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February’s Car of the Month – The Maserati Levante

For February’s car of the month, Borro Blog has chosen a market that is becoming increasingly popular amongst luxury car manufacturers. It seems more and more brands are expanding their range into SUV production. Just look at the Lamborghini URUS, due to be released this year that has car enthusiasts buzzing.

Maserati Levante

Last spring marked the turn of luxury Italian manufacturer, Maserati, to unveil their first SUV, making their move into the increasingly lucrative SUV sector.

The Week has referred to the Levante as the ‘most important car the Italian marque has made in its entire 102-year history’.

Maserati has opted for a similar approach to its rival Jaguar F-Pace, in adopting a design that is synonymous with Maserati and closely resembles the Ghibli saloon. The broad front grill and the trademark triple side vents sit behind and above both front wheels, a trait that is used on all Maserati vehicles.

Maserati is known for its elegance and luxury, and that hasn’t changed on this model. The interior is fitted with sound deadening and adjustable suspension setups, a touchscreen and eight-speaker stereo system, dual-zone climate control and keyless entry. The interior also comes with 28 trim colour options.

The Levante has a respectable engine performance, with a turbocharged 3.0 litre V6 unit and has a 0-62mph time of 6.9 seconds, with a top speed of 142mph.

The Maserati Levante GranSport made its retail debut in Spring last year and has a retail price starting at $85,000.

 

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What Borro Watched in November – Sotheby’s Important Watches Auction

With the gift-giving season in full swing, we’re watching an upcoming watch sale that Sotheby’s could hardly have timed better. On December 6th, Sotheby’s Important Watches auction will take place in New York and online, and it’s the perfect opportunity to buy-in to a potential classic, or a reasonably priced pre-loved model in time to dazzle your Christmas dinner guests with your latest purchase.

Simply Loveable

With a recent Panerai auction in the books, the watches by this fabled brand available in this sale might actually offer a better chance to get a good watch at a fair price. Panerai has quietly become one of the more popular brands with collectors, thanks in large part to the company’s excellent record keeping, and the joy taken by many oversized dive watch aficionados in the subtle differences between an ever-expanding list of references.

Sotheby's Important Watches Auction - Panerai

Image Courtesy of Sotheby’s

Pleasingly, Panerai keeps things very simple. The brand is incredibly limited in terms of case silhouette – a trait no doubt facilitated by the fact they are owned by the Richemont group, meaning mono-brand diversity is not as necessary as it would be for a stand-alone marque.

There’s a particularly good piece available during Sotheby’s Important Watches auction: Lot 721 is a pink gold, classic cushion shaped case with an 8-day power reserve and a day/night indicator, estimated to go for between $6-8,000, which is a steal, especially towards the lower end of the estimate.

Big Hitters Take to the Plate

We’ve had a frenzied year regarding the sales of Paul Newman Daytonas from Rolex, and right before 2017 bows out we will see yet another pair of these desirable chronographs hit the market. Lots 755 (dark dial) and 969 (light dial) are both excellent examples of the style. The estimates for both are $70-120,000 and $80-100,000 respectively.

Selected Pieces to keep an eye on

Of the 291 lots available during Sotheby’s Important Watches auction, there are a few tasty choices I think it’s worth paying attention to. Estimated at $7-9,000 there is a beautifully vintage Longines available under Lot reference 739. For my money it’s an unusual and enticing piece from a brand whose retro collection knocks the socks off the modern output.

Sotheby's Important Watches Auction - Longines

Image Courtesy of Sotheby’s

Similarly, Lot 741 is a great piece from Heuer (pre-TAG), which is a classic reminder of what this now ubiquitous brand achieved before their worldwide explosion.

And if you’re after something a little different, Lot 802 is a Tiffany’s pocket watch that has all the romance of the historic retailer, and a great deal of horological clout to boot. Predicted to sell between $12-18,000, this is a great heirloom piece or an intriguing gift for a lover of timeless watchmaking.

About the Author: Fell Jensen is a Swiss-trained watchmaker working as an industry analyst.

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Delve into the High-Profile December 2017 Auction Calendar

The major auction houses have an exciting calendar of sale dates planned in the build up to Christmas. There was much excitement in the art world last month after Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvador Mundi’ fetched an astonishing $450 million. This was accompanied by other significant works which achieved substantial prices in Christie’s blockbuster Old Masters auction, which raised just under $1 billion in total.

However, this month the focus shifts to high powered super-cars, jewels and watches, with the hit of the December 2017 auction calendar being RM Sotheby’s New York Icons sale on December 6th.

1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider

Image Source: RM Sothebys

This auction really has it all, from extremely rare and sought after super cars to classics to fine wine to memorabilia. This sale features a diverse range of prestigious car brands, reflected by the production years of the lots, spanning from a 1932 Marmon Sixteen Convertible Coupe to a brand new 2018 Bugatti Chiron.

However, the car that will draw the most attention from the auction will be the mint condition 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider. California’s always draw a big crowd when they go to auction and command an even bigger price tag. This particular model, which respectively achieved 3rd in class and 5th at the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans has a higher estimate of $17,000,000 at the auction that will take place in New York on December the 6th.

Exquisite fancy vivid blue diamond and diamond ring

Image Source: Sotheby’s

New York seems to be the focal point for auctions this month with Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels sale also taking place here on December 5th. Sotheby’s describes the lots on offer as the ‘world’s most sought-after jewels and gemstones’, and given some of the prices commanded it would be hard to argue. Iconic brands such as Harry Winston and Van Cleef & Arpels are all up for sale, and the largest round diamond in the world is up for grabs, weighing in at 110.92 carats.

However, the highest priced lot comes from the ‘Exquisite fancy vivid blue diamond and diamond ring’ (pictured below), featuring an emerald-cut blue diamond weighing 5.69 carats, the lavish ring is estimated to fetch between $12-$15 million.

Joe DiMaggio’s 18K gold Chronograph wristwatch

Image Source: Christie’s

Following suit, the final featured sale from the December 2017 auction calendar will also take place in New York, at Rockefeller Center on the 7th of December, for an evening of ‘Exceptional Watches’. It would be impossible for a watch lover to not be able to pick a watch out of the abundance of Pateks, Rolexes and Audemars on display. At an auction with so much choice, how do you choose a standout?

Legendary Major League Baseball player Joe DiMaggio’s 18K gold Chronograph wristwatch with original sale receipt dating back to 1948 is set to fetch between $150,000-$300,000. However, it is the stainless-steel chronograph Rolex with a black ‘Paul Newman Mark 1 Oyster Sotto Daytona’ dial that is set to achieve the largest price, with a high estimate of $1 million.

See the full December 2017 Auction Calendar below:

