Döttling, the German safe manufacturer based in Maichingen near Stuttgart, has unveiled the ‘Guardian’, the world’s first high security luggage, which provides protection for up to six watches, jewellery, money, or important documents whilst on the move.
The centrepiece of the Guardian is the multi-layered, high-security cylinder built into the leather outer cover, which was developed in-house at Döttling. This consists of a range of high-tech materials, which have been interlocked in a top-secret composition. The carbide component is nearly as hard as a diamond and destroys tools such as drills or saws attempting to attack the Guardian.
Several layers of highly tearproof and cut-resistant aramid carbon-fibre fabric, which is also used in bulletproof vests, also prevents any drilling or sawing.
The outermost and innermost stratum of the high-security cylinder is made of polycarbonate, a material which is also used for anti-riot shields and helmet visors. A high-security safe door is integrated into one end of the cylinder, which is also reinforced with aramid carbon-fiber fabric, and can only be opened with a three-digit code.
When entered correctly, the lock, consisting of four high-gloss polished carbon steel bars, opens. The product is equally equipped with a GPS tracking device, and can thus be precisely located around the globe.
As for the exterior of the Guardian, the same applies as for all Döttling products: there are virtually no limits set to individuality. For example, the handle brackets made of high-gloss polished stainless steel can be engraved. Any conceivable variation in fabric or leather is also possible for the cover. This ensures that the Guardian is not recognized as a “travel safe” – providing a further plus in terms of security.
The Döttling Guardian can be carried with a handle or shoulder strap, and thanks to its compact dimensions (37 cm in length and 13.5 cm in diameter), it can also be placed in a suitcase, and weighs only 4 kg.
The quilted calf leather Guardian costs €12,000, whilst the saltwater crocodile version is priced at €14,500. Both can be purchased at the New Bond Street store, Kronometry1999, in London. For more information visit: www.doettling.com
By Simon Wittenberg