TOP Marques Monaco, the world’s ultimate luxury car show, opens later this week to an anticipated audience of more than 40,000 visitors.
As many as 100 supercars and other exceptional, ground-breaking vehicles will be on display inside Monaco’s award-winning Grimaldi Forum from 14th to 17th April.
There will be a further 30 supercars lined up in the pits outside the waterfront venue available for test drive on a closed section of the Formula 1 GP circuit by potential clients hoping to “See It, Try It, Buy It!”
The show, organized in association with the private bank the Edmond de Rothschild group for the fourth consecutive year, will open with a live display of the ArcaBoard, the world’s first flying hover board powered by electric fans that put out 272 horsepower.
The revolutionary green machine, straight out of Back to the Future, will weave its magic on the Esplanade at the inauguration of the 13th edition of Top Marques Monaco.
Visitors will then be invited to discover the 200-plus exhibitors inside the glass-domed exhibition space including hand-picked watches, jewels and luxury products as well as a stunning selection of supercars inside the Espace Ravel.
Billed by Bloomberg as the ‘ultimate luxury car show’, Top Marques is this year bigger than ever with an extra 2,000 m2 of exhibition space. Tickets for the show are available through the website www.topmarquesmonaco.com or from the Grimaldi Forum.
Where to head first? Below is a guide to the 10 Luxury Exhibits Not to Miss at Top Marques Monaco 2016:
1. APOLLO’s Arrow
This will be the Arrow’s first public outing since the newest supercar on the block was launched at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show last month.
The stunning-looking vehicle by Apollo has a maximum horsepower of 986 and 737 lb.-ft. of torque with enough power to accelerate from 0-60 in just 2.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 224 mph.
WHERE TO FIND THE APOLLO: Stand B7b
2. The Cars from SPECTRE
James Bond will return to Monaco for the first time in 21 years with a thrilling display of supercars from the latest 007 film to star at Top Marques including James Bond’s Aston Martin DB10 and the Jaguar C-X75, which Spectre’s villain Hinx drove in a chase with Daniel Craig through the streets of Rome.
The Aston Martin DB10 boasts a 4.7-litre V8 engine and a six-speed manual gearbox whilst the C-X75 produces 850bhp with a top speed of 200mph. The Range Rover Sport SVR, Land Rover "Big foot "Defender and Aston Martin DB5 which also featured in Spectre are available to view.
WHERE TO FIND THE CARS FROM SPECTRE : Stands F5-F7
3. ICONA'S Vulcano
The Vulcano Titanium is a one-off creation from Italian designhouse ICONA which was inspired by the world’s fastest plane, the Blackbird SR-71. It is the world’s first supercar made entirely out of Titanium.
The naked titanium body is a sculptured work of art which took more than 10,000 hours of hand-crafted work to create. The Vulcano is capable to be tuned to well over 1.000 horsepower and can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles/hr in 2.8 seconds and 120 miles/hr in 8.8 seconds.
WHERE TO FIND THE VULCANO: Stand E1
4. NEWTRON ENGINEERING: The First All electric Fiat 500
Newtron Engineering is an Italian company working on the development of hybrid and full electric systems applied to the automotive industry since the year 2007. The research and development centre of the company is based in Villafranca Tirrena, Sicily. “Officine Amarcord” is the division of the company responsible for the conversion of the Vintage cars into full electric vehicles.
The first vehicle being modified has been the FIAT 500 in its roofed version and now also in the “Jolly” version, obtained by replicating the original modification made by the workshop GHIA from Turin, Italy from 1958 to 1974.
WHERE TO FIND NEWTRON ENGINEERING: Stand B3
5. PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CASINO DE MONTE-CARLO & FAIRMONT HOTEL
For the second year running, fans of Top Marques will be able to get a sneak preview of some of the vehicles being exhibited at the show before it even opens thanks to some its partnerships with key venues in the Principality.
The Apollo R and the the Lamborghini Huracan Spyder will be on view outside the Casino de Monte-Carlo from tomorrow (Tuesday) whilst visitors in the Fairmont will find another Apollo, the Apollo N, parked up in the entrance hall from today.
6: KORMARAN K7
Named by the Robb Report as one of the fastest and most fun boats under 50 meters, the Kormaran is a fantastic feat of engineering which allows owners six boats – for the price of one (rather expensive one!).
The Kormaran is a 23-foot speedboat that morphs into six configurations with the push of a button. At top speed, the $1.5 million Kormaran can run 44 knots in hydrofoil form.
Dependent on sea conditions, it can also morph into a monohull, a catamaran, or a trimaran, thanks to electronically controlled actuators that reposition the hull pontoons. There is also a Bathing Mode whereby an 11-foot, 5-inch-wide teak platform appears from the sides to the center of the boat, and a Night Mode, which activates red LED lights and aquamarine strip lighting.
WHERE TO FIND THE KORMARAN: Esplanade
7. MARTIN JETPACK
After wowing China and the Emirate of Dubai the next stop for this international company based in New Zealand is Top Marques where visitors to the exhibition will be able to see the future of personal transportation first hand.
Designed to be the world’s safest light aircraft, the Martin Jetpack is aimed at adventurers, futurists and visionaries who take up the challenge to explore and venture to places that others can only imagine. The Personal Jetpack’s beautifully designed lines and eloquent engineering are backed by high-powered performance and robust aeronautical engineering.
Visitors to Martin Jetpack’s stand will be able to experience the thrill of flying first hand by way of a unique 4-D full motion simulator.
WHERE TO FIND MARTIN JETPACK: Stand 4 Espace Diaghilev
8: BAMFORD WATCH DEPARTMENT
Bamford Watch Department (BWD) comes to Top Marques Monaco from its headquarters in Mayfair, London, with its new series of watches based on timeless Rolex originals. The Commando series harks back to vintage military design and features an essential new coating and three new colour schemes, Desert, Combat and Forest.
These latest additions to the BWD catalogue feature mesmerising interpretations of the legendary Rolex Milgauss, Submariner Non-Date and Explorer II including unique 3-6-9 sandwich dials. The eye-catching GPC coatings are scratch resistant and incredibly hard wearing. The military grade toughness and practicality, when combined with our BWD aesthetic, ensures an unforgettable and unique timepiece.
WHERE TO FIND BWD: Stand 13 Dspace Diaghilev
Sabbadini is one of the finest examples of the Italian jewellery tradition, founded in 1940 by Bruno Sabbadini. The family opened its first show room in New York in 1983, with the first Sabbadini Boutique designed by Renzo Mongiardino following 15 years later in the famous Via Montenapoleone in Milan.
Sabbadini has been a regular participant at Top Marques since the Luxury lane and Watch Pavilion were incorporated into the supercar show seven years ago, and organisers are delighted to welcome Pierandre Sabbadini back to the 13th edition.
WHERE TO FIND SABBADINI: Stand 14 Espace Diaghilev
10. VIZOURY Dumbbells
And for the man who has everything (a supercar, watch and contented bejeweled wife) Top Marques has the answer: the world’s most exclusive dumbbells by Vizoury.
Vizoury combines the most precious materials imaginable and dedication to the fine art of real craftsmanship to deliver a product that sets a new standard among luxury goods, be it in the sports, jewelry, or lifestyle industry. With their beautiful shapes, the innovative coating technologies, and around 750 flawless white diamonds set by hand, the dumbbells are not only good for your health, but also you home.
WHERE TO FIND VIZOURY: Stand 31 Espace Diaghilev
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