Perpetuelle readers know I am a fan of bespoke German safes made by Döttling — often meant to accommodate treasured wristwatches. In fact it is the only such manufacture to have been featured here. Fact is, if you are passionate about what you do, and you make a product that is second-to-none, you will be recognized here at Perpetuelle. And so goes Döttling — these guys make inspiring and incredible products for watch collectors, among others. This particular piece is the Colosimo PopArt — inspired by none less than the legendary money bin of Scrooge McDuck.
The Colosimo is the company’s “mini-safe”, with 16 radially attached and specially hardened locking bolts and 32 gilded precision gearwheels. Oh, and its named after a gangster legend from Chicago at the turn of the 20th century (see “Did You Know” below). Each PopArt safe is hand-painted by the London designers at Year Zero — making them each a genuine one-of-a-kind. The only downside of this piece is that it could perhaps be carried off by a thief due to its relatively small size — perhaps why Döttling is tight-lipped about the actual weight of the Colosimo.
Döttling Colosimo PopArt Cash Cube
Here you see the security glass on the front of the safe — if you like to keep a closer eye the safe contents:
Note the piggy-bank style slot on the top of the safe for tucking in your extra C-notes:
Did You Know?
“Big Jim” Colosimo (1878–1920) was already a gangster legend during his lifetime in Chicago’s underworld. At the turn of the twentieth century, the mobster boss paved the way for other underground notables such as Al Capone. To protect their customers’ assets from criminals such as him, US banks of the time installed massive vaults with huge round doors and highly complex lock mechanisms. The steel doors with radial bolts made unauthorized access to these high-security vaults practically impossible. Inspired by these unique examples of American locksmith artisanship from the days of the Prohibition, Döttling has constructed – on a scale of 1:13 – the world’s smallest safe: Colosimo.