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2014 Range Rover Long Wheelbase.

Over 20 years has passed since the king of roads came in a long wheelbase version, the new model will make a simultaneous debut at the Los Angeles and Guanzhou motor shows next month.
The extra rear legroom of 140 mm will most definitely eliminate any complaints on the previous version being a bit to tight.
The long wheelbase will also be available in an an “autobiography black” version which will be closer to 150.000 GBP, making it the most expensive Range Rover yet.

The LWB can be specified to either regular bench or individual executive seats, which can be tilted by up to 17 degrees. A new “Passenger Seat Slide Away”-function allows for a rear passenger to move the front seat forward, to further increase legroom.

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Rolls-Royce Bespoke Chicane Phantom Coupé

No other automobile company surpasses Rolls-Royce when it comes to luxury cruisers. That is exactly why this one-off Phantom Coupé is so thrilling. Commissioned by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Dubai Brand Manager this Rolls comes in gunmetal grey with a matte black hood. The usual wood trimmings in the interior have been replaced with carbon fibre and piano black accents. The performance is identical to the standard Phantom Coupé, with the 6.75-litre BMW V12 cranking out 453 bhp.

Even though this is a one-off, everything and everyone has its price. Reach out to the Rolls Royce Bespoke if you feel like you have the means.

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A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calender

L&S is according to myself one of the most interesting amongst many prominent horology houses. In a sense, L&S represents to the watch world what Porsche does to the car world, only a bit more exclusive. A bit more austere than its counterparts, yet in no way inferior but in many ways superior.

Originally founded by Ferdinand Adolph Lange in 1845 it was expropriated by the post-war Soviet administration, thus ceasing to exist in 1948. In 1990, however, the great-grandson of the founder revived the company with the intention of specializing in wrist watches.

The original Lange 1 was one of the first pieces presented by Lange & Söhne upon its revival. With its asymmetric, overlap-free displays and the characteristic outsize date, it probably won the most awards of any watch in the past decades and has become the icon of Saxon watchmaking as defined by A. Lange & Söhne.

19 years later L&S presented a new version of the Lange 1, the Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar. As some of you might remember from one of my earlier entries, a tourbillon is a complex invention designed to negate the impact gravity had on pocket-watch movements, since pocket watches almost always are kept in a stagnant upright position. In wrist watches, tourbillon holds more of a symbolic attribute. A perpetual calendar is one of the most useful complications; A plethora of gears lets the complication keep track of leap years while its demand for adjustments is comprised of a few turns of the crown once every century.

 

The Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calender displays the following: Time indicated in hours, minutes, and subsidiary seconds. Perpetual calendar with outsize date, day of week, month, and leap year; day/night indication and moonphase display. 648 parts is required to build it, 68 of them jewels. The date numerals are hand painted in the distinct blue frequently used by Lange.
The case only comes in platinum and to acquire one for yourself or a loved one will set you back at least 350,000 dollars.

I guess some people prefer things complicated.

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Purchasing your very own Castle

⁃ The dream about owning my own castle is one that has accompanied me through my life. The thought of a dwelling within the pinnacle of personal housing, meant only for royalty, is one very enticing. Whether or not you plan to impress your friends or survive a land attack doesn’t matter, Castles are optimal for both purposes. Fortunately, there are a bunch out there, meaning many is available for private disposal.

 

Most of the Western-style castle are located in the french areas of Loire Valley and Burgundy but they’re also in Scotland, Ireland, Italy and Sweden (amongst others). An entry level castle of about 4,000 square ft can be found for around a million dollars. However, if you want to be the king kings and purchase say, the Bran Castle in Romania, prepare to shell out at least 135 million dollars. The Bran Castle, nowadays a museim, is better known as the Castle of Dracula and until very recently served as residence for royal families. Vlad Tepes (upon which the legend of Dracula was based) is the castles most notorious inhabitants.

