With DBX707, a new age of dynamic standards for luxury SUVs begins. With its 707PS of power and unmatched handling, the DBX707 raises the bar for power.

However, this SUV is more than simply a powerhouse. With the ability to unleash new levels of dynamic performance, DBX707 demonstrates real engineering prowess. boasting the most powerful carbon ceramic brakes ever installed on an Aston Martin in production, a retuned suspension system, a new carbon fiber propshaft, launch control, and a wet-plate clutch—a first for this industry. The quickest, most powerful, and best-handling SUV ever created redefines performance and driving intensity thanks to its flawless blend of lightning-fast speed, ultimate dynamics, unmistakable style, and total luxury.

Top-selling collectibles: The hottest auction highlights of this spring

Many valuable articles were auctioned during the recent Spring auctions and though every single object was unique in its own way, four items certainly stood out and impressed the bidders the most, thus achieving jaw-dropping hammer prices. Check out the latest roundup of auction lots that made history and the interesting stories associated with each of them.

Flawless Fancy

3 rings hold collectors in spell

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A trio of flawless pear-shaped coloured diamonds fetched a combined total of HK$132 million (US$17 million) at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels Spring Auction. Dazzling at the centre of three exquisite rings, they captivated the audience and ignited fervent bidding for more than 15 minutes.

The sale was led by a breathtaking 4.83-carat fancy vivid blue internally flawless diamond ring, for which an anonymous bidder paid an astonishing US$8.84 million. This extraordinary natural blue diamond is considered a symbol of wisdom, truth and devotion, and its exceptional rarity and vivid blue hue place it in a league of its own. The internally flawless designation emphasises the stone’s remarkable clarity and further enhanced its allure to excited bidders.

Besides this triumvirate of spellbinding coloured diamonds, Vickie Sek, Chairman of Jewellery at Christie’s Asia Pacific, was thrilled by the auction’s overall success. “Our Magnificent Jewels sale received an excellent response from collectors for the diverse selection of exquisite colourless and coloured diamonds and gemstones presented, with almost half of these lots selling above their high estimates,” she said.

Dragon High

Qianlong moonflask shines at auction

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An extremely rare Qianlong moonflask was the highlight of Christie’s ‘The Imperial Palette – Three Qianlong Treasures’ auction held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. Bidders were impressed by this extraordinary Chinese craftsmanship such that the final sale price topped HK$108 million (US$13.8 million).

Marco Almeida, Head of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art at Christie’s Asia Pacific, expressed his enthusiasm for the fine porcelain collectible: “This magnificent and very rare Qianlong doucai moonflask embodies the superb artistry and craftsmanship of the Qianlong period [1736-1795]. The significant historical and cultural importance, rarity and outstanding quality of this work of art make it a true gem for collectors and enthusiasts alike.”

The circular body of the imposing flask is finely pencilled and enamelled on each side in iron-red, yellow, aubergine and shades of green. A green five-clawed dragon emerges from waves to confront an ascending dragon in iron-red amid cloud-scrolls and flames. The large rising dragon symbolises the Qianlong Emperor, while the smaller serpent represents the heir apparent.

Emperor’s Gift

Puyi wristwatch clocks world record

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A watch of huge historical significance sparked frenzied bidding at a recent Phillips auction in Hong Kong. The Patek Philippe timepiece is the former property of the last Emperor of the Qing Dynasty, Aisin-Gioro Puyi, and sold for HK$48.85 million (US$6.26 million).

The sale of this rare Patek in platinum with moon phases, triple-date calendar and silvered dial had been much anticipated in the watch-buying community. Part of The Imperial Patek Philippe Sale, the wristwatch was subject to a bidding war by at least six collectors and was claimed after a considerable mark-up of HK$9 million on the final nod. The price is a record for the Ref. 69 Quiantieme Lune, as well as the highest achieved by a watch previously owned by an emperor.

The simple, clean silhouette and large unsigned crown express the aesthetics of Bauhaus and understated functionality, while the rose-gold ring, silvered dial and enamel Arabic numerals in a ‘roulette’ configuration underscore a supreme elegance. Purchased in 1937, the watch was kept in its original untouched condition and has a rich patina consistent with its age.

Le Mans Magic

Awesome Aston accelerates off auction block

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A 2007 Aston Martin racing car has sold for 2.23 million euros (US$2.4 million) at an auction held by RM Sotheby’s. The DBR9 GT1 was one of 24 sports competition cars that lined up for the Le Mans Centenary sale.

First purchased by Gigawave Motorsport team founder Henry Barczynski, the car is thought to be one of just 18 DBR9 chassis constructed by Prodrive between 2005 and 2008. It subsequently had just two other owners, while among the professionals who have sat in the driving seat are Stefan Mücke, Darren Turner, Peter Kox and Tomáš Enge.

The Aston Martin notched up third-place finishes in both the 2008 Silverstone Tourist Trophy and 2008 24 Hours of Spa. Further success was achieved at the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans, where it was third in the GT1 class and 22nd overall. The following year it secured four podium finishes in the FIA GT1 World Championship, winning in Beijing.

The successful bidder also received three spare sets of wheels, as well as the original Pectel/Pi electronics and all relevant operating and computer software materials.

Applauding Creations From Different Centuries – Auction Bids to Note

Regardless of the time of the creation – the 16th century or the 20th century – anything that is crafted with great precision will surely rack up more appreciation and ultimately fetch mind-blowing auction bids. Four such works are a necklace worn by Princess Diana, The Head of Saint John the Baptist presented to Salome painting, and two more.

