.
The new Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon Samuel Ross.
The debut is the Hublot ambassador’s first wristwatch built with the Swiss watchmaker, which has teamed with artists for more than a decade under its “Hublot Loves Art” initiative.
Hublot has worked with Ross previously, though not for a watch, when the watchmaker awarded Ross its Hublot Design Prize in 2019 as the artist unveiled a multi-material ‘fused’ sculpture designed to celebrate Hublot’s fortieth anniversary.
On the Big Bang Tourbillon Samuel Ross, the 30-year-old artist combines his signature use of color and geometry to make this lightweight, sporty tourbillon-regulated time-only watch. The watch’s multi-level sapphire and titanium dial is both eye-catching and technically impressive; its honeycomb caseback (below) delightfully mixes geometry and gearing.
Hublot explains that Ross opted for an orange color scheme to represent “energy and optimism” and has directed the color for the strap and accents on the crown and tourbillon bridge and lateral bumpers that protect the case. The bright color frames a grey, satin-finished case and bezel.
Inside Hublot sets its manufacture HUB6035 caliber (see specifications below) that offers an impressive seventy-two hours of power reserve. Hublot will make fifty Big Bang Tourbillon Samuel Ross watches.
Hublot is celebrating the debut by enveloping its Fifth Avenue boutique in New York City in orange. The ‘takeover’ will then be repeated in Hublot stores globally as the watch reaches showcases.
Price: $116,000.
Hublot Ambassador Samuel Ross, wearing the Big Bang Tourbillon Samuel Ross.
Specifications: Hublot Big Bang Tourbillon Samuel Ross
(Ref. 428.NX.0100.RX.SRA22)
Case: 44mm by 13.75mm satin-polished titanium with satin-finished case back and bezel. Water resistant to 30 meters.
Movement: Caliber HUB6035 with self-winding micro-rotor, skeleton tourbillon, frequency of 3 Hz (21,600 vph) and 72-hour power reserve.
Dial: Skeletonized with honeycomb pattern titanium, three sapphire bridges.
Strap: Orange rubber with titanium deployant buckle.
Price: $116,000.
 

Rick Ross Showcased Hundreds of Rare Cars and Bikes at a Show Held at His Georgia Estate

Rick Ross Showcased Hundreds of Rare Cars and Bikes at a Show Held at His Georgia Estate

Rick Ross doesn’t just want people to admire his car collection on social media, he wants them to be able to check it out in person.

That’s why the “Hustlin’” rapper opened up his Fayettville, Georgia, estate for the first annual Promise Land Car and Bike show this past Saturday. Over the course of what looks to have been a gorgeous spring day, auto and rap enthusiasts alike were able to check out some of Rozay’s most prized possessions.

The show, which is named for Ross’s 235-acre mansion and farm about 20 miles south of Atlanta, showcases hundreds of cars belonging not just to him, but also some of the city’s other “big boys” and “superstars,” according to an interview the rapper gave to TMZ last week. A quick look at social media shows that all manner of vehicles were on display, including a red Ferrari 488 GTB, a lime green Chevrolet C8 Corvette and even six-wheel monster truck the emcee took for a quick spin. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but it’s easy to see why the Boss likes his fire engine red 1959 Chevy Bel Air so much.

“As you can see, we could have had many many more people out here, but it wasn’t about how many people we could have. It was just about the comfort zone, the enjoyment level,” a triumphant Ross said in one of his many dispatches from the show. “Once again, man, look at these cars, look at these toys, these trikes, trucks, 6x6s.”
It’s unclear how many people attended the event—Ross guessed that 4,000 or so people would come through—but there was more for them to enjoy than just cars. The show, which Ross said he wanted to have the feel of a “youth fair,” also featured live DJ sets and a battalion of food trucks, according to Complex. The cars, trucks and bikes were the stars, though, with the owners of the most eye-catching rides receiving 24 carat diamond chains from the host.

Ross has never hidden his love of automobiles. Last year, he shared video showing a seemingly unending collection of American classics, including seven of his beloved Bel-Airs. His record label, Maybach Music, is also named for Mercedes-Benz most luxurious sub-brand.

