Van Cleef & Arpels is opening a new chapter in this collection with four exceptional limited editions. The Maison most precious craft-skills was necessary for these new tales of luck on these Charms Extraordinaire watches’ dials.
A pearl, diamond and emerald art deco brooch by the renowned jewelers Van Cleef & Arpels was just sold for $1.83 million at Bonhams Fine Jewelry sale. The brooch was estimated at £250,000 – 350,000.
The surmount designed as a geometric labyrinth of old brilliant, step, square, baguette and single-cut diamonds, suspending similarly set highly articulated diamond cascades of unequal length with arrow-shaped terminals, one side with a detachable drop-shaped emerald pendant with rose-cut diamond cap and double-sided lozenge-shaped diamond surmount, the central chain of five natural pearls terminating in a detachable drop-shaped pearl pendant with pierced rose-cut diamond cap and sugarloaf cabochon emerald surmount, diamonds weigh 17.70 carats total, emerald drop weighs 13.57 carats, emerald sugarloaf cabochon weighs 0.70 carat, drop-shaped pearl approximately 56 grains, mounted in platinum, signed Van Cleef & Arpels, numbered 28051, French assay marks, length 11.7cm
From September 19 to 22, the 22nd edition of the Monaco Yacht Show 2012 will showcase a fleet of 103 superyachts.
This year, the average length of the superyachts at the Monaco show reaches 46.70 meters (Length overall) for 103 constructions exhibited. With 40 units, the 40/49.99-m segment is mostly represented, which is significant of the current market with an average length of 40 meters of yachts delivered and 47 meters for the yachts under construction.
If the 2012 edition stresses out the impressive figure of 73 superyachts over 40 meters, and 6 megayachts exhibited (80.11 metres of average length), amongst which 4 new deliveries for the +70-m segment: Nirvana (Oceanco shipyard, 88.5 metres), Hampshire II (Feadship Van Lent, 78.5 metres), Smeralda (Hanseatic Marine, 77 metres, exhibited by Burgess) and Mogambo (Nobiskrug, 73.51 metres).
The largest megayacht at the Monaco Yacht Show 2012 is ATHENA (90 m, price $94,449,600, delivered in 2004) and the largest 2012 delivery exhibited at the Monaco Yacht Show 2012 is NIRVANA (88.5 m, delivered in April 2012).
Aston Martin DBR 1/2, the most successful racing car ever built by Aston Martin, has been offered on sale by Talacrest, for a price of $31.76 million.
To see why this car is so expensive let’s take a look to its history: after its victorious debut at the 1957 Spa 1000 km race, it scored five more victories including the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1959 in the hands of Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby and was campaigned well into the 1962 season by privateers. Beautifully preserved and maintained by a serious collector, despite the car’s incredible value, it has been regularly raced in a variety of historic race events with great success.
The DBR1/2 is the only car from the iconic manufacturer to have ever won the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hour race. Additionally, the vehicle was also the one and same in which Sir Stirling Moss won the RAC Tourist Trophies at Goodwood in 1958 and 59 to help Aston Martin take home the 1959 World Sports Car Championship.
On August 17th in Carmel, California, The 1895 Buffum 4-Cylinder Stanhope, the world’s oldest four-cylinder car will be presented at auction by Bonhams.
Displayed for decades at the Princeton Auto Museum in Massachusetts (one of the first auto museums in the country) and later at the Owl’s Head Transportation Museum in Maine, now it is for he first time it has ever been offered for sale to the public.
The estimate value of this rare Buffum automobile is US$ 250,000 – 350,000.
There is an old recipe to make an extraordinary product from a banal product: take the product and cover it with Swarovski crystals. Many are better. I can understand this strategy but why someone would think to put Swarovski crystals on a luxury car like the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud?
This Rolls-Royce covered with 1 million Swarovski crystals is display at the Four Seasons Hotel in Munich, southern Germany, and it is set to be auctioned in the coming months for the Help in Motion charity.