Iconic Cross

Diana necklace surpasses bid estimate

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An amethyst and diamond pendant once worn by the late Diana, Princess of Wales, fetched £163,800 (HK$1,534,906) at a Sotheby’s auction. Kim Kardashian outbid her rivals to scoop up the Attallah Cross. The cross was bought by Naim Attallah CBE, from Garrard in the 1980s and through his friendship with Princess Diana, he could loan it to her several times over a number of years to wear at events. It is understood that the Princess only ever wore the cross, and following her death, it was never seen in public again until the auction. The cross-shaped pendant – thought to be a one-off private commission by Garrard for one of their regular clients – is a bold and colourful piece set with square-cut amethysts and accented by circular-cut diamonds. The cross has a total diamond weight of approximately 5.25 carats and measures about 136 x 95mm. Head of jewellery at Sotheby’s London, Kristian Spofforth, said: “To some extent, this unusual pendant is symbolic of the princess’s growing self-assurance in her sartorial and jewellery choices, at that particular moment in her life.”

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Head Hunts
Depiction of decapitated saint

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A controversial early masterpiece created by the renowned 16th century Flemish grandmaster, Peter Paul Rubens – Salome Presented With the Head of Saint John the Baptist – changed hands for an astonishing US$26.9m at auction during Sotheby’s Masters Week. Supposedly painted in 1609, it is regarded as one of a small group of masterpieces created by the artist immediately following his return from Italy in December 1608. The painting formed part of a truly grand white-glove sale of works from the fabled Fisch Davidson Collection – one of the most significant arrays of Baroque art ever to come to market. While many other fine items jostled for attention during the course of the sale, there was no doubt that this renowned example of Rubens’s singular artistic vision was the star attraction, with the winning bid of US$26.9m – the third highest price ever paid for one of the artist’s works at auction – merely confirming its significance. Christopher Apostle of Sotheby’s New York, said: “This Masters Week has been one of the strongest ever staged by Sotheby’s, both in terms of the record numbers pouring through our doors to peruse the lots on the show and the spirited bidding later seen in the saleroom.”

Bronze Award
Rijksmuseum wins bidding battle

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A bronze figure of an écorché man – an individual sculptured with his inner anatomy very much on show – created by Willem Danielsz Van Tetrode, a much-admired 16th-century sculptor, went for a fairly healthy US$1.5 million when recently auctioned in New York. A sculptor rightly renowned for dramatic compositions and skilled écorché, this particular work – perhaps unimaginatively known simply as A Bronze Figure of an Écorché Man – together with Hercules Pomarius and Striding Warrior, are generally viewed as his three most accomplished pieces. Perhaps boosting its appeal to collectors, however, the exaggerated body, long legs, abbreviated torso and visually dazzling musculature are quite unlike any of the sculptor’s other works. Particularly popular throughout much of the 17th century, this sculpture was said to have inspired many later artists, with its distinct colouring and contours recreated in a host of subsequent drawings and paintings, most famously in Voorhout’s A Young Scholar in his Study. The sculpture is now believed to have been acquired by the Rijksmuseum.

Muscle Memory
Nostalgia for the days of the mighty muscle

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To the surprise of many, a 1969 Dodge Hemi Daytona muscle car – typically a two-door sports coupé designed for high-performance driving – sold for a highly commendable US$1.43 million at Mecum Kissimmee, a specialist automobile auction event held recently in Florida. Perhaps adding to its value, the vehicle was previously owned by Kevin Greene, a former NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and David Spade, the well-known US TV and movie star. Boasting a 4-speed manual transmission, power steering and a 426/425 HP Hemi engine, its eventual sale price far outstripped that commanded by a similar model that went under the gavel in 2022. This may be at least partly because it is believed to be the lowest-mile, original engine four-speed Hemi Daytona still in existence. Remarkably, it has retained its value even though its first owner removed the original interior and arranged for all its body panels to be custom re-painted, while its factory wheels and tyres were put into storage. Although this Daytona model was only in production for one year, it is viewed as one of the most iconic vehicles in automotive history.

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Motoring On: Great car clubs of Hong Kong

The opening scene from James Clavell’s quintessential Hong Kong novel, Noble House, is one for lovers of classic sports cars. Amid the backdrop of a raging typhoon, Jardine Matheson taipan Ian Dunross emerges from his home on The Peak, gets into his 1958 British military green MGB convertible and roars into the night. He negotiates the road’s twists and turns as he drives – post haste – to a secluded ferry terminal for a clandestine business meeting.

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They didn’t have an MGB sports car club when Dunross made his iconic drive, but fair to say if there was, he would have been one of its most passionate members. Which brings us – albeit circuitously – to the topic of car clubs in Hong Kong. Enthusiasts of signature Morris Garages’ signature vintage sports car will be tickled pink to know that there is now an MG car club in the city. Several in fact, with the long-established MG Car Club among the most popular.

Mini Revival

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Another classic car with British origins is the Mini. This two-door, fuel-efficient compact vehicle was an icon of the sixties and featured prominently in the celebrated 1969 movie The Italian Job, which propelled the career of acting legend Michael Caine. Since its halcyon days in the sixties when it was originally manufactured by the British Motor Corporation (BMC), the Mini has endured a somewhat chequered time of it. BMC restructured to become British Leyland, which then morphed into the Rover Group. Falling in and out of favour over subsequent decades, manufacture of the Mini was taken out of British hands when the Rover Group was acquired by German automaker BMW.

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The good news for lovers of the Mini is that the New Mini Club Hong Kong is alive and thriving. Boasting more than 5000 members on its Facebook page, anyone who owns a Mini or has plans to become the proud owner of one can become a member via the club’s Facebook page and “exchange first-hand car information, to know and understand the club more, increase the driving fun, and meet more car fans and friends who share the same interests”. There’s also a lively market on the page for the buying and selling of Minis in Hong Kong as well as tips on looking after your car and upcoming motoring events.
For anyone looking for something a little more turbo-charged, there’s the Hong Kong Mini Race Car Club. Founded in 1994, the club organises Mini races in South-east Asia and China. While the thrill of the chase is intoxicating the club also focuses on fun and safe racing.

