Bespoke German safe-maker Döttling first came on to my radar a couple of years go when I profiled the brand’s uber-secure, uber-pricey ($24,000) Colosimo watch safe. Since then I’ve tried to keep an eye on the company, currently led by master locksmith and namesake Markus Döttling (it was his great grandfather who founded the company in 1919) & Managing Partner Andreas K. Schlittenhardt. The safes Döttling makes are nothing short of spectacular — the kind of stuff you will only see in the homes of the most elite and deep-pocketed watch collectors in the world. “James Bond” and “Mission: Impossible” also come to mind.
Today you are looking at the latest from Döttling’s COLOSIMO collection — basically the company’s “mini-safe” product line. The Döttling Colosimo “Double Wing” is inspired by the 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL, better known as the “Gullwing”. A symbiosis of fascinating technology and consummate design, the the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing was far ahead of its time on both counts. Today, nearly 60 years after the first 300 SL left the factory, the Döttling Colosimo Double Wing arrives on the scene, its design entirely based on the iconic automotive model.
Döttling Colosimo Watch Safe “Double Wing” Edition
Obvious aesthetics aside, note that the integrated clock is a Wempe Zeitmeister — its center placement certainly inspired by the 300SL’s own dashboard clock. The toggle switches are also a charming homage to the interior of the automotive legend.
The highly intricate locking mechanism of the safe is opened by means of a three-digit personal code. There is room for 3 watches per wing.