Dubbed “Watchmaking’s Future in the Physical Form” by the folks over at Hodinkee, the Cartier ID Two concept watch is nothing short of magnificent. It’s even more impressive than the Cartier ID One which was unveiled in 2009. In fact, it’s more impressive than any watch we’ve seen in our times from a technological and innovation front. It’s made from a single block of ceramic called Ceramyst that is completely transparent and features a 32-day power reserve. The caseback is held on via a vacuum seal, meaning zero screws. Talk about efficiency, efficiency we haven’t seen in the watch industry ever. The Cartier ID Two produces 30% more power and consumes only half as much as a traditional watch, providing for a 32 day power reserve in just a 42mm case. Check out the video from Hodinkee video below for a more detailed look.
Italian supercar maker Lamborghini has taken the covers off their latest concept vehicle — Urus — a Spanish breed of bull that sits somewhere between fighting size and hauling size. Though the name hit the rumor mill quite some time ago when the Estoque four door was unveiled, looks like the name is being reserved for Lambo’s SUV of the future. You won’t see it on the streets until 2005 but we’re expecting power and Lamborghini to be put a lid on the carbon emissions in the process. 50 percent of customer deliveries are aimed at the United States so expect this to be one competitive SUV, one that’s owned by some pretty impressive contention — the Range Rover Sport, Porsche Cayenne, as well as the BMW X6 M.
More looks at the Lamborghini Urus SUV below.
After months (if not years) of waiting, Acura has finally unveiled their next-generation NSX Supercar. Though still a concept, the it boasts the car’s future exterior design inspiration as well as what’s under the hood. Power comes from a mid-rear V6 engine that’s made to an electric motor to form a hybrid setup. The SH-AWD setup also features a dual-clutch transmission for added performance, while the two motors can instantly send negative or positive torque to the front wheels for improved handling. No word yet on horsepower figures but expect the power-to-weight ratio to be top-notch.
Though it’s been in the rumor mill for quite sometime now, Maserati has finally unveiled the Kubang, a concept SUV that may be a pre-cursor to what the Italian manufacturer’s first Sport Utility will look like. Maserati is looking to build the Kubang concept on the same Michigan assembly line as the Jeep Grand Cherokee but will leave the engine manufacturing to Italy’s Paolo Martinelli, who brings over thirty years of experience at Ferrari. The video below blends Maserati’s history with their future endeavor.
We first heard about the Land Rover Defender DC100 a few weeks back, but we’ve gotten much more info since then and this video from Land Rover really gives us a deeper look at the DC 100 and DC100 Sport concept vehicles. “For over 60 years Land Rover have been building vehicles renowned for their capability and versatility, perhaps none more so than the iconic Defender. With an eye to the future, Land Rover’s Design Director Gerry McGovern has led the Land Rover design team to explore a modern reinterpretation of the Defender.”
With Land Rover’s Defender model being off the market for quite sometime now, we’re really excited to see this image release of what the DC 100 Concept will look like ahead of its Frankfurt Motor Show unveil. Expect more details to follow in the coming weeks but for now, check out the clean lines of the DC 100 and imagine what the rest of the car will look like when it’s fully unveiled. (via Valet)
BMW has finally lifted the 2012 M5 Concept’s veil, showcasing a monstrous sports car with luxurious detailing to match. Based on the new BMW 5-Series, the new BMW M5 gets M-specific looks with an aggressive front fascia, side stance and rear appearance. Under the hood, expect the next-gen M5 to host a 4.4L twin-turbo V8 featuring BMW’s TwinPower Turbo Technology. The German automaker has stated that, when compared to the fourth generation of the BMW M5, the newly developed engine has a significantly increased output level, but does better on gas and drops emission levels by at least 25 percent.
No word yet on official specs but expect those to trickle out when the car begins hitting showrooms later this year. (via egmCarTech)
Hublot and ECAL, the Lausanne University of Art and Design, have teamed up for this limited edition design concept, which bridges technology and design, just like Hublot watches. The piece combines ash wood for the structure, hand-sewn leather for the seat, carbon fibre for the handles and steel for the runners. The prototype was created in partnership with Graf, a company from Thurgovie and is based on the “Roedel” competition model. The beautiful object is really incomparable in design and is fast, stable and robust as well, delivering a well-crafted concept that will please folks on all fronts.
Yesterday at the 2011 NAIAS Detroit Auto Show, Porsche took the covers off their latest concept car, the 918 RSR Racing Lab. It looks magnificent but it’s really what makes it move and punch it’s packing that’s got our attention. The supercar is built on a stiff carbon fiber plastic monocoque and is gets power from a direct-injected V8 that dishes out 563-hp, the same found in the RS Spyder. There are actually two electric motors on the front wheels which contribute a burst of 150 kW bringing overall output to peak drive power of 767-hp. This additional spark is generated during braking and is stored in an optimized flywheel accumulator and is available for roughly 8 seconds when the system is fully charged.
The “Cartier ID One Concept” watch is a piece of luxurious art. Intended to never undergo any repairing and regulation after it’s been manufactured, the Cartier ID is beautifully housed in a Ballon Bleu case that measures 46mm. It is made of Niobium-Titanium, an alloy that looks great and is highly wear resistant and has its own unique shock absorption properties that are unmatched by other materials like steel. We look forward to seeing this concept become reality in the near future.
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