Bell & Ross’s Bruno Belamich introduces head-turning utilitarian design from elements of fantasy in the light of New Year. The AeroGT concept car is no ordinary vehicle. With its ultra-low 43-inch profile, the carbon-fiber sports car is projected to cruise at 190 mph and combine futuristic design and uncompromising performance. The model is also unconventional in another aspect: created by a watch designer – it will serve as an inspiration for a couple of new timepieces.
Bruno Belamich has a strong background in horology and his initiation into automobile making marks the beginning of a daring new venture. His brand, Bell & Ross has always had a connection to high-speed vehicles – having collaborate with Sinn Uhren—a German manufacturer specializing in chronographs for pilots. The Aero GT, will be a sharkfin-style V8 “designed to hold its own amongst automotive professionals”. The 4.7m long car will weight 1,320kg and pack a 4.2l V8 engine with 610 horsepower.
Of course, the project is still in its initial stages and can undergo a lot of modifications before seeing the light of day but for the time being – it has more than a hint of aviation in its inception: the car features a number of stylistic elements derived from fast jets, including aerodynamic “canard”-style wing mirrors, a vertical tail fin and – within the cabin – a “pitot tube”, used in aviation to measure high speeds. Belamich himself describes the car as “an amalgamation of an aircraft and a GT”, which is sure to interest wealthy buyers as a first.
The new 2017 will see supersonic jets a reality with Aerion’s new AS2 model. The company has been developing it for nearly a decade and now the aerospace giant Airbus has joined the team as a partner. Robert Bass, chairman of Aerion, has announced the new jet will be flying by 2019, certified in 2021, and entering service in 2022 but wealthy buyers are already expressing interest in owning one.
The latest design of the AS2 was revealed in May. The aircraft will be capable of carrying a total of 12 passengers in a 30-foot-long cabin at speeds up to 1,218 mph. With a range objective of 5,450 miles or better – this aircraft is unique in that its high speeds will allow it to bypass the limitation that the United States government imposes on airspeeds above Mach 1 in its airspace. This means passengers of the Aerion enjoy unmatched point-to-point travel times for a civilian jet for the first time ever in international flights. Travel from Chicago to Frankfurt, Germany, nonstop in just over five hours will be made a reality.
The retail price for the AS2 is expected to be above $100 million – money that business moguls will gladly pay for increased comfort, style and speed. Flight-service provider Flexjet is already the first to have placed an order for 20 examples of the Aerion AS2 supersonic jets with each one priced at $120 million. Called a “potential game changer for business travel.” – the new AS2 will set a new standard of luxury and performance in private travel.
Chopard has always been known for chasing after impossible standards of perfection and timeless minimalism and the new L.U.C. Full Strike minute repeater is a living proof of that. It is not so common that technology and architectural design come together in a marriage of complementing opposites that create a unique object of art.
Horological connoisseurs will be thrilled with this bold and innovative minute repeater. The L.U.C. Full Strike is a rare watch of exemplary design. Its acoustic qualities make it one of the three best-sounding repeaters created during the last decade. It is capable of producing crisp and clear sounds with both richness and intensity. The gongs are made of sapphire—the same material that forms the upper crystal itself, which helps to enhance the sound.
The acoustic potential of the crystalline material is immediately made apparent to the true connoisseur. Through innovative design Chopard has managed to simplify the mechanism behind the movement without compromising the harmony of the sub-frequencies produced by metal-on-metal contact in the case and movement. A detailed glimpse of the case reveals an elaborate series of safety systems that protect the movement and smooth the operation of the strike mechanism. The openwork format of the case works well with the architectural design of the piece, which along its sound qualities and idea-based achievement easily make the Full Strike the most collectible watch Chopard has ever built.
Price is available on request, although recommended retail price is around $261,715.
