TAG Heuer And Max Verstappen Collaborate To Design A Special-Edition Wristwatch
Tag Heuer and the Formula 1 prodigy, Max Verstappen, have partnered to create a special-edition watch that will make you go weak in the knees. It is based on the Swiss watchmaker’s signature Formula 1 wristwatch but gets a few tweaks here and there by the 21-year old Dutch racer.
Lego Releases James Bond Aston Martin DB5 Kit, Comes With All Your Favorite Spy Fantasy Gadgets
Do you dream of owning a genuine spy car, but can’t seem to find Q’s number laying around? Well, don’t worry, because Lego has you covered. Say hello to the classic Bond car, now in brick form - yep, it’s 007’s very own ’64 Aston Martin DB5, straight out of Goldfinger and complete with all the goodies you need to save the day, including an ejector seat, rotating license plates, wheel-mounted tire slashers, and of course, front-mounted machine guns.
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Aston Martin Teases James Bond’s DB5 Lego Kit
Lego’s fascination in the world of automobiles is manifesting itself once again in the form of James Bond’s very own Aston Martin DB5. One of the most iconic movie cars of all time is set to become the next car to get the full-on brick treatment, complete with a mini figure of no less than 007 himself. The kit is currently available for pre-order at the Lego store in Budapest, Hungary where it is expected to be released on August 1, a full week ahead of its global release on August 8.
Do You Own An Aston Martin? If So, Then you Need These Shoes to go With It
Over the years, luxury brands have evolved from all-go car brands to full-fledged lifestyle brands. This includes everything from Ferrari-branded watches to Bentley-branded fitted luggage. And let’s not forget about the various shoe offerings over the years. Now, Aston Martin is jumping on the shoe bandwagon again. It was back in 2010 that Aston Martin teamed up with Nike to produce 500 pairs of the Kobe Bryant-Aston Martin Hyperdunks, and 2012 when it paid up with John Jobb to make a line of special-edition shoes. But this time around, Aston Martin has teamed up with Hogan to produce the Aston Martin x Hogan limited-edition luxury sneakers.
The new shoes are based on Hogan’s “Olympia” design and are a mix of nylon mesh and fine leather, something that should make these things an absolute dream to wear. They will be available in four different color combinations, all of which are geared toward autumn and fall. What really sets these shoes apart, however, is the tongue, which is fashioned from Aston Martin’s classic Kestrel Tan leather and has pinched seam detailing. And of course, they feature AM’s classic wing logo, just to let the world know that you’re rocking something other than a typical pair of Hogans on your feet. These limited-edition kicks will go on sale at the end of June 2017. If you want a pair, you better get in line – only 3,000 pairs will be produced.
The holiday season is upon us so its entirely understandable if you’re scrambling to get your Christmas shopping done as soon as possible. You don’t want to be one of those people who receive all these cool gifts and give gift certificates in return, right? These days, it’s perfectly normal to do online shopping. As a matter of fact, it has become a more convenient way to shop for gifts than going to the mall and squeezing yourselves between throngs of people doing the exact same thing. So we’re doing all of you a solid by compiling a list of gift options that you or your gearhead family members may be interested in. But instead of scouring the usual online stores, we’ve taken a slightly different approach and went straight to the online stores of some our favorite automakers.
We scoured for cool items to suggest and found a whole bunch of them. These items range in price from affordable gifts like a computer mouse all the way to a premium smartphone that isn’t even on the market yet. Just remember that these gifts are just suggestions. Whether you buy them or not is entirely up to you.
Click past the jump to read about our gift ideas from the online stores of various automakers.
Don’t have the money to make a bid for an actual Aston Martin DB5? Don’t worry because the creators of the James Bond series, EON Productions, has a DB5 that you can actually afford. But there are a couple of caveats. One, the DB5 isn’t an actual model, but rather a one-off, gold-plated, one-third-scale replica of the model. Two, it’s expected to sell anywhere between £40,000-60,000, which is about $66,000-100,000 as of 9/9/2014.
The gold-plated DB5 replica was actually commissioned by EON Productions as part of the 50th anniversary of Goldfinger, the first James Bond movie that the iconic Aston Martin appeared in. It even has the signature of James Bond production designer Sir Ken Adams, the same man largely responsible for designing the modifications to the car, including the radio-controlled machine guns, bulletproof shield and revolving number plate.
Global auctioneers Christies will send the model under the hammer later this month for charity to benefit the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in the UK.
