|Modern & Contemporary Art||Heritage||Fine Art & Antiques||02/05/2016||New York||N/A|
|Importante Orfvrerie, Botes En Or Et Objets De Vitrine||Sotheby's||Fine Art & Antiques||03/05/2016||Paris||http://ow.ly/4ncDOy|
|Le Got Franais||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||03/05/2016||Paris||http://ow.ly/4ncFnU|
|Andy Warhol: Marilyn||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||03/05/2016 - 12/05/2016||Online||http://ow.ly/4ncFrG|
|Post-War & Contemporary Art Online||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||03/05/2016 - 13/05/2016||Online||http://ow.ly/4ncFpY|
|19Th Century European Paintings||Bonhams||Fine Art & Antiques||04/05/2016||New York||http://ow.ly/4ncEcv|
|Voyage Rome, Collection Particulire Italienne, Iime Partie||Sotheby's||Fine Art & Antiques||04/05/2016||Paris||http://ow.ly/4ncEK2|
|Le Got Franais||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||04/05/2016||Paris||http://ow.ly/4ncFsR|
|Jewels Online||Christies||Precious Stones||05/05/2016 - 12/05/2016||Online||N/A|
|Picasso Ceramics||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||06/05/2016 - 17/05/2016||Online||N/A|
|Art As Jewellery||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||06/05/2016 - 18/05/2016||Online||N/A|
|African, Oceanic, And Pre-Columbian Art||Sotheby's||Fine Art & Antiques||07/05/2016||New York||http://ow.ly/4ncEMe|
|Malcolm Volume One: New York||Sotheby's||Fine Art & Antiques||07/05/2016||New York||http://ow.ly/4ncEOH|
|Netsuke From A European Private Collection||Bonhams||Fine Art & Antiques||08/05/2016||London||http://ow.ly/4ncARn|
|Bound To Fail||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||08/05/2016||New York||http://ow.ly/4ncFuC|
|20Th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale||Phillips||Fine Art & Antiques||09/05/2016||New York||N/A|
|Asian Art||Bonhams||Fine Art & Antiques||09/05/2016||London||http://ow.ly/4ncA4e|
|Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale||Sotheby's||Fine Art & Antiques||09/05/2016||New York||http://ow.ly/4ncEQz|
|From Earth To Fire||Sotheby's||Fine Art & Antiques||10/05/2016||London||http://ow.ly/4ncB71|
|Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale||Sotheby's||Fine Art & Antiques||10/05/2016||New York||http://ow.ly/4ncET7|
|Inspired Themes: A Fine Selection Of Chinese Works Of Art||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||10/05/2016||London||http://ow.ly/4ncBen|
|Jewellery & Watches||Christies||Jewellery & Watches||10/05/2016||London||http://ow.ly/4ncBjN|
|Post-War And Contemporary Art Evening Sale||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||10/05/2016||New York||http://ow.ly/4ncFxk|
|European Modernism||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||10/05/2016 - 19/05/2016||Online||N/A|
|Antique Arms And Armour||Bonhams||Fine Art & Antiques||11/05/2016||London||http://ow.ly/4ncAUG|
|Impressionist And Modern Art||Bonhams||Fine Art & Antiques||11/05/2016||New York||http://ow.ly/4ncEjb|
|Important Chinese Art||Sotheby's||Fine Art & Antiques||11/05/2016||London||http://ow.ly/4ncB8a|
|A Private Jayer Collection||Sotheby's||Fine Art & Antiques||11/05/2016||London||http://ow.ly/4ncB9g|
|Contemporary Art Evening Auction||Sotheby's||Fine Art & Antiques||11/05/2016||New York||http://ow.ly/4ncEWk|
|Chinese Ceramics, Works Of Art And Textiles Part I||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||11/05/2016||London||http://ow.ly/4ncBni|
|The Dani & Anna Ghigo Collection:Part I: South East Asian, Himalayan And Indian Works Of Art||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||11/05/2016||London||http://ow.ly/4ncBpu|
|Post-War And Contemporary Art Morning Session||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||11/05/2016||New York||http://ow.ly/4ncFzv|
|Post-War And Contemporary Art Afternoon Session||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||11/05/2016||New York||http://ow.ly/4ncFBk|
|Fine Chinese Art||Bonhams||Fine Art & Antiques||12/05/2016||London||http://ow.ly/4ncAWd|
|Fine Japanese Art||Bonhams||Fine Art & Antiques||12/05/2016||London||http://ow.ly/4ncAYz|
|Modern Sporting Guns||Bonhams||Fine Art & Antiques||12/05/2016||London||http://ow.ly/4ncAZT|
|Post-War & Contemporary Art||Bonhams||Fine Art & Antiques||12/05/2016||New York||http://ow.ly/4ncEkY|
|Contemporary Art Day Auction||Sotheby's||Fine Art & Antiques||12/05/2016||New York||http://ow.ly/4ncEYx|
|The Dani & Anna Ghigo Collection: Part Ii: Oriental Carpets, European Furniture, Works Of Art & Tapestries, Chinese, Japanese & South East Asian Works Of Art||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||12/05/2016||London||http://ow.ly/4ncBrJ|
|Evolution Of Form: African & Oceanic Art At The Genesis Of Modernism||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||12/05/2016||New York||http://ow.ly/4ncFDl|
|Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||12/05/2016||New York||http://ow.ly/4ncFFH|
|Chinese Ceramics, Works Of Art And Textiles Part Ii||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||13/05/2016||London||http://ow.ly/4ncBu8|
|Impressionist & Modern Art Works On Paper||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||13/05/2016||New York||http://ow.ly/4ncFHy|
|Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||13/05/2016||New York||http://ow.ly/4ncFK5|
|Comics||Heritage||Memorabilia||13/05/2016 - 14/05/2016||New York||N/A|
|Photographs||Phillips||Fine Art & Antiques||13/05/2016 - 19/05/2016||London||http://ow.ly/4ncA8M|
|Rm Monaco||Sotheby's||Luxury Vehicles||14/05/2016||Monaco||http://ow.ly/4ncDRF|
|Important Watches||Sotheby's||Jewellery & Watches||14/05/2016||Geneva||http://ow.ly/4ncDWu|
|Start-Stop-Reset: 88 Epic Stainless Steel Chronographs||Phillips||Jewellery & Watches||14/05/2016||Geneva||http://ow.ly/4ncEH7|
|Bande Dessine||Sotheby's||Fine Art & Antiques||14/05/2016||Paris||http://ow.ly/4ncF0o|
|The Geneva Watch Auction: Three||Phillips||Jewellery & Watches||15/05/2016||Geneva||http://ow.ly/4ncDUa|
|Rare Watches Including Important Private Collections||Christies||Jewellery & Watches||16/05/2016||Geneva||http://ow.ly/4ncFOi|
|Watches And Wristwatches Including The Collection Of A European Nobleman||Bonhams||Jewellery & Watches||17/05/2016||London||http://ow.ly/4ncA6S|
|Magnificent Jewels And Noble Jewels||Sotheby's||Precious Stones||17/05/2016||Geneva||http://ow.ly/4ncF1Q|
|Fine And Rare Wines||Christies||Fine Wine||17/05/2016||Geneva||http://ow.ly/4ncFTq|
|19Th Century European Art||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||17/05/2016||London||http://ow.ly/4ncBvN|
|Design: Carpets||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||17/05/2016 - 26/05/2016||Online||http://ow.ly/4ncFPX|
|Wine Online/Ldn||Christies||Fine Wine||17/05/2016 - 31/05/2016||Online||http://ow.ly/4ncFRW|
|British And European Ceramics And Glass||Bonhams||Fine Art & Antiques||18/05/2016||London||http://ow.ly/4ncB1C|
|The Sporting Sale||Bonhams||Fine Art & Antiques||18/05/2016||Edinburgh||http://ow.ly/4ncEpQ|
|Instruments Of Science, Technology And Mechanical Music||Bonhams||Fine Art & Antiques||18/05/2016||London||http://ow.ly/4ncB2E|
|American Art||Bonhams||Fine Art & Antiques||18/05/2016||New York||http://ow.ly/4ncErI|
|19Th Century European Art||Sotheby's||Fine Art & Antiques||18/05/2016||New York||http://ow.ly/4ncF36|
|American Art||Sotheby's||Fine Art & Antiques||18/05/2016||New York||http://ow.ly/4ncF4m|
|Fine And Rare Wines||Christies||Fine Wine||18/05/2016||Geneva||N/A|
|Christie'S Interiors||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||18/05/2016||London||http://ow.ly/4ncBxk|
|Geneva Magnificent Jewels||Christies||Precious Stones||18/05/2016||Geneva||http://ow.ly/4ncFVg|
|Gold Boxes & Silver||Christies||Precious Metals||18/05/2016||London||http://ow.ly/4ncBHd|
|Latin America||Phillips||Fine Art & Antiques||18/05/2016 - 24/05/2016||New York||http://ow.ly/4ncE15|
|Photographs||Sotheby's||Fine Art & Antiques||19/05/2016||London||http://ow.ly/4ncAHi|
|Prints & Multiples||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||19/05/2016||London||http://ow.ly/4ncBJl|
|The English Collector:English Furniture, Clocks, European Porcelain, Portrait Miniatures||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||19/05/2016||London||http://ow.ly/4ncBLh|
|American Art||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||19/05/2016||New York||http://ow.ly/4ncFXq|
|Wines From The Cellar Of William I. Koch||Sotheby's||Fine Wine||19/05/2016 - 21/05/2016||New York||http://ow.ly/4ncF64|
|Fine & Rare Wine, Cognac And Whisky||Bonhams||Fine Wine||20/05/2016||Hong Kong||http://ow.ly/4ncEtn|
|Photographs||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||20/05/2016||London||http://ow.ly/4ncBMR|
|The Aston Martin Works Sale||Bonhams||Fine Art & Antiques||21/05/2016||Aston||http://ow.ly/4ncDYI|
|Bande Dessine||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||21/05/2016||Paris||N/A|
|Prints, Photographs And Works On Paper||Bonhams||Fine Art & Antiques||22/05/2016||Hong Kong||http://ow.ly/4ncEuy|
|Design||Sotheby's||Fine Art & Antiques||24/05/2016||Paris||http://ow.ly/4ncE3Z|
|Music, Continental And Russian Books And Manuscripts||Sotheby's||Fine Art & Antiques||24/05/2016||London||http://ow.ly/4ncAMU|
|Latin America: Modern Art | Latin America: Contemporary Art||Sotheby's||Fine Art & Antiques||24/05/2016||New York||http://ow.ly/4ncF9L|
|The D. Brent Pogue Collection, Masterpieces Of United States Coinage Part Iv||Sotheby's||Fine Art & Antiques||24/05/2016||New York||http://ow.ly/4ncFbH|
|Old Masters & 19Th Century Art - (Including Dutch Impressionism)||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||24/05/2016||Amsterdam||http://ow.ly/4ncG2G|
|Light Volume And Form: Works From The Shalom Shpilman Collection||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||24/05/2016 - 02/06/2016||Online||http://ow.ly/4ncG0M|
|Home & Interiors||Bonhams||Fine Art & Antiques||24/05/2016 - 25/05/2016||London||http://ow.ly/4ncAJE|
|Africa Now||Bonhams||Fine Art & Antiques||25/05/2016||London||http://ow.ly/4ncAOs|
|Jewellery||Bonhams||Jewellery & Watches||25/05/2016||Edinburgh||http://ow.ly/4ncEyx|
|Fine Maritime Paintings & Decorative Arts||Bonhams||Fine Art & Antiques||25/05/2016||New York||http://ow.ly/4ncEA6|
|19Th And 20Th Century Sculpture||Sotheby's||Fine Art & Antiques||25/05/2016||London||http://ow.ly/4ncBb1|
|19Th Century European Paintings||Sotheby's||Fine Art & Antiques||25/05/2016||London||http://ow.ly/4ncBcO|
|The Rarities Auction||Sotheby's||Fine Art & Antiques||25/05/2016||New York||http://ow.ly/4ncFdA|
|Two Centuries Of American History: Highly Important Letters And Documents||Sotheby's||Fine Art & Antiques||25/05/2016||New York||N/A|
|Old Masters & 19Th Century Art - (Including Dutch Impressionism)||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||25/05/2016||Amsterdam||http://ow.ly/4ncG4s|
|First Open Home||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||25/05/2016||Paris||http://ow.ly/4ncG78|
|Illuminated Manuscripts From The Collection Of Maurice Burrus (1882-1959)||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||25/05/2016||London||http://ow.ly/4ncBOl|
|Shakespeare: The Four Folios||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||25/05/2016||London||http://ow.ly/4ncBQa|
|Design Du Soir||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||25/05/2016||Paris||http://ow.ly/4ncGbs|
|Latin American Art||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||25/05/2016||New York||http://ow.ly/4ncGe1|
|Arte Moderna E Contemporanea||Sotheby's||Fine Art & Antiques||25/05/2016 - 26/05/2016||Milan||http://ow.ly/4ncFfs|
|Timepieces||Heritage||Jewellery & Watches||26/05/2016||New York||N/A|
|Fine And Rare Wines||Bonhams||Fine Wine||26/05/2016||London||http://ow.ly/4ncB4r|
|Master Paintings||Sotheby's||Fine Art & Antiques||26/05/2016||New York||http://ow.ly/4ncFh0|
|Impressionist & Modern Art||Sotheby's||Fine Art & Antiques||26/05/2016||New York||http://ow.ly/4ncFj3|
|South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||26/05/2016||London||N/A|
|Latin American Art||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||26/05/2016||New York||http://ow.ly/4ncGgm|
|Arts Of India||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||26/05/2016||London||http://ow.ly/4ncBSy|
|Modern And Contemporary South Asian Art||Bonhams||Fine Art & Antiques||27/05/2016||London||http://ow.ly/4ncB59|
|Finest & Rarest Wines: Direct From Great Estates||Christies||Fine Wine||27/05/2016||Hong Kong||N/A|
|Asian 20Th Century & Contemporary Art (Evening Sale)||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||28/05/2016||Hong Kong||N/A|
|Fine & Rare Wines||Christies||Fine Wine||28/05/2016||Hong Kong||N/A|
|The Hong Kong Watch Auction: Two||Phillips||Jewellery & Watches||28/05/2016 - 30/05/2016||Hong Kong||N/A|
|Fine Chinese Paintings And Southeast Asian Art||Bonhams||Fine Art & Antiques||29/05/2016||Hong Kong||http://ow.ly/4ncEEj|
|Asian Contemporary Art (Day Sale)||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||29/05/2016||Hong Kong||N/A|
|Asian 20Th Century Art (Day Sale)||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||29/05/2016||Hong Kong||N/A|
|Chinese Contemporary Ink||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||29/05/2016||Hong Kong||N/A|
|Fine Classical Chinese Paintings||Sotheby's||Fine Art & Antiques||30/05/2016||Hong Kong||http://ow.ly/4ncFkx|
|Swiss Art||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||30/05/2016||Zurich||N/A|
|Fine Chinese Classical Paintings & Calligraphy||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||30/05/2016||Hong Kong||N/A|
|Important Watches||Christies||Jewellery & Watches||30/05/2016||Hong Kong||N/A|
|30 Years: The Sale||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||30/05/2016||Hong Kong||N/A|
|Livres Et Manuscrits||Sotheby's||Fine Art & Antiques||31/05/2016||Paris||http://ow.ly/4ncE6L|
|Schweizer Kunst / Swiss Art||Sotheby's||Fine Art & Antiques||31/05/2016||Zurich||http://ow.ly/4ncFmf|
|Fine Chinese Modern Paintings||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||31/05/2016||Hong Kong||N/A|
|Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels||Christies||Precious Stones||31/05/2016||Hong Kong||N/A|
|Collection Jean-Paul Jungo||Christies||Fine Art & Antiques||31/05/2016||Paris||http://ow.ly/4ncGkG|
We’re used to seeing cops on the big screen making use of vehicles that are fast, sexy and luxurious. Whether it’s Don Johnson’s Ferrari Daytona in Miami Vice, Steve McQueen’s Ford Mustang in Bullitt or more recently Saga Noren’s Porsche in hit Swedish drama The Bridge (which is well on its way to cult status). The ultimate in law enforcement autos is of course the Batmobile – but as a vigilante Bruce Wayne has a lot more leeway than your typical detective.