Vintage Vrooming

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One of the most active clubs in the city is the Classic Car Club of Hong Kong. Officially forming in 1989 – although unofficially motoring on long before that – the club boasts more than 600 members (and more than 6000 followers on Facebook), with over 1000 vintage and classic cars from the rip-roaring 1920s right through to the excessive 1980s. The thriving club has been voted ‘Club of the Year’ by the South China Morning Post, and anyone is welcome to join its expanding membership – the only proviso being that you are a genuine classic car enthusiast.

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The club holds regular ‘Sunday Morning Drives’, where classic car enthusiasts can put their pride and joys through their paces while cruising the highways and byways of the New Territories and catch up with other members, where they can share stories and maintenance tips about their own vehicles. Annual car shows are also held where the best classic cars are honoured and there is the opportunity to participate in car parades. The club also actively participates in charitable activities such as visiting aged care homes and orphanages.

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By all accounts, new members are most welcome. According to former club chairman and current regalia coordinator, Justin Liu, “I still remember when I first joined. I was extremely impressed with the diversity and friendliness of the members. No matter what classic car you drive, you are bound to make conversations and friends with fellow members. Now, close to a decade later, the club’s welcoming and diverse culture continues to flourish.”

Collector’s Corner

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The Collectors Car Club of Hong Kong is a small and friendly group with some wonderfully quaint and quirky vehicles – a niche that members proudly take out of their garages and let loose on the wider world. From vintage Volkswagens right through to stunning early models such as the 1928 Buggati, 1934 Plymouth convertible, 1939 MG TB, 1954 Rolls Royce Silver Dawn, 1954 Chevrolet 3100, a 1967 Lotus Super, as well as newer vehicles such as the 1989 AC Cobra and 2001 Hummer H1, to name but a few.

The club has been active since at least 2005 and has been holding regular Sunday morning drives to some of Hong Kong’s most picturesque spots, as well as breakfast and lunch catch-ups for members. Welcoming all-comers, it’s also an active group in terms of public welfare activities, and lending a hand to disadvantaged groups.

great car clubs of hong kong gafencu (13)Listed here are some of the bigger and most interesting car clubs in Hong Kong. But really, whatever vintage or type of car you are passionate about, be it a Lamborghini, Porsche, Ferrari, Beetles or even a Czech-made Skoda, there’s probably a car club out there for you – that a little digging will reveal. And it’s certainly a great way to have fun adventures and make new friends.

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If you’re considering getting involved it’s worth checking in with individual clubs as to their current status. While many have continued – or commenced – engagement and events with their member base as we head back to some level of normality, some may have scaled back activity over the social distancing and restrictions brought about by the last two-and-a-half years. Hopefully it won’t be too long before all the clubs are back in full swing and the motors purring.

Rent a luxury yacht for an all-day summer adventure through these charter services

Take a day trip out to one of the city’s many 263 islands or host a summer soiree among friends and family. Whatever floats your boat (pun intended), chartering a yacht in Hong Kong is the perfect way to make the most of summertime in the city.

While there are a myriad of charter services to choose from, if you are going to splurge hundreds of thousands on a memorable nautical escapade then you best make very dollar count by picking a sloop that checks all the boxes. We highlight the city’s best luxury yacht charter services, from the widest range to the best packages and most budget-friendly. 

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Simpson Marine
Simpson Marine is an award-winning full-service specialist in all things yacht related. There are few that can contend with its five-star service, and wide range of luxury yachts. Its crewed yachts are the perfect worry-free option to charter for guests of all levels of sailing experience. Just sit back, relax and enjoy.

Its latest addition to its fleet is the SL78 from luxury Italian shipyard Sanlorenzo’s SL range. An 80 ft (25m) sloop with a master suite and VIP cabin, a galley fitted into the main deck, a shaded lounge at the bow, and a spacious flybridge that affords guests a space to move comfortably while socialising and entertaining. Its large windows flanking the saloon and smart-operated flybridge hardtop also lets in the natural sights of blue skies and pristine waters, while also offering ample shade from the sun.

Fits 15 guests and 4 crew, 2 Cabins. Prices start from HK$130,000 for day charters.

For more information: Simpson Yacht Charter, Aberdeen Marina Club. (852) 2555 8377


Entourage Yacht

New to the charter scene, Entourage Yacht is the hot new charter service that brings the best of both luxury and fun together. Founded by hospitality group Singular Concepts, its no surprise that this newly renovated 75 ft sailing yacht comes complete with plush upholstery, a slew of amenities and ample space for music and dance aboard this sleek yet modern sloop.

Complete with a full bar top, DJ set up, comfortable lounging areas at the top deck and mid-deck, and a dining area at the aft-deck, guests can create a memorable all-round ocean-going experience complete with a curated food and beverage program. Offering a nautical oasis on board with “a laid-back, chilled-out Mediterranean vibe”, guests can choose how best to customise their experience with the charter’s flexible pricing. Prices start from HK$38,000, inclusive of food and drinks.

For more information:  Entourage, Abrdeen Shelter, Aberdeen Praya Road.

Next Wave Yachting
Whether island hoping, fishing in open waters or just lounging under the sun, sailing enthusiast and boating experts can detach from the bustle of the city on one of Next Wave Charter’s fleet of motor yachts, catamarans, and sail boats by renowned international brands like MCY, Azimut and Lagoon. They also offer a slew of experiences for larger events, whether for family gatherings or corporate parties.

Fits 18 guests and up (varies with model). Prices start from HKD$30,000, including drinks on board and document handling.

