Saturday, January 24, 2015

From kangaroo leather to aluminium in a million colours - Bespoke luxury safes by BUBEN&ZORWEG

For one man, it’s 100 gold bars. For another, it’s a $150 million antiquity. And for yet another, it’s a collection of 1000 handcrafted watches, along with all the accompanying packaging from the Swiss manufacturers who made them.

BUBEN&ZORWEG are world leaders in luxury safes which enable men to savour, safeguard and, more often than not, show off, their most treasured possessions. And when it comes to housing the most precious items belonging to some of the wealthiest men in the world, it’s hardly surprising that the design of the safe itself often takes on a personal meaning for the collector.
True luxury is in the details and a customized safe by BUBEN&ZORWEG is an opportunity for a collector to express his personality and individuality in the most indulgent of ways. A BUBEN& ZORWEG masterpiece is always a piece of art, a room centerpiece, and the focus of animated conversation, in its own right.

During 20 years in business, BUBEN&ZORWEG founders Harald Buben and Christian Zörweg have served some of the most discerning and demanding clients - from royalty, to CEOs and stars of sport, music and the big screen - going to extraordinary lengths to customize their magnificent creations.
With a passion for design, stunning finishes, exotic materials and for delighting their loyal clients with their completed objets, BUBEN&ZORWEG are currently creating their Agartos timepiece with a bespoke colour aluminium wood chassis (one of a choice of a staggering one million colours the company offers). They have produced their One-77 safe with an exterior to perfectly match the exterior of a client’s Aston Martin One-77 Supercar, preparing five samples of aluminium before his final approval. When the doors of this one-of-a-kind One-77 safe glide open, the hi-fi system faithfully plays the sound of the owner’s Supercar engine starting up.
BUBEN&ZORWEG have also personalized their X-007, the only safe in the world with an interior that elevates at the touch of a button, turning it into a 360 degree high-security glass showcase for a client’s $150 million antique objet d’art – this, even though the X-007 is usually designed to encase a miscellany of watches, jewellery, documents and other valuables. When this particular X-007 opens, rising upwards, the owner’s favourite music tracks play automatically.
The team of BUBEN&ZORWEG regularly sit for hours with their clients to make such creations a reality, combining the expertise of in-house engineers, clockmakers, security experts and interior designers, while clients consider the merits of German bull neck leather, the hue of a lacquer finish, the difference between European and American walnut burl wood, the preferred location of another secret compartment or the optimum temperature to enhance cigar flavour and long-term value.

“We pride ourselves in thinking of every eventuality, on both design and security aspects. BUBEN&ZORWEG use the most secure electronic system for safes, originally developed for use in the basements of Swiss banks. Once our clients start talking about personalizing a BUBEN&ZORWEG safe or interior, they become as excited as small children,” says co-founder and director Christian Zörweg.

One such client was so thrilled with the recent installation of his three Grand Collectors, one customised for his watches, one for his jewellery and one for his rifles and handguns, that he has just repeated the exact same order for his second home.

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