Test Drive: MASERATI Ghibli Hybrid

I absolutely love cars. Being German, I also adore driving fast. Due to the recent hail storm, my beloved car got pretty destroyed and therefore I am looking for a new one. What is important to me? I love luxury and racing – two things MASERATI is synonymous with. My focus is on power: the experience should be unforgettable on a daily basis, with driving pleasure and performance at the heart. However, thinking about the environment and future, electric power should also be considered.

Let’s get started. A drive is worth a thousand words so I was very curious to test drive the MASERATI Ghibli L4 MHEV 2WD in Grigio Maratea, a petrol mild-hybrid version, that is the very first MASERATI in history to include an electric power source of any kind.

My journey was a fascinating one and I will be given you a personal insight how I felt limitless among expansive landscapes at the wheel of the MASERATI. This car is designed to deliver an awe-inspiring driving experience. Sculpted forms and fluid volumes are connected by clean lines to form a unique style that is unmistakably for the Italian car manufacturer.

For starters, the MASERATI Ghibli was launched in 2013 and got a minor refresh for 2021, mostly on the inside, with a new centre dash. The Hybrid identifiers on the outside are restricted to a discreet, blue line on the badging and a revised front grille. The brakes are also painted blue.

That «small size» (compared to other MASERATIS) offers more nimble handling and easy parking in the streets of Switzerland.

Inside, the Ghibli gives you a wealth of premium features such as power-adjustable front seats that can be both heated and ventilated. Hand-stitched details, premium leather upholstery, and shiny inlays come together to give you a true sense of opulence, and the four-door setup offers comfortable seating for four when you want to bring a few friends along for the ride.

Sporty, sophisticated and dynamic. I truly enjoyed the driving experience and I will definitely consider this high-end Italian luxury sports car for my next set of wheels.

LoL, Sandra

iconPhotos: Courtesy of Maserati | Rian Davidson 
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A Bespoke Rolls-Royce Phantom with Hermès

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has co-created a magnificent Bespoke Phantom in a unique collaboration with Hermès. Designed and handcrafted by a combined team of Bespoke specialists at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, West Sussex, and Hermès in Paris, Phantom Oribe reflects the personality and passions of its owner, Japanese entrepreneur and art collector Yusaku Maezawa, who envisioned the car as a «land jet», bringing the serene exclusivity of private air travel to the road.

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The car’s striking two-tone exterior matches the characteristic green and cream glazes of antique Japanese Oribe ware, of which Maezawa-san is a prominent collector. The upper part is finished in Oribe Green, a fully Bespoke colour created exclusively for the client; in an unusual move, Rolls-Royce has made the paint available for use on the client’s private jet the Phantom will be paired with. Developed over many months by specialists in the Surface Finish Centre at Goodwood, it perfectly captures the lustrous, deep-green glaze that characterises these 16th century ceramics. The effect is beautifully completed by the cream-white lower section.

The Oribe ware-inspired colourway harmoniously continues through the interior, created and realised through a true meeting of minds between Hermès designers and craftspeople, and the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective of designers, engineers and craftspeople. Together, they applied their shared expertise and ingenuity to ensure every individual component embodies the finest traditions of both houses.

The interior is finished predominantly in Hermès Enea Green leather, extending to details that include the immediate touch-points of the client; for example, the steering wheel, duchess handles, gear selector and the rotary controls for the motor car’s climate settings.

The Hermès leather flows around the upper instrument panel, interior pillars and parcel shelf. It also enrobes less visible surfaces including the glove compartment and luggage compartment lining, centre console, decanter stowage compartment and Champagne cooler. In a sign of the project’s truly collaborative nature, and the two makers’ mutual esteem, the glove compartment lid is embossed with the signature Habillé par Hermès Paris.

Delicate Hermès piping adorns the headrest cushions and calf supports of the rear seats, while soft Seashell White accents and matching lambswool floor mats create a sense of light and space throughout.

The interior is also replete with examples of Rolls-Royce Bespoke design and handcraftsmanship. Wooden speaker frets, for example, are formed by meticulously perforating the Open Pore Royal Walnut veneer applied to the doors, creating a seamless, textured aesthetic and delicate haptics. Open Pore Royal Walnut is additionally applied to the centre and rear consoles and picnic table backs; in another first for Rolls-Royce, the interior features Hermès «Toile H» canvas on the door armrests, centre and rear consoles and, most notably, the signature headliner.

