An assistant holds a 102.34 carat white diamond at Sotheby's auction house in London

Exceptionally Rare 102-Carat White Diamond is Now for Sale

International auction house Sotheby’s has presented the world’s rarest and most valuable white diamond in London. The flawless gem is the only known round brilliant-cut diamond over 100 carats with the highest cut, color and clarity grades from the Gemological Institute of America.

In addition to the high number of carats, the stone is also flawless in colour, clarity and cut – something that even by the standards of the Gemological Institute Of America (G.I.A.) is considered truly exceptional. The auction house has made the spectacular gem available for private purchase through the Sotheby’s Diamonds salon on New Bond Street. As a final sale price, the auction house expects figures to top $30 million-which is the current auction record for a white diamond, set back in 2013 at a sale by Sotheby’s Hong Kong.

Back then, the 163-carat flawless emerald stone part of a De Grisogono necklace sold for $33.7 million in Geneva. The emerald is now on display at Sotheby’s London showroom, and about 61 carats smaller than the one which now holds the title of the world’s most expensive D-Flawless diamond.

With its outstanding weight, its ideal colour, clarity and cut, it is a masterpiece of nature brought to life by human hand. It far surpasses the gems the famous auction house has sold before, most notably, the ones exhibited at the Magnificent Jewels auction in New York, where the standout piece was a spectacular 34-carat emerald ring by Harry Winston called the Stotesbury Emerald (which sold for close to $1.2 million). The unique object d’art once belonged to American socialite and jewelry enthusiast, Eva Stotesbury.

Originally part of a 425-carat rough sourced from a mine in Botswana by De Beers, the exceptional 102.34 carat white diamond—it is considered the largest and purest example ever unearthed, and the rarest white diamond ever to come to market.

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The Pilatus PC-24 Business Jet

A New Hampshire–based fractional company is the launch customer for the Swiss manufacturer’s 500 mph, eight-passenger “super versatile jet” that will cross the skies. The e Pilatus PC-24 is the first jet from the 80-year-old Swiss manufacturer after a long collaboration between the two companies that goes back to 1995.

The first PC-24 off the production line arrived at the PlaneSense headquarters in Portsmouth, N.H., on February 8 from Switzerland. It is a small and versatile business jet with a maximum cruising speed of just over 500 mph, compared to 328 mph for the PC-12 NG, the latest version of the PC-12. Its range is just under 1,900 miles (1,650 nautical miles) with the capacity to carry three passengers and two pilots. The aircraft requires only 2,690 feet of runway to take off and just 2,525 to land. Its design allows it to land smoothly even on unpaved runways, making it the world’s first SVJ: super versatile jet.

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The materials it is made from allow the cabin to be very quiet for the comfort of the passengers.  There is plenty of space and the interior can be further customized. The PC-24 can seat comfortably up to eight passengers (four in a club configuration) in a cabin that is 23 feet long, 5 feet 7 inches wide, and 5 feet 1 inch tall. The cargo area can be accessed from inside the cabin.

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The aircraft is ideally suited for an individual owner who frequently flies for both business and leisure purposes. It offers a delightful flying experience and is fitted with the highest quality materials both inside and out. The company currently has 34 aircraft in what it says is the world’s largest civilian fleet of PC-12s and is expected to start making deliveries later this year. Prices are available on request and depend on the level of customization the customer will want.

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Wilderness Safari’s Iconic Mombo and Little Mombo Camps

Botswana’s lush Okavango Delta has been on the safari map for over 30 years later. Now, the fourth generation of the Wilderness Safaris camp has been unveiled with exciting addition like Qorokwe Camp (also a Wilderness Safaris property) and Natural Selection’s Sable Alley are to the increasingly popular region.

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Opened earlier this year, the nine-suite Mombo and three-suite sister camp Little Mombo offer an exclusive peek into Botswana’s finest. Built and designed by Nick Plewman Architects and Associates and Caline Williams-Wynn from Artichoke, the camps present plush, new tented suites equipped with glistening private plunge pools. Inside, the tents feature an eclectic combination of classic safari details—raw woods, canvas and burlap accents, and worn-in leather furniture—and decidedly luxe elements like brass chandeliers, hand-painted and embroidered bedding, and copper-clad fireplaces. An extra-indulgent touch are the deep freestanding copper baths that overlook the sweeping floodplains.

