This Memorial Day Weekend, the fine folks at Bentley were kind enough to toss us the keys to their flagship coach, the Mulsanne. It is the pinnacle of British engineering and built from the ground up in Bentley’s Crewe, UK headquarters. The detailing is as impressive as you’d expect from Bentley as there is really no expense spared both in aesthetics and performance. It takes roughly two months to build a Bentley Mulsanne and expectedly so as more than 50 percent of this time involves handcraftsmanship. It takes style cues from past Bentleys — the Bentley 8 Litre, Flying Spur of the 1950s, Brooklands, Azure as well as the Arnage. The result is a car that’s simultaneously modern and classic. The work that goes in to making such a grand car look so powerful and versatile is unparalleled in the industry and proves once again why Bentley is the last of its kind and is the opposite of mass production.
The Bentley Continental GT and GTC V8 has been unveiled, both which dish out 500 horsepower and 481 lb-ft from a beefed up twin-turbo 4.0-liter engine. That creates a significant gap between this and the 631-hp Continental GT, essentially helping it get to its 40 percent improvement goal with respect to emissions and gas mileage. We’re not sure how much lower the pricetag will be as most of the details have been mute but we’re certain more info will drop when it hits the Detroit Motor Show floor.
We recently had the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the 2012 Audi A7, a modern blend of luxury and performance. I’ve had the pleasure of driving other Audi vehicles in the past and this one definitely sits atop the list. Over the past few years, Audi has really become one of the most exhilerating German automakers on the market. The A7 was introduced earlier this year and we fell in love with it on first sight. The front end is aggressive with Audi’s symbolic front grill and iconic daytime LED headlight system playing the lead and delivering well against the sleek lines of the body. The rear is as elegant as it is sporty and gives the car a look that does more than rival the Mercedes-Benz CLS. The rear spoiler really tops things off as it comes up from hiding at the hold of a button.
Brownbook magazine, one of the Middle East’s finest publications is in their 28th edition, this time taking a trip out to the boatyards of Bodrum in Turkey to examine the region’s growth in the high net-worth individuals. Another feature digs into the organic food movement currently taking place in the Middle East and looks to further highlight the region from a view most seldom consider.
We caught shots of the 2012 Nissan GT-R when the Japanese automaker unveiled the beauty yesterday. America can look for it to go on sale in February of 2011. Of the few trimlines available for the GT-R, the GT-R Egoist is the newest and unfortunately for anyone here in the States, Nissan’s already stated we won’t be seeing it in the US anytime soon, if ever. Nonetheless, the Egoist is worth highlighting as it’s the “first and only Nissan GT-R in the world exclusively created by Takumi, or ‘master with greatest skills.’”
Consumers are given a GT-R that bridges the gap between performance and luxury, at a higher price point of course. “Each customer can choose a combination of interior colors among 20 choices. In addition, the Bose sound system is exclusively tuned according to the driving position of each driver to meet every customer’s needs. This is the ultimate expression of the Nissan GT-R.”
Guests of the Mondrian South Beach hotel are given a new level of amenities when it comes to luxury hotels. Their “Semi-Automatic” vending machines allow guests to purchase goods like clothing and toys, but they also give you the ability to buy cars like a Bentley Arnage or even a home. (more…)
At one point, Maybach used to be a subsidiary of Luftschiffbau Zeppelin GmbH. It originally developed and manufactured diesel and gas engines for Zeppelins, and then rail cars. Daimler says that “Even today, the name ‘Zeppelin’ has an incomparable ring to it in the realm of high-end luxury cars.
Maybach will only make 100 units of the Zeppelin and they won’t come cheap. The Maybach 57 Zeppelin costs €406,000 ($523,870 USD) while the Maybach 62 Zeppelin carries a price tag of €473,200 ($610,580 USD). Both go on sale on March 3 with the first deliveries scheduled for September 2009.
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Dominik von Ribbentrop, owner of luxury safe maker Stockinger, stated in a press release today that, “Stockinger’s passion is to enrich the grey world of bulky safes with a high-class product that is as secure as a bank, as precise as a master time piece, and as beautiful as a piece of the finest art.”
This more achievable when you team up with a company that defines fine art. Bentley cars are made with precise detail, they’re one of the most luxurious car brands, and they are oh so beautiful. Stockinger and Bentley unveiled two safes.
The Continental and Arnage safes are designed in the same way as all Stockinger safes and designed to be impenetrable and feature numerous security mechanisms such as built in alarms and GPS trackers. The Continental safe is designed for storing jewelry whilst the Arnage safe is designed to store watches and features watch winders.
