So Iris Apfel isn’t the only one who has a thing for owls. Canadian hip-hop artist Drake likewise shares an affinity for the bird, which serves as the logo for OVO, the Toronto-based record label he cofounded with partners Oliver El-Khatib and producer Noah “40” Shebib in 2012.
Drake’s fans know he also has an affinity for very nice cars, to the point that he has commissioned a number of bespoke motorcar designs with Tony Bet, CEO of Toronto-based Driving Emotions Motorcar. Their latest project? A custom Rolls-Royce in gleaming, buttery yellow, every inch of it impossibly luxurious, right down to the smallest detail.
That’s how Hearts On Fire came to be involved in the commission. One of its Toronto-area retailers, Raffi Jewellers, connected Bet with the Hearts On Fire design team in pursuit of a gold and diamond-accented hood ornament that paid homage to Drake’s OVO owl.
“I wanted to do something over the top for this one, especially for my friend Drake,” said Bet in a statement. “The OVO Owl means a great deal to him and knowing that Hearts On Fire and their quality and craftsmanship is perfect down to every detail.… I knew they were the perfect partner to put my thought into action. The entire automobile is one-of-a-kind, and this owl adds just that extra bit of sparkle.”
Emphasis on extra, although the bling was used a thoughtful way. The base of the owl is detailed with 120 diamonds—120 represents the sum of the digits that make up Drake’s birth date (10/24/86). And each owl’s eye weighs 1.01 carats for a total of “2.020” carats—2020 corresponds to the year of the Rolls-Royce Phantom that lends its form to the foundation of the car design.
Which is to say that if you want to get a 2020 Rolls-Royce Phantom, you can certainly can, though exactly none of them will be as tight as this one.
(Top image via: @tonybet)
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