The Luxury Briefing

2 August, 2019 | In this week’s luxury briefing, Lamborghini is the first car with ABT power while BMW proposes a new era of driving pleasure with a polygonal steering wheel.

A truly super SUV

Lamborghini is celebrating the debut of a performance kit for the Urus, capable of 189.5 mph. The Urus is the first Lamborghini with ABT power. This vehicle’s standard V8 bi-turbo engine puts down 650 hp with a maximum torque of 850 Nm. Despite its heavier weight, this SUV is considerably faster, with acceleration comparable to modern sports cars such as the brand-new Porsche 911 Carrera S. After the performance upgrade, the Urus now sprints from 0-60 mph in 3.4 instead of 3.6 seconds.


Omega’s Tokyo 2020 collection

As the official Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 timekeeper, Omega has unveiled two timepieces to celebrate. These limited edition Omega Seamaster watches include the 41mm stainless steel model Seamaster Aqua Terra and a patriotic Seamaster Planet Ocean with a wave-edged caseback.


The story, the dream

A Bulgari masterpiece, bought back by the Italian brand’s archive in a Sotheby’s sale last year, is currently featuring in an exhibition in Rome, running until 3 November. The exhibition celebrates the Bulgari story and features a necklace that is 860mm long, made in 1969.
The more than120-carat emerald pendant was created with a series of gemstones including amethyst and brilliant-cut diamonds.


A new era of driving

The BMW iNEXT capacity for highly automated driving is combined with extensive advancements in terms of interior design. BMW has introduced one of the first models in which the driver is no longer required to take care of the task of driving but can still actively take command at any time as it is fitted with a newly designed steering wheel. The steering wheel’s unique contours – inspired by motor racing – optimises entry and seating comfort as well as providing an enhanced view of the instrument cluster.


 

A first for IWC

IWC Schaffhausen has presented a new version of its coveted Big Pilot’s Watch to be worn on the right wrist. This special edition of the classic IWC model will be known as the Big Pilot’s Watch Edition Right-hander. Inspired by the Big Pilot’s Watch Calibre 52 TSC from the 1940s, it has a generously proportioned case diameter of 46.2mm, as well as the same eye-catching design seen throughout the family, which imitates easy-to-read cockpit instruments. The new twist for this revised edition is the positioning of the iconic, conical-shaped crown, which is located on the left-hand side of the case.

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