Dec 5, 2014

Ferrari Sergio revealed at Ferrari World, Yas Marina Grand Prix circuit in Abu Dhabi.

The first of six examples of the Ferrari Sergio has been revealed at Ferrari World at the Yas Marina Grand Prix circuit in Abu Dhabi.

The Ferrari Sergio is a limited edition roadster designed by Pininfarina to celebrate 60 years of Ferrari's collaboration with the Italian design house, and is based on the Ferrari 458 Spider.

It was originally revealed as a concept car at the 2013 Geneva motor show, and the positive reaction it received meant that it was decided that a total of six examples would be made in collaboration with Ferrari.

It features the latest version of Ferrari's 597bhp 4.5-litre V8 engine, which also features in the 458 Speciale and takes the Sergio from 0-62mph in just 3.0 seconds.

Final assembly of the Sergio has taken place at Pininfarina's plant in Cambiano, Italy. All have already been accounted for, much like the recently revealed Ferrari F60 America.

Pricing for the Sergio has not been disclosed but it is estimated to have cost around £2.5m.

Sergio Pininfarina: A tribute to a legend

Italian design house Pininfarina originally built the concept to commemorate the death of Sergio Pininfarina, the company's figurehead and former boss, in 2012.

Fabio Filippini, Pininfarina's chief designer, said: "We asked Ferrari before even drawing the car if we could do it and Luca di Montezemolo [boss of Ferrari at the time] said we had all of his support.

"We decided it should be a mid-engined Ferrari because the first Sergio Ferrari was the Dino Berlinetta Speciale, the ancestor of all mid-engined Ferraris."

As well as retaining the core structure of the 458 Spider, the Sergio also utilises all of its interior components, although the cockpit has been reworked to include black leather upholstery with red stitching, a carbon dashboard and door well trim and Alcantara seat inserts. The mechanical components, track and wheelbase remain unchanged, too. Each one of the six cars made was specified by their owner in a series of sessions at Ferrari's atelier in Maranello.

The Sergio's bodyshell is also claimed to be stiffer than that of the 458 Spider on which it is based, as well as over 100kg lighter – resulting in an estimated kerb weight of around 1280kg.

Pininfarina's Sergio was first revealed in the UK at a gathering of Pininfarina models at the Hurtwood Park Polo Club in Surrey. Previous Pininfarina one-offs based on Ferraris include the Ferrari F360 Modena Barchetta and the Testarossa Spider, as well as myriad show cars and concepts. ref:

Dec 4, 2014


One of the joys of using a proper camera is feeling the weight of it in your hands, which is something that you don’t get with a smart phone. This “luxed-out” kit from Brikk brings a lot of weight to the table, only some of it via gold. The Brikk Lux Nion kit includes a Nikon DF camera and lux Nikkor 14-24 F/2.8 lens, both finished in 24k gold.

Brikk’s official notes on this release explains that the development of this product has taken almost a year of research and development. Aside from the gold-plated bits, Brikk has added stingray leather into the mix, the focus and zoom rings, flash area and grip. As for that plating, it also includes the Custom Zero Halliburton camera case and is generally between 4 and 5 microns thick. The kit comes with a warranty from Brikk, a company that work on the principle that a portion of all proceeds are channeled towards worthy causes. On its website, Brikk states that it "assists population around the world which are suffering." ref:


Patek Philippe

Just as jewelry tends towards playfulness in its most sublime forms, so too do bejeweled timepieces, as we can see here. However, Patek Philippe takes pains to remind us all that in this watch lies proof that this magnificent Geneva maison need not be shy about its very serious jewelry pedigree. Ref. 4909/110 “Aquatic Life” features a total of 1937 (no significance to the number as far as we can tell) diamonds and sapphires, set across the dial, case, bracelet and clasp. Totally 43.73 carats, the watch comes in 18k white gold and it is a two-hand time-only piece. Visually, it looks like magical sapphire fishes swimming in a fantastical river of diamonds that would be at home wrapped around the wrist of Tolkien’s Galadriel. Unlike Tolkien’s fables, the watch is certainly real and is a testament to the powerfully creative forces at work in Patek Philippe’s design and gem-setting departments.

Leaving aside the gemstones for a moment – only a moment – it is worth noting that we also like this watch because it features a manual mechanical movement, calibre 16-250. Lovingly decorated by hand and bearing the Patek Philippe Seal, this calibre speaks volumes to the commitment of the watchmakers at Patek Philippe, which celebrated its 175th anniversary this year. Returning to the clearly visible aesthetic dimension, all the diamonds are Top Wesselton (G and H color) flawless baguette and brilliant cut. It is the wonderful use of baguette diamonds that draws into this watch in the first place and draws attention to the subtle variation in the pattern of the setting. Basically, this required each stone to be cut to fit its specific place in the overall watch, which is no mean feat. We shall return to some specific details about this watch in an upcoming story about the best in gem-set watches. ref: