1996 Look KG191, featuring electronic shifting.
Long before Shimano came up with 'Di2' (2009) Mavic preceeded them with the Mavic Zap electronic rear derailleur, operated by buttons you could fit on the handlebars. Two button pods were attached, and usually they were fitted in the drop of the handlebar, and on the top of the bar ne'er the stem (as they are on this bike). This system from Mavic, was released in 1992, a full 17 years before Shimano released their Di2. While the Mavic system was not a long term success, it was used by a number of pro teams, and did win numerous races, and a world championship aboard Chris Boardmans Lotus 110 time trial bike. Alas, Mavic were ahead of their time, and despite them also releasing the wireless 'Mektronic' derailleur, electronic gearing did not become popular until re-introduced by Shimano.
The bike is a carbon monocoque frame from French company, Look, and was a continuation from their Lugged carbon frames of the late 1980's. During the 1990's Look were renowned for their weird and wonderful frame designs, although the 191 is probably one of the more refined 'normal' ones. Not a lot of these frames were seen in New Zealand, and when the were it, was usually because the owner had purchased it overseas. The bike is buil it's a complete Mavic groupset, inlcluding the Mavic Zap electronic rear derailleur , Look Ergo seat post, and lightweight, Mavic Helium wheels