So it is for a good cause, which should make it a little easier to spend that much money on a scale model of the DB5. At least you know the money you spend will be put to good use. Bidding has started at the Christies website where it will continue until September 17, 2014.
If the car is a little too steep for your bank account, you can instead opt to bid for an 18-karat yellow gold Goldfinger Seamaster Aqua Terra wristwatch created by Omega.
The one-off timepiece is estimated to fetch anywhere between £8,000-12,000, which is about $13,000-20,000 based on current exchange rates.
Click past the jump to read more about Aston Martin DB5.
Jaeger-LeCoultre and Aston Martin are celebrating eight years of partnership with the unveiling of the AMVOX7 - the first vertical-trigger chronograph equipped with a power reserve display. As usual, exclusivity comes with a quite a big price: $26,000.
The watch features design elements seen on the latest Aston Martin models. For example, its dial was inspired by the radiator grille of the Vanquish. As a first for Jaeger-LeCoultre watches, the AMVOX introduces an intuitive display method that is in perfect accord with the sensation of immediacy conferred by a sporting outlook and the power reserve display. You will have to release the lever to unlock the glass, and then press at 12 o’clock to start or stop the timing function. Pressing at 6 o’clock will reset the time.
The watch is equipped with a Jaeger-LeCoultre 756 automatic mechanical caliber with a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and a power reserve of 65-hour power reserve. The comparison between the AMVOX’s "motor" to that of the new Aston Martin Vanquish is inevitable.
Over the past few days, we’ve seen a lot of crossover products from partnerships between automakers and various other companies.
Not one to be left out in the cold, Aston Martin wants to keep our feet warm and stylish, thanks to its new collaboration with John Lobb to create the ultimate lightweight driver’s shoe.
Did we expect anything less from two of Britain’s finest?
The special Winner Sport shoe, which was co-designed by Aston Martin’s Director of Design Marek Reichman and John Lobb’s Creative Director Andrés Hernández, is as sleek and aerodynamic as it’s being billed to be. It’s made from full-grain calfskin and lined with supple sheepskin. Soft padding was added at the ankle to ensure maximum comfort while metallic eyelets that have been punched with a wheel of fine holes reflect the style and language of the British automaker. Lastly, the Winner Sport shoe also comes with a specially-engineered bonded rubber sole that wraps beneath the shoe, ensuring a style of sleekness and a sporting feel that few other shoes can match.
More than just the technology and expertise used in building the shoe, Winner Sport also comes in a wide palette of color combinations, including Graphite Grey, Winter Wheat, Frost White, and Saddle Tan, all of which are made with the Sporty Stratos White rubber sole. Likewise, Storm Black, Bitter Chocolate, Westminster Green, and Aurora Blue color schemes are made with Racy Fire Red rubber soles. Each color also comes with red and white laces.
The Winner Sport shoe is set to drop at selected John Lobb and Aston Martin stores on May 12, 2012. Leading up to that, the shoe will be previewed at the opening of the new Aston Martin W-One Store in London’s Park Lane and at John Lobb Jermyn Street this March.
The Canadian manufacturer Mobiado has unveiled their first phone off the Aston Martin collection. Called Grand 350 Aston Martin the new phone will be available in three designer styles; black, black satin, and silver. It works within North America, Europe, Africa, Asia- Pacific, and South America.
The Grand 350 Aston Martin body is CNC machined from aircraft specification aluminum, and anodized to produce an elegant hard surface for demanding everyday use. The frame is then inlayed with sapphire crystal. The infrared window is made from a solid piece of ruby crystal. The screws are stainless steel or gun metal black stainless steel. The buttons of the Grand 350 Aston Martin are a dramatic combination of sapphire crystal and stainless steel.
The phone will also be offered with a 3.2 megapixel camera and video camera, integrated GPS, 2.36" display with up to 16 million colors, Bluetooth and micro USB connectivity, a music and video player with a 2.5mm AV connector.
Anyone reading this right now has to be a true fan of the 007 franchise in order to truly appreciate the opportunity being presented. For the first time ever, EON Products and Aston Martin have approved the creation of a perfect GE Fabbri launch James Bond DB5. This scale model is an incredible representation of the Aston Martin driven by our favorite spy, and you get to build it yourself.