AuctionAuction HouseCategory DateLocationURL
The Bond Street SaleBonhamsLuxury CarsDecember 2, 2017London, New Bond Streethttps://goo.gl/tYWbgC
Finest and Rarest WinesSothebysFine WineDecember 2, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/98zjTk
The Art of TimeBonhamsJewellery & WatchesDecember 4, 2017 New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/4MUFga
Fine Writing InstrumentsBonhamsOtherDecember 4, 2017Los Angeleshttps://goo.gl/7uhKiy
Fine JewelryBonhamsJewellery & WatchesDecember 4, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/3K8mAA
Native American ArtBonhamsFine Art and AntiquesDecember 4, 2017San Franciscohttps://goo.gl/VyngGK
PATRIMOINE DE SAINT-GERMAIN-DES-PRÉS - VENTE CARITATIVEChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 4, 2017Parishttps://goo.gl/zeq2Ng
Home and InteriorsBonhamsOtherDecember 5, 2017 London, Knightsbridgehttps://goo.gl/Rvj3kD
Modern & Contemporary Prints & MultiplesBonhamsFine Art and AntiquesDecember 5, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/ScQYzm
African, Oceanic, and Pre-Columbian ArtBonhamsFine Art and AntiquesDecember 5, 2017 Los Angeleshttps://goo.gl/GyncFz
Old Master Sculpture & Works of ArtSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 5, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/hhqKfx
Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and Continental and Russian BooksSotheby'sOtherDecember 5, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/wFVs9E
Magnificent JewelsSotheby'sJewellery & WatchesDecember 5, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/rgtoDT
Collection Alain & Candice FraibergerSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 5, 2017Parishttps://goo.gl/S6KWGp
Swiss Art / Swiss MadeSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 5, 2017Zurichhttps://goo.gl/8jikCi
JAPANESE WORKS OF ARTChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 5, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/miFuPe
PARIS JEWELSChristie'sJewellery & WatchesDecember 5, 2017Parishttps://goo.gl/hR4hr2
FINE PRINTED BOOKS AND MANUSCRIPTS INCLUDING AMERICANAChristie'sMemorabilliaDecember 5, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/ke2Cfz
ART CONTEMPORAIN - VENTE DU SOIRChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 5, 2017Parishttps://goo.gl/R6VrWv
GOLD BOXESChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 5, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/ujvpyx
SCRIPT AND ILLUMINATION: LEAVES FROM MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE MANUSCRIPTSChristie'sMemorabilia December 5, 2017Onlinehttps://goo.gl/UdZHmH
From Generation to Generation: Important Photographs from the Ames Collection OnlineSotheby'sPhotographyDecember 5, 2017Onlinehttps://goo.gl/NhLPvw
London OlympiaBonhamsLuxury CarsDecember 6, 2017London, Olympiahttps://goo.gl/3ocJfB
Old Master PaintingsBonhamsFine Art and AntiquesDecember 6, 2017London, New Bond Streethttps://goo.gl/49mG8q
History of Science and TechnologyBonhamsOtherDecember 6, 2017 New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/nHdqY2
Voices of the 20th CenturyBonhamsOtherDecember 6, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/5LiNu6
Lapidary Works of Art, Gemstones and MineralsBonhamsOtherDecember 6, 2017 Los Angeleshttps://goo.gl/cnfQuK
Important WatchesSotheby'sJewellery & WatchesDecember 6, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/fhyW1L
Art ContemporainSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 6, 2017Parishttps://goo.gl/NSX19K
Old Masters Evening SaleSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 6, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/jekcMc
RM Sotheby's: New York - ICONSRM Sotheby'sLuxury CarsDecember 6, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/eEnqJ6
ANTIQUITIESChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 6, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/4xmGiY
SCULPTUREChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 6, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/D3Hffc
MAGNIFICENT JEWELSChristie'sJewellery & WatchesDecember 6, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/npZyGS
ART CONTEMPORAIN - VENTE DU JOURChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 6, 2017Parishttps://goo.gl/a1hf18
ART OF THE SAMURAIChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 6, 2017Onlinehttps://goo.gl/QBGRqa
Fine JewelryBonhamsJewellery & WatchesDecember 7, 2017 London, New Bond Streethttps://goo.gl/WWCWCV
Fine European CeramicsBonhamsFine Art and AntiquesDecember 7, 2017London, New Bond Streethttps://goo.gl/HEjY46
Old Masters Day SaleSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 7, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/8n6BHL
Art Contemporain - Vente du jourSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 7, 2017Parishttps://goo.gl/e1pNgs
Fine JewelsSotheby'sJewellery & WatchesDecember 7, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/h4XiQv
The December SaleBonhamsLuxury CarsDecember 7, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/Ep1zi3