A Rare Shelby Cobra Roadster With Hand-Crafted Aluminum Body Is up for Auction

A Rare Shelby Cobra Roadster With Hand-Crafted Aluminum Body Is up for Auction

If you’re hoping to add a bright new statement piece to your garage, it doesn’t get any shinier than this: A Shelby Cobra CSX4000 Series Roadster with a hand-crafted aluminum body will be going up for auction next month.

The sporty two-seater is a 1965 model of sorts; it was actually built in the early 2000s to honor the 40th anniversary of the Shelby company. It’s No. 29 of 40 made, and only one of five with a hand-crafted, polished aluminum body. Under the hood, an all-aluminum Shelby 427 FE Stroker V-8 engine powers the Cobra with 535 horses and 545 ft lbs of torque. The car also features a Toploader four-speed manual transmission and two Holley four-barrel carburetors. Other standout features include rack and pinion steering, a four-wheel Baer disc brake system and a Shelby/Dana 44 rear differential.

A peek under the hood 

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Outside,  the Cobra is nothing if not striking. Its classic curvaceous body comes adorned with brushed aluminum stripes down the middle and a chrome roll hoop. The 15-inch Trigo knock-off wheels are accompanied by vintage Goodyear Eagle Billboard racing tires. And the clear wheel-well protection is contrasted with the soft black fender guards.
Almost as if to let the exterior shine even brighter, the interior is downright minimalist. There’s a wood-rimmed steering wheel and a Carroll Shelby–signed glovebox. The seat upholstery, meanwhile, is sleek black leather, and both the sun visors and wind wings are made of plexiglass. That’s about it—and that’s all you need.

The roadster in profile 

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Mecum Auctions is putting the rare car up for auction in Tulsa from June 9 to 11. No pricing estimates are listed, but a similar model hammered down for $205,000 in 2020, Designboom noted.
Collectors, get those bids ready.

Louis Vuitton Exhibition Sails to Qingdao From Shenzhen

Louis Vuitton Exhibition Sails to Qingdao From Shenzhen

Louis Vuitton is continuing with its “Louis Vuitton &” exhibition in China despite pockets of COVID-19 outbreaks putting many cities on high alert.
Running until July 1 and admission free, the latest chapter is being hosted at Qingdao’s Olympic Sailing Center, which was built for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Boats with the event’s logo were docked by the northeastern city’s coastline to commemorate the opening of the exhibition last Friday.

An aerial view of “Louis Vuitton &” exhibition in Qingdao, China.
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The exhibition, which made its China debut in Shenzhen last November, features more than 180 items spanning more than 160 years, including special-order trunks from the early 20th century, monogram bags reworked by artists and designers, and designs from original collaborations. The show also spotlights Vuitton’s handbag flagship Capucine, showing the full range of the Artycapucines collection in collaboration with artists like Alex Israel, Urs Fischer and Zeng Fanzhi.

Another highlight is a showcase of a selection of the 200 specially commissioned trunks by people including Cao Fei, Liu Wei and Zhang Ding in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Vuitton himself.
The exhibition space also includes a gift shop and a coffee shop.

The “Louis Vuitton &” exhibition in Qingdao, China.
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Qingdao went through a small COVID-19 outbreak in March. The virus was mostly detected among middle school students in Laixi county at that time. As of Monday, the city logged two imported asymptomatic cases, and zero local COVID-19 cases.

‘Jurassic World’-inspired Collection Debuts to Help Artisans

‘Jurassic World’-inspired Collection Debuts to Help Artisans

PRESERVING THE PAST: With “Jurassic World Dominion” headed to theaters this summer, Accompany is trying to reel in some of those fans and socially conscious-minded shoppers by launching a capsule collection with the nonprofit retailer Ten Thousand Villages.
Accompany and Universal Pictures have joined forces for a capsule collection through a partnership with the film franchise “Jurassic World.”
The blockbuster will premiere in theaters in the U.S. on June 3. For the Jurassic World x Accompany collection, apparel, home goods and gift items are being offered for adults and children with all of the handcrafted goods being made by artisan nonprofits in India and Nepal. Accompany, which focuses on socially impactful design-driven commerce, aims to capture dinosaur-loving movie fans and mindful shoppers alike with items that support marginalized artisan communities and strengthens their socioeconomic status. In doing so, the company helps to keep the artisans’ culture and crafts going.