With the help of Aston Martin, the scale model for the DB5 will feature all kinds of gizmos and gadgets from the real car. Yep, you’ll get all the dials and controls from a real DB5 and James Bond’s hidden arsenal of Q-Branch gadgets, including a working ejector seat, working tail and headlights, extendable tire slashers, and a working horn. This model is so complete, you even get a set of machine guns popping out of the front lights, a bulletproof screen, and rotating number plates. Now, that’s cool.
Hit the jump for details on how to get this intricate and gorgeous scale model.
It was only a little over a year ago that we ran into Aston Martin’s Director of Design, Marek Reichman, when he dazzled us with a demonstration of the Aston Martin transponder watch made by Jaeger-LeCoultre, and now we have the third generation timepiece to come from the grand partnership of Aston Martin and Jaeger-LeCoultre. This is the new AMVOX2 DB9 Transponder timepiece, a new limited edition watch priced at $24,400 and aimed at the distinguished owners of the Aston Martin DB9.
We’re going to skip over the specifics of the watch for a minute because the coolest part of this timepiece is the fact that it has the ability to "open" and "close" the doors of the vehicle, which basically means the driver can lock and unlock his doors with the press of a button. Press the two buttons at the same time and it kickstarts the "Find Me" feature of the timepiece/DB9 duo which enables the headlights of your DB9 to light up for a few seconds, allowing the owner to find his vehicle at a glance.
The rest of the timepiece is something to marvel at as well as it is in-cased in grade five titanium and features a black dial with a grille-type motif. The numbers on the piece are rhodium-plated metallic and are set against a luminescent black substance. Completing the look of the AMVOX2 DB9 Transponder is the "floating" DB9 logo placed in the center of the window.
Dang, 007 would be so proud.
Press release after the jump.
Sometimes celebrities do things that make us want to scream and sometimes they do things that make us want to point and laugh. In a web film released back in 2008, Kobe Bryant made us cover our mouths and say, “Oh shit!” This film portrayed Kobe Bryant jumping – no trampoline, no bouncy surface – over a speeding Aston Martin DB9 Volante. The fans went nuts!
Now, two years after this film was released, Kobe Bryant and Aston Martin have teamed up to introduce the Nike Kobe Bryant (Aston Martin Edition) footwear pack. This footwear pack includes the Nike Hyperdunk (Aston Martin DB9 Edition) and the Nike Zoom Kobe V (Aston Martin Edition). These limited edition trainers were inspired by the DB9 and the One-77 supercar, detailing the elegance of the Aston Martin with some good old-fashioned sneaker craftsmanship. And we thought automakers would just continue to make timepieces and apparel.
The limited edition Nike Kobe Bryant (Aston Martin Edition) footwear pack will be introduced at the Nike Basketball Signature Space at the Staples Center, Los Angeles on May 13, 2010. To be honest, we don’t really think the shoes look anything like the amazing supercar they were inspired by, unless, of course, the silver color is taken into account, but we still wouldn’t turn down a pair.
The great thing about this event is that all event proceeds will be donated to the LA84 Foundation. The LA84 Foundation’s mission is “to serve youth through sport and to increase knowledge of sport and its impact on people’s lives”. They have been providing this service since 1985 when they were blessed with a surplus from the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.
Hit the jump to see the film that inspired the Kobe Bryant/Aston Martin collaboration.
Here we go again. Another timepiece by yet another automaker. Remember the AMVOX2 Chronograph revealed in 2009? If you do and never had the chance to buy one (it was limited to only 24 units), you’ll be happy to known that Aston Martin and Jaeger-LeCoultre will reveal the AMVOX5 Chronograph at the Le Mans Series championship race on the Paul Ricard circuit. This new and exclusive chronograph is limited to 300 units in ceramic and titanium and 200 in ceramic and pink gold.
The chronograph features a winding mechanism on lubricant-free ceramic ball bearings, a large variable inertia balance and laser-welded balance spring, all of which ensure its reliability. This all-terrain caliber is inserted in a case made of high-tech ceramic combined with titanium and 18 carat pink gold. Made by compacting yttrium oxides mixed with a binder and a small proportion of zirconium oxide under high pressure, the compound is then subjected to a temperature of 2,000°C. After fluoroscopic testing for homogeneity, the ceramic block is then shaped using special diamond-tipped tools. The intensely black case weighs much less than steel, yet is twice as hard, giving the AMVOX5 World Chronograph its infallible resistance. Did you get all of that? Okay, keep reading.