The R Type Continental coupe was reminiscent of the fast 1930s Bentley tourers, which were lower and sleeker than the sedans, with a curved windshield, streamlined form, long swooping tail and rear fender skirts. At its introduction, it was the fastest four-seater in the world with a top speed of 120 mph. The 1955 model was the first to include a 4.9 litre engine and a four-speed gearbox that could be floor- or column-shift.
Estimated Value: Up to £1,300,000
Upcoming Sale: ClassicDriver.com
Borro offers secure and flexible financing solutions for classic cars.
Case making is an art, but it was not why people used to buy watches. The accuracy of timepieces in the early days was far less reliable than it is today, and, for that reason, a premium was placed on refined mechanisms. Watches were rarely used for sport and so case integrity was not so much an issue. But as time moved on, and the ability to guarantee excellent timekeeping became a common calling card, manufacturers started to get more creative with their case designs.
That’s why these days – much to the chagrin of the classicists – we’re used to seeing absolutely bonkers cases made from everything and coated in anything to set them apart from the competition. We’ve seen housings hewn from sapphire, forged carbon, polycarbonate, brand new materials like Morta, gold, silver, ceramic, tungsten, steel, titanium, platinum, aluminum… the list goes on and on. But what’s even more common than the case itself being made of something downright weird, is the ubiquity of surface coatings applied to a steel base.
DLC-coatings (Diamond-Like Carbon) give watches a black finish. And unlike PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) DLC-coatings form a much tighter bond on the substrate, often resulting in a cleaner, more metallic result. The one aesthetic downside is that it’s only available in black, but that didn’t seem to bother the thousands upon thousands of consumers who rushed out to buy one of these stealthy timepieces.
But was it good buy? How do these coatings wear and what is the potential for refinishing a damaged DLC-coated case? Will these items hold their value or will they fall out of favor as trends shift towards something new?
Beauty is More Than Skin Deep
The first problem is that PVD and DLC wear. Once the coating has been scratched away, reapplying the finish is incredibly difficult. It requires a total overhaul of the case. In most after sales departments I have seen, and in all of those in which I have worked, a damaged DLC-coated case goes nowhere but the trash can. Right now that’s not a huge problem for the consumer (although maybe their wallet). As long as brands stock the cases then that’s fine, but remember when buying a watch as an investment, brands are only bound to supply replacement parts for your timepiece for a specific amount of time (all brands vary on the number of years in question). If you’re looking for an heirloom, a coated watch may not be the way to go.
That said, it is difficult to predict how the market will view this fad in the future. On the one hand, the relatively fragile nature of DLC might make perfectly preserved examples of this era extremely valuable. But I doubt these watches will never occupy the same level of desirability as a watch made of precious metal. They may capture a certain Zeitgeist, but they lack the inherent value, rarity, and sustainability of more classically composed pieces. That’s not to say rolling out one of these watches twenty years from now won’t garner a fond reception, it’s just unlikely to be reflected in inherent value retention.
About the Author
Rob Nudds is a watchmaker and freelance writer based in the UK.
Nicolas Chow, deputy director of Sotheby’s Hong Kong together with the Yongle (1403-24) blue and white bianhu or moonflask sold for HK$97m (£9.25m) on April 6.
The booming market for Chinese works of art that peaked in 2011 has been checked in recent years. The dwindling supply of top-quality material, an economic slowdown, issues of non-payment and a plague of confidence-sapping fakes have all taken their toll. But the emergence from obscurity of a time capsule collection that brings the perfect storm of provenance, rarity and attractive pricing is an opportunity not to be missed.
The centrepiece of Sotheby’s spring series in Hong Kong was the April 6 sale of Chinese ceramics formed by the English collector Roger Pilkington (1928-69) within a single decade from the late 1950s. Unseen for half a century, it was sold by a direct descendant. Nicolas Chow, deputy director of Sotheby’s Hong Kong, described it as “one of the greatest collections of Chinese porcelain left in private hands”.
Eton-educated Pilkington, who briefly worked for the family glassmaking firm in Lancashire, was one of a second generation of British enthusiasts who built their collections after the Second World War. With hindsight it was a collecting golden age and today many purchases – bought from the legendary London dealership Bluett & Sons at sums between £100 (approximately £3000 today) and £5000 (£140,000) – appear remarkable bargains.