Hermès brings its distinctive equestrian heritage and innovative craftsmanship know-how to the car, with the leather upholstery created using stitching and edge-painting techniques originally employed by master saddlers. For Phantom’s Gallery, a feature unique to Rolls-Royce, that runs the length of the motor car’s fascia, Hermès commissioned an artwork based on a design by the celebrated French artist and illustrator Pierre Péron (1905–1988) who created many of the House’s iconic scarves. The work, inspired by the famous Hermès horse motif, is hand-painted on Open Pore Royal Walnut and is presented as though staged in an art gallery, behind glass.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös added, «This majestic and tasteful Rolls-Royce Phantom demonstrates what is possible when talented people from two of the world’s great houses work closely together alongside a far-sighted, inspirational client like Maezawa-san. It is a meeting of minds, expertise, visions and skill that represents the very best of our respective craftspeople and capabilities

I am speechless. What a beauty! Bravo!

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce Cullinan – Effortless, Everywhere

Rolls-Royce Cullinan, the world’s pre-eminent super-luxury SUV, promises the intrepid owner an unrivalled blend of comfort and capability surmised as «Effortless, Everywhere». In addition to conveying its occupants to their destination in absolute serenity, off road or on road, Cullinan offers two unique Bespoke features to ensure that, on arrival, clients are equipped with everything required for their adventure.

The first is the Recreation Module, a motorised drawer cassette designed to fit securely and invisibly into the luggage compartment floor of Cullinan. At the touch of a button, the Recreation Module slides open to reveal equipment, accessories and paraphernalia personally selected by the motor car’s commissioning client, each item ensconced in its own individually tailored container. The Recreation Module can be trimmed to match or contrast with the car’s interior and exterior colourway according to the commissioning client’s preference.

THE LUXURY OF VERSATILITY
The Recreation Module provides 48 litres of space that can be configured precisely to accommodate the customer’s requirements. Furthermore, the entire assembly can be removed and stored separately, allowing customers to create Recreation Modules for specific hobbies and applications, from fly fishing, rock climbing, snowboarding or parascending to kite-boarding or base-jumping. For example, a Cullinan client could devise three individual Recreation Modules for shooting, skiing and photography equipment, then select and install the appropriate unit prior to departure.

While the Recreation Module adds enormously to Cullinan’s versatility and individuality, it does so without compromising the car’s spacious 2,245 mm loading length and boot capacity of up to 1,930 litres.

KING OF THE NIGHT
In late 2019, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars commissioned photographer Mark Riccioni to create a series of innovative and subversive images featuring Black Badge Cullinan, under the cover of darkness, among the distinctive automotive subcultures of Greater Los Angeles. To support the project, the marque developed a personalised Urban Photography Recreation Module, incorporating specialist equipment including a DJI Mavic Mini drone, 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro and 16-inch Apple MacBook Pro for image capture and editing on location. The Bespoke Collective of Designers, Engineers and Craftspeople also found room for Riccioni’s Sennheiser PXC550 MkII noise-cancelling headphones, Persol PO3225-S sunglasses and outerwear from streetwear brand Supreme.

HOSTING SERVICE
To accommodate hosting in even the most rugged locations, the marque developed a permanent Bespoke feature for Cullinan named the Hosting Service. This remarkable marriage of design, craftsmanship and engineering offers a range of accoutrements to create the perfect beverage while enjoying the world’s most breathtaking vistas. Suited to hosting up to eight adults, the Hosting Service comes complete with glassware and the utensils for creating a fresh cocktail or a classic gin and tonic for passengers. Elegant highball glasses are adorned with discreet Rolls-Royce monograms whilst wooden chopping boards are made of the highest quality American walnut. Additionally, space is provisioned for a light snack service.

THE BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE
As well as the Recreation Module, the rear compartment can accommodate a second Bespoke feature, unique to Cullinan, that customers can specify to enhance their explorations. With the tailgate open, a touch of a button deploys the Viewing Suite – two rear-facing sociably arranged either side of a retractable cocktail table. The Viewing Suite provides the perfect place in which to relax and reflect on the day’s events. Truly the best seat in the house.

