Salon Privé, Blenheim palace, 5 – 8 September
After the inner-city automotive celebration that was Concours in the City it’s time to fawn over vintage references and obsess over cylinders at the next big instalment in the classic car calendar: Salon Privé. Launching on 5 September with a garden party, there will be a different event each day in the splendid grounds of Blenheim Palace.
Thursday 5th: The Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elegance, one of the most competitive owners’ events in the world.
Friday 6th: Salon Prive Ladies Day by Boodles, a far more fashionable approach to the vintage and classic cars.
Saturday 7th: Salon Prive Bentley Masters, a celebration of the quintessential British luxury marque to celebrate its centenary.
Sunday 8th: Salon Prive Classic & Supercar, the family day for lovers of all things mechanical, whatever age they may be.
Book your ticket at salonpriveconcours.com
Opera Gallery Turns 25
The all-knowledgeable contemporary art oracles at Opera Gallery are celebrating 25 years of catering to London’s elite collectors and, to hammer it home, showed off with the biggest stand at this year’s Masterpiece London. However, on top of that they have been hosting a new exhibition dedicated to American Icons. Energetic and thought-provoking, the exhibition mirrors everything Opera Gallery has to offer; operagallery.com
These pieces are available for purchase through the gallery, so it’s worth taking a look at the best of the best:
Andy Warhol, Eagle, 1983
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled, 1985
Keith Haring, Untitled, 1988
Breitling saves the Oceans
On 13 June heritage pilot’s watch maker and now saviour of the environment Breitling played host to part of its adventurer squad – Ben Fogle and the inimitable David de Rothschild – at its Bond Street store to launch its new limited edition watch, the Superocean Heritage II Ocean Conservancy.
They discussed the environment and waking up to the damage to the planet. As with all these things a portion of the money brought in by the new watch will go towards the global fight against ocean pollution. It’s a noble initiative, helped by a particularly lovely take on the newest iteration of the Superocean; breitling.com
Superocean Heritage II Ocean Conservancy Specs:
Case: 44mm Stainless Steel Case with 200m water resistance
Movement: COSC-certified Breitling Calibre 13 automatic movement with 48-hour power reserve
Strap: NATO ECONYL strap made from recycled nylon from fishing nets
Pricing & Availability: £4,880, Limited to 1000 pieces