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Aston Martin x Architect David Adjaye Create 5 Luxury NYC Homes With Own Bespoke DBX

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Aston Martin and architect Sir David Adjaye have joined forces to create a limited-edition collection of five luxury homes in 130 William, New York City. Each residence will come with a special edition Aston Martin DBX SUV designed by Sir David Adjaye.
Aston Martin Residences will be on level 59 & 60 of 130 William, Lower Manhattan. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda
Aston Martin Residences will be on level 59 & 60 of 130 William, Lower Manhattan. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

This week luxury British automaker Aston Martin revealed they are teaming up with renowned architect Sir David Adjaye to collaborate on a collection of 5 luxury residences at 130 William, New York City.

While undoubtedly luxurious, the Aston Martin Residences at 130 William also come with a few extras for the auto-enthusiast, including a limited edition Aston Martin DBX SUV designed by Sir David Adjaye and the option to add a racing simulator room fit for a budding race driver.

Owners can choose to include a racing simulator room. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda
Owners can choose to include a racing simulator room. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

Following on from their success with the Aston Martin Residences in Miami, the 130 William project marks the brand’s second real estate project, although it will be their first foray into the New York City real estate market. It also marks Sir David Adjaye’s first New York high-rise project.

130 William is Sir David Adjaye's first New York City based project. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda
130 William is Sir David Adjaye’s first New York City based project. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

“This is a fascinating project for the Aston Martin design team to work on and a great opportunity to collaborate with Sir David. It is our first real estate project in New York City but our second collaboration in real estate design after the Aston Martin Residences in Miami.” Says Marek Rechiman, Aston Martin’s Chief Creative Officer. “We can apply what we have learnt in Miami and also bring our unique automotive design skills to these beautiful luxury homes.”

Owners can choose to have an office space instead of the racing simulator room. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda
Owners can choose to have a library instead of the racing simulator room. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

Aston Martin Residences at 130 William New York City

Designed by British-Ghanaian architect Sir David Adjaye, 130 William comprises 242 residences across 66 stories. Inspiration for both the exterior and interior design comes from New York’s historic masonry architecture, which has been translated into custom hand-cast façades with refined bronze detailing, and a contemporary interpretation of the stonework that characterized classic Manhattan architecture.

Aston Martin Residence's bedroom with a view of the city. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda
Aston Martin Residence’s bedroom with a view of the city. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

Located on the 59th and 60th levels of 130 William, the five Aston Martin Residences have been exclusively designed through the collaboration of Sir David Adjaye and the Aston Martin design team and will be furnished and decorated with materials, textiles, and furniture sourced from the Aston Martin Home collection by Italian based Formitalia.

Each home features a private, expansive outdoor balcony spanning the entire length of residence and uses hand-cast building façade to offer privacy, with bespoke screens also dividing the terraces into a series of distinct zones for dining and relaxing.

Outdoor living spaces with day bed at 130 William. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda
Outdoor living spaces with day bed at 130 William. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

Stepping out of the elevator, residences are greeted by Aston Martin’s signature crosshatch pattern elegantly displayed in a bronze finish across the hallway. Beneath the bronze detailing is wallpaper designed by Adjaye Associates, while a bespoke smoked glass mirror created by Aston Martin Design reflects the skyline view.

Dark tones with bronze finishings when stepping out of the elevator. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda
Dark tones with bronze finishings when stepping out of the elevator. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

Within each home, residents are presented with a grand living and dining room, featuring furnishings, textiles, and fittings curated by Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman and Sir David Adjaye.

Opening out onto the outdoor living areas, the living room offers city-wide views, clean lines, and sleek furnishings from the Aston Martin Home Collection by Formitalia, with every piece made in Italy. The sofas and armchairs combine elements of leather, metal, and fabric, as well as beautiful detailing, to evoke the richly crafted and tactile qualities of Aston Martin’s automotive interiors.