I love the Urban Photography Recreation Module, let’s see if I can convince my lovely fiancé to transform his car into a blogger vehicle, haha! A little dressing drawer would be nice too …

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Rolls-Royce

Michael Fux Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collection

With the presentation of his latest Rolls-Royce Cullinan today, Michael Fux has commissioned a series of 12 one-of-a-kind Rolls-Royce Bespoke creations.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has dozens of colors reserved for numerous clients around the globe. Among the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars he has commissioned, Mr. Fux ‘owns’ ten Bespoke colors, more than any other patron of the brand. These colors can only by used by, or with, the permission of the client.

• Fux Fuxia Pearl (Phantom)
• Fux Fuxia (Dawn)
• Fux Blue Candy (Dawn)
• Fux Intense Jade Pearl (Phantom)
• Fux Aequus Green Jade Pearl (Wraith)
• Fux Purple Candy (Phantom Drophead Coupé)
• Fux White (Ghost)
• Fux Red Candy (Phantom Drophead Coupé)
• Fux Yellow (Phantom Drophead Coupé)

2019: ‘Fux Orange’ (Cullinan)
Mr. Fux challenged the designers to match the color to a vibrant orange ladies wrap that caught his eye in South Florida.
Working together for nearly a year, the teams delivered the perfect surface application of more than seven layers of finish polished by hand for multiple hours in the Surface Finish Center. The exterior even features black Cullinan wheels with pinstripe wheel centers in the bright ‘Fux Orange.’

The interior is decked in hand-crafted Arctic White leather with offsetting Orange stitching and Orange Rolls-Royce ‘RRs’ on the headrests. Arctic White is carried over to the box grain leather fascia, steering wheel control stems and carpets. The designers brought color contrast with ‘Fux Orange’ finished fascia veneer and lambswool floor mats.

2018: ‘Fux Fuxia Pearl’ (Phantom)
The ‘Phantom in Fuxia’ is Mr. Fux’s tenth commission.
The exterior color features the pearlized feature from his 2015 Fux Intense Jade Pearl with the bright vibrant hue from his 2017 ‘Dawn in Fuxia’.

2017: ‘Fux Fuxia’ (Dawn)
The ‘Dawn in Fuxia’ is finished a vibrant color, matched to a flower that Mr. Fux found in Pebble Beach in 2016. Mr. Fux had just been presented with one of the first highly personalized Dawn’s in the world in his eponymous color ‘Fux Blue.’ He then presented fuchsia petals from the Pebble Beach lawns to the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Design Team with a challenge to them to create a second Bespoke Dawn.

2016: ‘Fux Blue Candy’ (Dawn)
‘Dawn in Fux Blue’ is a stunning duo-tone blue and white Dawn sporting an exterior hued in Mr. Fux’s latest Bespoke ‘Fux Blue’. The magnificent finish including the Fux Blue Bespoke colored hood. The bright Arctic White interior offsets the luscious Fux Blue exterior and includes the sleek Piano White fascia and Bespoke Arctic White hand-wrapped steering wheel. The Arctic White leather surrounds the compartment and adorns Dawn’s rear deck. The white interior is highlighted by the vibrant Fux Blue Bespoke lambswool carpet creating a visually striking image.

2015: ‘Fux Intense Jade Pearl’ (Phantom)
This Phantom with ‘Fux Intense Jade Pearl’ exterior finish and a Fux Aequus Green interior matches the Wraith he commissioned in 2014. The interior is appointed in the highest quality leather in a vibrant color theme matching green throughout the front and rear compartments. More than a year of Bespoke color design went into this ‘One-of-One’ work of art that complements Mr. Fux’s Bespoke Wraith commissioned in 2014, and his collection of stunning, colorful Rolls-Royce motor cars.

2014: ‘Fux Aequus Green Jade Pearl’ (Wraith)
The two-tone car is presented in two specially developed colors; ‘Fux Aequus Green’ and Cornish White with Jade Pearl accents. Inside, the vibrant coluor theme continues with matching green across the interior, including leather seats, floor mats and carpets, leather covered stalks and steering wheel, with veneer parts. In true Michael Fux style, attention has been paid to even the smallest details with the speakers, front and rear vents and rear view mirror casing finished in the car’s unique green hue.