The Yongle (1403-24) blue and white bianhu or moonflask from the collection of Roger Pilkington (1928-69) sold for HK$97m (£9.25m) at Sotheby’s Hong Kong on April 6.
Pilkington’s great love was the miraculous blue and white porcelains made in the Jingdezhen workshops for the Yongle (1403-24), Xuande (c.1424-35) and Chunghua (c.1464-87) emperors. This period of huge creativity saw mutual cross-fertilisation between the Middle and the Far East.
In both form and the complex geometric design, an elegantly potted 10in (25cm) Yongle bianhu or moonflask recreates in porcelain a Persian metalwork model. Only two similar flasks have been offered previously at auction and both in 1979 at a time when Japanese and Western buyers dominated the marketplace for Chinese works of art.
This particular example was first sold by Bluett in 1954 (for £285) and then again in 1962 when it was bought by Pilkington for £2750. Estimated at HK$25-35m, it sold to a buyer from the Greater China region for HK$97m (£9.25m).
The Yongle emperor, a devout Buddhist, commissioned many porcelains for ritual use. A group of 8in (21cm) pear-shaped rose water ewers with tapering spouts were among the most extraordinary. These are long revered and auspicious objects and the art-loving Qing emperor Qianlong (1735-95) chose one – probably the piece still in the Palace Museum, Beijing – to feature prominently in his portrait.
Now just three are known. Pilkington’s was formerly owned by HRN Norton, a dealer in London in the 1920s whose collection was sold by Sotheby’s in 1963. Then it sold to the celebrated New York dealer JT Tai for £1350, reselling at Christie’s in 1967 (for 4000 guineas) shortly before Pilkington acquired it for £5000. It was his most costly single purchase but 51 years later it would sell for a triple-estimate HK$87m (£8.3m).
The Yongle (1403-24) blue and white rosewater ewer sold for HK$87m (£8.3m) at Sotheby’s Hong Kong on April 6. British collector Roger Pilkington (1928-69) bought it from London dealership Bluett & Sons for £5000 in 1967.
In total the Pilkington collection doubled its high estimate selling for a hammer total of HK$427.7m (£40.8m). Chow said: “the fact that this was totally fresh and unseen for the last 50 years gave so much energy to the room.”
About the Author
Roland Arkell (LinkedIn) is the Contributing Editor at ATG Media. For almost two decades, Roland has been writing about the British and international art and antiques market for Antiques Trade Gazette, the leading publication for serious buyers and sellers of art and antiques.
Electric and hybrid cars, it’s hard to keep avoiding the subject, so this week we are looking at two luxury electric and hybrid cars, the gorgeous BMW i8 and the insanely fast Tesla Model S P90D
Firstly the BMW, a 1.5 litre supercar, crazy right? Well it certainly looks crazy from the outside and once sat inside you feel like you are in a Hollywood film transported into the future. But, getting into the car is a challenge, the carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) tub is similar to a race car in that you have to kind of fall into the seats. Not ideal if you are dressed for night out!
The technology isn’t ground-breaking, a tuned 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo engine sits behind the driver, and is linked to an electric motor at the front. The two combined total 357bhp and 570Nm of torque. Those figures allow the i8 to dash to 62mph in just 4.4 seconds and go on to a top speed of 155mph. That’s the kind of performance to keep Porsche 911 and Audi R8 drivers looking in their windows.
Priced from £104,540 the BMW starts to make sense especially with its 134mpg fuel efficiency rating, in the real word you will do well to get half their quoted figure but it is still better than a traditional supercar and if your commute is short you might never leave EV mode.
Out on the road the drive is firm but it’s certainly a ride you could live with, handling is good but efficient narrow tires make the car feel a little like it wants to understeer. As you would expect the combination of a MINI engine and an electric motor don’t make for a great noise so an artificial noise is pumped into the cabin, it sounds good and will fool passengers.
The car can be driven in full EV mode and with a full charge and a full tank you should see just over 300 miles. Standard household charging will take eight hours while a special BMW-supplied charger will give you an 80% charge in just two hours.
Tesla has enjoyed much more exposure and many more sales than BMW’s i8. The Model S P90D is their latest addition to the range, from the outside it looks like an unassuming saloon, inside you are treated to the lovely touchscreen that really dominates the cabin, it can be updated via Wi-Fi and will also control some advanced autonomous features.
