Porsche’s tantalizingly gorgeous 911 Speedster concept has received the green light for production, reports Digital Trends. The sporty, two-seater (top) is part of the company’s 70th birthday bash, and the Speedster will commemorate the end of the current generation 911’s production run. “The anniversary model,” the company says, “forges a link between the very first Porsche 356 ‘No. 1’ Roadster, which received its operating permit on June 8, 1948, and the Porsche cars of today.” Production of only 1,948 Speedsters is expected to begin in the first half of 2019. Pricing hasn’t been released yet, but don’t expect it to come cheap (Porsche.com/usa).
Wine Cellar Royalty
Known as the “Gold Standard” of wine cellars over the last 40 years, few cellars create the optimal climate for long-term wine storage like a EuroCave. Using patented technology and incomparable design techniques, EuroCave recently created what it calls “the best wine cellar in the world” – the EuroCave Royale. Exclusively available at Wine Enthusiast (WineEnthusiast.com) in the United States, the EuroCave Royale creates a wine storage experience far beyond any other. While all EuroCave Wine Cellars create a proper environment for long-term aging of wine, the Royale ($13,995) is the pinnacle of EuroCave’s technological advances, providing the perfect balance of ultimate wine protection and aesthetic beauty.
Glenmorangie’s latest travel retail exclusive is Grand Vintage Malt 1993 ($650, Glenmorangie.com), a single malt Scotch whisky that replaces Glenmorangie 25 Years Old, now considered a collectible. The distillery’s latest offering spent a decade in ex-bourbon casks, before being transferred to casks previously used to mature Bual Madeira, where it spent another 15 years. It’s a singular expression that boasts of achieving the full, flinty intensity that whisky lovers will relish. It’s available exclusively in travel retail and at the distillery’s visitor center in the Highlands of Scotland.
Offshore Camo Chic
One of Audemars Piguet’s more controversial pieces this year has been a Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph ($31,000, AudemarsPiguet.com) that features a camouflage strap, a khaki-green ceramic bezel and a beige dial. It’s part of a series that commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Swiss manufacturer’s Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph. The strap on this “camo” piece has attracted the ire of the horological cognoscenti, but the bezel and dial combination, reports WatchTime, is really quite impressive.
This story appears in the Winter 2018-2019 edition of The Intelligent Collector magazine. Click here to subscribe to the print edition