For more information: Next Wave Charter, Marina Cove Shopping Center, Sai Kung. (852) 6765 5505


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Operating a massive charter fleet any boating enthusiast would be impressed by, AsiaMarine operates an exceptional selection of luxury yachts, sailing boats and superyachts for rent. Enjoy five-star service, tailor-made itineraries, fine dining catering services, and a wide range  of amenities and lavish  interiors, courtesy of some of the best luxury yachtmakers in market. 

Boat size range from 15 m to 40 m and includes models such as Azimut 88, Fairline 48 Phantom, and Sunseeker 90. Price starts from HK$50,000.

For more information: AsiaMarine, Aberdeen Marina, Aberdeen (852) 2677 7791

Hong Kong Yachting
For a more budget friendly option, popular charting service for the masses, Hong Kong Yachting offers a range of 20 luxury cruisers for rental. Complete with a wide array of amenities and packages to accommodate any occasion for big groups or small, intimate gatherings.

The Ultimate Boat Package, for example, is available on its Jungle Jane and Tarzan cruisers which both boast a 22 ft wide infinity swim platform and expansive upper and lower decks that serve perfectly for DJ parties and sit-down dinners for up to 50 people.

The package includes a BBQ menu with drinks, servers, inflatable slides, trampoline, sun lounges and bean bags. Guests can always add on other optional fun such as speed boats and floating beds. Prices start from HK$25,000.

For more information: Hong Kong Yachting, Gee Chang Hong Centre. (852) 2526 0151


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These car tuners will make your dream car a reality

There are only a few things in the world that men (and some women) incessantly pamper: children, pets and cars – and not necessarily in that order; nicknamed, cared for, dressed in new coats and gifted with new toys, the latter are often their ultimate pride and joy.

Craving the newest, shiniest model is commonplace, but it is no longer enough to shell out for a cutting-edge Porsche or Lamborghini. Autophiles want wheels that project their personality and deepest aspirations, thus they will invest in custom-built kits that transform their prized possession into a one-of-a-kind design, even if it costs millions. After all, who wants a ride that everyone else has?

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From modifying the outlook – paint job, wheels and aerodynamics – to customising interiors and tuning hardware, ardent car buffs will build, and rebuild, so their baby not only looks her best, but also reflects their own creative drive. Although Hong Kong has stringent regulations on road-vehicle modifications, this has not deterred collectors here from pursuing the car of their dreams with truly unique and functional edits.

Car Sharp

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“In Hong Kong, it’s not special to own a Ferrari or supercar anymore. There are so many!” says Gregor Hans Schoner, Founder and CEO of German luxury automobile designer and modification company DMC. “One of our clients told us that they bought a certain colour of Lamborghini, only to find out that their friend had the exact same one. That’s where we come in. We offer bespoke designs and exclusive materials that will deliver a wow-factor and truly make a vehicle stand out from the rest, including exotic leather choices such as stingray and crocodile.”

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It’s a growing trend. “In recent years, locals have shown more and more openness to car customisation,” says the team at custom car modifier Car Lab in Hong Kong. “They want to be more involved in the design process and apply unique motifs that reflect their personality. Innovative customisation requests in the past have included colour wrapping for hearses and adding vibrant Chinese couplet livery to a McLaren MP4.”

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Internal hardware such as audio and entertainment systems, as well as engine, exhaust and air suspension systems are flipped to suit the comfort and lifestyle of owners, whether it is installing Bang and Olufsen surround sound, gaming consoles or a private theatre on wheels – the possibilities of modifications are seemingly endless nowadays.


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Fast & Fabulous

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Car-proud locals favour optical enhancements and aerodynamics, according to Schoner. “Although engine enhancements are not always the focus of Hong Kong clients, they still want the [aesthetic of a fast car],” he says.

Automobile beautifications can cost as much as the car itself. At DMC, which counts Justin Bieber, Cristiano Ronaldo and Korean star Jang Keun-suk among an international clientele, the cheapest package starts at HK$200,000 and can rise to HK$1 million to $2 million. “The most expensive car we built was a Rolls-Royce Ghost for nearly HK$5 million,” shares Schoner.

“The owner, who was gifted a pair of handmade shoes by Donatella Versace, tasked us to match the interior of the car to the colour and material of the footwear. So, we ripped out every inch of the inside and replaced each part with fine Italian leather. We also altered the wheels.”

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But new technologies are widening the scope of modifications, which can result in savings for owners. Better, lighter and more durable materials are available; Forged Carbon Fibre, for instance, once exclusive to Lamborghini, is about five times lighter than steel and is in demand for its rich, marble-like finish. And PPFs (Paint Protection Film), which provide stain resistance and protection from stone chips, are thicker, stronger and more lightweight than before. Previously, they were manufactured as transparent or matte, but now they can emulate the high gloss of vehicle paint.


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Power Makeover

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However wild your dream-car imagination, it can become as good as real by engaging the services of an expert car modifier. ReinART Design, the Hong Kong arm of RAUH-Welt Begriff (RWB), a well-known Porsche 911 tuner in Japan, builds on more than just Porsches, rolling out an impressive repertoire of exceptional work to create exclusive and exotic vehicles tailored to owners’ requests.

Among these was a Ferrari 458 Italia installed with an Innotech Performance F1 Valvetronic exhaust that gives this beast a little more kick, and its owner more control over the volume with a simple press of a button. It was finished with burnt blue titanium triple exhaust tips, and a set of Novitec/KW lowering springs that brought it down about 30mm to hide the “unsightly original OEM fender gap”. This allowed the team to retain the authenticity and timeless beauty of the factory model while giving it a standout makeover.