The real magic is the brutal power, the Tesla Model S P90D will accelerate from 0-62 in an eye watering 2.8 seconds, top speed is 155mph but it’s irrelevant, this car is all about the traffic light Grand Prix and shaming many supercars in the process.
There is one drawback, 762bhp of pure electric power comes with a weight penalty, meaning the handling suffers, it’s by no means terrible, but you can’t throw the car around in the way you might want to.
Tesla’s free-to-use European Supercharging network continues to grow with over 1000 chargers across the continent. The Supercharges can deliver up to 50% charge in just 20 minutes. A full charge should give you 250 miles as long as you don’t drive it in Ludicrous mode all the time! The Tesla nips in under £100k even with the Ludicrous mode option ticked.
These two cars represent exciting times for the automotive industry. It is reassuring to see that manufactures are still considering the needs of drivers that want to enjoy driving in the future.
About the Author
Tim Hutton has been involved in the automotive industry for 17 years, creating ideas and content for premium brands. When not writing about cars, you will find him driving them all around the world. Having learned to drive at seven in a racing car, petrol is very much in his veins.
From journeying to the surface of the moon on Buzz Aldrin’s wrist, to becoming the watch brand of choice for James Bond, Omega watches have an impressive history that has helped to build up the brand image. This is an image accompanied by a set of noteworthy horological achievements made by Omega in the 20th century, including creating a watch that can withstand the conditions of space travel. In spite of Omega’s success, can a timepiece from the watch brand prove to be a wise choice of investment?
Since its release in 2012 the Tesla Model S has been showered with praise and accolades from across the board. A perfect 5.0 safety rating from the NHTSA; Automobile Magazine‘s 2013 Car of the Year and “Car of the Century” by Car and Driver Magazine among many others. It set standards not just for an electric car, but as a luxury car of any description.
Yet there still remains hurdles for electric vehicles, even one as feted as the Model S – such as the charging infrastructure or lack of familiarity with the technology. The price, $70-80,000, which though not exorbitant for a vehicle of this kind, may seem a lot for a nascent brand and an emerging technology. However, luxury manufacturers have always been aware of the potential electric vehicles have and have not held back in launching their own efforts with varying results.
When it comes to investing in fine watches, Cartier isn’t the brand that usually springs to mind. The idea of owning a watch from a brand like Rolex seems a lot more appealing due to their perceived value, but of course there is no guarantee that any watch will hold its value, regardless of who made it.
Sue Coyle, Borro’s Senior Underwriter expounds on how she has solved some of the unique cases from her career and how her approach has changed now that she is at Borro.
Even in bridging, which is well pretty understood, do you receive a lot of complicated cases?
Always! It’s a really interesting role. No two days are alike and customers always have quirky ideas, range of properties and schemes for us to assess.
Can you give an example of one?
Last summer, while at an international bank, a customer approached me for a property bridge loan, however his existing Barn property and the new one he wanted to buy as an investment, had ATs on them.
What’s an AT?
It means an Agricultural Tie – they can be entered onto the Land Registry as a Restrictive Covenant. In this instance it could only be sold onto farmers or their family, or people demonstratively active within the farming community. This is to ensure that people in the industry are able to have the opportunity to buy homes where they work /countryside to ensure that the skills/ farming sector continues to be a viable option for those in the sector and encourage continuation.
That must have had a significant impact on the deal?
This obviously affected the valuation, as the market would be reduced to buyers who would qualify under the restriction, thereby limiting the market, and therein valuation. Plus, for the same reasons on resale value and potential subsequent sale.
How did you get around the problem?
I structured a deal using additional non-residential property to release enough funds to make his purchase and during the term of the bridge loan, worked with him, his solicitor and his estate agent to help get the AT removed prior to the end sale. Everyone was happy!
Would you approach this any differently now that you’re at Borro?
Yes, I would have been able to look at the various other assets the customer had – such as his cars, wine, or watches – to make up any shortfall in valuation, which I am sure the customer would have preferred. The range of asset lending available from Borro would have given the customer far more options, and also provide more flexibility for me as the Underwriter. This approach and the ability to offer innovative lending solutions was actually one of the main reasons for my decision to join Borro.