Rolls-Royce developing new convertible

Rolls-Royce developing new convertible

Development of Wraith Coupé-based new ‘open top touring’ model is announced, and it will arrive in mid-2016. New luxury Rolls-Royce will be the brand’s second convertible after the Phantom Drophead Coupe and it will offer a perfect marriage of style and elegance.

“We are currently developing an exciting and thoroughly contemporary interpretation of a pinnacle drophead tourer which will introduce even more discerning men and women to Rolls-Royce ownership,” said Rolls-Royce CEO, Torsten Müller-Ötvös.

The car is already in an advanced prototype stage, meaning that it will be ready to make its first public appearance at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2015. While the company isn’t offering many clues as to what exactly the new model will offer, there is very little doubt that the new car will be a convertible version of the two-door Wraith coupé. If it is a drophead Wraith, then it will very likely include the 623 bhp (458 kW) 6.6-liter twin-turbo V8 engine pumping 590 ft-lb (800 Nm) of torque and its top speed will probably be limited, as is the Coupé, to 155 mph (249 km/h).

Key details about the ultra-luxury convertible, such as U.S. launch timing and pricing, are not available at this point, but I expect that the price will be higher than £250,000 (US$422,000). Rolls Royce has already sold 1,968 cars this year, up 33.4 per cent year-on-year according to its latest accounts. This will be just another luxury drop in perfect collection of one of the most exclusive and elusive brands in the automotive industry.

“The car will build on the success of (the Rolls-Royce) Phantom, Ghost and Wraith by continuing to boldly shape the future of the marque with contemporary, graceful and sensuous styling,” the automaker said. “It will deliver effortless, open-top touring through the perfect marriage of modern Rolls-Royce luxury, style and elegance with an engaging and exhilarating driving experience.”

The Bradbury Estate

The Bradbury Estate

After 8 years of construction, using only the finest materials from around the world, with a lot of style and taste, this wonderful $78 million dollar mansion is pure heaven on Earth. Adding more glitter to the pedigree, there is also a huge infinity-edge pool, shaped like a cross. The Bradbury Estate provides complete royal pleasures of life.

The estate boasts of the perhaps the best canyon, city skyline and oceanic views, and features 7 bedrooms and 10 baths. It is made of French Limestone exteriors and flooring, and contains 40 ft. Vaulted ceilings, 6 large fireplaces, domes with hand painted frescoes and Venetian plaster masterpieces throughout.

Spread into several activity areas, the Main House include a large 3D Theater, 2,000-bottle Wine Cellar, an Oak Paneled elevator, a poker room which includes a bar, and built-in humidor. There are also 2 Master Suites, a 2 story Library, Chef’s Kitchen with pizza oven and 10-car garage. The Italian marble fireplace in the mansion is worth $1 million.

The bar and the elevator has been galvanized with rare wooden varieties like walnut, cherry and oak, with veneered finishing. One of the most fascinating things about this extraordinary estate is definitely the Olympic sized infinity swimming pool. It is adjacent the 5,716 sq ft pool house which also has a pool table room, apart from a gymnasium, and a temperature controlled pond, which has 2-story tall waterfall. The pool house has a massage room with shower and 15-person Jacuzzi in the open. The main seating room opens up to the pool deck and features a large wood-burning fireplace and unique hand painted Italian Renaissance inspired Venetian plaster dome above.

Adorned with perennials that bloom at various times in the year, the 1,000,000-gallon capacity pond is stocked with rainbow trout and mallard ducks ( the only one of it’s kind in California), and drop into the beautiful cliff stone surrounding the entire pond.

If you want this fascinating mansion to be yours, you can check it out in our shop.

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor

Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor

One of the world’s most exclusive luxury timepieces for sure is the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor, and it houses the world’s first watch movement with four sprung balances. Roger Dubuis are the only manufacturer that bear the Geneva stamp on each of their watch movements.

The Excalibur Quatuor looks absolutely amazing but it also sounds brilliant because the unique sound emitted is the result of four separate balances each oscillating at 28,800vph, all of which are set at a 45-degree incline. The ticking of a classic watch is now replaced by the gentler sound of truly high precision. Designed by lead Roger Dubuis movement designer Gregory Bruttin, the caliber RD101 movement in the Quatuor is unlike most things you’ve seen before. Calibre RD101 focuses on efficient power flow. There are total of five differentials, three on the gear train, one influencing the winding mechanism, and another on the power reserve display.