Some things best added to the purchase castle equation is that architects from 800 years ago had a totally different approach than modern ones. Castles may have up to a hundred bedrooms but only two bathrooms. Most often you also have to solve issues regarding nonexistent central heating and/or outdated kitchens. You could run the fireplaces, which is common in most rooms, but expect to have several running constantly, through day and night.


Maintenance bills for a small castle runs anywhere between around 3 to 7,000 dollars a month and the big ones with staff, a lot more. In other words, no concern of yours if you’re filthy rich. My advice: get a castle if you can.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Private Submarines

In one of my earlier posts I wrote about visiting space as a private person and it seems peculiar to me that we’ve already reached for space when so much of our own territory is unexplored. Human existence dates back 2.2 million years and throughout this time we have only been able to explore 10% of our oceans, the rest in uncharted territory.

The ocean floor seems to be the last spending floor within the borders of our sphere. So far most submarines belong to large companies or governments but the trend is slowly shifting.  It is being estimated that about 100 private submarines are already cruising our seas and most submarine manufactures attest to the rigorous secretive veil surrounding the deep blue nautical traffic.

“Loose lips sink ships.” Paul Allen apparently said to the manufacturer of his 12 million $ 40 foot personal yellow submarine  and Roman Abramovich said ”If you can find my submarine it’s yours”.

A picture of Paul Allens submarine uploaded onto twitter by Jane Fonda.
Bruce Jones, the 50-year-old son of a marine-construction engineer, founded what came to be one of the world’s most prominent manufacturers of submersible vessels – US Submarines. He built and sold his first diesel- and battery-powered sub in 1993 and every sales contract since then has included a confidentiality clause to protect the buyer’s identity.

The US Submarine is currently offering one of the world’s most exclusive submarines, The Phoenix 1000. This submersible 213 feet (65-meters) juggernaut boasts a living space of 5000 square feet (460 square meters), clad with a rigorous amount of acrylic viewports that allows for interesting nautical observations. It keeps an onboard small car and a mini submarine (capable of up to 8 passengers) while being able to do trans-Atlantic crossings at 16 knots. In rough conditions, where normal yachts struggle, the Phoenix 1000 can submerge and travel in smooth and ideal conditions. The price? At least 78 million dollars.

Many submarine manufacturers have concepts offered to privateers, though many have never been produced. Such as the Migaloo displayed on the pictures, it would cost atleast 2.3 $ billion to build. With it you get lounge areas, sun beds, a bar, an 8 meter by 3 meter pool as well as a helicopter pad.

As technology advances they will naturally become more acquirable and the amount of unexplored nautical territory allows for adventurers to make pioneer discoveries.
Please check out this video of a diver experiencing a rare encounter.

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MB&F Legacy Machine No.2

MB&F, Maximillian Brüsser and friends, is the result of haute horlogerie prodigy Maximillian Brüsser. In one of my earlier posts I wrote about the history behind this most interesting company and their very peculiar MB&F HM5. Their latest release is out of their Legacy Machines-series. On their website they state of the Legacy Machines: “Legacy Machines pay homage to the rich watchmaking traditions of the 18th and 19th centuries by answering the question: What would MB&F have imagined a 100 years ago?”

The No.2 traces its lineage over 250 yearsto three of the greatest watchmakers who ever lived: Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747– 1823), Ferdinand Berthoud (1727– 1807) and Antide Janvier (1751– 1835). What’s most fascinating is that all of the above gentlemen have constructed watches and clocks with two balances.

The balance, or balance wheel, is the device used in watches analogous to the pendulum. As you can see from the pictures, the two balances are mounted on two beautifully arced arms. The energy produced from these two balances is transmitted through a single gear train, as opposed to two on the timekeepers produced by above gentlemen. Nothing short of genius engineering on MB&F:s part.

This lovely little apparatus comes in three different metals, red gold, white gold and platinum, with the latest limited to 18 pieces. The 44 mm wide case is comprised of 44 parts and its movement, located in the belly, holds 241 parts, 44 of them jewels. The movement displays minutes and hours and produces a 45 hour power reserve. On the back are the names of the two gentlemen responsible for the movement: watchmaker Jean-François Mojon and independent watchmaker Kari Voutilainen, hand engraved.

Above: The Platinum LM No.2
The white gold and red gold version will be available $156,000 USD.  The limited edition platinum LM2 retails at $190,000 USD.
Please check out this sensational video and dont forget to visit thei website!

 

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Mclaren P1

“It’s the new F1” said an excited Jay Leno after his first test drive of the latest creation out of Mclaren. A rather bold but also credible statement considering Jay now owns both of them. McLaren planned for a production of 375 specimens making it even rarer than the LaFerrari. One vehicle a day, assembled in 10 individual steps by a workforce of 61 people.


The numbers are impressive, 916 bhp shoving a total weight 1.400 kg, placing the P1 ahead of the 918 Spyder but slightly behind it the prancing horse.
In 0 to 300 km/h the P1 is a stunning 5 seconds quicker than the McLaren F1.

 

As the F1, the P1 is a rear-wheel drive mid-engine vehicle built around McLarens famous carbon fibre monocoque. It features a hybrid-system derived from Formula 1 technology; a heavy modified version of the twin-turbocharged V8 found in the MP4-12c delivering 727 bhp combined with an electric motor adding an extra 176 bph. It is  no problem driving the P1 like a Toyota Prius, silent all the way up to 110 km/h. The Battery can either be charged by the petrol engine or by plug in-equipment. Nifty F1 features can be found on the P1, for instance Instant Power Assist System (IPAS), which gives instant boost from the electric motor and a Drag Reduction System (DRS) which controls the rear wing. Both of these systems are controlled via the steering wheel.

 

It looks absolutely sensational and I really appreciate the ferociousness in design the P1 has over its predecessors. Trimmed long wheelhouses, wide aggressive racing lines combined with two-tone paintjobs makes for a cold-blooded appearance.

P1’s destined for America, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East has already been sold; only a few ones destined for Europe remain. Starting out at 1 million euros the average sale price so far is almost 1.2 million euros since 90% of the owners order customization. I eagerly await the comparison to the LaFerrari we are bound to see.

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Gunter Sachs: The Last Playboy

“The golden age when an elite breed of professional pleasure seekers fascinated the world is over. We were charming and spoke languages and behaved well with women” – Sachs.

To be able to fully explain or interpret the phenomenon that was Sachs, one has to dwell a bit deeper into extraordinary playboys of the 50’s and the 60’s. Including Race car drivers, royalties and presidents, they were the self-proclaimed elite breed of pleasure seekers with unmatched wealth. It was around this time that jets started to fly international and this in combination with the absence of paparazzi and internet paved the way for the Playboys to have a far greater impact on the world than any actor could hope to have today.

Gunter himself was the scion of the Opel Motor Dynasty, boasting that he had “never worked a day in his life” and during his active year he was a constant feature in international gossip magazines. The vivid art collector won the national championship in 1958 and also dabbled in amateur photography, something that he proved to have a talent in.

“Sexy Sachs” acquired his international celebrity status through relationships with different distinct women around the world, such as the earlier Queen of Iran, Soraya Esfandiary-Bakhtiari, and then later of course Brigitte Bardot. Sachs first met Bardot in St. Tropez in May of 1966. Brigitte was sipping champagne in a lounge, accompanied by a few lady friends, when she first laid her eyes upon the German Playboy. Later she said of the meeting: “I thought he was magnificent, I was hypnotized… he had the same Rolls as me! The same model, the same color, in fact, the same everything”.

The very next day Gunter arranged for a helicopter to drop a ton of roses over the actress’s Cote D’Azur home. As expected it worked out exceptionally well and the couple got married in Vegas only two months later. The honeymoon was spent in Tahiti and Gunter later said: “To go with a girl to Tahiti was incredible and something unheard of. Now everybody goes to Tahiti.” The marriage would prove to be short-lived with both spouses being unfaithful several times. Gunter, however, never ever seized to madly love Brigitte.

His art collection was nothing short of incredible, even featuring portraits of himself painted by Warhol. Warhol and Sachs met in St. Tropez and became lifelong friends, with Sachs presenting one of Warhol’s first large exhibitions in Europe. Curiously enough, the exhibition was a disaster and Sachs ended up secretly buying half of the presented work. The art collection fetched over 35 million pounds when sold at Sotheby’s.

Gunter committed suicide in his chalet in Gstaad and he stated in his suicide letter that loosing mental control wasn’t fitting for a man of his importance. This was the end to an era of which the like we will never see again.

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Porsche 911 50 jahre

The 911 was presented at the 1963 years International Motor Show in Frankfurt. 50 years later, the 911 still remains the flagship whitin Porsche. More than 800,000 cars have been sold and over 20,000 victories have been won in motorsports.

A lot happens through five decades but the ground construction, the boxer engine in the tail and the soul is still there.

Porsche notes 50th anniversary in several ways. It produces a 50th Anniversary Edition of 1963 numbered copies. It basically looks like the new 991 with Fuchs look-alike wheels.

In addition, the company sends out a 911 model year 1967 on a world tour. It will be displayed at places like Pebble Beach in California, Shanghai, Goodwood Festival of Speed in England, Paris and Australia. As an ambassador for the Porsche brand, this classic 911 appear on several international auto shows and in the context of historic rallies.

Porsche Museum in the hometown Stuttgart celebrates “50 years of Porsche 911 ‘from June 4 to September 29 with a special exhibition of the model’s history and development. This spring, Porsche’s own publishing house Edition Porsche Museum to issue commemorative edition “911 × 911″. Don´t miss out!

Follow the journey of the classic 911 on Facebook here!

New kids in town

The aftermath of the  83rd Geneva Motor Show has subsided. Ferrari takes up the fight against Porsche and its 918 Spyder with LaFerrari. McLaren joins by throwing in their P1 in the battle of seconds around the “ring”. Meanwhile Lamborghini presented the craziest release by far with a 3-off hypercar we could never ever have imagined…

Lamborghini Veneno
Despite the huge spoiler the 6.5-liter V12 engine of 750 horsepowers will do the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 2.8 seconds. The car shown at the Geneva Motor Show is one out of just 3. This is by far, the most crazy that has come out from the factory in SantAgata Bolognese. If it can fly? Unofficial sources says it may…

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McLaren is making a strong comeback. By presenting performance figures like these we know that they are serious with the McLaren P1. 0-200 km/h in under 7 seconds and 0-300 km/h in no more than 17 seconds. Compared to the old legend McLaren F1 it´s five(!) seconds faster in the range of 0-300 km/h. And, the legendary F1 is not a slow car despite its age. Top speed is electronically limited to 350 km/h. The weight is relatively low, considering the hybrid system and battery, and is set to 1400 kg (300 kg less than the Porsche 918 Spyder).

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The elevator pitch for LaFerrari? The first hybrid with 963 hp dedicated to just 499 clients. This is the successor of the iconic Ferrari Enzo. Well, that is for sure not an easy mission. Almost 1000 horsepowers and top notch, first class, you name it, aerodynamics should do it though. All this makes this car look like a bargain with a price tag somewhere around €1 million. Ferrari seems to have found the perfect ratio between engineering and soul.

Have a look at the Official launch video of the LaFerrari here

According to McLaren, there are 700 serious speculators on the 375 P1 cars to be manufactured, they notified their interest as early as last fall, when the concept car was shown in Paris. On the Tuesday McLaren sold six P1 at the fair. The order book should be closed within a few weeks. Ferrari is right now processing a thousand of their most loyal customers, a job that will take a few weeks. Ferrari is keen that the new supersportcar will be put into right hands. The forecast is that the 499 copies of LaFerrari almost is fully subscribed.

The Lamborghini Veneno? The only 3 cars to be made was sold long time before the fair started. At the price of three million. Euro. Plus taxes.

Check out the spring news in the shop here!

Question is, what to do with your already outdated Porsche 918 Spyder?