Dottling Mensa Magis Hidden Safe in Plain Sight

Melvyn Teillol-Foo

First Whispers

Dottling Bel Air

I first heard of Döttling safes about 8 years ago at the opening of Singapore’s first retailer of luxury watch winders and safes.

Watch collecting is a popular hobby in Singapore ironically because it’s too expensive to buy houses and cars on the island. For example, a new Audi A4 has an Open Market Value of about $32,000, comparable to the price in some European countries. After taxes, registration fee, special car charges and dealer’s margin, the final price is $161,000!

Dottling Bel Air Magnus

Of course, if you have a collection of fine timepieces and jewellery, your thoughts eventually turn to security and Döttling safes are amongst the best. Over the years, Döttling has produced safes with the full spectrum of size and finishing materials. They even supply fancy products like a table top cigar humidor. The Döttling safes obviously look like big safes even when they are covered in pony fur.

Until now…

Döttling Mensa Magis

Dottling Mensa Magis Hidden Safe

This is a high-security safe that is hidden in plain sight, as part of a sophisticated masterpiece of “furniture” design.

This magic table is the Döttling Mensa Magis.

Dottling Mensa Magis Hidden Safe

It actually is first and foremost, an attractive, showpiece, coffee table. The surface is covered with finest leather and the side panels are made of bog oak – a precious and rare oak that has been transformed after thousands of years buried in a moor.

Dottling Mensa Magis brass

Craftsmen have added polished brass elements to frame the wood panels as a finishing touch.  The clients can add their own touches by selecting from numerous high quality materials to create their own magical Mensa Magis.

Closer inspection and a quick count reveals seven drawers within the Mensa Magis. The real magic is that some of the drawers can only be accessed and opened with a cunning, hidden, precision mechanism. Finally, deep within is a high-security safe integrated into one of the drawers, achieving the stringent security requirements expected of a Döttling product.

Dottling Mensa Magis Hidden Safe

It’s not impossible but highly difficult to run away with the table as it weighs a quarter of a tonne!

  • Materials: 3000-year old bog oak, glossy finished brass, leather cover panel, interior entirely upholstered with Alcantara suede
  • Integrated high-security safe (security rating: Class 1 according to VdS 2450/EN 1143-1) with electronic 6-digit code combination locking system
  • 5 hidden drawers amongst the total of 7 drawers
  • Dimensions: 1190 x 1190 x 446 mm (WxDxH)
  • Weight: approx. 255 kg

AlphaLuxe Comment

I see this as an additonal and convenient security device. The main collection of valuables would be in a full sized safe, either elsewhere in the house or at your bank security box. This is an ideal place to stash your precious toys in the living room for easy access.

Dottling Safe_The Gallery

Even if you cover it in pink mink fur, strangers would not guess it was a safe and could only open the two public access or decoy drawers. Additional knowledge is required to access the five hidden drawers and finally, nobody can get into the safe without the electronic code.


Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)

Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He was also CEO of horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelogue ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.

Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).

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