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The team also fitted Brixton Forged wheels on a Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 and BMW M235i. Custom built-to-order in Los Angeles, these premium wheel sets are stronger, more durable and more resistant to corrosion and oxidation than cast wheels, and can cost up to HK$80,000 each.

Built to Impress

Like many things in Hong Kong, car parts that are custom-built and designed to owners’ specifications are manufactured outside of the city, imported and installed by trained professionals. You may have to wait for a month for parts to arrive and then the actual alterations can take anywhere from one week to six or 12 months or even longer to complete, depending on the complexities of each project and model.

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The stakes are always high when you’re taking apart and rebuilding a top-tier automobile. There is no room for error, which is why the city’s expert car modifiers ensure that every step in the process, from consultation and planning to material sourcing, installation and finish, not only meet the highest standards and expectations but exceed them, so customers can drive around with pride. The owner of DMC has been known to fly out to a client’s home to oversee installation personally. It takes experience, passion and care to perform such skilled technical work and make those modifications magical.


(Text: Roberliza Eugenio)


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Soul Sailing: Benny Ip on his passion for sailing and more…


In anticipation of receiving his brand-new Fountaine-Pajot MY6 catamaran, Benny Ip talks to Gafencu about sharing his passion for sailing with his father, his most memorable boating moments and more…


Tell us how you discovered your love of sailing.
Honestly, I’ve always been someone who enjoys being out in the wild. I love being in nature, be it hiking up some hills or being on the ocean. Having said that, it was actually my father who first introduced me to boating when I was a child. At first, our family had a small power boat that we used to take out on weekends, but as I got older, roughly the time I started high school, we began to transition to sailing yachts instead, and that’s when I fell in love with the tranquility of being on the ocean. Even twelve years later, I very much enjoy the calm and quiet of sailing, where it’s just you and the environment. You can kind of forget about everything else for those moments.

Also, it’s a fantastic way to bond with my dad as well. Coming from an Asian family, I think a lot of things go unspoken, particularly when it comes to discussing emotions and such. But when you’re working sails and operating a boat together, there’s a sense of comfortability and camaraderie that connects us without words.


Looking back, what’s your fondest memory of sailing?
I think the most memorable experience for me happened about four or five years ago when my dad and I participated in a sailing boat race to Macau. It just so happened that the event was held right after a typhoon, so the ocean conditions were super rough. Pretty much everything went wrong – we lost one of our sails halfway through the trip, then one of our engines stopped working as well. I think we spent about six hours trying to fix everything; roughly the same time that it should have taken us to do the entire race. My gosh it was a challenging time, but I look back on it very fondly. It showed me how truly powerful nature is, and how small you are, but at the same time it was very character-building!


Fast forward to the present, and you are about to receive your brand new Fountaine-Pajot MY6. What attracted you to this design?
We looked at quite a lot of different power catamarans from various brands, but when my friend Justin Luk, who works as a broker for Asia Yachting, introduced the MY6 by Fountaine-Pajot to us, that’s the one we ended up choosing for several reasons. Firstly, there’s just the sheer size of it – there isn’t any other catamaran that has this feeling of spaciousness to it. From the height of the ceilings to the roomy cabins and airy lounge areas, it just feels much larger than a 40ft boat. I also liked that there was no wasted space such as superfluous corridors and connecting areas, resulting in a sleek, clean aesthetic. The attention to detail of the MY6 was also a deciding factor, whether it’s the uniformity and high-quality finish of the fibreglass exterior to the beautiful upholstery and furnishings within. From the macro to the micro, it’s truly an impressive design.

How do you feel this latest addition will complement your lifestyle?
It’s going to be a nice change. As my father reaches retirement age and I’ve become more settled in my own career, we’re both transitioning to a new phase of life, and the MY6 gives us the chance to shift from sailing yachts to a more laid-back, convivial ocean-going atmosphere. It gives us the chance to step off the gas, forget about issues such as Covid, and just enjoy each other’s company. It’s also a great venue to socialise with friends and family, whether it’s hosting big barbecues or just having an afternoon sail with a few loved ones. Basically, whatever activity we choose, we’ll be able to enjoy it with the luxurious feeling of being in a private apartment on the water.


For more information on the MY6 or any other Fountaine-Pajot vessels, please contact Asia Yachting, the exclusive dealer for the brand, at hongkong@asiayachting.net or +852 2580 8650.

Starting a car collection? 8 classic cars that you should not miss!

If you’re looking to start a collection of automobiles and are on the look out for a worthy collectible to add to your collection, you better be ready to fork out some real dough as the most desirable and highly coveted of collectible cars command an insurmountably high price at auction. From a US$48.4 million Ferrari to the the most expensive pre-war car of the century. Here are eight classic cars to add to your collection. 

1963 Ferrari 250 GTO, chassis number 4153 GT

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Kicking off a list of most desired classic car to add to a collection with the most expensive car in the world the 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO, chassis number 4153 GT. It is one of only 39 examples of the 250 GTO that were built between the year 1962 and 1964. Extremely rare, the vehicle was purchased by American collector David MacNeil for a tear-jerking US$70 million in a private sale in 2018. Besides the present vehicle, the record holder for most expensive car to sell at auction goes to another Ferrari grand tourer, the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO by Scaglietti, chassis number 3413, which fetched US$48.4 million at RM Sotheby’s 2018 Monetery Car Sale for a jaw-dropping US$48.4 million. 

1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R, chassis no. 196 010 00006/54 

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Nicknamed the Silver Arrow for its bullet-like silhouette and speedy acceleration that won against the likes of Maserati and Ferrari in 1954 Grand Prix, making German history when it brought home the country’s first win since 1939. It is famed for its ultra-lightweight frame that weighed only a mere 46kg. It is one only 16 produced, of which only 10 still exists today, but the present model is the only one remaining in private hands. Despite the dents and blemishes from two seasons of intense racing, the model still fetched a significant sum at Bonhams’ The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale Collector’s Motor Cars and Automobilia in 2013 where it went under the hammer for US$29.6 million.

