Döttling puts “The Skeleton” back to life for its $341,326 antique luxury safe project
Döttling, the German-based luxury safe maker, is known for its luxury safes, including the world’s most expensive Döttling Narcissus safe, designed by Karl Lagerfeld. The company is also known for restoring historical safes and giving them a new appeal. The latest restoration project by the company has literally brought the skeleton out-of-the-closet, back from the Emperor Wilhelm II era. With “The Skeleton,” the company has restored a 120-year-old masterpiece, a rare example of Prussian forged art from this time period and has augmented it with hi-tech features to make it a one-off piece for one of its wealthy US clients. The euro 250,000 ($341,326) project started 18 months ago for a US watch collector who wanted to show off his luxury watches in style rather than stashing them away in a closed vault. The double-walled Silatec bulletproof glass (25 mm thick) replaced the steel components of the doors to display the precious possessions inside, without compromising on its safety. Engravings cover the 14 high-gloss chrome-plated locking bolts; the interior finish consists of the finest grained poplar and 15 watch-winders. The unit has been finished in a hand-polished grand piano lacquer with cognac-colored goat suede used to round off the antique luxury safe.
“We already have another order from a customer who asked for something similar and as all of our safes are one-of-a-kind pieces, it will of course look different, but this is an important aspect that our customers appreciate”, concludes Markus Döttling.