Edition 71: The Luxury Briefing

This week in luxury, a valuable painting that was stolen 23 years ago is found, and a minimalistic task chair makes it into Time magazine’s Best Inventions of 2019 list.
Edition 71 Luxury Briefing Gustav Klimt painting
Gustav Klimt, Portrait of a Lady (c. 1916-17). Image from Wikimedia Commons
A $66 million Klimt painting has been found

According to Artnet, a gardener found a Gustav Klimt painting stolen 23 years ago from the Ricci Oddi modern art gallery in Italy. The painting went missing in February 1925 and was discovered hidden behind a secret wall in the very same gallery it was stolen from. The gardener was clearing foliage from the gallery walls which had long been concealing a metal panel. Upon prying it open, a small alcove was revealed, inside of which was a black bag containing what is now believed to be the missing canvas. Today the painting, Portrait of a Lady, is estimated to be worth $66 million.

La Nuova Dolce Vita takes shape

Further details about the Ferrari Roma have been revealed during an innovative social media communication campaign. Exemplifying the concept of the Nuova Dolce Vita, the latest coupé from Maranello, near Modena, Italy, features harmonious proportions and balanced volumes which are in line with Ferrari’s front-engined grand touring tradition. From a technical point of view, Ferrari Roma introduces a series of unparalleled features. These include most notably a new powertrain with 8-speed gearbox, the introduction of the five-position manettino for the first time on a Ferrari grand tourer, and a best-in-class power/weight ratio. All of which makes the Ferrari Roma one of the most powerful and fun to drive mid-front-engined V8 2+ in Ferrari history. 

Beyond the tourbillon

The Legacy Machine Thunderdome is a collaboration between MB&F and two legendary watchmakers. Together they created one of the world’s fastest triple-axis regulating mechanism with three axes revolving in record-breaking 8 seconds, 12 seconds and 20 seconds. This Legacy Machine Thunderdome also features a unique combination of Potter escapement, hemispherical balance and helical hairspring. This watch will be limited to 43 models: 33 made in platinum and ten in tantalum.  

One of the best inventions of 2019

Since launching at Salone Del Mobile in 2018, Herman Miller’sCosm task chair, made in collaboration with Studio 7.5, has been listed as one of the 100 Best Inventions of 2019 by Time magazine. Celebrated for its sophisticated ergonomic design, the Cosm appears to be simplicity itself, yet it took a decade of form-making, engineering and testing to achieve the support, comfort and aesthetics this revolutionary chair offers today. The Cosm is available in six core colour schemes which have been selected by industry colourists and designers to satisfy both traditional and contemporary spaces. These core colours can be accented by choices of frames, arms and bases to create a chair suitable for any environment.

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