As the watch constantly changes position with the motion of the wrist, the precision of a movement is affected by the gravity of the Earth. The sprung balances work in pairs to compensate immediately for the rate variations caused by the changes in position. Wonderful decoration by hand of all the 590 components of the calibre RD101 is a real piece of art. 2,400 hours of work have been invested to bring this watch to life.

As you probably already know that the Excalibur Quatuor is available in two versions, in pink gold and silicon. But now there is a third model in DLC-treated titanium. Its 48 mm case remains light thanks to the use of titanium, and it also exudes an elegance enhanced by the charcoal grey inner bezel ring, circular satin-finish outer bezel ring, Roger Dubuis and Poinçon de Genève inscriptions, along with the rhodium power-reserve indicator and black appliques. Made in a limited edition of 188 pieces, this stunning new model launched specially for Watches & Wonders could be yours for €575,000.

The 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO – On Sale For $64 Million

The 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO – On Sale For $64 Million

The iconic Ferrari 250 GTO was put up for sale in Germany priced at $64 million, and is alleged to be one of only 39 Ferrari 250 GTOs that left the Ferrari factory. If it’s true and the seller gets his asking price the 250 GTO Ferrari could become the world’s most expensive car! It’ll for sure attract the attention of the world’s best collectors.

Last October, a vintage 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO was sold for a record US $52 million to a private buyer. The Ferrari 250 GTO was produced from 1962 to 1964. The car was designed to race with a 3.0 L V12 engine and 300 HP which was perfect for the time it was introduced.

The car sports the familiar combination of red body paint and blue interior. The first 250 GTOs began to sell for over $1 million in 1986 and since then it has grown in value by almost 50 times! Ferrari built only 39 250 GTOs (33 of the “normal” cars, three with the four-litre 330 engine sometimes called the “330 GTO” – recognizable by the large hump on the bonnet – and three “Type 64″ cars, with revised bodywork).

Giotto Bizzarrini designed the car to win World Championships. The sale of the car does include a 19 percent VAT, which would net the government approximately $10 million dollars in taxes. The 250 GTO was one of the last front-engined cars to remain competitive at the top level of sports car racing. Before the advent of vintage racing the 250 GTO, like other racing cars of the period, passed into obsolescence. Some were used in regional races, while others were used as road cars.
The 250 GTO is model that most completely embodies the characteristics of the brand, and that is why it became the most valuable Ferrari.

Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas

Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas

The newest ship in Royal Caribbean Oasis class, Allure of the Seas, offers unforgettable experience and definitely is something you have never seen before. It is the world’s largest cruise ship ever constructed, owned and operated by Royal Caribbean International. In case that you haven’t heard yet about it, in summer 2015, Allure of the Seas will sail European waters, departing round trip from Barcelona and Civitavecchia near Rome.

The outstanding Allure of the Seas spans 16 decks, encompasses 220 000 gross registered tons, carries 5400 guests at double occupancy, and features 2700 staterooms. Like its sister Oasis of the Seas, Allure includes a novel neighborhood concept, which divides the ship into seven distinct spaces that range from the foliage-filled Central Park to the Boardwalk, with its handmade wooden carousel. The ship also features a theatre with 1380 seats, an ice skating rink which offers professionally produced ice shows, 25 dining options including the first Starbucks coffee shop at sea, a boulevard that runs nearly the length of the ship, an outdoor park longer than a football pitch complete with over 12000 live plants and trees, a pool and sports deck feturing a zip line, nine-hole minigolf course, jazz clubs, comedy clubs, and many, many more.

There are a lot of beautiful shows you can see such as „Chicago,“ the second Broadway production offered by Royal Caribbean and new to the outdoor Aqua Theater is „Ocean Aria“, a show about an ancient race of sea people. Allure introduced Rita’s Cantina, Mexi-Cali beach bar with menu options like taco salad, chile rellenos, shrimp ceviche tostadas and much more. Absolutely incredible beach bar!

The first Guess boutique at sea, which sells the company’s designer handbags, luxury watches, shoes, jewellery and sunglasses is also available on the Allure. The ship celebrates youthful exuberance in the form of surf simulators, rock-climbing walls and some of the best children’s facilities at sea. As you can see, there are a lot of things you can try and in which you can enjoy while you spending your time on this gorgeous ship.