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The Mombo experience offers a number of activities for guests to enjoy. During the day, tours in 4×4 Land Rovers throughout the Moremi Game Reserve present a unique opportunity to spot lions, leopards, giraffes, and seemingly endless herds of buffalo as they wind their way through the lush delta. At camp, guests can sit in on rhino conservation talks or enjoy an open-air massage or swim in the all-new lap pool overlooking the floodplain.

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The camps’ tented suites house gleaming copper bars are stocked with all the essentials for a pre-dinner cocktail on the deck. Then, guests can either enjoy dinner with the rest of the group back at the communal living room or alfresco on their private terraces as they listen to the nighttime sounds of the floodplains. Booking enquiries can be sent through a form on the camps’ site and prices per night start at $2,200 per person.

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54m Baglietto Project 10231 revealed

Italian luxury yard Baglietto released the first image of its forthcoming 54 metre superyacht Project 10231, which was sold in summer 2017. This displacement yacht will boast an aluminium hull and be constructed as a superstructure to Lloyd’s Registry standards and launched in 2020.

Project 10231 will be a tri-deck motor yacht with large expanses of glass and windows on all sides for a bright interior. Circular portholes towards the bow will add a certain classical allure, while the detail around the saloon most likely conceals a fold-out superyacht balcony.

A new hull form will have the naval architecture developed in-house. Her vital statistics include a 10.4 metre beam and a maximum draught of 2.6 metres. Owners will also be able to customize the interior in terms of comfort and style.

Michele Gavino, CEO of Baglietto highlighted the great efforts put in research and development of a new product range and this specific yacht. It is based on a new platform both in terms of engineering and styling, confirming the brand is following the right directions.

Baglietto is yet to confirm the engine installation of the new model, but the new displacement yacht will be capable of a maximum cruising range of 4,500 nautical miles at 12 knots. More details will be provided when production time nears along with the total number of guest and crew cabins still undisclosed.

Other superyacht projects currently under development at the Italian luxury yard include a 43.65 metre addition to the Fast collection, a 48 metre sistership to the T-Line 48 yacht Andiamo, and a 55 metre steel and aluminium yacht known as Project 10225. Prices for all models are available on request.

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Piaget Introduces the World’s Thinnest Automatic Watch

In 1957, Piaget launched its famous 9P caliber, which measured 2 mm in depth, distinguishing itself in the field of ultra-thin watchmaking. The groundbreaking movement was the catalyst in the creation of the Piaget Antiplano ultra-thin watch line – a tradition that continues to this day. In 2017 the brand celebrated its 60th anniversary of the Antiplano line.

In 2014 Piaget launched the 900P Antiplano, using a groundbreaking design and construction process that merged the movement with the case. This produced the world’s thinnest mechanical watch with a depth of only 3.65 mm. A year later it introduced the Altiplano Chronograph, the world’s thinnest chronograph.

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For SIHH 2018, Piaget has announced the Altiplano Ultimate 910P. At 4.30 mm in depth, it is the world’s thinnest automatic watch. It boasts the same design and construction concepts as the Altiplano 900P mechanical watch. It is the result of a combination of technologies and know-how of both of the brand’s two manufacturing facilities: La Côte-aux-Fées where the movements are developed; and Plan-les-Ouates, where watch exteriors are designed and crafted. The whole process took three years to complete.

Everything in this watch is designed to take up as little space as possible. The caseback serves as the baseplate for the movement components, which eliminates one layer of thickness. The small hours and minutes dial is offset at 10 o’clock and integrated within the thickness of the caliber. The 219 movement components are merged within the case. All of the movement components are no thicker than the balance wheel. All of the bridges are fitted on the dial side in what the brand describes as “reversed movement construction.”

The 910P has a sapphire glass especially engineered to resist bending against the hour and minutes hands if pressure is applied. As an added precaution, the hands are located below the bridges, freeing up space between the cannon-pinion and the glass.

