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As demonstrated by fragment design's Maserati collaboration, sometimes simplest is best. Rather than tackling the car's hybrid edition, Hiroshi Fujiwara has overseen the design of two future-classic Ghibli sedans, the all-black Operanera and all-white Operabianca — though only the Operanera has been revealed thus far, it's a suitable showcase for fragment's revisionary approach.

Each special edition car is realized in an edition of 175, so unlike other collaborative automobiles, fragment's high-speed sedan will actually be available for purchase, if you've got tens of thousands of dollars to spare. The Operanera, interestingly, was crafted using the Maserati Fuoriserie customization program that's available to any deep-pocketed client looking for a bespoke ride. Of course, only these two cars will come with fragment co-branding, but at least the option's there.

Fujiwara opted for tonal takes on the Operanera, realizing the car with a blacked-out exterior down to the grille, handles, and rims, which sit inside 20-inch Urano wheels in (of course) matte black. Inside, the seats are realized in exquisite Alcantara and leather, gently contrasting against the dark blue seat belts and silver stitching. The latter coincides with the lavish dashboard, which leads down to some spiffy wood grain on the center console.

As is normal for fragment's collaborative efforts, the Operanera features plenty of subtle, thoughtful touches. Take the alphanumeric tag that appears underneath the three side air ducts. To any normal viewer, "M157110519FRG" reads as jumbled text, but there's layered meaning to be found: it comprises Maserati's internal ID code for the Ghibli, followed by the date that Fujiwara first visited Centro Stile Maserati (November 5, 2019) and fragment's acronym, a subtle handshake that seals the collaborative deal.

Sign up on Maserati's site to stay informed about the cars' forthcoming launches, which will be capped by a thematic fragment capsule collection.

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