Anything from an Aston martin to a Lamborghini can now be worn on your wrist.
As sad as it may be to admit, most of us will never own an exotic car. Sure, we'll have posters of a Ferrari F8 Tributo on our walls, or maybe a Lamborghini Huracan as our desktop wallpaper, but we simply can't afford the six-figure asking prices of modern automotive exotica. For many, they simply settle for memorabilia and attire with their favorite brand's name on it, while others drop huge sums on wristwatches made to mimic a Bugatti's engine. But Christi Schimpke has a different take on what it means to wear your favorite car brands, so she started CRASH Jewelry, the company that makes jewelry out of crashed cars.
Started by Schimpke after she moved her studio into her husband's body shop, Beverly CoachCraft, she decided that with the number of parts lying around from luxurious cars, there had to be a way of upcycling them. The parts used weren't from completely totaled vehicles, though, as when damage is severe enough and the car is classified as written off, it becomes the property of the insurance company and can't be repaired and restored. Instead, CRASH uses parts that are replaced on mildly damaged cars usually damaged in fender benders. The discarded parts are freely available and are often clad in a wonderful array of colors with some authentic textures and patina.
Some of the available items include the Ferrari 458 Raw Cuff, made from a scratched and battered Ferrari 458 painted in Bianco Avus. For the gentlemen, the Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale Narrow Cuff makes use of the 360's Rosso Corsa bodywork with a stainless steel center strip from a Mercedes-Benz G-Class. Tesla aficionados may prefer the $112 cuff links made from a titanium-colored Tesla with a certificate of authenticity, but our favorites are the range of speedometer cuffs made out of anything from a Maserati GranTurismo to a Porsche Macan S.
We've heard of some pretty interesting uses for damaged vehicles over the years, but this certainly wasn't what we had in mind when we heard about an upcycled Bangle-design BMW.