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As an indicator of interest in values-based shopping, the 2020 Zeno Strength of Purpose study reported that consumers are four to six times more likely to buy from, trust, champion and defend companies with a strong purpose. Eight thousand consumers evaluated 75 companies and brands for the survey.
Ten Thousand Villages is a nonprofit that markets ethically made, handcrafted products that are made by artisans in more than 25 countries where marginalization and economic disempowerment are factors.
“Jurassic World Dominion” is the sixth installment in the Jurassic World franchise. It is also the third film in a trilogy, centering on themes of coexistence and legacy. The licensed products are inspired by the Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment film. Hand weaving, wood carving and other age-old techniques are used for the “Jurassic World”-inspired children’s items and home goods and kitchenware. Think terry cloth towels with a dinosaur-shaped hood and tail, or cotton pillows handprinted with the film’s T. Rex skeleton logo. There are also tote bags printed with dinosaur teeth prints and other accents. Retail prices range from $13 to $100 and the collection is available online via Accompany and through the exclusive retail partner Ten Thousand Villages.
As a nod to “Jurassic World Dominion’s” feminist theme of STEM-advancing women, the cobranded collection will help to protect and strengthen women’s rights in underserved communities. Accompany has teamed with Ten Thousand Villages to connect with artisans through two nonprofit fair trade networks — Sasha, a supporter of 5,000-plus artisans in India — the majority of whom are women, and Nepal’s Finest, a Nepal-based organization that is dedicated to improving the socioeconomic status of thousands of marginalized craftspeople and their families.

Ineichen Auction to Mark Royal Oak 50th Anniversary

Ineichen Auction to Mark Royal Oak 50th Anniversary

Zurich-based Ineichen Auctioneers will help Audemars Piguet celebrate five decades of Royal Oak designs with Royal 50, a dedicated auction to mark the anniversary.
The auction, which is scheduled to place in Zurich and online on May 28, will also mark the first time a major watch auction house will drop the buyer’s premium and register its shares on the Blockchain.
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak was among the first high-end sports watches made with a steel case. And, presaging the upcoming auction, a Royal Oak was also the first collectible watch that Ineichen CEO Artemy Lechbinskiy added to his own collection.
The Ineichen auction joins other 50th anniversary celebrations underway in auction houses and exhibitions across the globe. For example, the Royal Oak design is the subject of an exhibition at Harrods in London while Audemars Piguet itself is debuting a 39mm steel Extra-Thin 50th anniversary Royal Oak with a flying tourbillon, with a 37mm version set for release in late 2022.
Here are the top lots listed for the Royal 50 auction, slated for May 28.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Premier Limited Edition Ref. 26530ST
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Premier Limited Edition Ref. 26530ST (Estimate: CHF 400,000 – 450,000)
This model boasts Audemars Piguet’s signature Tapisserie design transformed into a sunburst pattern (called Evolutive). More of the sunburst pattern can be revealed behind the sapphire caseback. From the back you’ll see a beautifully finished in-house Caliber 2950 with 65 hours of power reserve and Geneva stripes, emulating the pattern on the dial. This stainless steel version comes with a smoked blue gradient dial design.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Minute Repeater Supersonnerie Premier Limited Edition Ref. 26591TI
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Minute Repeater Supersonnerie Premier Limited Edition Ref. 26591TI (Estimate: CHF 350,000 – 400,000)
This model, called Supersonnerie, produces loud and clear sound and is a result of eight years of research. Unlike most others repeaters, the Supersonnerie’s gongs are attached to a titanium membrane on the back of the movement. This membrane acts the same way as guitar’s soundboard, dramatically amplifying the sound and providing it with the most clear, pleasing tone. Apertures in the caseback allow the sound to escape freely.
The 42mm case crafted from grade 5 titanium is complemented with a titanium bracelet. Inside lies in-house Caliber 2953, a hand-wound movement made of 362 parts and beating at 3Hz. Made as a five-piece limited edition with a smoked blue Grande Tapisserie dial, the watch is among the most collectible minute repeaters.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Automatic Ref. 25902PT.OO.1110PT.01
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon Automatic Ref. 25902PT.OO.1110PT.01 (above) Estimate: (CHF 350,000 – 400,000)
Launched in 1999, only ten pieces were produced. Inside is the automatic tourbillon caliber 2875SQ, which was seldom used in the Audemars Piguet collection. Now discontinued, this artistic skeleton execution appears only in this reference. The 41mm case is made of platinum 950.
A transparent dial showcases the chiseled and engraved skeletonized caliber 2875SQ. The power reserve is up to 54 hours and visible via the sub-dial at 9 o’clock. Hours and minutes are indicated with an off-center main dial. The flying tourbillon is at 6 o’clock, and the date sub-dial at 3 o’clock.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Open-worked ‘Rose Gold Jumbo’ Ref. 15204OR.OO.1240OR.01
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Open-worked ‘Rose Gold Jumbo’ Ref. 15204OR.OO.1240OR.01, above.  (Estimate: CHF 150,000 – 200,000)
This open-worked mechanical watch features outstanding technical and decorative characteristics of the skeletonized caliber 5122, one of the best traditionally skeletonized self-winding movements with art-deco aesthetics.
Launched in 2014, this rose gold 39mm watch features a skeleton dial with a peripheral chapter ring, rose gold hour and minute hands, and a luminous, sapphire caseback. The ultra-thin, self-winding, open-worked 22k gold oscillating weight displays the logo and Tapisserie motif on the rim.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Open-worked ‘All-Rose Gold’ Ref. 25829OR.OO.0944OR.01
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Open-worked ‘All-Rose Gold’ Ref. 25829OR.OO.0944OR.01 (above) (Estimate: CHF 200,000 – 250,000)
A refined open-worked perpetual calendar wristwatch in rose gold; this Royal Oak perpetual calendar watch communicates a certain era in the development of the Royal Oak collection – from 1997 to 2014. At this point, the dial incorporated the classic leap year indicator, but was still without the central hand to indicate the week of the year.
The latter is a customary feature of modern models cloned from caliber 2120/2800. The transparent dial with blackened-gold, leaf-shaped hour and minute hands on Royal Oak models is also rare, as is the all-rose-gold execution of the watch. The piece is no longer in production. It was succeeded in 2015 by the latest generation of 41mm perpetual calendars, featuring the number of the week indication via a special pointed hand.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Open-worked ‘The First Generation’ Ref. 25636BA.OO.0344BA.01
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Open-worked ‘The First Generation’ Ref. 25636BA.OO.0344BA.01 (Estimate: CHF 200,000 – 250,000)
The first open-worked perpetual calendar in the Royal Oak collection, produced from 1983 to 1993. At this stage in the development of the Royal Oak perpetual calendar the classic leap year indicator was absent from the dial. Ref. 25636BA is seldom seen on auction. The number of pieces produced was limited, with production discontinued in 1993. The case of this wristwatch is 18k yellow gold. It has a diameter of 39mm, and thickness of 8.3mm. The early Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar “stick” hands are noteworthy on the transparent sapphire (or skeleton) dial.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Open-worked ‘Platinum Edition’ Ref. 25829PT.OO.0944PT.01
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Open-worked ‘Platinum Edition’ Ref. 25829PT.OO.0944PT.01, above.  (Estimate: CHF 200,000 – 250,000)
This platinum Ref. 25829PT is another rarity. It features a rare full-platinum case, bezel and bracelet. A collector’s item from the 1997 to 2014 era, its dial features the classic leap year indicator sans central hand for the week of the year. The transparent dial with leaf- shaped hands, which is unique to the Royal Oak collection, as well as the ultra-rare platinum execution makes it a priority for collectors.
The case in platinum 950, with a 39mm diameter, 9.3mm thickness, and transparent sapphire (skeleton) dial encloses the caliber 2120/2800SQ, and a self-winding, open-worked rotor with ultra-thin inertial segment in 21k yellow gold. The power reserve is up to 40 hours. This piece is mounted on a platinum Royal Oak bracelet with Audemars Piguet platinum double folding clasp.
Source: Ineichen Auctioneers

Car of the Week: This 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Was One of the Era’s Smoothest Operators

Car of the Week: This 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Was One of the Era’s Smoothest Operators

The upcoming Bonhams Greenwich Auction, to be held live on June 5 in Greenwich, Conn., will features an assortment of interesting British classics. A star of that sale will be an Aston Martin DB6, a well-preserved “Sports Saloon” from the luxury marque’s early days, and whose predecessor had all the luck.