1956 Aston Martin DBR1 

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Before its Bond fame, British independent marque Aston Martin was known for both beauty and speed on the track. A case in point is the rare 1956 Aston Martin DBR1, winning nine out of 18 wins throughout its career. It is the most successful race car in Aston Martin history, boasting racing legends like Sir Stirling Moss, Reg Parnell, Roy Salvador and Caroll Shelby among its drivers. Adding to its fame and exclusivity, it is one of only five built with the British compan’y badge fitted on it; which may explain the significant price tag of the model when it was sold at auction at RM Sotheby’s for US$22.5 million in 2017  but not before a seven-minute bidding war ensued.

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1935 Duesenberg SSJ 

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The 1935 Duesenberg SSJ is an American automotive legend produced by the brotherly duo behind the Duesenberg automobiles. Although the manufacturer was only in production between 1913 to 1937, the marque had earned multiple accolades during its time. Part of their impressive range of vehicles was the 1935 SSJ which featured a short-wheeled base and a stronger engine. Only two of these models were produced and delivered to American movie stars Clark Gabel and Gary Cooper, the latter being the present model in question. It wasn’t until 2018 when it found its way to the auction block at Gooding & Company’s 2018 Monterey Car Week did it make modern day history as the most expensive American car ever sold at a total of US$22 million. 

1955 Jaguar D-Type

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At the birth British luxury manufacturer Jaguar’s 1955 D-Type, there was only one goal in the marque’s mind: Winning the Le Mans 24-Hour tour. It is undeniably one of the most notable racing cars ever made, competing between 1954 and 1959, the 1955 Jaguar D-Type boasts innovation and speed that led to its 1955, 1956, and 1956 wins. The model was kept in pristine condition which might justify its large price tag of US$21.7 million – selling at RM Sotheby’s in 2016. 

1995 McLaren F1 

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British automative manufacturer of luxury, high-performance sportscars and supercars McLaren changed history when it rolled out the world’s first carbon fibre road car, a Formula 1 vehicle – the McLaren MP4 / 1, in 1981. The brand has since been billed for its beautifully sleek, streamlined aesthetics and exhilaratingly quick acceleration, that continues to make headlines. Most recently, in August 2021, a rarely driven 1995 McLaren F1 – coined to be the ultimate road car to beat all supercars – was sold for a mindblowing sum of US$20.5 million at a Gooding & Company auction, making this model the most expensive F1 of all time; and the most expensive vehicle to have sold at auction in 2021. It is one of only 106 models made, and features some very unique design highlights such as a single row of three seats with the driver situated in the middle; and a gold plat3ed heat shield installed within the engine compartment. 

Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic

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French automobile manufacturer Bugatti was known to conquer the road in acceleration, speed and magnificently beautiful and sleek designs. The marque is famed for its many incredible collectible classics that often stir the crowd in excitement whenever one is presented at auction. The Type 57 in particular, which where produced for only seven years – totaling only 710 models, is so highly coveted that a 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic set the world record for most expensive car in the world when it fetched more than US$30 million at a Gooding & Company auction in 2010. The model is so sought after desired that it is said that a collector could spend years searching for their desired year, trim and variant. 

1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider

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An epitome of Italian luxury, the 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Spider by the Italian luxury car manufacturer Alfa Romeo is the Italian equivalent of a Bugatti Atlantic. Specifically the present vehicle, coined Immortal 2.9, is one of only seven of its kind that boasts a magnificently restored state after its parts were scattered during WWII. Amazingly, it was restored back to its complete original state by UK 2.9 expert Tony Merrick. In 2016, it was the first Immortal 2.9 offered at public auction. It realised a sum of US$19.8 million at RM Sotehby’s Monetery 2016 Classic Car Sale, making it the most-expensive pre-war car until it was superseded by the 1935 Duesenberg SSJ Le Grande Rodster in 2018 (US$22 million).

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New releases of luxury motor yachts in 2021

A bevy of magnificent yachts have been built in 2021. With travel still restricted, ocean lovers can rejoice because the trend of yachtcation is on a steady rise. Whether to sail afar or just get away from the hustle of the city, the latest motor yachts released this year offer a deluxe feel of what living on the ocean feels like. From fully customisable interiors to stunning panoramic views, seamless and innovatively designed beach clubs that keep you as close to the open water as possible. Whether you are looking to charter a yacht for the holiday season or purchase one for a long overdue expedition off shore, here is our list of impressive new releases of luxury motor yachts in 2021.


Sanlorenzo SL78
Breaking the mould of what traditional yachtmaking is, renowned Italian bespoke yachtmaker Sanlorenzo continues to redefine ocean going experience with their innovative SX and Asymmetric Ranges in Yacht Division. Although the Sanlorenzo SL78 was first sold in Asia in 2016 by Simpson Marine, their charter agency Simpson Yacht Charter has announced the expansion of its charter fleet in Hong Kong with the stunning SL78, a 25-meter entry-level model in Sanlorenzo’s successful SL range with the recently arrived into Hong Kong SL78.

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Featuring its hallmark fibreglass planing-hull and distinctive signature styling as well as innovative solutions to the brand’s historically elegant and classical design. Its large windows on the main deck give way for ample natural light to spill into the saloon, visually expanding the space. The main deck is fitted with a galley and an interior floating staircase that leads up to the flybridge where guests can enjoy the comfort and flexibility of movement while entertaining and socialising. Its hardtop is smartly operated to provide complete shade if its guests so chooses.