The safes are available in all standard Bentley exterior colours, 10 interior leather hides and 3 wood veneer panels. Only two hundred of each model will be available and will be available to order exclusively through Stockinger.
Press Release and images after the jump
Featuring sleek luxury in design and polished perfection in technology, Bentley’s new partnership with Stockinger Safety First Class exemplifies a singular level of commitment to engineering and craftsmanship.
The new Stockinger for Bentley safes combine technological innovation with aesthetic distinction, joining security technology with designer looks. Bentley’s famous commitment to the highest quality of craftsmanship and customer personalisation is highlighted through the enhanced choice of beautiful exterior colours and interior materials available in the two editions of the “Stockinger for Bentley” series: The “Arnage” for watch collectors and the “Continental” for jewellery lovers. Both editions have been designed in conjunction with Bentley’s world-class design studio, situated at Bentley’s head office in Crewe, England.
As a Bentley is unmistakable, so too is a Stockinger safe. Hallmarks of luxury such as the leather linings and the brushed aluminium interior finish unite with the seven layer lacquer and design elements typical of Bentley interiors to create its exciting beauty. The “Stockinger for Bentley” line will be limited to 400 safes for the two models.
Every single Stockinger safe is a unique and bespoke masterpiece. The surface of each piece is carefully and conscientiously primed, painted and sanded off during an 18-stage manufacturing process. This process takes several weeks and is completed with a finish of the finest carnauba wax, which produces a softer look and lends an unusual optical depth to the paint.
The safe is available in all standard Bentley exterior colours, 10 interior leather hides and 3 wood veneer panels. This gives the customers an almost infinite number of combinations for commissioning just the look they desire.
The Bentley handle itself weighs 3.5 kilograms and has been milled in a 16-hour process from a single block of brass. In four more refining steps, the grip has been sanded, polished, chromed and lacquered to provide the jewel-like finish. Complete with the Bentley “B” at the centre of the handle, the “Stockinger for Bentley” provides the ideal, secure environment for your valuables.
For devotees of fine mechanisms, the “Arnage” is an elaborate watch safe equipped with state-of-the-art watch winders for exceptional timepieces, such as the “Breitling for Bentley” range. For more than 20 years Stockinger has been integrating watch winder technology into safes. The watch winder run almost noiselessly, an extremely long, disturbance and maintenance free life is guaranteed. The design captures traditional craftsmanship qualities and techniques and reveals compelling design clues.
The “Continental” has a finish on the drawers and on the safe door which is identical to the Bentley dashboard texture, known as engine turning. Engine turning is a labour-intensive process associated with high quality luxury items and is traditionally found on the racing cockpit interiors of one of Bentley’s earliest cars, the Bentley Blower. For the first time, the engine turning technique has been applied to the interior of a safe.
The “Continental”, with its 6 different trays, provides the ultimate storage solution for jewelery. Whether it be large or small rings, brooches, earrings, wide or narrow necklaces, chokers, cufflinks and bangles, customers can present their precious objects at home in a style befitting the finest items made by master jewellers and goldsmiths. Your finest pieces of jewellery and your dearest watches are treated the way they deserve.
Both the “Arnage” and the “Continental” place beautiful goods in an attractive environment and liberate them from wall safes and basement or bank vaults. About 30 different teams of experts are involved in the manufacture of the safes, engineers, technicians, craftsmen and artists, all with many years of experience.
Dominik von Ribbentrop, owner of Stockinger, says: “Style, grace and security: A Stockinger safe will give you freedom and independence and will increase your peace of mind – in style and at all times.
“Stockinger’s passion is to enrich the grey world of bulky safes with a high-class product that is as secure as a bank, as precise as a master time piece, and as beautiful as a piece of the finest art.”
To date, safes have often been grey and ugly, sitting in the cellar or basement of a house, difficult to operate and far from being convenient. Stockinger Safes are the opposite, manufactured exclusively with Swiss and German components, combining the strongest materials, amazing outside lacquering work and a tailor-made, beautiful interior. Stockinger safes are mainly manufactured for watch collectors and jewellery lovers, in which the inside drawers display special watch winders and jewellery trays.
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Merrill Lynch and consulting company Capgemini recently released the 2008 World Wealth Report, outlining what the world’s ultra-rich are splurging on. High Net Worth Individuals (HNWI) are those with at least $1 million in financial assets, excluding collectibles, consumables, consumer durables, and primary residences. (more…)