The Mercedes-Benz Classic Calendar for 2013, which is now available, is a homage to the brand's top-of-the-line S-Class model.
"With the Mercedes-Benz Classic Calendar, we are presenting twelve models from the long history of the S-Class in a new aesthetic setting," says Michael Bock, Head of Mercedes-Benz Classic.
The calendar motif for January, for example, features Emil Jellinek’s luxurious long-distance Mercedes Simplex 60 hp from 1904, which represents the origins of the S-Class itself.
The Croatian-born and internationally-renowned photographer, Monty Shadow has created twelve expressive photo collages for the calendar. Among other things, Shadow is known for his photographs of celebrities from the worlds of sport and show business.
In the calendar, he combines works by the Italian artist, Mimmo Rotella, with photographs of historic Mercedes-Benz luxury cars since 1904.
Shadow merged photographs of the various S-Class models with decollages that are typical of Rotella’s work. They include film posters with stars from the series "Cinecittà" that Rotella has torn, painted or pasted over, and cut up.
For example, the month of August features the Mercedes-Benz 350 SEL (W 116) in the company of silver screen icon Sophia Loren, while in September the Mercedes-Benz 500 SE (W 126) is joined by Superman, Christopher Reeve.
Other movie stars whose images grace the calendar include Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe and Uma Thurman.
The Mercedes-Benz Classic Calendar 2013 is said to set the mood for a new S-Class generation, soon to be revealed, while in the process paying artistic tribute to the predecessors on which the foundation for new models is built.
The calendar will not be available for purchase at Canadian Mercedes-Benz dealerships, but it can be ordered online from Mercedes-Benz Germany's Star calendar shop. The price is 21.60 Euros, plus shipping.