Two heavyweights from their respective industries are collaborating on a special edition time piece that should have auto enthusiasts and watch collectors stand up and take notice.
Italian automaker Maserati and Italian luxury goods retailer Bulgari have joined forces to build the rather flashy and extravagant Octo Maserati timepiece.
The Octo name of the timepiece lends itself to its octagonal shape, which has been enclosed in a steel case that measures 45mm in diameter. Among the striking features of the watch include a scratchproof sapphire crystal, a transparent caseback with the famous Maserati Trident logo, a brushed steel feel with a tachometric scale, a hand-applied octagonal inner bezel ring, a blue-lacquered dial, and a mechanical Calibre GG780 Haute Horlogerie movement.
There’s no word yet on how much the Octo Maserati timepiece will cost, but you only need to look at the two companies - Maserati and Bulgari - that are responsible for this watch to determine that it’s going to cost you a lot more than just a pretty penny.
Have you noticed that there are tons of gadgets inspired by the coolest sports cars lately? For example, Vertu has announced the new Constellation Quest Ferrari - a new luxury smartphone inspired by the Ferrari 458 Italia . The phone has been designed in cooperation with Ferrari Design team and features a case called Cavallion Rampante made from polished stainless steel.
The Constellation Quest Ferrari phone is made from the most luxurious of materials such as polished sapphire crystal, Ferrari calf leather, and polished black ceramic. It features a Ferrari logo on the back of the case, a 2.46 inch screen, a full QWERTY key pad, and a 5 mega pixels camera. As a present to every buyer, the phone also comes with a special set of ringtones obtained from live recordings of a Ferrari 458 Italia on a test circuit.
There’s been no mention on the price for the Constellation Quest Ferrari, but it will more than likely be extremely expensive.
It’s been a rough winter in almost all parts of Europe, but if anyone se the guts to go out in weather like this then Volkswagen has a little something for them. The company has created a tool to provide some of the best sledding experiences anyone has ever had. Their new toy is a snow sled called the GTI Crazy Bob and with a name like that, it’s bound to be fun.
Crazy Bob is a hot sled, in the truest sense of the word. It was built in the GTI style with high quality, cold-resistant plastic and features ergonomically shaped front and rear footrests. Both sides are worked to offer the highest security and special runners provide excellent glide and tracking. Due to its light weight, the Crazy Bob is easy to carry on your shoulder.
The Crazy Bob can be had for 64,90 €, or about $85 at the current exchange rates. If this is too much, Volkswagen is also offering another traditional wooden sled that is priced at $65.
Japanese automaker Nissan is introducing a new, state-of-the-art technology that promises "self-healing" capabilities. We’d love to tell you that this is some kind of joke, but the truth is, it’s not.
In all seriousness, Nissan is unveiling a cell phone accessory that features their new Scratch Shield paint technology. According to Nissan, the Scratch Shield paint technology promises to heal small scratches within an hour for less-serious instances, and up to a week’s time in more serious occurrences.
The technology was developed by Nissan in collaboration with University of Tokyo and Advanced Softmaterials Inc. This material is expected to be used in a number of future Nissan and Infiniti models, but will make its debut as an protective accessory for the iPhone 4 and 4S models.
The case is made out of ABS plastic, a material that’s stronger and tougher than any other kind of plastic and, when combined with their new Scratch Shield technology, promises to be a revolutionary new safety accessory to protect our beloved iPhones.
We’ve seen some pretty crazy things being invented the past couple of years, but a cell phone case that heals itself?
BMW ’s design consultancy, Designworks USA, in cooperation with Thermaltake have prepared a very cool computer mouse for Thermaltake and its Level 10 series. The mouse will be launched onto the market in the spring of 2012. Prices haven’t been announced just yet, but it will surely be much more expensive than any other computer mouse currently on the market.
The new Level 10 mouse will be the first product to be launched out of the new series of gaming peripherals and will give testimony to the delicate thinking of the designers when applying the Level 10 design language to additional products.
This Level 10 mouse looks more like a robotic part, but according to BMW, it offers "an array of innovative solutions to provide pro-gamers with products that speak the Level 10 design language but still provide them with the most pleasant and comfortable equipment for heavy use."
UPDATE 08/31/12: Details surrounding the BMW/Thermaltake Level 10 series gaming mouse have just come to light. For starters, the mouse comes in four different colors - Diamond Black, Iron White, Military Green and Blazing Red - with a piece price of about $100. Likewise, the mouse comes with a solid aluminum base, two regular keys on top, and five buttons on the side that are all programmable. But the most interesting feature of the Level 10 series mouse is its "Air-Through Ventilation System", which has been described as solving the issues of "heavy use and direct touch of gaming equipment and the rise of temperatures of the hand".
Judging by the recent fad of all those Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, one would assume that a market competitor would come to challenge the highly popular Monster brand.
It appears that somebody has finally stepped up. Logic3 has released a new line of audio products in collaboration with none other than the Prancing Horse itself, Ferrari .
The Ferrari by Logic3 collection comprises of a wide range of earphones, headphones, and speaker docks that not only give companies like Monster and Bose something to think about, but on a more self-promoting level, you have yet another range of products that celebrate Ferrari’s flair for high-quality accessories.
To ensure that the products remain true to Ferrari’s characteristic style and panache, the Italian automaker collaborated closely with Logic3 to build this new range of audio equipment from the ground up to produce the best audio products on the market.
Together, Logic3 and Ferrari have realized two product ranges, comprising of two different collections: the Ferrari Cavallino Collection and the Scuderia Ferrari Collection. The former was treated with premium textures and materials combine with superior finishes to create unparalleled luxury and beautiful aesthetics. Meanwhile, the latter pays tribute to the flair, panache, and technological innovation of the Ferrari F1 team.
All the models carry Ferrari’s iconic Scuderia Ferrari badge and judging by the product images - as well as the matching price tags - we can definitely say that this new audio collection is something that competing brands should be very wary about.
Half of the world is enjoying the incredible weather of the winter and for these folks, BMW , in cooperation with K2 LTD, has created a series of limited edition skis to hit the slopes. There will only be 500 units built, but the bad news is that they can’t be purchased; BMW will only offer them as a prize for the BMW xDrive Cup.
These limited edition skis were inspired by BMW M automobiles and are similarly suited for maximum performance, uncompromising driving pleasure, and powerful looks that uniquely combine speed and strength. They are 174cm long and measure 132/90/115 (tip/middle/tail).
The skis combine the benefits of a traditional camber with those of a rocker. They have been built using the revolutionary K2 Baseline technology that gives the user power, edge grip, and control on account of its camber. Thanks to this technology, the K2 Ski is ideal for any terrain, all snow conditions, and every subsurface.
We’re kind of glad Christmas has come and gone because if our kids would have seen this latest contraption, we would have had to empty our wallets to purchase one. Slot Mods has recently announced the limited edition RCR 917 slot car which looks like a kid’s toy, but can probably be enjoyed by adults as well.
This special slot car was inspired by the RCR 917 that Vic Elford and Gerald Larrousse drove to victory at the 1971 12 Hours of Sebring. It offers rolling aluminum 3-piece original-style center lock wheels, race-worn tires, working headlights and taillights, and a beautiful 1/32 scale wooden slot car raceway on the inside. This raceway features handcrafted, period-correct signs, banners, aluminum Armco railing, trees, and structures.
If the RCR 917 isn’t enough to tickle your fancy, Slot Mods is also offering the RCR GT40, RCR P4, and RCR T70.
"This is slot racing at it’s best!…combining the fun of slot car racing with the great tracks and history of the sport." said Derek Hill – Race Drive & son of legendary Phil Hill.
Even if we squeezed out every penny from our bank accounts, a lot of us still wouldn’t come close to buying a Ferrari . But suppose there was a way to "own" a Prancing Horse without having to dig deep in your pockets. Would you be interested in such a venture?
Jointli.com has come up with a new way of staking claim to a Ferrari with the idea of "shared ownership." What this means is that instead of leasing a Ferrari outright, you can actually reduce your costs by sharing a Ferrari with other customers.
How does it work? According to Jointli.com, a used 2009 Ferrari F430 will cost you around $175,000. Add all the utilities and maintenance you need to spend on and you’re looking at a cost of ownership of $380 per day.
Compare that to when you’re splitting costs with three other owners with the premise that each owner gets to spend a week with the F430 and that cost drastically cuts down to about $95 per day. Now, for every party to recoup their investment, shared ownership of the F430 will only last one year, at which point, the car is theoretically sold for $165,000 , which will then be divided by four.
So if you really look at it, shared ownership of a Ferrari is the most economical way to say that you have an Italian supercar at your disposal, even if you could only say that for seven days a month. The caveat is finding three other owners that not only wouldn’t mind sharing the supercar with you, but also take care of it the same way you would.
There’s certainly a lot of risk with this arrangement. But if it means paying only $8 an hour to "co-own" a Ferrari F430, it’s a risk a lot of people wouldn’t mind making.
€3.5 million, or $4.83 million, will buy you a lot of things, including 12 Lamborghini Aventador supercars. Why anyone would need that many Aventadors is beyond us, but what is even more mind-boggling is why someone would spend that much money on a 1:8 scale model of the new Lamborghini supercar. Yes, one is for sale and it’s priced at $4.83 million.
This unbelievable scale model was presented by former Mercedes-Benz engineer and German model maker, Robert Gulpen, at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Made from some of the most precious materials used for construction, the scale model Aventador comes wrapped in 1/1000mm thin threads of solid gold with carbon fiber forming the entire body of the car, and solid gold and platinum rims and interior to finish it off. On top of that, the material used on the windows is bulletproof glass and the Lamborghini logo adorned in the back is made from gold, platinum, and other precious gems.
All told, the whole project required €2 million ($2.8 million), which is insane just to read. The other half of that cost most likely comes as a result of 500 hours of build time.
The car is set to be auctioned off soon, possibly at Sotherby’s or Chrystie’s in New York or Dubai. Expect the model to fetch a starting bid of €3.5 million - $4.83 million - with part of the final purchase price going to charity.
Whether somebody’s insane enough to actually pay 12 times the price of an actual Lamborghini Aventador is besides the point. Paying $5 million for just about anything, let alone a scale model, is crazy enough.
UPDATE 12/02/2011: Robert Guelpen has decided to further increase the value of his Aventador by gilding it with gold. The car will be sold in December 2011 and will more than likely enter the Guinness Book of Records. The car features approximately 700 diamonds studded on each of the two seats inside, the chassis is made in solid gold, the wheel rims are platinum, and other elements are made of carbon fiber.
UPDATE 12/12/12: What was initially priced at €3.5 million ($4.8 million) at an auction in December in New York, Robert Guelpen’s Aventador scale model has been re-evaluated by Sotheby’s and now carries an estimated price of €10.5 million ($13.6 million!). That’s 65 times more expensive than an ACTUAL Aventador. Wow.
Hit the jump for a video showing off the Aventador scale model.