Bond Beauty Goes Topless
- Jared Paul Stern
We've heard of watches inspired by cars, but Aston Martin's new V8 Vantage Roadster may be the first car inspired by a watch. The venerable British sportscar marque has had a long association with Swiss watchmaker Jaeger-LeCoultre, and the stunning new convertible was influenced by the company's legendary Reverso. Developed for posh polo players in the 1930s, the Reverso, like the Roadster, has “open” and “closed” modes, both equally stylish.
It's said that Aston, James Bond's vehicle of choice, will only build 240 of the new 400 h.p. Roadsters at a base price of $126,000; not bad for an entirely hand built car with as many bespoke details as this one. The contrast stitching on the glove leather seats alone would do a Savile Row tailor proud. It takes five whole cows to come up with all the hide covering the seats, dash, doors and even the roof, and what's left over is faced in either gunmetal aluminum or piano black wood.
Before we saw the Roadster, we lusted after the Aston Martin DBS driven by Daniel Craig in the nouveau-Bond flick *Casino Royale*. If you haven't yet decided what to get us for Christmas, either one will do fine.