NORTH SHIELD

Porsche ar­rives in Pe­nang.

Robb Report (Malaysia) - - Grand Openings - By Vishal Bhaskaran Pho­tos Aaron Lee

Stuttgart’s pur­veyor of fine sports cars has cre­ated its first show­room in Malaysia’s north. Porsche Cen­tre Pe­nang is strate­gi­cally lo­cated in the state’s au­to­mo­tive hub of Se­berang Perai. Along­side stan­dard 3S ser­vices, this third Malaysian Porsche out­post boasts a fit­ting lounge for cus­tomi­sa­tion of ve­hi­cles. Porsche Driver’s Se­lec­tion life­style ap­parel and ac­ces­sories are also avail­able here. To com­mem­o­rate the open­ing, au­tho­rised Porsche im­porter Sime Darby Auto Per for­mance si­mul­ta­ne­ously launched the all- new Porsche 718 Cay­man and Cay­man S, a col­lec­tion that starts at rm530,000. Porsche Cen­tre Pe­nang Lot 6985, Jalan Baru, Mukim 1, Kam­pung Jawa, Se­berang Perai, 13700 Perai, Pu­lau Pi­nang Tel: +60 19 400 9911

TIm­pe­rial gilt-bronze rit­ual Ruibin bell Auc­tioned by Bon­hams in New York for US$ 607,500 ( RM2.7 mil­lion).

his rare and im­por­tant bell, orig­i­nally part of an an­cient Chi­nese bianzhong mu­si­cal in­stru­ment, bears a Qian­long mark and dates back to the eighth year of the Qian­long pe­riod (circa 1743). The bell’s flat top is adorned with a pair of drag­ons fea­tur­ing large heads, fe­ro­cious ex­pres­sions, arched backs and pointed fangs. The qual­ity of crafts­man­ship can be seen in the drag­ons’ in­tri­cately worked scales, bands of rolling waves, for­malised cloud wisps and the eight strik­ing discs around the base. www.bon­hams.com

The new Porsche Cen­tre Pe­nang’s show­room is de­signed to dis­play as many as 10 cars.

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