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Visiting Monaco Top Cars Collection Museum

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We had the privilege to visit the Monaco Top Cars Collection or as the locals would like to call it The Cars Collection of H.S.H. the Prince of Monaco during the month of April 2018.

As soon as you enter the premises you will be captivated by an array of Formula One cars that is breathtaking beyond compare, just a few meters away the trip back in time starts with amazing Rally cars that took part in Monaco Racing series. On top of that, you get the chance to enjoy the history of Monaco throughout its special edition cars and vehicles used by the Royal Family in multiple special occasions.

Before taking you on a journey through time, I would like to start with a brief history of this amazing collection.

At the end of the 1950s, the car enthusiast Prince Rainier III began collecting old cars. His collection gradually grew over the years as he acquired more and more models, and the garage at the Prince’s Palace soon emerged as too small to contain this collection of around a hundred stunning streamlined and sporty cars, from majestic bodywork to gleaming hoods and regal radiator grills!

In 1993, Prince Rainier III, therefore, decided to open his precious collection to the public by establishing the Top Cars Collection Museum located on the Terrasse de Fontvieille. The exhibition spans 5 000 m2 and is unique in the world, bringing together around a hundred-odd different cars, from a 1903 DE DION BOUTON to the 2013 LOTUS F1 via HISPANO SUIZA, ROLLS ROYCE, LINCOLN, FACEL VEGA, DELAGE, DELAHAYE, PACKARD, HUMBER, NAPIER, FERRARI, MASERATI, LAMBORGHINI, ALFA ROMEO, the LEXUS used for the royal wedding in 2011, and without forgetting the racing cars seen at the Monte Carlo Rally and the Formula 1s from the Monaco Grand Prix.

You really can’t get enough as you move from one car to another, it is a dream come true for car fanatics and car collectors and is a must visit if you ever pass by Monaco. We would like to share with you some stories we picked up as we move along the Automotive Journey of the Royal Family:

The Humber 350 cc a motorcycle from 1902 driven by Prince Albert I to go from Monaco to his castle of Marchais in Aisne.

Next down the memory lane was the story of Prince Rainier and his faithful mechanic next to the DEUTSCH BONNET before the start of the Tour of France Automobile in 1953.

Moving up the timeline, was The New 1959 Renault Floride that was received by Princess Grace from Renault manufacturer in the Courtyard of the Princely Palace.

Fast Forward to the 2nd of July 2011 with the wedding of HSH Prince Albert II and the Princess Charlène in the LEXUS Hybrid specially coated in Landaulet.

Other notable cars in the collection were there as well to stun you including the Bugatti Type 35 driven by William Grover-Williams that won the inaugural Monaco Grand Prix in 1929, and Sébastien Loeb’s Citroën DS3 WRC, which he drove to victory in the 2013 Monte Carlo Rally.

The cars collection of HSH the Prince of Monaco is a unique collection of exceptional vehicles combining luxury with rarity.

We had a blast while going on a time-travelling journey in the middle of these amazing machine that ranges from late 1800 till nowadays.

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Top Marques Monaco EXCEPTIONAL SUPER CARS

The 15th Anniversary Edition of Top Marques Monaco took place from April 19th-22nd 2018 at Grimaldi Forum – Monte Carlo.

We were there to witness the best display of Super Cars, High-end Tuning, Classic Cars, Rare Cars, High-end Watches, Boats, products and more.

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To mark this auspicious milestone, the show returned to its roots and brought one heck of a display inside and outside the venue.

World premier supercars, rare classic cars and groundbreaking ecological vehicles were lined up in the Ravel Supercar Hall whilst more than 30 vehicles were available for test drive on the iconic Monaco Grand Prix circuit including the brand new ZENVO, drivable for the first time during the show & high-performance tuners by Moldavian customizing company ALANDI PERFORMANCE.

Visitors were able to get up close to the MISSILE by CORBELLATI, being touted as the world’s fastest supercar with an estimated top speed of 500 km/h.

In addition to, four world premieres, including an ultra-lightweight hybrid hypercar with top speeds of 380 km/h by Slovenia supercar specialist Tushek & bespoke supercar from British newcomers BDI, largest ever display of ‘green’ vehicles including a special edition electric sports car designed for H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco and a private collection of classic cars once owned by the world’s most notorious statesmen.

