Sunday, January 31, 2010

Courvoisier and Gassan’s Valentine offering for flamboyant souls

Luxury brands Courvoisier and Gassan have paired up to help you offer a perfect goodie this Valentine’s: L’Essence de Courvoisier paired with Gassan diamond rings for €2,000 each. L’Essence de Courvoisier, which is a blend of extremely rare Cognac, from the most exclusive crus, is presented in a handcrafted Baccarat crystal decanter. While the finely crafted crystal stopper of the decanter takes inspiration from the signet rings that Napoleon Bonaparte gave to his army commanders, the Gassan-designed solitaire natural Cognac-colored diamond is modeled on the L’Essence de Courvoisier crystal stopper and the shape of the bottle. The diamond rests in an 18ct white and yellow gold setting. The pairing between Courvoisier and Gassan truly brings together craftsmanship and passion and reflects the luxury credentials of both. The Valentine’s Day offer of L’Essence de Courvoisier and the Gassan ring is available at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.

Via: Moodie Report

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Kitchen Sink Cadillac, designed for royalty

Its’ one of a handful of dream machines that has stepped out of obscurity to regale an on-the-go top cat with a hearty appetite. Built by General Motors for its 1956 Motorama Show, the Maharani, more commonly known among collectors as the Kitchen Sink Cadillac, goes under the hammer at RM’s Automobiles of Arizona. Its’ an artifact that enlivens the ’50s era with cardboard tags, dating to when the car was built, still attached to various wiring harnesses. However, it’s the interior ones left marveling at. The space once devoted to the front passenger seat is replaced by an array of culinary appliances, including a toaster, refrigerator, hot plate, cutlery holder and, yes, a kitchen sink; not to forget that most of the gadgets are not in operational condition since they have not been used in decades. Nobody knows what kept the Maharani from going under the crusher all these years, but for sure, it’s all set to make you feel like a king at an estimate of $150,000 to $200,000.

Via: NY Times

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Friday, January 22, 2010

The Gibson Zakk Wylde Bulls Eye gets gold and Swarovski treatment

Known for its mammoth tone and over-the-top rock attitude, the Gibson Zakk Wylde Bulls Eye has been stripped down to become the definitive bling instrument. Commissioned by an anonymous Monaco-based British celebrity, this limited edition Gibson guitar is encrusted with 4,000 individual Swarovski crystals - each measuring exactly 4mm in diameter and covered in 24-carat gold. This rock work of art is done by Kim Webber Guitars and gold-plating specialist from Gold2U, who imported the instruments 24-carat gold strings from Germany. Also featuring the maple neck plated with 24 carat gold frets, the stunningly unique final product is estimated to cost around $24,200.

Via: Somerset/The West Country
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Santoni driving shoes to comfort you in your Mercedes

With Mercedes reputation of being the successful trendsetter among the top car manufacturers, it is essential to epitomize comfort to the last extent. This is why the Italian fashion house Santoni has designed driving shoes to complement the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. Certified by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile, the Santoni driving shoes come in black as of now but plans a variety of colors to match the car’s body colors and oh, needless to say that you would want to drive your Merc all year long.

Via: Luxist

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Lawless Industries unveils electric engine hi-power hybrid

While there are a lot of people who love the staggered slow thump of a V-twin engine, there are still many who like the silent killers on the road. However, to meet both the opposites in one, an American motorcycle builder is about to unveil a new hybrid motorcycle that can be powered by a regular internal combustion engine, an electric motor or both together, delivering almost 200bhp. The masterpiece is the result of collaboration between Lawless Industries and Orange County Choppers, who designed a drive system allowing the rider to choose between the normal thud of a booming V-twin motor, or the silent whirr of an electric powerplant - or both. Featuring a touchscreen computer control system, cameras on the front and back and two electric motors, as well as the regular petrol powered V-twin, this hi-power hybrid produces 200 bhp if all the engines fire at once. The bike will be shown publicly for the first time this week on US TV on ‘American Choppers.’

Via: Visor Down
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Gooding & Company offer Ferraris for the lovers of style and speed

When it comes to certain brand names with an air of luxury and wealth about them, it becomes too important to be overlooked - fine automobiles are one of them. For the lovers of style and speed, Gooding & Company is offering some exceptionally pedigreed European motors at its annual Scottsdale Auction. Among the best of the status symbols, the 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Series 1 Cabriolet is up for grabs. Expected to fetch over $2.2 million, the 1959 Ferrari is one of the only 40 Series 1 Pininfarina Cabriolets ever built. Also up for grabs is a 1956 Jaguar D-Type Sports Racer, painted cream with blue racing stripes. The highly coveted stunner is known for a victory at the Pomona Six-Hour Enduro race in 1959, the D-Type’s last big win in the USA and is expected to fetch above $3.5 million. Gooding & Company has provided the connoisseurs with an opportunity to own the most beautiful Ferraris to which there are no substitutes.

Duncan Quinn
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Monday, January 11, 2010

The rare 1929 Hamilton Metalplane expected to fetch $1M in auction

One of the rare opportunities to own one of the rarest and award-winning antiques would lure the lovers of aeronautical craftsmanship to Barrett-Jackson in Arizona later this month. Up for grabs is the most beautifully restored classic aircraft in the world - a 1929 Hamilton Metalplane H-47. With its reputation to soar over northern forests and remote lakes as part of a government mission to map and monitor the country’s uncharted backwoods for 20 years during the pioneering age of Canadian aviation, the aluminum-bodied bush plane is expected to sell for at least $1 million. The Metalplane goes on the auction block during a six-day Barrett-Jackson sale that begins Jan. 18 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Via: National Post
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