Allure of the Seas has more than 20 cabin categories, including cruising’s only „inward-facing“ balconies, show-stopping rooms that feature mammoth wraparound balconies overlooking the ship’s outdoor amphitheater, accommodations with a view of the sky and either Central Park’s greenery or the Boardwalk’s machinery, two-story Loft Suites and Aqua Theater Suites.
On July 7 Royal Caribbean International launched an innovative and first-of-its-kind approach to viewing cruise ships. Royal Caribbean is using Google Maps Business View to advertise the Allure of the Seas. Thanks to that, costumers will have an interactive experience allowing for a free exploration of this ship.

LONDON'S ICONIC GHERKIN SKYSCRAPER IS PUT UP FOR SALE

London’s iconic Gherkin skyscraper is put up for sale

One of London’s most recognisable buildings, the Gherkin skyscraper, has been put up for sale with a price tag of about £650 million.

The 40-storey skyscraper, officially called 30 St Mary Axe, was designed by Lord Foster of the Foster and Partners architectural firm, and opened in the City of London in 2004. The landmark office building is expected to attract interest from around the world.

The Gherkin was bought from Swiss Re in 2006 for £600 million by London based investment bank Evans Randall and German real estate group IVG Immobilien. Administrators Deloitte have appointed estate agents Savills and deloitte Real estate to sell the building.

The 180-meter (590-foot) tower is recognised as one of the more distinctive skyscrapers in the financial district of London. The Foster and Partners firm has worked on such renowned buildings as the renovated Reichstag in Berlin, London City Hall, and Wembley Stadium. The Gherkin is covered uniformly around the outside with glass panels and is rounded off at the corners. Open shafts were built in between each floor that act as ventilation for the building and they require no energy for use. These open shafts allow available sunlight to penetrate deep into the building to cut down on light cost. It houses about 20 firms, including reinsurer Swiss Re, Standard Life and the City studios for Sky News.

“This is a prestigious appointment on what is a globally recognised landmark building, which sits in the heart of London’s business core. The Central London commercial property market has benefited from improving market conditions over the course of the last few years,” said Stephen Down, head of central London investment at Savills.

FIRST PRODUCTION ICON A5 AMPHIBIAN PLANE UNVEILED

First production ICON A5 Amphibian plane unveiled

ICON Aircraft unveiled the first production A5 amphibious light sport aircraft at EAA AirVenture on July 27, an aircraft the company refers to as Engineering Serial Number 1 (ESN-1). It took the company five months to build and it did its maiden flight in Tehachapi, California, and two more will be built.

“This is one of the most significant milestones to date for ICON. It represents the culmination of years of research, design, engineering, and manufacturing dedication by an outstanding team,” said ICON Aircraft Founder and CEO Kirk Hawkins. “The A5 is no longer a prototype or concept aircraft; it’s a sophisticated, production-ready, consumer-focused aircraft. The entire ICON team is pouring its heart and soul into bringing the A5 to our customers, and it shows in the truly exceptional execution of the product. I couldn’t be prouder.”

It weighs only 1510 lb (686.4 kg) thanks to its carbon composite waterproof hull and the lightweight 100 bhp Rotax 912 iS gasoline engine. The two-seater production model can reach a top speed of 105 kts (120 mph / 194 km/h) and have a range of 300 nautical miles (345 mile/555 km).

The wings can be folded, it can be fitted with an optional retracting landing gear and a huge parachute for increased safety. This the first A5 built from the production design, with production tooling, and using production methods and components.

ICON said they will start deliver the first units to clients in May 2015 for an estimated price of $189,000, planning to build 500 of them per year. Hawkins predicted it would take at least three years to deliver the 1,000 airplanes for which they already have orders. Production will occur at the company’s new facility in Vacaville, California.

PURE LUXURY LOTUS MOTORCYCLES C-01

Pure luxury: Lotus motorcycles’ C-01

Designed by Daniel Simon, new lightweight C-01 superbike is the result of a collaboration between motorsport veterans under the leadership of Kodewa, lead by Dr Colin kolles.

Concept designer, author, and producer, with professional roots as a senior designer at Bugatti and Volkswagen, Daniel Simon, has done an amazing job again. He is best known for the ‘Lightcycle’ in the 2010 Disney motion picture ‘Tron: Legacy’ and the ‘Bubbleship’ used by Tom Cruise in the Universal sci-fi hit ‘Oblivion’. I can freely say that this is one of the most beautiful motorcycle nowadays.