That previous model was the DB5, which saved the carmaker’s financial bacon when it co-starred in the 1964 James Bond thriller Goldfinger, cementing its place in cinematic history and bringing Aston Martin to the attention of would-be customers around the world. The DB5 continues to be a cult favorite—and an Aston Martin continuation-car moneymaker—as long as grown men fantasize about being secret agents. Meanwhile, the DB6 has gone on to play second fiddle, never mind that it is every bit as attractive as the Carrozziera Touring–designed DB5. Contemporary owners certainly found it so, including British celebrities like Prince Charles, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Peter Sellers and Twiggy.

The 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Sports Saloon to be offered through Bonhams. 

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Although its exquisite styling seems timeless today, the DB6 was regarded as somewhat archaic when it hit the stand at the 1965 Paris Motor Show, and the London Motor Show immediately thereafter. One has to remember that cars like the Maserati Ghibli, De Tomaso Mangusta and earth-shattering Lamborghini Miura were only a year away. But one does not acquire a DB6 for its cutting-edge shape. In fact, there are no edges at all, but rather, smooth flowing curves as seductive as those of any car from the early 1960s.

The interior’s charms include red Connolly leather seats and a tidy dash sprawling with Smiths gauges. 

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The styling for the DB6 was brought in house by Aston Martin, in part to address some aerodynamic shortfalls of coachbuilder Carrozziera Touring’s fastback DB4 and DB5. Instead, the DB6 featured an upturned Kamm tail that is the vehicle’s styling signature today. Its lengthened chassis allowed two small seats to be added in the rear, but required the roof height to be raised by two inches. Significantly, the Superleggera construction, licensed from Touring, was replaced with a conventional steel-body-on-platform method for its structural advantages.
The straight-six engine was a proven design by Aston Martin engineer Tadek Marek. Utilizing an alloy block and head, the mill had the same 4.0-liter displacement of the DB5. With 282 hp in standard tune, the 3,250-pound DB6 can hit 150 mph and achieve a respectable-if-not-scorching zero-to-60 mph time of about 8.4 seconds. This car’s optional Vantage tuning specification increases compression and boosts power to 325 hp. A ZF five-speed manual gearbox and Salisbury rear end complete the drivetrain. The DB6 Mark II, introduced in 1969, can be identified by slight flares on the wheel arches to accommodate half-inch wider wheels. Brave souls ordered the electronic fuel-injection option.

The optional Vantage tuning specification increased output of the straight-six engine to 325 hp. 

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Inside, the DB6 had its traditional English charms, like a tidy dash sprawling with Smiths gauges, fat leather seats and a thin wooden steering wheel with three black spokes. Optional was a Borg Warner three-speed automatic transmission, power steering and air conditioning, offering creature comforts unknown to most of the DB6’s European sports-car competitors. Novel was the Armstrong coil-spring rear suspension, which allowed the driver to adjust the ride quality from inside the car.

Unlike the fastback DB4 and DB5 models, the DB6 was given an upturned Kamm tail that is the car’s styling signature today. 

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A total of about 1,788 examples of the Mk I and Mk II were produced from 1965 to 1970, of which about 215 were Volante (convertible) models. Sporting types with a pheasant fetish commissioned a shooting brake (station wagon) configuration by Radford, providing plenty of space for hounds, shotguns and bagged game. Four were made oddly resplendent with the Kamm tail. Finished in the original color scheme of Silver Birch complemented by red Connolly hides, this desirable Vantage-spec DB6 Sports Saloon retains its matching-numbers drivetrain. Although being offered without reserve, it’s estimated to sell for as much as $400,000.

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