Stylish and elegant, the Altiplano Ultimate 910P is available in two models: 18k white gold for $27,000; and 18k rose gold for $26,000.

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A $29 Million New York City Residence

New York City’s One57 is a prime location on Billionaire’s Row, rising 90 stories above Manhattan with stellar panoramas of Central Park. Earlier this month, developer Extell Marketing Group announced its newest sky castle, 61B, a three-bedroom residence with floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the skyline of the famous city. Interior design is the work of interior design firm Jeffrey Beers International. The fully furnished unit spans 4,193 square feet.

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Located on the 61st floor, it offers sweeping views of Central Park to the north and city views to the east and south. The design of the unit is both elegant and modern. A separation of space between public areas [the living room and dining room] and the private spaces [bedrooms and bathrooms] has flooded the residence with natural light and created open-plan living. The clever combination of layout, materials, and art, has resulted in fluidity between the kitchen, dining area, and living room.

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Warm furnishings and luxurious finishes complete the look of the oasis, which was designed for entertaining. Custom millwork by Elephants Custom Furniture and handmade slipper chairs by Elliot Eakin pair well with Minotti and Kagan sofas.

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In the living room, there is a showstopping blue art piece by Christina Watka, slides away to reveal a television screen. A custom dual-sided fireplace separates the living and dining spaces. Black glass mirrors sit on either end of the fireplace to create the illusion that the fireplace continues on in the reflection. The horizontal fireplace is clad with ivory onyx slabs to add warmth to the open space without inhibiting the flow.

The asking price for the modern apartment is $29 million and it comes with access to the amenities available exclusively to the residents of the building. These include 24-hour concierge, indoor pool and SPA, chauffeur and butler.

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Jewelry for Valentine’s Day

Cartier’s love bracelets are always a safe choice for a Valentine’s Day present, but this year we bring you a selection of jewelry that truly speaks the language of love. Of course, like all finer things in life – these dazzling pieces don’t come cheap, but they are guaranteed to put a smile on the face of the woman you love.

Taffin presents a surprisingly versatile collection of black ceramic bangles with gold inscription, which spells out ‘Te Amo’. It’s also available in “Je t’aime” and can even be customized for that extra-special touch (price available upon request).

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Alison Lou celebrates the emoji culture with a cheeky sense of humour and a $2,550 cocktail ring. The cute piece is emblazoned with cherry-red enamel lips—a luxurious take on everyone’s favorite emoji.

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The minimalistic and symbolic lock from Marla Aaron is the kind every woman would love to receive for Valentine’s Day. Finished in yellow gold with a heart-shaped pendant and ruby baguette-studded clasp, it retails for $1,472.

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For those who enjoy their jewelry as simple and austere – Eva Fehren’s white-gold and diamond XX studs—an understated “kiss, kiss”—strike the perfect balance between sentimental and sleek. They can make your loved one happy for $2,575.

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Jemma Wynne has her own representation of the holiday of love with a two-stoned ring – a style traditionally known as a “toi et moi”—a representation of coupledom rendered in precious materials. Finished with an emerald-cut diamond and a ruby, it is available at materialgoodny.com.

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London-based jeweler Stephen Webster collaborated with artist Tracey Emin to produce a collection of romantically inclined designs. One of the pieces is a statement pendant with a spinning disc engraved with Emin’s handwriting that, when spun, spells out “I promise to love you”, available for $2,200.

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Gareth Barry’s seven-bed mansion goes on sale for £4.5m

Premier League football star Gareth Barry is selling his seven-bedroom mansion in Cheshire for £4.5million. The estate comes equipped with 13 private stables, a heated indoor swimming pool and seven bedrooms, making it the perfect family home.

30 acres of pristine land surround the house in Cheshire and its own tennis court. The state-of-the-art indoor pool is heated and big enough to have its own seating area where the owner can sit and relax. Thirteen private stables are included in the sale and come with a groom’s kitchen and separate tack/feed rooms.