2011: ‘Fux Purple Candy’ (Phantom Drophead Coupé)
This Bespoke-named exterior color is a deep luscious ‘Fux Purple Candy’ finish with exterior and Arctic White exterior with contrast purple stitching. This is including the leather floor mats and boot finishing. Arctic White Veneer is used from fascia to the deck. The bespoke steering wheel comes with Arctic White veneer spokes and hand-crafted Arctic White leather.

2010: ‘Fux Arctic White’ (Ghost)
The exterior paint and trim are covered in a hand-polished Fux Arctic White paint, while the interior is upholstered in matching Arctic White leather. The white leather covers all interior surfaces including the steering wheel. Complementing the paint scheme is a matching presentation key box. In a bold break from stylistic tradition, Mr. Fux has had the traditionally veneered dashboard painted with a matching lacquer instead. All the interior leather is stitched with a contrasting Consort Red thread. Arctic white lamb’s wool floor mats overlay Consort Red carpets in the interior.

2010: ‘Fux Red Candy’ (Phantom Drophead Coupé)
The exterior is finished in ‘Fux Red Candy’ hand-polished to a high-luster.
The interior is upholstered in matching Arctic White leather. The white leather covers all interior surfaces including the steering wheel. All the interior leather is stitched with a contrasting Consort Red thread. Arctic white lamb’s wool floor mats overlay Consort Red carpets in the interior for a colorful finish.

2008: ‘Fux Yellow’ (Phantom Drophead Coupé)
This Phantom Drophead Coupé features an exterior Bespoke in ‘Fux Yellow’. The entire interior is in matching yellow leather, including the seats, headrests, steering wheel, door panels and, even the interior of the boot.
The trademark lambswool carpets are dyed in a perfect match. High-gloss carbon fiber is used in place of the traditional of wood veneer Rolls-Royce have been replaced by cutting-edge carbon fiber. The entire dashboard is black with yellow leather controls with the yellow hue extending throughout the cabin from the console, and the rear deck.

You might be wondering why I am showing this car collection. There are two reasons for it. First, I LOVE cars and second, how cool would it be to have this collection to match your daily outfits…

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and via Instagram @fuxwithmichael

My Look: Vacation

I love going on vacation by car as you can pack as much as you like. On the other hand, with the right hand luggage, flying can be also very convenient. For me, there is nothing quite like my new chic Lexicon Hardside Global Carry-On by Victorinox to induce that sense of wanderlust. The champagne coloured trolley is not just impossibly pretty, but also unbreakable and packed with lots of smart features. These include an interior compression system which allows you to make the most of the space inside, TSA-approved lock, built-in battery pocket for charging your USB devices, as well as premium 360° wheels for a smooth, easy roll.

My look: Appliquéd cotton-twill jumpsuit by Mira Mikati, pink satin bow hairband
icon by Prada, vintage white black rasoir cut-off cat-eye sunglasses by Miu Miufaux-pearl tassel earrings by Oscar de la Renta, silver-tone beaded chokericon by Isabel MarantAce sneaker with crystals by Gucci, and Shopper Bistrot Panier S straw tote by Balenciaga.

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: Falling For You

This year, we were so incredibly lucky with the weather. After an amazing summer, we got to experience the Swiss fall in all its colourful glory. I cannot remember ever having worn such an airy dress in October… now I am ready to unpack the winter clothes.

My look: Flou paneled printed georgette midi dressicon by Balenciaga, appliquéd leather sneakers by Prada, Tonda Métropolitaine watch by Parmigiani Fleurierrose diamond ring by Piaget, crystal aviator sunglasses, denim bracelet, and velvet Boy bag in burgundy, all by Chanel.

This fall, I am falling for you…

LoL, Sandra

Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht

My Look: Road Trip

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I love road trips, I like travelling but preferably in comfy clothes that still need to be stylish. When I spotted this track suit at Gucci, it was love at first sight. Today, I am wearing it on my flight back to Zurich from NYC… it was an amazing stay and I am bringing home the best memories to be shared with you soon!

My look: Embroidered jacketicon and matching track pants, heart embellished scarficon, embellished metallic sneakers and black Bamboo shopper, all by Gucci, white tee by Dolce & Gabbanamirrored sunglasses by Chanelicon, rose diamond necklace by Piagetdiamond ring by Vainard Fine Jewellery and Tonda 1950 Set Clarity watch by Parmigiani Fleurier.
Trolley by Victorinox.

LoL, Sandra

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Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht