Edition 38: The Luxury Briefing

This week in luxury, the next James Bond film goes green, McLaren Senna GTR is already sold out and Strauss & Co hits a R106-million record.
Daniels Grand Complication pocket watch

George Daniels’ most complicated timepiece ever

This May, Phillips will offer the most complicated timepiece ever made by George Daniels as part of the Phillips Geneva Watch Auction. The Daniels Grand Complication pocket watch made entirely by hand is estimated to fetch $1.5 million.


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Irma Stern Arab painting courtesy of Strauss & Co

Strauss & Co shatters R100-million barrier

The Strauss & Co’s red-letter autumn sale culminated in a record-breaking tally of R106 million in sales at a value sell-through rate of 93%. The sale included three Irma Stern paintings celebrating Zanzibar which sold for a combined value of R39 million.

“This is the first-ever art auction in South Africa to achieve over R100 million in sales. The sell-through rate of 93% is also unprecedented. It is a historic moment for the company and a wonderful way to celebrate our tenth year of business.” said Frank Kilbourn, Strauss & Co’s chairman.


James Bond Aston Martin Rapide E
Image courtesy of Aston Martin

James Bond goes green

James Bond will be driving an all-electric Aston Martin Rapide E in the next film. One of the world’s most famous fictional characters will complete his missions with the help of a $250 000 four-door super saloon. The Rapide E will be up-fitted with hidden gadgets and weapons like all the other 007 cars featured in previous movies.


Luxury Briefing Montblanc x BMW Luggage Set

Montblanc x BMW Luggage Set

Montblanc has created an exclusive set of luggage to accompany the BMW 8. The five-piece travelling collection was inspired by the spirit of California, and includes a duffel bag, a neoprene-lined guitar bag, a leather case, a round surf bag and a double-folding suit bag.


Luxury Briefing McLaren Senna GTR

McLaren Senna GTR is sold out

All 75 McLaren Senna GTRs sold out in a matter of weeks. The racer capable of 814 braking horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque came at a $1 440 506 price tag. And the car enthusiasts who own the few Sennas will have the opportunity to completely personalise their vehicle with the help of the McLaren Special Operations Options.

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