In celebration of this year’s Giro d’Italia, Colnago unveiled glimpses of its special edition “Gioiello” C68 frameset last week, dazzling disciples of the vaunted Italian brand with a bespoke version of its flagship model – bejeweled in all manner of 18ct and 24ct gold.
Today, Colnago is putting Numero 1 of its 50 special edition “Gioiello” framesets up for auction via Sotheby’s – complete with a diamond-studded stem cap.
“After presenting the Colnago Gioiello, a limited edition of 50 numbered items based on the C68 frame created to celebrate the 106th Giro d’Italia and crown the partnership between Colnago and the Corsa Rosa, Cambiago’s company is proud to show the world the Numero 1, a Colnago Gioiello even rarer, more refined and more precious, in a new context for the cycling scene: the Geneva Luxury Show, organized by Sotheby’s, the famous auction house based in New Bond Street, London. In creating the Colnago Gioiello, presented last week, an artisanal technique was used to decorate the entire frame with gold leaf,” says Colnago.
“Specialist partners were involved for such dedicated components, working alongside Colnago’s designers on specially designed decorations, such as the Colnago pattern or the bottle cage inspired by the shapes of the Trofeo Senza Fine. For the Colnago Gioiello Numero 1, in addition to these already special measures, Colnago has collaborated with a jewelry workshop to further embellish the Colnago Gioiello, creating a real jewel to be embedded in the bike With the Colnago Gioiello Numero 1, the boundaries between art, cycling and dream blur, for a bicycle that becomes a real work of art, unique and unrepeatable. Tradition, high quality and excellently researched materials and processing techniques are the drivers of the creative process, for a project that combines some of the most noble Italian arts. Colnago has also shown that he has the courage, to dare, to experiment and to innovate, even going beyond the canonical boundaries of the cycling industry. The result is an exquisitely handmade work: hands that think, design, and create. The hands that make the Colnago Gioiello Numero 1 unique are those of Simonetta Moretto, expert goldsmith, who, assisted by Colnago’s designers, was able to invent a jewel to be inserted in the cap of the bike’s front tube,” adds Colnago.
Additionally, Numero 1 will be auctioned as a complete bike, which will feature Colnago’s CC.01 integrated handlebar, a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9250 groupset that’s fitted with a CeramicSpeed OSPW 3D Printed Ti OSPW TiN Coated pulley, Carbon-Ti X-rotor steel/carbon disc brakes, a Selle Italia SLR flow carbon saddle, an Enve SES 3.4 Gold version wheelset shod with Pirelli P ZERO Race TLR Gold tires and a Giro d’Italia embossed bottle cage and bar tape.
Since the writing of this article, #1 sold for a staggering 120,650 CHF (approximately $135,000 USD or 125,000 €) at Sotheby’s Geneva Luxury Week on May 19.
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