Furnished with pieces from the Aston Martin Home Collection by Formitalia. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda
Furnished with pieces from the Aston Martin Home Collection by Formitalia. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

Located adjacent to the Dining Room is an open plan kitchen which features custom textured blackened oak Italian cabinetry, state-of-the-art Gaggenau appliances, marble countertops hand-selected from the Apuan Alps in Tuscany, Italy, and a cantilevered Nero Marquina marble top, which provides additional bar seating.

The master bedroom offers crisp, clean lines and beautiful detailing, combined with warm, inviting materials to ensure it is a private sanctuary. The bedroom features an expansive bed with custom cashmere headboard cushions and slender metal detailing, alongside bedside tables and side tables by Formitalia. It also includes spacious walk-in closets, wall-mounted lighting by Boffi, a Flos light track system, and a lounge chair by Hans Wegner.

130 William Master Bedroom designed by Sir David Adjaye. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda
130 William Master Bedroom designed by Sir David Adjaye. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

In terms of customization, new owners will have the option of turning one of the rooms (in the two and three-bedroom homes) into a racing simulator room, home office, library space, or another bedroom.

The simulator room is the perfect choice for true auto enthusiasts with Aston Martin Design collaborating with Curv Racing Simulators, a new British technology company founded by Darren Turner (three-time class winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Aston Martin and an industry-leading expert in racing simulation technology) to create the ultimate in luxury home racing simulators.

Alternatively, one of the rooms could be turned into a private office and library space designed for working and relaxing. A custom-designed desk is paired with a classic Eames chair, and the room also features a lounge chair by Swoon and stool by Space Copenhagen. The office provides generous storage and display spaces, including black wood shelves and cabinets with smoked glass placed alongside textured Salvatori marble walls.

Optional office/study area for the customizable room selection. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda
Optional office/study area for the customizable room selection. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

Bathrooms include textured Italian Salvatori marble throughout. In the master bathroom, a Salvatori solid carved marble soaking tub and carved marble double vanity sinks are paired with a spacious walk-in shower and private water closet. Secondary bathrooms incorporate Grigio Versilia marble, and Bianco Carrera marble with powder rooms in a bamboo textured Grigia Versilia marble.

130 William Adjaye Special Edition Aston Martin DBX

As part of the collaboration, Sir David Adjaye has also designed the “130 William Adjay Special Edition Aston Martin DBX” that will be included in the sale of each of the five limited-edition residences.

130 William Adjaye Special Edition Aston Martin DBX SUV. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda
130 William Adjaye Special Edition Aston Martin DBX SUV. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

The 130 William Adjaye Special Edition Aston Martin DBX marks the first time that Aston Martin has collaborated with an architect on one of their signature vehicles’ custom fit-out. Taking inspiration from the materials, textures, and atmosphere of 130 William, Adjaye worked with Aston Martin to create a unique DBX design with highly crafted interiors and custom paintwork that reflected the building’s architecture.

The DBX Special Edition also marks the debut of real stone accents, with Grey “Pietra D’Avola” marble inlays matched with Satin Walnut wood.

130 William Aston Martin DBX Interior Front
130 William Adjaye Special Edition features “Parliament Green” leather interior. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

Aston Martin’s traditional hand-stitched leather includes Parliament Green trim and steering wheel from Aston Martin’s in-house customization service, “Q by Aston Martin,” matching the walls of the simulator room option, and deep, multi-layered paintwork in a Q by Aston Martin bespoke color inspired by 130 William’s exterior, complete with subtle hints of green.

130 William Aston Martin DBX Interior Rear
Sir David Adjaye worked with “Q by Aston Martin” to create the limited editon. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

The interior includes carved solid walnut trim, with Q by Aston Martin Parliament Green leatherwork and details in bronze, black anodized aluminum, and real stone.

130 William Aston Martin DBX Interior Boot
Real stone accents and solid walnut timber trims throughout. Credit: Aston Martin Lagonda

Corcoran Group is exclusively handling sales of the Aston Martin Residences at 130 William priced at $11,500,000 for PH60A (penthouse), $10,500,000 for PH60B (penthouse), and $3,985,000 for L59A, $5,985,000 for L59B and $10,000,000 for L59C.

Each residence will include a 130 William Adjaye Special Edition Aston Martin DBX.

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New Breitling Top Time Deus Limited Edition Revealed

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Breitling has joined forces with Australian moto/surf lifestyle brand Deus Ex Machina to create the new retro-styled Top Time Deus Limited Edition watch.
The new Breitling Top Time Deus Limited Edition. Credit: Breitling
The new Breitling Top Time Deus Limited Edition. Credit: Breitling

Watchmaker Breitling has joined forces with Australian moto/surf lifestyle brand Deus Ex Machina to create the new Top Time Deus Limited Edition, a retro-themed chronograph inspired by Breitling’s 1960’s Top Time design.

Made for today's "young and active professionals". Credit: Breitling
Made for today’s “young and active professionals”. Credit: Breitling

Originally marketed to “young and active professionals” in the 1960s, Breitling’s Top Time was introduced by Willy Breitling, who wanted a youthful design and something sportier than the dress watches of the day. Now almost half a century later, the same remains true of the Top Time design, and with the latest collaboration between Breitling and Deus Ex Machina, those “young and active professionals” look like surfers, bikers, boarders, and backpackers inspired by the open roads and a thirst for adventure.

Breitling Top Time Deus Limited Edition Lifestyle Dark
Powered by Breitling’s Caliber 23, offering a 48-hour power reserve at a 28,800 bhp beat rate. Credit: Breitling

This time around, the new Breitling Top Time features a 41mm polished stainless steel case on a brown calfskin leather racing strap with a yellow underside. It continues the retro feel with a cream dial signaling the collaboration with a small “Deus” logo in black below the Top Time text and two “squircle” (square + circle) shaped black chronograph counters in the middle, one with a red hand and one with an orange hand.

If you look closely, you’ll also notice Deus Ex Machina’s slogan “In Benzin Veritas” (“in gasoline, truth” or more loosely “in petrol we trust”) inscribed in the black tachymeter bezel around the outside of the dial. A block of orange and yellow also breaks the black at 3 PM and gives it an almost fuel gauge feel.

Look closely and you'll notice the lightning bolt seconds hand and "In benzin veritas". Credit: Breitling
Look closely and you’ll notice the lightning bolt seconds hand and “In benzin veritas”. Credit: Breitling

Another very subtle playful element is the red lightning bolt-shaped central chronograph seconds hand, which the observer at first glance may miss but appears recognizable upon closer inspection.

On the case back, an engraving of Deus Creative director Carby Tuckwell on a retro-looking motorcycle features in the center, with other markings to signify the limited-edition collaboration between Breitling and Deus.

Sketch of Deus Ex Machina creative director Carby Tuckwell featured on the case back. Credit: Breitling
Sketch of Deus Ex Machina creative director Carby Tuckwell featured on the case back. Credit: Breitling

The Breitling Top Time Deus is priced at US$4,990 and is limited to 1,500 models. It is currently available exclusively online and will be available through authorized dealers in late March 2021.

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TAG Heuer & Porsche Officially Join Forces In New Partnership

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TAG Heuer and Porsche have made it official with a new partnership that will see the brands collaborate on a range of joint projects in the future, starting with the new TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph watch.
The new TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph Watch. Credit: TAG Heuer
The new TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph Watch. Credit: TAG Heuer

TAG Heuer and Porsche have recently announced a new partnership based on their shared love of motorsports and racing, which will begin with the TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph release.

While TAG Heuer and Porsche have long crossed paths over the years in various “friend of a friend” circumstances and even shared the name “Carrera” in both automotive and watch models (thanks to the inspiration of the 1950’s Carrera Panamericana road race), this is the first time they’ve made it official.

Porsche detailing on bezel and signature red, black and grey colors. Credit: TAG Heuer
Porsche detailing on bezel and signature red, black and grey colors. Credit: TAG Heuer

The new partnership will see TAG Heuer and Porsche collaborate on a range of joint projects focused on their shared commitment to speed and precision sports, including Formula E, FIA World Endurance Championship, the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup, golf, and tennis.

The automotive kind of "Carrera". Credit: Porsche/TAG Heuer
The automotive kind of “Carrera”. Credit: Porsche/TAG Heuer

Commenting on the new partnership, new TAG Heuer CEO Frédéric Arnault noted, “TAG Heuer and Porsche have common history and values, of course, but more importantly, we share an attitude. Like Porsche, we are disruptors at heart, always in pursuit of high performance. With this alliance, TAG Heuer and Porsche finally come together officially after decades of close encounters and will create unmatched experiences and products for customers and fans that are passionate about both our brands and what we stand for.”

To kick off the partnership, the brands have created the new TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph special edition, powered by TAG Heuer’s Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic with a power reserve of 80 hours.

TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph Special Edition with Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic. Credit: TAG Heuer
TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph Special Edition with Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic. Credit: TAG Heuer

The watch utilizes a 44mm steel polished case with the tachymeter scale engraved on the ceramic bezel and features Porsche’s red, black and grey colors and either a black calf leather strap with hand stitching, reminiscent of Porsche’s upholstery or a steel H-shape bracelet.

Available with calf leather or polished steel bracelet. Credit: TAG Heuer
Available with calf leather or polished steel bracelet. Credit: TAG Heuer

The TAG Heuer Carrera Porsche Chronograph Special Edition 44mm Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic is priced at USD$5,850 and is available online at TAG Heuer.

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H Moser Delivers Final Upgrade of $30,800 Swiss Alp “Smart Watch”

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H Moser is closing out production of their tongue-in-cheek Swiss Alp Watch with one last edition – the “Final Upgrade” with a Vantablack® dial.
The new H Moser Swiss Alp Watch Final Upgrade. Credit: H Moser & Cie
The new H Moser Swiss Alp Watch Final Upgrade. Credit: H Moser & Cie

In 2016 Swiss watchmaker H Moser & Cie introduced the world to their very own “smartwatch,” the Swiss Alp Watch, which for all intents and purposes, LOOKED like the ever-popular Apple watch but was powered mechanically.

Smart watch at the front, all mechanical at the back. Credit: H Moser & Cie
Smart watch at the front, all mechanical at the back. Credit: H Moser & Cie

Just over five years later, H Moser & Cie have unveiled their “Final Upgrade,” which was inspired by a customer of the brand and will bring the tongue-in-cheek concept to a close.

“This idea was conceived by a customer and friend of the brand, a true enthusiast and fan of the Swiss Alp Watch collection. He came to visit us with an extremely precise design, and we immediately wanted to create this model, perfectly in line with our philosophy, with a touch of humour and a hint of provocation”, says Edouard Meylan, CEO of H. Moser & Cie.

Unmarked dial in Vantablack with black DLC coating on the steel case. Credit: H Moser & Cie
Unmarked dial in Vantablack with black DLC coating on the steel case. Credit: H Moser & Cie

Featuring an unmarked ultra-black dial (created with Vantablack® – the blackest material produced artificially that barely reflects light), H Moser has included a seconds subdial made to represent the spinning/loading icon associated with most Mac products (but thankfully not the colorful spinning wheel of death).

The Swill Alp Watch Final Upgrade is housed in a 38.2mm steel case similar in size to the Apple Watch 6 series and is coated in black DLC with blackened hands and a black alligator leather strap to tie the whole concept together.

Powered by the manually winding HMC 324 movement. Credit: H Moser & Cie
Powered by the manually winding HMC 324 movement. Credit: H Moser & Cie

Powered by its 100% Swiss manufactured HMC 324 manual wind movement, the Swiss Alp Watch Final Upgrade has a minimum power reserve of 96 hours and, with its mechanical heart, will most likely outlive any smartwatch of its same birth year.

Limited to 50 pieces, the Swiss Alp Final Upgrade is priced at USD$30,800 and available from h-moser.com

H Moser Swiss Alp Watch Final Upgrade Vantablack Reflection

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