Jaeger-LeCoultre will also offer two Racing models made in ceramic and titanium, with a black or white dial, each in a limited series of 100. Inspired by the performance of the meteoric LMP1 Aston Martin Racing prototype, these timepieces feature chronographic counters executed in carbon fiber, punctuated with a flash of orange on the world time disc, the chronographic second hand and the overstitching on the calfskin leather strap.
Press release after the jump.
Remember that Nike viral marketing video of Kobe Bryant jumping over an Aston Martin using only his new – at that time, at least – Nike Hyperdunks?
Well, that rather outrageous cross-promotion from Nike and Aston Martin has finally come full circle after the shoe brand recently released a special-edition Kobe Bryant Aston Martin Edition Hyperdunk. The shoe, which features some shiny leather, Kobe’s signature embossed on the inside tongue, and the Aston Martin logo on the outer tongue is already selling for a whopping $700.
What’s more, Nike only made 500 of these bad boys so you can expect all the sneakerheads to be busting out of line to get a chance to scoop this limited run kicks for themselves. We just hope that they don’t do anything silly and try their luck jumping over an Aston Martin with these shoes.
Prince of Wales has aluminum pistons from Aston Martin DB6 Volante melted into cufflinks for charity
For a lot of us, an Aston Martin DB6 Volante is a car that should be treated with utmost care. But if you’re a member of the Royal Family of Britain, well, cars like that are pretty much expendable.
That wasn’t any more evident when the Prince of Wales decided to melt the aluminum pistons of his DB6 Volante and turn them into - of all things - cufflinks.
In fairness to the Prince of Wales, he didn’t completely lose his mind when he decided to use the DB6 Volante’s pistons because they became disposable after he converted the car’s engine to run on biofuel. So with nothing to do with the aluminum pistons, he asked TMB ArtMetal to turn them into special-edition cufflinks.
In total, 200 cufflinks were created with each having the same DB6-themed design, with matching spinners to boot. TMB ArtMetal also accented each set of cufflinks with 18ct gold, making them extremely pricy at £995 ($1,600) for one set.
For those interested in these cufflinks, it’s worth noting that all proceeds generated by these cufflinks will not go to the Prince of Wales’ pocket, but to his own youth charity, the Prince’s Trust.
Press Release after the jump
Following in the snowy trails left behind by Bentley, Aston Martin has also taken to the slopes after releasing their own set of special edition skis.
Handmade by renowned Austrian ski specialist Differences, these special-edition “DBS Prague” skis, which are made from aluminum, carbon and composites, come in a number of colors and sizes designed to suit the preferences and taste buds of would-be skiers.
Among the colors being offered by Aston Martin for their “DBS Prague” skis include Morning Frost White, Quantum Silver, Almond Green and Silver Blonde. As for their sizes, Aston Martin is currently offering skis from 159 cm, 166 cm, 177 cm, and 180 cm.
According to Aston Martin, the new “DBS Prague” skis have been “designed to provide the utmost control for slalom and freestyle skiing, the construction of each ski is also well suited to the casual skier.”
Orders for the skis can be made by contacting Aston Martin at +44(0)1908 305530.
The last time that we heard the words Jaeger-LeCoultre, Aston Martin’s director of design Marek Reichman was showing us his new timepiece. Just in time for Christmas the French watch manufacturer has just come up with the exclusive AMVOX2 Chronograph Racing Paris. Making the high end chronograph even more desirable is that there will only be 24 units produced. While the other Jaeger would unlock the doors of your new DBS Volante, this one merely pays tribute to Aston Martin’s 1959 Le Mans 24 Hour championship.
This exclusive edition timepiece features a black PVD-coated grade 5 titanium case with a black and white face decorated with black luminescent numerals. The layout is meant to mimic Aston’s characteristic gridwork motif found on the racing car’s radiator grill. The entire package is framed by a black flange and features movement bridges and plates coated with ruthenium, a very rare metal that is derived from platinum while the rest of the chronograph is decorated with ornate orange accents on the dial and color matching stitching on the band to ensure a more than memorable Christmas morning for any Aston MArtin enthusiast.
Press release after the jump.
007-like Cuff Links from Aston Martin
If you’re a big James Bond fan or just a huge Aston Martin enthusiast these fancy cuff links are for you. These Aston Martin cuffs are made from genuine sterling silver and feature the classic two-eared wheel spinner design. Cuff links aren’t usually something that business people take to seriously, so these will definitely set you apart from anyone else in a 007 like way for a very reasonably price. 007 gets them with the Aston Martin for free, you (...)