NY Post – Rub-a-dub-dub, a filthy-rich mayor will be soaking in this kind of tub! Here’s a near-replica example of the high-end bathtub for which Mayor Bloomberg is shelling out some $13,000. The copper tub was crafted in northern France, in a painstaking, 250-hour effort at the 200-year-old shop, Atelier du Cuivre. “This bathtub is representative of all of the know-how of our craftsmen,” master craftsman Jean-Pierre Couget, who supervised the tub’s construction, told Ouest-France newspaper. “It is the best bathtub that our establishment has ever made.” Atelier du Cuivre owner Etienne Dulin said Bloomberg’s new tub has a special nickel finish, which will give it a particularly shiny coat. The new tub was cut from two sheets of 2mm-thick copper. The small shop specializes in copper fixtures — as do other artisans in the 3,800-resident town of Villedieu-les-Poeles. Atelier du Cuivre makes only two or three of these bathtubs each year, according to Dulin. “For this level of quality, we are practically the only ones in the world who do it,” said Dulin, whose shop recently built new clocks for the Cathedral of Notre Dame. The French artisans promised Bloomberg will be getting a world-class soak every time he sets foot in his 13-grand tub. “The advantage of copper is that it takes the temperature of the water almost immediately, which means the heat of the bath is lost less quickly,” Dulin said. “Apart from that, it is very good for the skin and it kills bacteria.” The brand-new bathtub should be delivered to Bloomberg, who leaves office at the end of the year, by the end of this month. “These days, those who have money are looking for ways to distinguish themselves from the crowd and we are virtually alone in the world in being able to deliver this kind of quality,” Dulin said.
I wanna hate Bloomberg for his crusade on all things big and tasty, but then he goes and does something like this and I can’t help but tip my cap. Reminds me of the time he put a normal window air conditioner in his SUV window because environmentalists were angry he left his engine running too often. Just as cocky as it gets. You think Mike Bloomberg wants to bathe in a tub that quickly loses its water heat? You think Mike Bloomberg wants to bathe in a tub that isn’t good for his skin and bacteria? For sure not. He’s a motherfuckin billionaire. 13 grand for one of the most exclusive tubs on the planet. Probably just sits in that thing for like an hour chugging 50 ounce sodas blowing lines of sugar until he turns into a happy Jewy prune while the rest of us just shower daily and are at the mercy of his food and beverage crusade. Respect that hustle.