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On the bow, a large shaded lounge provides guests an area to retreat and rest as they take in the stunning oceanic views. To provided a retreat at the end of the day, the vessel holds a master suite, a VIP cabin and two twin cabins to provide guests with the utmost comfort and privacy aboard. The SL78 is now available for charter in Hong Kong at Simpson Yacht Charter.

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Prestige X70
Raising the bar for luxury motor yachts, and combining innovation and savoir fair, is French luxury yachtmaker Prestige Yachts. The shipyard has reinvented movement onboard with a radically different design for its flagship model X70 — the first in its new X line. Prized with Best Layout at the prestigious 2020 World Yacht Trophies award ceremony in Cannes, the model stands out from other yachts, especially with its most recognisable change in design — its exterior lines — eschewing the traditional side decks in place of much wider and larger living space for entertainment, socialising and comfort, thanks to the brand’s collaboration with Italian designer Garroni Design studio.


Stretching 72-feet, the yacht’s main-deck areas comprise a front helm station, central galley, and a unique and impressive extra-large cockpit lounge and aft beach club that seamlessly connect to one another. Meanwhile the foredeck links directly to the flybridge by a pair of twin staircases that first steps onto the sundeck, then underneath an electric sunroof that allows passengers full control of the hardtop to shelter them from the sun and rain. 

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The saloon, which stretches the entire length of the hull, offers a refreshingly contemporary impression. First drawing attention to the natural light that floods the space through its large windows, enhancing of space within and highlighting the sumptuous wood finishes and luxurious fabrics that dress the interior, such as cashmere and Foglizzo leather. Its entertainment system comes complete with a drop-down television, made-to-measure sofas and a state-of-the-art audio system by French luxury furniture maker Canapés Duvivier and UK-based sound expert Bowers & Wilkins.

These luxurious features continue below deck offering passengers a relaxing reprieve from the day’s activities. Laid out with a full-width owner’s suite and up to three guest cabins, as well as crew areas, each with a separate entrance, and a slew of luxurious amenities on offer — comfortably accommodating up to eight people.

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MCY 76 Skylounge
Italian yachtmaker Monte Carlo Yachts presents a larger-than-life sloop that comes with unique customisation opportunities, including custom layout configurations such as locating the galley either at the aft or bow, and a larger, sleeker and more spacious design, inspired by the shipyard’s larger MYC designs. The yacht in question is none other than the MCY 76 Skylounge, one of three new yachts that marks the new generation evolution of its timeless elegance.

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First looking at the main deck, sleek lines seamlessly bring the connection of the sea closer on board with wide windows and enlarged iconic portholes that provide ample natural light to spread throughout the yacht, a signature of international design studio Nuvolari Lenard. Fully furnished with armchairs, sofas, Carrara marble table, as well as a fully-equipped galley, one highlight that brings together this impressive vessel is the extensive option of premium customisation for furnishing, fixtures and finishes to suit owner’s ideal preference and comfort, such as Pierre Frey and Hermes fabrics and wood, Rubelli textures, white grey picked oak woods and three-dimensional décor elements like lacquered reflective details on the roof of the outdoor deck — the list goes on. 

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Another significant design detail is that of the enclosed flybridge — a spacious lounge area that invites natural light to spill in, and an open air galley furnished with a comfortable sofa adjustable by multiple seating arrangements and supported by a lateral  T-Top in carbon fiber railing and breathtaking 360-degree views of the ocean. Keeping close to the sea but safely protected from other elements, this area serves the perfect space for entertainment with friends or the family at any time. 

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Fairline Squadron 53
A marriage between style and functionality comes in the form of Award-winning UK-based yachtmakers Fairline Yachts’ Squadron 53. Combining soft curves, the graceful arch of its swept flybridge and elegant styling reflected in every design detail of its structure, courtesy of Italian yacht designer Alberto Mancini, this 57-feet vessel boasts comfort, power and style, making for an ideal cruiser for short trips or long-haul vacations. 

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Starting at the outdoor living space, the large flybridge offers ample seating arrangements which makes for a relaxing social retreat with sweeping 360-degree views in the backdrop. Below, the main foredeck boasts a large cockpit that is a cleverly designed seating area with a three-person sunpad, then leading down to the transom where guests can relax in a more private space, resting on the couch, or diving off the swimming platform into crystal clear waters. 

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The interiors, on the other hand, boasts ample space for comfort and flexibility to move freely throughout the vessel. Its saloon, for example, featuring stunning woodwork and marble inlays, offers owners customisable layouts of multiple galley arrangements and three or four cabin options, accommodating up to nine guests in a double guest cabin, which converts to a twin, and twin cabin to port; and an optional fourth bunk cabin. But the chamber that showcases the yachtmaker’s iconic DNA design is its large full height master suite which invites the outside in through large panoramic windows. 

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Azimut 68
A standout among other yachts in the nautical market, Italian yachtmaker Azimut Yachts offers its customers the opportunity to live authentically — just the way they prefer — on board of the Azimut 68. Venturing out into open sea in the new 68-feet flybridge. This high-tech and elegantly beautiful sloop underscores a streamlined design that spills into its interiors, creating a versatile multi-functional living space for passengers.

With sumptuous ribbed wood and plexiglass fittings, as well as three different Main Deck layouts that allow for a more convivial, versatile or minimal living area at the discretion of its owner  — welcoming in unrestricted natural light that spreads across the saloon.

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The first layout, allows for the galley to be tucked away behind an innovative surface of ribbed wood and plexiglass to create a more coherent flow of natural light. The open galley alternative that is set at the bow, on the other hand, opens directly into the dining area which can be doubled as a second lounge. Meanwhile, the third layout offers a more convivial layout, with the galley located at the aft. This allows for  the outdoor dining area to face immediately across the galley, while the cook remains connected to the social area — seamlessly bringing together a more relaxed, less formal flow of movement from living area to the rest of the boat. 