Half a century after it came to be, Christie’s wine department is commemorating the memorable occasion with an exclusive event – Finest Wines and Spirits: The 50th Anniversary Sale. Taking place at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City on December 9, the wine auction highlights a number of covetable vintages that make the brand so well-known amongst connoisseurs. One of the most-anticipated offers is the Rémy Martin Louis XIII Black Pearl, a luxurious blend created from eaux-de-vies and aged for up to a century in a Limousin oak barrel known as a tierçon. Sheathed in a hand-blown Baccarat crystal decanter, the one-of-a-kind champagne can reach a price of $65,000 per bottle – well worth its palatable and smooth taste.
Another anticipated item is the Blade and Bow Single Barrel 24-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The rare bourbon collection consists of 34 bottles with one empty whiskey barrel per lot, and is estimated to sell for between $24,000 and $35,000. The liquor line includes Château Cheval-Blanc 1982 (prices between $6,500 and $8,500), the Macallan 50-Year-Old Anniversary Malt 1928 (priced at $35,000 to $45,000), and the Petrus 1990 (at $30,000 to $40,000).
Whiskey aficionados will appreciate these one-of-a-kind collectable pieces that make bourbon history Distilled and aged by some of the most sought after brands in the world, these rare blends are in a class of their own when it comes to texture, taste and quality. All proceeds from the sale will benefit Robin Hood, New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization.
As the holidays are drawing nearer and it’s the time for presents – nothing can bring more joy than the exquisite new collection, which is the result of the joint efforts of Tiffany and creative designer Eddie Borgo.
The seven-piece capsule jewelry collection of the first-time designer is inspired by the arresting, lifelike sculptures by the artist and socialite Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. Borgo rose to fame on the jewelry scene in 2010 for his striking, edgy bracelets, rings, and earrings. For this new collection, Borgo has partnered with established jewelry house Tiffany for more organic, sinewy lines. “I was attempting to achieve a mixture of both traditional and non-traditional metalsmithing techniques, where structured forms became draped in fluid metal,” explains Borgo.
One of the collection’s signature pieces is a lowing 18-karat-gold collar necklace with pearl pendant. The drape creates the illusion of soft flowing fabric while the pearl creates the illusion of weight. This conveys a sense of balance. The seven designs in the capsule collection range in price from $600 to $12,500. The Tiffany x Eddie Borgo ring available in 18k gold with a freshwater pearl is retailing for $3,250 and the Tiffany x Eddie Borgo bracelet in 18k gold is available for $7,500. Both of these pieces would make a great gift to any woman for a special occasion as they bring together the best of two worlds – Tiffany’s sense of ethereal style and class and Borgo’s modern interpretation of form and function.
Flying in style just got a whole new meaning with the debut of Bell 525 Relentless helicopter – a rich man’s very own way to put his signature on this luxurious toy. MAGnificent teams up with Mecaer Aviation Group to bring clients with discerning taste the Bell 525 Relentless twin helicopter. Unveiled as a full-size mock-up at the Monaco Yacht Show in September, it boasts a highly customizable interior, which allows each owner to create a one-of-a-kind cabin. Customers can personalize the high-end helicopter’s from start to finish by choosing from a variety of layouts, seating configurations, and luxurious furnishings.
When it comes to technology – the Bell 525 doesn’t disappoint either with a host of on-board features that guarantee a VIP flight. The elegant entertainment lounge showcases working Wi-Fi, maps, audio/video, and light controls can be conveniently controlled by paired smart devices or smartwatches. The window controls switch from clear to full tint and are also controlled by smart devices or smartwatches. There is an integrated Speech Interference Level Enhanced Noise System (SILENS) interior panel that makes the interior remarkably quiet. And there’s plenty of room for baggage in several strategically located storage cabinets that retract into the console. Prices for the Bell 525 Relentless are available upon request.
The 525 Relentless is the first commercial helicopter with a fly-by-wire cockpit, sidestick controls and a fully integrated touchscreen Garmin flight deck. Cruising speeds are up to 178 mph and fly up to 575 miles nonstop. Deliveries are expected to start next year.
