As Formula 1 OPUS makes its entry into the Indian sports scene, it is none other than actor Anil Kapoor who was called upon to sign the first official Formula 1 Opus copy. Anil Kapoor along with Amit Bhagchandka – Group CEO RK Global and Karl Fowler – CEO and Founder Opus Media Group were present at the occasion for launch of this luxury publishing house in the country. The timing is right when the entire country is in the F1 frenzy with the recently concluded Formula One at Buddh International Circuit on Sunday evening.
The newly opened publishing house is in alliance with RK Global and launch was attended by Bollywood stars, cricketing fraternity and eminent personalities from fashion, sport, business and politics. Anil Kapoor signing of the Official Formula 1 Opus 1st copy is an 852 page manual weighing 37 kgs. This is the biggest and heaviest publication ever on Formula 1 racing and is bound in leather and silk. Its pages mark the history of F1 and include stories, photographs and other details of F1 that is sure to make this book a collectors’ item.
However, this edition is limited in number and there will be only 100 Champions editions which will include a signature page signed by all World Champion drivers who are alive. The book itself is encased in a black carbon fibre clamshell case and is on offer in the UK for £20,000 while it is available in India in two editions – Champions edition at £20,000 and the Classic edition for £2,000. A special copy is being signed by top personalities in the world of F1 and will be auctioned in Delhi for a number of charities during the 2012 Grand Prix. This copy will be doing the rounds across the globe and receives a bid of $100,000 for a start.
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Formula 1 OPUS makes a grand entry into India
Anil Kapoor marks the global launch of The Official Formula 1 OPUS in India
New Delhi, October 29, 2012: Opus, the world’s most pre-eminent luxury publication house, has made a grand entry into the Indian market with the global launch of the Official Formula 1 Opus. As Formula 1 fever is gripping the entire nation, timing couldn’t have been better to gift F1 fans and luxury connoisseurs a truly collector’s item. Through a strategic alliance with RK Global, Opus continues to expand its presence in the Indian market. The official launch was celebrated at an event co-hosted by Amit Bhagchandka, Group CEO, RK Global, Karl Fowler, CEO and Founder, Opus Media Group and was attended by Bollywood superstar Anil Kapoor. The evening was also attended by some of the country’s best known personalities, including Bollywood celebrities, F1 drivers, cricketers, prominent faces from the fashion, business and political spheres and other discerning consumers of luxury brands, the event was a grand success.
The excitement levels amongst the guests touched new heights as Anil Kapoor signed the Official Formula 1 Opus #1 copy. At half a meter square, 852 pages long and weighing in at 37kg, The Official Formula 1 Opus is the biggest and heaviest publication ever on Formula One racing ever created. Each edition is lovingly hand-bound in the finest leather and silk, with over 50% of the content newly and exclusively commissioned for the Opus.
Karl Fowler, CEO and Founder, Opus Media Group said, “We are excited to launch The Official Formula 1 Opus in India today. With the Indian Grand Prix this weekend, we couldn’t have asked for a better platform to release the Official Formula 1 Opus. A collection of never seen before imagery and stories on the history of F1, that will make it a prized possession for the passionate fans and collectors alike. We are extremely positive about the future expansion and collaborations within the Indian market and our alliance with RK Global will help us further develop our presence in India in the coming years.”
Anil Kapoor, Bollywood Actor said, “As a Formula 1 Fan, I am proud to be a part of the special occasion to launch a timeless luxury piece which captures the story behind story of Formula 1 over the last 60 years. The amount of research and detailing that has been put behind the smallest elements of the Official Formula 1 Opus is overwhelming. For Formula 1 fans, there can never be any better memorabilia which captures unheard stories and imagery of the motorsport.”
Amit Bhagchandka, Group CEO, RK Global said, “It is a proud moment for RK Global to collaborate with Opus Media Group in India. The Indian luxury market has seen a surge in the last few years and we are extremely thrilled and positive about the future of this timeless and unique offering on the Indian turf.”
The Official Formula1 Opus illuminates the history of this exhilarating sport in a never been told manner; featuring numerous exclusive interviews and truly stunning imagery on an unprecedented scale. It is a joyous celebration of Formula 1 motor racing – the definitive story that will take the reader on a journey from the era of swashbuckling heroes who took to the streets of Paris in their quest for speed, to the high tech, high-octane world of the modern sport.
Not only is the Formula 1 Opus a must-have for every serious F1 fan, it is also a collectors’ item which will have an asset value in the near future. There will be a limited number of only 100 Champions Editions, which will include a signature page hand signed by every living world champion driver. This edition will be protected in a black carbon-fibre clamshell case and will be offered for UK £20,000.
The Official Formula 1 Opus will be available in India in the following 2 editions: The Champions Edition (Price – £20,000) and The Classic Edition (Price – £2,000)
In addition bidding commenced today for the much sought after Number 1 copy of the Official Formula 1 Opus as it embarks on a global tour visiting 20 countries around the world during the F1 calendar. The special Number 1 copy will be signed by VIPs from the world of Formula 1 and celebrity fans and ultimately returning to Delhi to be auctioned for a collection of charities back in Delhi during the 2013 Grand Prix weekend. The Number 1 copy will leave India this year with a starting bid of $100,000.
To see more and reserve your copy please visit www.thisisopus.in / www.rkglobal.in
To download the corporate video of Opus, please click on the following link – https://edelman.box.com/s/hs2xtcl30hklr7w6jlbn
Opus is a luxury publication house based out of the United Kingdom. At Opus, our mission is to produce definitive publications featuring the finest writers, stunning images displayed on an epic scale and presented in a beautifully-designed, luxury format. An Opus seeks to deliver an experience that makes the reader feel that they are experiencing the action and atmosphere as if they are actually there. Opus was specifically formed for a single purpose – to create and produce the most epic, stunning, iconic publications ever seen in the world of sport and entertainment on a scale never achieved before. Words are contributed by the finest writers and interviewers in their fields, accompanied by hundreds of rare and previously unpublished archive images, specially-commissioned photos and beautiful illustrations. Typically, an Opus also contains a number of showpiece gatefolds, which open up to a massive 200cm x 50cm, allowing images to be displayed on an unprecedented scale. Typically on any Opus at least 2 million images will be looked at to ensure that only the most enthralling photographs make it into the Opus itself.
Existing Titles: Manchester United, Michael Jackson, Ferrari, XL: The official Super Bowl, Arsenal Football Club, Celtic Football Club, Major League Baseball, Prince, Saatchi Art Gallery, Vivian Westwood
To be launched: Sachin Tendulkar, Shah Rukh Khan, Playboy Inc., Andrea Bocelli, Journey To Makkah, Liverpool Football Club, New York Cosmos
R K Global & Opus Media has entered into a s where R K Global will lead Opus Medias India Operations. R K Global are pioneers in the financial services sector and Opus marks their entry into the luxury retail segment.