A foray into the finer things
July 25 2019
What’s the most beautiful car Jaguar ever made? For most people it’s the E-Type, but for racing aficionados its curvaceous mid-century predecessor, the D-Type – winner at Le Mans in 1955, ’56 and ’57, might just pip it to the post. And it’s back: Only 75 of an intended 100 were made, but Jaguar recently put it back into production to complete the run – priced at a bit over £1 million.
A little more affordable is the handsome watch now made by UK maker Bremont to mark the D Type’s return. The strap and speedometer-inspired dial are in the colours of Ecurie Ecosse, Scotland’s legendary private racing team that won the 1956 Le Mans with a D-Type, while the leather packaging for each watch is exclusively signed by Ian Callum, Jaguar’s renowned design director and proud Scot himself.
Celebrating its 140th birthday this year, English shoemaker Crockett & Jones has a spring in its step this season with the launch of a new collection with soles in natural crepe, the purest form of latex rubber. Linings are removed to ensure breathability and fl exibility in the warmer months, while the blue Rebello suede of the Cranleigh Chelsea boot (above) is the very essence of a stylish summer in the capital.
There’s no point owning a piano the price of a large house if you don’t play it, right? Wrong. Boisdale Life was in Paris recently for the launch of the Steinway Black Diamond, a Joanna not only co-designed by piano superstar Lang Lang, but able to bring his playing right into your sitting room. A full-service concert grand, it has ‘Spirio/r’ technology that records every nuance of a live performance and then plays it back exactly – with regular new performances on download. Who needs talent?
Boisdale readers well-versed in cigar storage can now apply the same science to their tea. That’s the proposition from London-based Lotusier, creator of a range of minutely crafted cabinets, cased in sycamore with marquetr y decorations in a variety of styles, designed to look after your favourite cha.
An array of crystal containers (handblown in Venice, naturally) have lids doubling as hygrometers to monitor humidity, and maintain freshness and flavour. With an international patent on the design, an accessibly-priced tin humidor is set to launch this summer.
From £9,500, lotusier.com