With this year’s LA Auto Show underway, expect a lot of car coverage over the days ahead. We’re delighted to get things started with the unveiling of the Lamborghini Gallardo LP550-2 Spyder, a convertible variant of the Gallardo LP550-2 Valentino Balboni. The latest bull features a V10 engine that dishes out 550 horsepower to a RWD supercar that’s a sight to see. The suspension’s been tuned to handle the real-wheel-drive architecture, with some revisions made to the aerodynamics as well. The LP550-2 Spyder will be available with a six-speed manual or six-speed e-gear transmission.
New brands pop up on the market every single day but we’ll admit very few are actually worth mentioning. Autodromo is one of those few as the brand enters the market with a unique perspective and offers up top-quality watches at an affordable price point. The brand makes watches for motoring that are inspired by the classic dashboards of mid-20th century European racers and utilize Swiss Ronda quartz movements and K1 sapphire-coated glass throughout all their models. The first three models to come from the brand are the Veloce, Brescia and Vallelunga. Designer Bradley Price has done a tremendous job creating these contemporary timepieces and we’re expecting him to stick around for a good while.
Look below for more detailed looks at all the available models and head on over to Hodinkee for the finer details.
We were recently turned to Maine-based Hyperlite Mountain Gear, designers and manufacturers of ultralight outdoor packs and shelters that are made out of Cuben Fiber. The material is lightweight, rip-stop and waterproof and was originally designed for use in world-class sailing. Above are views of three HMG packs — HMG Windrider, HMG Windrider Southwest, and HMG Porter.
Starting today, the wall of the Mondrian SoHo in New York features a permanent outdoor installation of photographs by Sol LeWitt, entitled: SOL LEWITT: On the Walls of the Lower East Side. The installation consists of 120 photographs of New York’s Lower East Side shot by LeWitt in 1979. The grid is grouped in threes that have been printed on vinyl and installed on a wall measuring 20-feet high by 60-feet wide. The Sol LeWitt installation is by the Lafayette entrance to the hotel and is a completely new venture for the Morgans Hotel Group as they launch a new initiative to further enhance the guest experience through their relationship with art.
Photo Credit: ©Estate of Sol LeWitt / ARS. Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
From Best Made Company comes their Famous Red Blanket made from Pendleton wool. “Our search for the perfect red wool blanket began out of necessity, and ended with the design and fabrication of our very own. Woven into the lower corner of our two-tone red blanket is the Best Made adjective (famous), which is framed with the four stripes that represent our C.C.G.F. mantra, and there are even subtle hash marks to guide a precision fold. The dead center of the blanket is emblazoned with our signature X, which marks the spot.” It looks phenomenal and is fitted with plenty of details while the fabric is nothing short of exceptional. What more could you ask for? (via Contemporary Standard)
Dover Street Market launched a new installation with French label Bleu de Paname in the basement of their four level loft in the middle of London. The installation features original military boxes and artwork from the 1960s that looks to convey the true spirit of the brand. DQM’s got an exclusive uniform that consists of a reworked version of the Bleu de Paname’s Vest de Comptoir jacket as well as a pair of trousers. Both pieces are lined with corduroy so they’ll be ideal for the winter months. The jacket is about $265 while the trousers are $210 USD. Look for the goods now at the installation inside Dover Street Market.
ACL turns us to this 1960s wall clock from IBM and the folks at Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co. This one is a reproduction of the classic IBM clocks found in offices, warehouses and schools during the mid-20th century, with hand assembly done in Schoolhouse Electrics’s Portland, Oregon Factory. It features a steel case, domed glass lens, and the original graphic hands and faceplate design, with a Quartz movement on the inside and a red, continuous sweep second hand.
Hodinkee gives us a pre-SIHH look at a new timepiece from the folks at Audemars Piguet as they look forward to celebrating 40 years since the very first Royal Oak was released back in 1972. The Openworked Extra-Thin Royal Oak looks to celebrate this momentous occasion and will be available in very limited quantities. It features a 39mm case, just like the original, and an automatic caliber 5122 that’s the same 3.05mm thickness. This time, the case is finished in platinum and is water resistant to 50 meters and features glare proof sapphire crystals front and back. The openworked dial boasts a resolutely contemporary anthracite finish, with the oscillating weight made in 22-carat gold which bears the raised inscription “AP Royal Oak 1972-2012″.
The Openworked Extra-Thin Royal Oak marks 40 years of excellence and fittingly so, it will be limited to 40 pieces. More information over at Hodinkee.
Introducing The Genesis Project, a small brand that’s dropping some of the most creatively designed snapbacks we’ve seen since… well, ever. The Floral Collection is well thought-out and there’s some magnificent detailing throughout the hats. Hints of lambskin leather and ultra suede can be found on the back closure as well as a gold buckle. The majority of the styles utilize an American Needle but there are Mitchell & Ness snapbacks in there as well. Look for these to drop soon through The Genesis Online for $100 each.
Italian bicycle manufacturer Bianchi designed this bike helmet exclusively for Gucci. The design is stylish and comfortable and features Gucci’s black with green, red and green signature web detail. The polycarbonate shell is lightweight but extremely durable, delivering the best of both worlds alongside other fine details such as the mirrored visor and leather straps.