Clean lines, sleek modelling and elegant interiors by Italian designer and architect Achille Salvagni presents passengers with effortless grace and that provide an elevate sense of wellbeing onboard. Below deck, four cabins and three bathrooms comfortably accommodate up to eight guests, with a separate area for one to two crew members. Powered by twin IPS 1350 pods that briskly sail to a maximum speed of 32knph, this vessel suits any dynamic ocean-going lifestyle.

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Ferretti FY1000
World renowned Italian luxury yacht builder Ferretti Yachts adds to its flagship a new masterpiece designed to inspire ocean-going enthusiasts with a lifestyle that is never too big to aspire towards. The FY1000 is the shipyard’s first 100% wide-body vessel. With reshaped interiors and a new design that redefines comfort onboard. After 40,000 hours of concept development, 4,250 hours of naval design and 9,650 hours of prototyping, this extremely innovative 79-feet yacht is the largest the shipyard has ever built to this date, proving that nothing is worth more than time. 

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Designed by Architect Filippo Salvetti for the exteriors and Ideaeitalia for the interiors, the yachtmaker’s sophisticated hallmarks remain visible through its classic interior styling and hand-finished soft, balanced colour tones that give this boat its luxurious appeal and quintessentially Italian design. It also boasts incredible comfort in their indoor and outdoor zones, such as the extremely innovative and practical aft beach area and its spacious flybridge that seamlessly leads to the forward section of the hull. On the starboard side, an independent access to the garage will have owners find this are can accommodate a Williams Sportjet 445 tender, a personal watercraft and even 2 Seabob vessels.

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A true home-away-from-home, this seascaping sloop features large floor-to-ceiling glazed windows, which brings to full view the surrounding ocean that keeps you feeling close to the sea, while its free-standing furniture and geometric detailing adds a sense of warmth that makes you feel right at home. Meanwhile wood is the dominant material found within the main deck of the yacht, allowing owners an opportunity to stamp their personal taste throughout the space with a selection of different colour tones that can be masterfully combined to create a sumptuously elegant interior, complemented by top-notch materials and fabrics. 

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Benetti Oasis 34M
Benetti is known the world over for its timeless yachts — exemplifying the epitome of Italian craftsmanship. However with its new Oasis range, the Italian shipyard has taken a rather out-of-the-box approach to living aboard. Showcasing a modern and convivial living space that take that brings its owner and guests closer to the ocean and each other. 


Boundless beauty traces every line of the Oasis 34M. Firstly, highlighting its beautiful new deck design, Oasis Deck™, social activities here make for a true ocean going experience; especially with its opening wings that extends the deck closer to the water and a flush deck-integrated pool that elevates the beach club experience. Also featuring an unobstructed 270-degree view of the stern and a perfect balance of sun and shade for guests to enjoy the scenery at any time of day in any kind of weather.

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On the inside, its main saloon boasts generous walking space that seamlessly connects to the outside. The level of continuity makes for a less formal and more convivial loft-like open-space concept that elegantly expands on space, a design that was aptly executed by New York-based land architect, Bonetti Kozerski. Infusing his perspective of land homes into a unique interior design for homes on sea — an elegant, less formal and casually convivial space has redefined the comfort of long stays on board and a truly immersive oceanic experience.

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Benetti Motopanfilo 37M
For a more recent and modern approach that retains much of the Italian yachtmaker’s classic hallmarks, the company has also recently put out the Motopanfilo 37M, a breathtaking vessel that combines classic, timeless signatures of the shipyard’s design DNA with new, innovative and unapologetically modern elements. Unlike its Oasis counterpart, this sloop  was intended to call to mind the traditional features of Italian yachtmaking, yet exude an elegant and modern sophistication that offers a lasting impression. 

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According to designers Claudio Lazzarini and Carl Pickering of Lazzarini & Pickering Architects, “The Motopanfilo interiors shall not resemble those of a house, but those of a boat”. A highlight here, is most definitely the sweeping views of the ocean, clearly visible from the main deck and punctuated by the mirrors within the interior space, elevating the perceptions of space and magnifying the sea views splendidly. 

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The dining and lounge areas, too, sits you in ample outdoor space while remaining safely shaded from the sun. The beach club, on the other hand, features a magnificent pool above the flybridge with full panoramic sights of passengers’ natural surroundings. Below deck, accommodation offers five generously spaced cabins that sleeps 10 people, including a master suite and four cabins for up to seven guests and crew members. Ensuring that an expedition with the whole family would be an enjoyable one to remember. 

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Legendary Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger unveiled as new 007 film debuts

Just in time for the long-awaited release of No Time To Die, the latest instalment in the hit James Bond franchise, Aston Martin Hong Kong and MF Jebsen International have jointly collaborated on an exclusive exhibition at The Peninsula Hotel that is sure to have gear heads at the edge of their seats.

From now until 29 October, 007 fans will have the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the stunning Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger, a high-tech, high-octane automobile that shines in the 25th cinematic outing of the British superspy.

One of just 25 models available worldwide – and the sole example to appear in Hong Kong – the Aston Martin DB5 Goldfinger on display is an authentic reproduction of its on-screen sibling, replete with such gadgets as revolving number plates, pop-out machine guns, a retractable bullet-proof rear shield and much more besides. With a price tag of £2.75 million (excl. tax), it is also burnished with the signature build quality and reliability that has seen the British marque become beloved the world over.

Alongside this one-of-a-kind vehicle, guests will also be treated to a stunning photo exhibition showcasing the many gorgeous motors that star in No Time To Die, a veritable treasure trove of historic photos from Aston Martin’s expansive archives, as well as the latest concept cars from the legendary British automaker.