The City That Never Sleeps is inviting wealthy buyers to tap into another exclusive real estate resource that is sure to satisfy even the most discerning of tastes! A fabulous seven-story townhouse located at 357 West 17th Street solves that issue of space in the bustling metropolis resoundingly. Situated in the prestigious West Chelsea Arts District, the 11,000-square-foot abode comprises five bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. Decorated in muted shades of brown and grey with rich accents such as Swarovski crystals and a chandelier canopy of stars gives this urban haven a homey yet chic aesthetic.
The expansive living room comes with an austere gas fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the city. A nearby glass-walled terrace offers plenty of space for more than a dozen guests. Every aspiring chef is sure to appreciate the kitchen – equipped with two enormous islands, two ovens, two refrigerators, and two freezers. The temperature-controlled, brick-lined wine cellar can hold up to 400 bottles of the finest wines and palatable whiskeys.
Spread across an entire floor, the opulent master suite boasts a show-stopping headboard, a built-in television, and full-size windows. An exquisite flower mosaic serves as the focal point to the his-and-her bathrooms. The floor’s amenities go on to include sitting lounges, a powder room, and a kitchenette.
The cellar level is equipped with a soundproof movie theater with stadium seating, 3D projection, and THX Dolby surround sound. There is also a swimming pool, sauna, and fitness center for additional opportunities for R&R. Outside areas include a garden, an al fresco dining space, and a rooftop deck that overlooks the iconic city skyline. The home can be purchased furnished for an additional price, but is on the market for $36.8 million.
McLaren is using all of its 50 years of racing experience and success, in the fields of aerodynamics and lightweight carbon fibre technology to create McLaren P1. “We believe the McLaren P1TM is the most exciting, capable, technologically advanced and most dynamically accomplished supercar ever made”, says McLaren P1TM programme director, Paul Mackenzie.
The McLaren P1 is a limited-edition super car that blends a gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain with striking looks and race-inspired technology. It uses an inovative IPAS petrol-electric powertrain comprising a substantially revised 3.8 litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine, coupled to a single electric motor, collectively known as M838TQ. Power output is 916 PS (903hp). Electric motor’s ability provide instant torque. Carbon dioxide emissions are less than 200g/km, and it can cover more than 10km in electric-only mode.
Mounted on low-profile Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires designed specifically for the P1, 10-spoke wheels crafted out of high-strength aluminum, have a diameter of 19 inches in the front and 20 inches in the back.
Alex Ferguson, former Manchester United manager, is set to sell an estimated $5 million-worth of wine at three sales by auction firm Christie’s, with the bulk being put up for auction in Hong Kong.
The offer includes six bottles of 1999 Romanée-Conti Grand Cru paired with a Manchester United shirt from the team’s Champions League triumph in 1999. The shirt is signed by Mr. Ferguson. Many of the other wines at the Hong Kong sale, including a 6-liter bottle of 2005 Imperiale Sassicaia estimated to sell for as much as HK$12,000, will be signed “Best Wishes, Alex Ferguson” in black marker on the label.
The Jayavarman was named after Angkor’s most venerated king, who ruled from 1181 to 1218, and was a devout Buddhist. King Jayavarman oversaw the construcion of some of the most famous temples in Angkor, including Ta Prohm, Preah Khan and the unforgettable Bayon.
It offers uncompromising luxury on 800 m2 public space including 4 decks, measuring 57.8 meters from bow to stern and 27 elegantly decorated cabins. Traveling between Saigon and Phnom Penh, the Jayavarman adorned the art deco charm of 1930’s France with the romance of Indochine.
This amazing cruise ship resembles a floating art gallery. A Jacuzzi is located on the top sundeck, which offers spectacular views of the passing delta.
This is an unforgettable means of exploring some of the most beautiful scenery in Asia.