They say good things come in threes so it was a real thrill to collaborate with Aston Martin for the third year running at Monterey Auto Week this month. The global unveiling of the new 2015 V12 Vantage S Roadster took centre stage during three days of exclusive events and test drives at the resplendent Aston Martin Estate, where guests relaxed in VIP lounges furnished by Timothy Oulton. Over 700 automobile connoisseurs and Aston Martin enthusiasts from around the world were in attendance.
We’re proud to say we have a lot in common with our British friend. We’re both powered by an unrelenting passion for authentic handcraftsmanship and vintage aesthetics, and we both like to take things to the edge – and further – in the quest for daring new designs.
The Aston Martin Estate is a magnificent private residence in Pebble Beach, the west coast’s equivalent of The Hamptons, with jaw-dropping views over Monterey and a lavish exterior well worthy of a James Bond filming location. Three areas were transformed into the Design Centre, Experience Room and Evening Lounge, outfitted in classic Timothy Oulton. Old favourites like Gyro were mixed in with new boys on the block from this year’s Jet and Adventurer themes.
In the sophisticated Experience room, guests took their driving seat in the Tufted Tribeca sofas as they awaited their Aston Martin test drives. Vintage leathers and sleek steel from Metro were mixed in with a little adventure from pieces including the 4 Beam coffee table in reclaimed Railway Wood.
Over in the Design Centre, the excitement was revved up by the new Jet collection, inspired by the world of speed racing and precision engineering – a perfect choice when you learn the new V12 S Vantage Roadster is capable of a 0-60mph time in a staggering 3.9 seconds. Energy gleamed from the Timothy Oulton Mars MK3, bounced off the edgy Globetrekker cabinetry in black Orbit and steered into the ridiculously comfortable Bendum sofa, wrapped in hand-finished Full Rebel leather. Guests were able to try out Aston Martin’s stunning new DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo on two simulators, a virtual-only GT racer developed in-house by Aston Martin’s engineering team. The Design Centre really showed off the innovation and craftsmanship of both brands, showing what a great fit they are in both style and substance.
The three day event ended on a high, like a natural fork in the road; Aston Martin’s iconic cars on one side and Timothy Oulton’s authentically daring furniture on the other, merging together on a path of extraordinary experiences.