August 31, 2006

Pirelli sneakers

Adding tire-tread rubber to consumer products has quickly become a sporty new direction for many exclusive purveyors of bespoke clothing and accessories. Examples include the Chopard Mille Miglia timepieces, whose wrist-strap mimics vintage Dunlop racing tires; high-end mobile phone brand Vertu’s exclusive Racetrack Legends series, on which tire rubber replaces leather trim; and Pirelli’s line of high-end clothing, accessories and watches.

As we’ve previously reported, Pirelli has earned a reputation in Europe for more than just making tires, with the Italian company’s name attached to films, exclusive supermodel calendars and a full fashion line. Pirelli’s sneakers make for high-octane, stylish alternatives to run-of-the-mill Pumas or Nikes. As with the partnership between Adidas and Goodyear, Pirelli shoes feature tire-tread rubber soles. But while the Adidas retain the classic athletic style common to their entire line, Pirelli’s employ high-performance textiles and exotic kangaroo leather for a look and feel more along the lines of Prada Sport, but with a motoring edge. A narrow footprint makes these great driving shoes, as well, allowing for easy heel-and-toe pedal work.

For the full line, visit

Toyota to release cellphone

It may not be in the same league as Vertu's Racetrack Legends series, but Toyota is reportedly preparing to launch its own cell-phone. The handset is being developed for the Japanese market together with KDDI, the telecom company of which Toyota controls 11%. The phone will be built by Toshiba and feature Bluetooth integration with car systems including satellite navigation and emergency assistance.

Source: Reuters via Autoblog

August 28, 2006

Felipe Massa’s watch by Richard Mille

In honor of Scuderia Ferrari driver Felipe Massa’s first F1 victory today at the Turkish Grand Prix, we bring you his timepiece: the Richard Mille RM005 Felipe Massa Titanium.

The construction makes extensive use of titanium, making the watch as light as aluminum yet strong as steel. The automatic movement is visible through the face, and the watch features the Brazilian national colors, green and yellow. Produced in a limited edition of only 300, the watch sells for more than $50,000.

Other versions include the RM009-FM, made of Aluminum Silicium-Carbide with a manual tourbillon movement, and the automatic RM005-FM Platinum.

Congratulations to Felipe for confounding expectations all season and for this win especially.

Richard Mille has been sponsoring Felipe’s racing career for several years.
For full details, visit

August 27, 2006

Rearview Mirror on the Wall

Ever wish you had a giant novelty rearview mirror inside your home? Yeah, me neither. But if the idea is tickling your proverbial fancy, the gift shop at New York’s MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) is offering a three-foot convex mirror, modeled after a car’s rearview mirror, that swivels 360º on its wall bracket. Yours for only $630 ($567 for museum members).

Visit MoMAstore for more information.

Paul Reed Smith Corvette guitar

No car has screamed "rock n' roll" throughout the ages like the Corvette. Legendary guitar-maker Paul Reed Smith bridges the divide with its Corvette Standard 22 guitar, inspired by the sharp-as-Hendrix Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

The body features the iconic double-flag Corvette logo, and the option of either the Z06 insignia or 427, denoting the cubic-inch displacement of Corvette's engine, inlayed on the mahogany and redwood fretboard.

This very limited edition axe comes in shades like Victory Red, LeMans Blue and Daytona Sunset Orange - the same colors as the Corvette itself, and retails in the UK for £2500.

Visit for more information.

August 25, 2006

Asus-Lamborghini VX1 laptop

Last week computer manufacturer Asus and exotic supercar creator Lamborghini took the wraps off their lovechild: the Asus-Lamborghini VX1 laptop. The slick new notebook was unveiled at the 2006 Concorso Italiano in Monterey Bay, California on August 18.

The computer is available in mirror black finish or in bright yellow and is a slender 1.2 inches thick. The VX1 uses Intel’s latest dual-core T2500 2.0GHz processor. Other features include 1GB of RAM, a 120GB hard-drive, wireless a/b/g and Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity, DVD+R dual-layer optical drive and a 15-inch screen.

Looks like the Acer-Ferrari collaboration is no longer the only Italian sportscar-inspired laptop on the block, but with this raging bull retailing at nearly three thousand dollars, the prancing horse remains the better deal with its equally-impressive spec sheet and head-turning looks.
Now if we could just get The Stig to test them each…

PC Magazine gave the VX1 3.5/5 in their review.
For more information, visit
the official product site.

August 23, 2006

The Tire Ring

Ginity carbon fiber cap

Carbon fiber – that most intricate and most costly of automotive and aerospace construction materials – has been finding its way into all sorts of products. Ginity enters the fray by applying the technology for unique uses.

The Ginity baseball cap features a visor made of carbon fiber, giving it a unique look and enduring form. The ball cap itself is made of a sueded-finish textile, available in a variety of colors to compliment the carbon fiber brim. (The visor is also available in gold- or silver-weave design.) The carbon fiber cap sells for €115.

Also on offer from Ginity are carbon fiber business and membership cards, which can imbue your company with a high-tech and exclusive image (for a price).

For more information or for orders, visit

August 20, 2006

The Seven watch

The Seven watch is dedicated to Danish racing driver Tom Kristiensen, who was born on 7/7, has won seven races, and frequently drives under the number 7.

The €1980 watch by Rosendahl Design is constructed from titanium and carbon fiber and will be produced in a series of…you guessed it: 777.

See for more information.

The Ultimate F1 simulator

Video gaming consoles provide increasingly realistic driving experiences, to the point that F1 drivers have been known to practice for new tracks using their PlayStations. With the impending launch of the PlayStation 3, the battle over the best gaming console is still to be waged for some time to come. Meanwhile, the title for best racing accessory surely goes to this replica Ferrari F2004 Formula 1 race car, just like the one Schumacher drove last year.

The full-size model features fiberglass construction and all the trimmings, including quick-release steering wheel with shift paddles, racing seat with harness, brake and accelerator pedals…all hooked up for use with your PlayStation. It even includes jacks under the wheels to simulate a realistic pit-stop.

The car cost just under £30,000 and is available to rent for parties and corporate events in the UK.

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August 17, 2006

Breitling for Bentley Flying B timepiece

Of all the watchmaker-automaker partnerships, arguably none are as fitting as the Breitling for Bentley series. Both marques represent old-world craftsmanship melded with contemporary design, the very epitome of luxury and exclusivity, classic yet muscular styling, and of course, a winged-B emblem.

The newest addition to the series is their first rectangular timepiece: the Flying B. And it’s a real stunner.

The dominant pattern is the exquisite knurled metal featured on Bentley instrumentation. What makes the Flying B truly unique, however, is the hour hand. Or rather, the lack of an hour hand. The face features two dials and a number window. The main dial displays minutes, the smaller dial below it indicates the seconds, and the hour is shown at twelve-o’clock in a large, prominent window (like those usually used for the date). This configuration takes an already beautiful timepiece and makes it all the more unique.

The case is made from either steel or gold (white or rose) and can be matched to either the metal-link “Speed bracelet” or leather strap with a contrasting top-stitch.

As stunning as the watch looks in the pictures, like all the items in the Breitling for Bentley collection, it’s all the more dazzling up close.

Visit for more details on the entire collection.

August 06, 2006

Maybach Smoker Set and Tourbillon

Something to go with your Maybach, sir?

In case it wasn’t enough to own and drive (or be driven in) a Maybach – the super-luxe upscale brand from Mercedes-Benz – you can now smoke a stogie and tell time with a Maybach, too.

Dunhill, purveyors of bespoke luxury items, presents the Maybach Smoker Set. The set comes complete with a portable leather-trimmed humidor, lighter and a one-handed cigar cutter (ideal when you want to keep one hand on the wheel, or holding your Wall Street Journal).

Meanwhile, rivaling the Parmigiani Fleurier’s Bugatti watch in exclusivity at the very upper end of the automotive watch field is the Maybach Tourbillon by Wilhelm Reiber. The tourbillon, of course, is a “grand complication” watch movement that rotates the entire mechanism within the case (in some cases itself serving as the second hand by completing one revolution each sixty seconds). Only twelve Maybach Tourbillon watches were produced, which (in all likelihood) have probably already been spoken for.

Visit the Maybach website for more information on the Maybach cars and watch.
tay tuned for future features on Dunhill motoring accessories.
Source information furnished by Luxist and

August 03, 2006

Porsche Design GPS navigation system

Porsche Design, the Austrian design house associated with the German sportscar manufacturer, is releasing a new sat-nav system. The über-slick device features Mobile Navigator 6 software by Navigon, a 480 x 272 pixel touch-screen and an Intel XScale 520MHz processor.

In addition to making fast cars, with this gadget, Porsche is keeping its customers from getting lost – now the design-conscious have no excuse for showing up “fashionably late”. (Personally, I'd use it to find the nearest tunnel just to hear that fabled Porsche exhaust note resonate.)

The Porsche Navigon P9611 GPS is sure to look at home on the dashboard of your new 911 Turbo or *shudder* Cayenne SUV.

Information provided by Autoblog and Gizmodo.
Watch this space for future reviews of other products from Porsche Design.

August 01, 2006

The Driving Watch

One of the most intriguing and bizarre of driving accessories has to be the driving watch.

Here I’m not refering to the beautiful collaborations between such marques as Bentley and Breitling, Ferrari and Panerai (or Girard-Perregaux before them) or Jaeger-LeCoultre for Aston Martin, but rather the unique and rare transverse timepiece, with the face displayed on the side for easy viewing while driving. (If you’re having trouble imagining it, put your hands out as if holding a steering wheel, then try to read your watch without moving your hand off the wheel.)

Parmigiani Fleurier Bugatti 370

In 2005, ultra-exclusive carmaker Bugatti and Swiss horlogère Parmigiani Fleurier released a timepiece as extraordinary as the Veyron supercar which it’s designed to compliment. The Parmigiani Fleurier Bugatti Type 370 (pictured at right) features an entirely original specially-designed manual movement arranged in a cylinder, rumored to have taken as long to develop as the Veyron itself. The movement is fully visible through the glass and 18-karat gold case, so you can watch the gears moving and the 10-day power-reserve indicator. Only 150 will be made (50 in each of three colors), with the first one reportedly going to design icon (and renowned car collector) Ralph Lauren.

LP Statosphere

If you like the idea of a sideways-mounted driving watch, but don’t have the $200,000 to spend on the Bugatti watch, then let me call your attention to another new release: the LP Stratosphere.

Instead of the intricate manual-winding movement of the Bugatti watch, the LP Stratosphere features a Swiss quartz movement encased in Italian stainless steel. LP offers a number of different face configurations and either a leather strap (in various colors with striking top-stitching) or now with a rubber strap (featuring similar tire-tread pattern to the Chopard Mille Miglia series).

Aside from the angled face that facilitates use while driving, the LP Stratosphere adds another notch of automotive pedigree with their sponsorship of Risi Competizione, the heralded team fielding the highly-successful Ferrari F430GT in the 2006 American LeMans Series.

Online timepiece merchants Tourneau sell an array of LP Stratosphere models ranging from about $1300 to $3000, which makes it an exclusive timepiece, to be sure, but a far cry from its $200,000 Bugatti counterpart.

More pictures of the Parmigiani Fleurier Bugatti Type 370 are available at La Côte Des Montres.
For more information on the LP Stratosphere, visit
Stay tuned for future features on other automotive timepieces.