OLD MASTERS EVENING SALEChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 7, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/LW3r7D
FINE AND RARE WINESChristie'sFine WineDecember 7, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/weXAqo
WATCHESChristie'sJewellery & WatchesDecember 7, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/Ab72by
RUSSIAN AMERICA AND POLAR EXPLORATION: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE MARTIN GREENE LIBRARYChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 7, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/RJbjsX
FIRST OPEN | POST-WAR & CONTEMPORARY ARTChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 7, 2017Online
Fine and Rare WinesBonhamsFine WineDecember 8, 2017San Franciscohttps://goo.gl/2nRYy8
Boundless: Contemporary ArtSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 8, 2017Hong Konghttps://goo.gl/Zyd1Mf
OLD MASTERS DAY SALEChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 8, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/QEii5k
OLD MASTER PAINTINGS & DRAWINGSChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 8, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/QEii5k
FINEST & RAREST WINES, AN EVENING SALEChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 8, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/vCWYr9
JewelryBonhamsJewellery & WatchesDecember 11, 2017London, Knightsbridgehttps://goo.gl/5y8nVL
Coins and MedalsBonhamsOtherDecember 11, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/frpGn2
Fine Asian Works of ArtBonhamsFine Art and AntiquesDecember 11, 2017 San Franciscohttps://goo.gl/qh5HLx
Fine Books and ManuscriptsSotheby'sOtherDecember 11, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/TMXkxk
Asian Decorative Works of ArtBonhamsFine Art and AntiquesDecember 12, 2017San Franciscohttps://goo.gl/6t5iYm
English Literature, History, Children's Books & IllustrationsSotheby'sOtherDecember 12, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/KfMNBm
Fine JewelsSotheby'sJewellery & WatchesDecember 12, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/7em4Aw
Arts d'Afrique et d'OcéanieSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 12, 2017Parishttps://goo.gl/aFv5MW
History of Science and TechnologySotheby'sOtherDecember 12, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/2tUoKL
Important DesignSotheby'sOtherDecember 12, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/FyJMNs
SACS ET ACCESSOIRESChristie'sParisDecember 12, 2017Parishttps://goo.gl/Qhha86
INTERIORSChristie'sFurnitureDecember 12, 2017Amsterdam https://goo.gl/E16AF8
POST-WAR AND CONTEMPORARY ARTChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 12, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/yCk4F6
Entertainment MemorabiliaBonhamsMemorabilliaDecember 13, 2017 London, Knightsbridgehttps://goo.gl/rW4uuc
Fine ClocksBonhamsJewellery & WatchesDecember 13, 2017 London, New Bond Streethttps://goo.gl/oU5Cd3
Fine Watches and WristwatchesBonhamsJewellery & WatchesDecember 13, 2017 London, New Bond Streethttps://goo.gl/EDCPzD
Finest and Rarest WinesSotheby'sFine WineDecember 13, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/fBh6PL
19th Century European PaintingsSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 13, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/6t4hQz
19th & 20th Century SculptureSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 13, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/JuA3ri
VICTORIAN PRE-RAPHAELITE & BRITISH IMPRESSIONIST ARTChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 13, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/V1kcCv
ART D'ASIEChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 13, 2017Parishttps://goo.gl/VcjAqh
POST-WAR AND CONTEMPORARY ARTChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 13, 2017Amsterdam https://goo.gl/yCk4F6
INTERIORSChristie'sFurnitureDecember 13, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/E16AF8
Modern Decorative Art & DesignBonhamsFine Art and AntiquesDecember 14, 2017 New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/wCmBHi
Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist ArtSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 14, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/uUjTvk
Fine JewelsSotheby'sJewellery & WatchesDecember 14, 2017Genevahttps://goo.gl/hP2jLS
19TH CENTURY EUROPEAN & ORIENTALIST ARTChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 14, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/R17ybY
TOPOGRAPHICAL PICTURESChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 14, 2017Londonhttps://goo.gl/RDA4Sv
DESIGNChristie'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 14, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/gcG5Lo
Important JudaicaSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 20, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/X5bD8D
Israeli & International ArtSotheby'sFine Art and AntiquesDecember 20, 2017New Yorkhttps://goo.gl/RPZgaX

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