The original idea to create the C-01 came from Kodewa’s Dr Colin Kolles. He said: “We set out to create a bike that isn’t just great to ride but also represents a piece of art in motion. Over the years I have seen my fair share of style over substance, what this bike brings to the market is a unique combination of both: state of the art technology with a truly jaw-dropping aesthetic.” The bike’s geometry and construction is the work of Holzer, a company that has had a hand in designing several Moto One and Moto Two world championship motorcycles.

The limited edition (100 only) 180 kg Lotus C-01 is powered by a 200 hp, 75 degree v-twin Rotax motor similar to that used in the KTM RC8R superbike. The world’s first motorcycle to bear the legendary Lotus marque is now road registered and ready for action.

This stunning piece of art was inspired by the legendary Lotus 49 Formula One car of the late 1960s. “Conventional bike design avoid most styling trouble with very modular thinking, meaning each part like a gas tank, seat, tail, and fairing have their own lives, even if they come together in great harmony,“ said Simon.

BMW I8 ELECTRIC CAR

BMW I8 electric car

Futuristic BMW with perfect design and brilliant performances has arrived. BMW delivers the first versions of its new i8 sports car. The original Vision EfficientDynamics concept used a three-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, but the i8 makes use of a gas-fired turbo three-cylinder.

There is a three cylinder turbocharged petrol engine mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox cranking out 231hp, then an electric motor that adds a further 131hp courtesy of a 5kW lithium battery position through the spine of the car, so when they are both humming they make 362bhp.

You can also run the i8 as a pure electric. BMW claims the i8 has a pure electric range of up to 23 miles and will do 75mpg maximum on batteries alone. Three basic driving modes are available ranging from pure-electric mode through standard and Sport.

Like the i3 its carbon body sits on top of an aluminium power pod. The i8′s bodywork is crafted from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic which is underpinned by an aluminium subframe with plastic body panels that are reinforced with carbon-fibre. Inside, the i8 there is more future-tech 8.8-inch display screen for reporting road and engine speed, as well as battery and fuel levels. Standard features include leather upholstery, full LED headlights, professional navigation system, cruise control, front and rear park distance control and head-up display.

Front seat passengers are cocooned in luxury with a tasteful combination of leather and the driving position is low, as is the car’s centre of gravity which benefits its handling. There are two diminutive rear seats, with a pocket-sized boot these seats are better put to use as additional luggage space.

Richard Mille RM 011 NTPT Lotus F1

Richard Mille RM 011 NTPT Lotus F1

Unusual and often unprecedented materials in timepieces, many drawn from the worlds of automobiles and aeronautics are typical in the production of watches when we talk about Richard Mille. The RM 011 NTPT Lotus F1 Team-Romain Grosjean is an automatic flyback chronograph and features the colours of the autonomous British racing team.

Richard Mille has introduced another new material to watchmaking – NTPT (North Thin Ply Technology) carbon with the RM 011 NTPT Carbon. NTPT carbon has quickly become very popular in nautical circles after the material was used to create the black sails of the 2007 America’s Cup winner Alinghi. The sails manufactured from this substance are highly resistant and light. The case of RM 011 Lotus F1 is in NTPT carbon, a material exclusive to Richard Mille consisting of over 600 layers of carbon fibers. Lotus F1 Team logo decal under 12 o’clock, while RM 011 R. Grosjean is indicated in gold between 7 and 8 o’clock.

The brand’s RM 011 Flyback Chronograph watch has a case made of NTPT carbon. This material which is composed of multiple layers of parallel filaments obtained by dividing carbon fibers, has also been used for Formula 1 car chassis for the last two racing seasons, and in aeronautics for the fuselage of the future Solar Impulse 2 aircraft.

The 50mm x 40mm (at its widest point) x 16.15mm (at its thickest point) black NTPT carbon case and the gold pushpieces, crown and numerals represent the colors of Lotus’ historic black and gold livery. The openworked dial features hours and minutes, an oversize date display under 12 o’clock, a 60-munute countdown timer at 3 o’clock, a central chronograph hand for the tachymeter scale, a month display between 4 and 5 o’clock, a 12-hour totalizer at 6 o’clock and small seconds at 9 o’clock.

The RM 011 in NTPT was created exclusively for Grosjean. But don’t worry because fans of Team Lotus will be able to purchase the equally-new RM 50-01 Tourbillon Chronograph G-Sensor Lotus F1 Team Romain Grosjean.