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The main house has seven bathrooms (one here) and some have freestanding tubs, marble flooring and large walk-in showers. Since it is sold by English Premier League football star Gareth Barry, there is also a state-of-the-art leisure complex which includes a games room, bar, indoor swimming pool, a sauna, changing room and gymnasium.

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A 3,500 sq ft former aircraft hanger with its own electric door can be used to store a collection of classic cars or be converted into an adjacent guest house.

The property has a tree-lined driveway, a pond and paddocks. The famous footballer installed a stunning water feature in the huge driveway which leads up to the house. The driveway is big enough for dozens of cars to be parked outside the front.

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A lavish gaming room includes arcade games, a pool table and a display of Barry’s 53 England caps and two Manchester City shirts. There is also has a home cinema which has leather reclining seats and a huge screen.

The property is on the market with estate agents Stuart Rushton & Co, and described as being a ‘small exceptional small country estate with a beautifully refurbished modern house’.

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An exclusive toy for the rich – the Ripsaw EV Series

Ripsaw EV Series (Extreme Vehicles) super tank platforms are a limited edition toy for the ultra-wealthy, but are now available for purchase in limited production for a short time. One of the world’s most sought after high performance, luxury vehicles is handcrafted, limited run, high end luxury tracked platform developed for the public and extreme off road recreation.

Originally, the series was designed and built for the military as a light weight, go fast super tank, but Ripsaw has since moved on to the high-end luxury market for vehicles.  The fastest dual tracked vehicle ever developed, it has won awards for invention of the year.  Since 2013, Howe and Howe Tech has spent thousands of man hours improving design and aerodynamics to refine the beautiful yet rugged and refined chassis of the Ripsaw for the high end luxury market and extreme off-road enthusiasts.  From 16 inches of suspension travel, they have gone to luxurious interiors and up to 1500 horsepower, The Ripsaw platform is in league of its own when it comes to capability, speed, sheer adrenaline and luxury. 

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Off-road enthusiasts will be thrilled with a vehicle that virtually cannot be destroyed – there is no obstacle the Ripsaw cannot overcome. All the while – passengers remain as comfortable as can be inside the cabin. It makes for an exciting off-road experience of power, comfort and speed.

The Ripsaw EV series sets new benchmarks in terrestrial mobility and now stands as the pinnacle of extreme high speed off-road travel. Whatever the loose terrain – mud, sand and snow – the Ripsaw slides across it with ease.

Interested buyers should contact the brand directly through their website for more information and to reserve their build today. ​Price is available upon request.

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A record sale for Sotheby’s with the 1936 Auburn Eight Supercharged Speedster

International auction house Sotheby’s has sold an iconic art deco performance car of the Classic Era for the whooping $550,000. The original, authentic example has been beautifully restored to its former glory. It was formerly owned by well-known enthusiast David Tunick.

The Model 852 boasts a 150 bhp, 280 cu. in. inline eight-cylinder engine, single two-barrel carburetor, Schwitzer-Cummins centrifugal supercharger, three-speed manual transmission with a Columbia dual-ratio rear axle, solid front and rear axles with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 127 in.

Designed by the legendary Gordon Buehrig, it was a head turner even by the standards of its time with its curvaceous bodywork and a straight hood line that shot back from the radiator to a sharply vee’d windshield. The distinctive rear design, elegantly outlined by chrome and striping, gave the Speedster its everlasting nickname, which is, simply, “the boattail.”

The model that was sold at Sotheby’s auction is one of about one hundred fifty last-generation Speedsters built, and it is an authentic Speedster, with its original frame and body. The 1936 model Speedsters are extraordinarily rare, as they were essentially leftovers of the 1935 line, and therefore, they are highly desired among ACD enthusiasts.

At its sale in 2005, the Speedster was carefully restored by Jim Stranberg, of High Mountain Classics in Denver, Colorado, at a reported cost of $480,000. This was followed by a second restoration by its next owner who chose to change the colours by commissioning a high-quality repaint in the car’s original black, but he still retained the dark red leather interior of its Stranberg restoration.

The end result is this Auburn “Boattail” Speedster with a surprisingly modern-feeling pleasure to drive. This particular car still holds rank among the finest treasures from the past.