Edition 67: The Luxury Briefing

This week in luxury, a Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime breaks a record and becomes the most expensive watch in the world.
Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime
The most expensive watch in the world

Last week we reported on how a pink gold 66-year-old Patek Philippe Ref. 2523 wristwatch stood a chance to become No.5 on the list of the world’s most expensive timepieces. On Saturday, during the Only Watch auction in Geneva, a Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime Ref. 6300A sold for a staggering $31 194 370, making the Grandmaster Chime in steel the most expensive watch in the world.

McLaren’s pioneering spirit

Earlier this week, McLaren Automotive revealed its new Ultimate Series roadster, the McLaren Elva. As the brand’s first open-cockpit road car, the Elva adds a new dimension to the range-topping Ultimate Series lineage. Like its McLaren P1TM, McLaren Senna and Speedtail predecessors, the production of the new McLaren Elva will be limited – just 399 are being offered for customer order.

Two Rembrandt paintings were almost stolen

According to Artnet, An art thief tried to sneak out of Dulwich Picture Gallery in London with two Rembrandt van Rijn artworks on view in the Rembrandt Light Exhibition. The suspect managed to successfully remove the paintings from the wall, before being intercepted mid-heist by a police official. The gallery is currently closed while police conduct a full investigation.

African-pop at this year’s Design Miami

Southern Guild will premiere 13 works never seen by audiences before, featuring vibrant colour, futuristic forms and strong shapes at this year’s Design Miami taking place from 3 to 8 December. The Cape Town-based gallery’s at this year’s Design Miami will deliver an “African-pop” punch with major new works by artists including Porky Hefer, Dokter and Misses, Zizipho Poswa, Rich Mnisi, Justine Mahoney and Madoda Fani.