As for motorcycle lovers, an extremely rare sighting of unique motorbike designed by Massimo Tamburini, the mastermind behind Ducati known as the ‘Michelangelo of motos’

In addition, in the show’s Watch Pavilion and Luxury Lane, visitors got the opportunity to marvel at – and buy – watches from leading independent horologers as well as exquisite jewellery pieces and the latest luxury lifestyle must-haves.

Despite its relatively short history, Top Marques is now Monaco’s third most popular event attracting visitors from afar afield as Japan, Canada, Middle East and New Zealand. A record-breaking number of tickets have been sold for the show.

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Marine Chronometer Annual Calendar Monaco

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Ulysse Nardin releases the limited edition Marine Chronometer Annual Calendar Monaco, in celebration of 9 years of loyal support for the prestigious Monaco Yacht Show.

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Ulysse Nardin is proud to be the official sponsor of Monaco Yacht Show for the 9th consecutive year. The Monaco Yacht show is the world’s largest mega yacht exhibition, where luxury yacht builders from around the world reveal their stunning creations. The highly-anticipated event takes place at Port Hercule in late September under the patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco. Ulysse Nardin commemorates this incredible event with a special edition Marine Chronometer Annual Calendar Monaco, in a limited edition of 100 pieces.

The Monaco Yacht Show is an ideal opportunity for Ulysse Nardin customers to explore the glamourous, exciting world of super yachts, with the MYS a perfect partner for the Swiss watchmaker, whose seafaring heritage stretches back to 1846. The MYS is the reference exhibition in the super yacht industry. Once a year the best and most exclusive super yacht builders and nautical service providers reach out to their clientele in the picturesque setting of Port Hercule. The MYS offers Ulysse Nardin the perfect environment to highlight its expertise, innovation and seafaring DNA.

This seafaring DNA is encapsulated in the Ulysse Nardin Marine chronometer created for the prestigious event. A timepiece inspired by the historic marine chronometers upon which the reputation of Ulysse Nardin was founded, the Marine Chronometer Annual Calendar Monaco is an exquisite timepiece of impeccable pedigree, created in a limited edition of 100 pieces.

At Ulysse Nardin, the pursuit of excellence in technical avant-garde has advanced in line with the search for timekeeping simplicity. In 2016, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Marine Collection, a Marine Chronograph incorporated an annual calendar for the first time.

A mechanical annual calendar typically requires up to thirty components. But in pursuit of the principle of simplicity, Ulysse Nardin watchmakers managed to streamline the system to a mere 7 elements. Simple to use, beautiful to behold, this timepiece is the epitome of innovation in the service of practicality, as it requires a date adjustment only once a year. This achievement in purity and functionality celebrates the achievements of Ludwig Oechslin, the originator whose legacy is the quest for simplicity in even the most difficult complication.

This quest is upheld too in the UN-113 caliber, a movement – including the silicium escapement and balance spring – made entirely in-house at the Ulysse Nardin workshop. It enables the calendar date-setting both forwards and backwards – yet another simplification.

Only 100 pieces of this extraordinary timepiece exist, a fact to which the “Limited Edition” engraving on the bracelet’s titanium insert can attest. With its COSC-certification, the precision self-winding movement combines the coveted annual calendar feature with a 60-hour power reserve.

A celebration of the Monaco Yacht Show is revealed in several details on the white lacquered dial with its distinctive blue Roman numeral indexes – a feature of each timepiece in Ulysse Nardin’s Marine collection. A stunning tribute to the event of the year comes in the form of “Monaco 2017” inscribed on the dial. The dates of the event (27, 28, 29, 30) and the month of September are highlighted in blue, instead of black, on the date disc.

As you might expect for a timepiece with such an illustrious maritime heritage, the Marine Chronometer Annual Calendar Monaco is water resistant to 100 m, its 43 mm stainless-steel case equipped with a fluted bezel and a rubberized screw-down security crown. An anti-reflective sapphire crystal reveals the UN movement in the open case back, and a rubber strap with a folding clasp and titanium element keeps it firmly in place.

Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer Annual Calendar Monaco and the Monaco Yacht Show. For all those who embrace the power of the sea, this is a match made in yachting heaven.

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