World’s Most Expensive Home

World’s Most Expensive Home Hits Market for €1 Billion

A historic French chateau once owned by King Leopold II has been put on the market by a Grand Marnier heiress for an eye-watering €1BILLION. The opulent address in the billionaire’s playground of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat in the south of France is a 10-bedroom property with an Olympic size swimming pool in a glamorous coastal enclave close to Nice.

Villa Les Cedres boasts one of the most beautiful gardens in Europe with 35 acres of manicured lawns, 15000 plants, and 20 greenhouses with rare tropical vegetation. Another spectacular feature is the outdoor swimming pool, which is carved directly in the rocks below. The palatial home also has a ballroom and stables for up to 30 horses.

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The opulent estate has been in the Grand Marnier liquor dynasty since 1924 and has immeasurable historic value. Its location gives it exclusivity as Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat has a population of just over 2000 and is the home of many celebrities and royalty who seek privacy and unspoilt natural scenery.

 Villa Les Cedres comes with its original fittings that include wooden beams, fireplaces and hardwood floors. The kitchen has been renovated and fitted with the latest appliances and the living room boasts panoramic French windows overlooking the patio and luxurious, plush drapes.  All rooms are furnished in the same flamboyant style of regal splendour – typical of such estates from the 1900s. Private balconies from the second floor overlook the manicured lawns and the beautiful French Riviera.

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The impressive property has already attracted interest from prospective buyers in Monaco despite the harsh economic climate in France and will go down in real estate history as the most expensive sale to date.

Aston Martin

Aston Martin’s new Red-Hot Vanquish Zagato Volante Convertible

There is a reason famous British agent 007 has a thing for Aston Martins. These cars are a statement of class and the epitome of refined elegance. And the new Red-Hot Vanquish Zagato Volante Convertible is a testament to how far the brand would go in terms of design and performance.

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The model is tailored for the North American market and made of carbon-fibre on the collaborative tradition between Aston Martin and Milan’s master design team Zagato. This is a partnership that started with the 1960 DB4 GT Zagato race car and has proven to be quite successful over the years. The convertible benefits from open-air exhilaration that is provided by a 600 hp V-12 engine that permits hair-raising acceleration from zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds.

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Aston Martin has maintained the same general body aesthetic as the Vanquish Zagato, although the Volante features a hidden folding hood; carbon-fibre sills along the circumference; round taillights with “bladed” LED illumination; and dominant side strakes (similar to those on the Aston Martin CC100 concept). The pronounced forward stance and the sculpted rear haunches enhance the open-top tourer athletic aesthetic of the model.

Interior accents include a cabin covered with anodized bronze and herringbone carbon-fibre elements. The Bridge of Weir leather seats are stitched with a quilted Z pattern (also found on the inside doors) and headrests are branded with the same letter in honour of the coachbuilder.

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Buyers interested in owning the new vehicle will have to hurry if they want to get their hands on one as only 99 examples will be built. There is no official word on pricing yet, but reports indicate that the Vanquish Zagato Volante will be priced between $500,000 and $850,000. Deliveries are planned to commence as early as 2017.

Nissan GT

The new 2017 Nissan GT-R

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. has debuted the newly revamped 2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO, which is already on sale in dealerships throughout Japan. The new model boasts exclusive styling that incorporates the racing philosophy of form following function into multiple motorsports-inspired technologies to enhance the car’s performance. These include optimized aerodynamics and custom tuned suspension and powertrain to create a balanced machine that performs well on both the road and track.

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The new GT-R NISMO carries a refreshed version of the original 2017 GT-R interior, with the cabin having a more upscale feel than its predecessor. The shape of the dashboard adopts a “horizontal flow” for increased stability for the car’s front-seat passengers.  The distinct driver-oriented environment offers a new standard of comfort for those behind the steering wheel. There is an enlarged 8-inch touch-panel monitor with large icons on the display screen that is simple to use, and a new Display Command control located on the carbon-fiber center console for easy operation.

The redesigned dashboard, steering wheel and center armrest are all covered with fine Alcantara® leather for increased comfort. Another unique feature to the GT-R NISMO is the leather-appointed Recaro® carbon fiber bucket seats with red Alcantara® inserts.

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Performance has also been upgraded, thanks in part to the model’s significantly reinforced body. The GT-R’s special Bilstein® DampTronic driver-adjustable system uses multiple vehicle information systems for damping forces and high levels of controllability that suit a variety of driving situations. The GT-R ‘s starting price begins at $111,585 and that includes a $1,595 destination charge.

The 2017 GT-R raises the bar for ultimate performance as it steps up to a new level of premium with hand-crafted materials.

Airbus H160 VIP Helicopter

The $22 million Airbus H160 VIP Helicopter

Aviation leader Airbus has unveiled the new millionaire must-have luxury helicopter for the. The $22 million H160 VIP is a super-luxurious version of the world’s most technologically advanced chopper, and it’s a veritable Lamborghini for the skies.

The model is based on the H160, which is the world’s first all-composite civil helicopter. A lightweight whirlybird – it has a cruising speed of the blistering 185 mph with a range of 500 miles and a whisper-quiet ride for maximum comfort. Airbus Helicopters (formerly known under the brand Europcopter) spent over $1 billion developing the sleek ride.

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The 12-passenger aircraft features plenty of space for a comfortable ride. Two new fuel-efficient Turbomeca Arrano turboshaft engines have been fitted to create upwards of 1,300 shaft horsepower. Airbus’ high tech new Blue Edge blades feature a hockey stick-shaped leading edge at the outer tip, which is specifically designed to reduce the noise generated by blade-vortex interaction.

The interior is clean, austere and light, upholstered in fine leather with wood and metal accents. It can be further customized to the buyer’s specifications. Airbus launched a design contest last fall with five top-flight design firms competing to be commissioned for the creation of the H160 VIP cabin interior. The company is pleased with the end result, calling it an “unrivalled combination of innovation, design and performance.”

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Orders are not expected to begin delivery until 2018 while Airbus puts the finishing touches on the prototype. For now, the machine has a maximum altitude of 20,000 feet and performes turns at a jet-like 2.2G.

Taohuayuan

The colossal $150 million Chinese estate

A 72,000-square foot architectural masterpiece sitting on a total of 1,633 acres is the biggest estate to be put on the market for the whooping $150 million. Named, it is a striking blend of Eastern tradition and modern decadence for a new brand of elegant interiors. With a total of 32 bedrooms, all rooms strategically face southward for optimal sunshine.

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Situated on the shore of a pristine lake, the estate reveals panoramic views over Beijing and is surrounded by a perfectly manicured Japanese dzen garden of pace and serenity. The garden itself is a replica of the famous Classical Gardens of Suzhou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guests can enjoy an outdoor swimming pool and several lounge areas for ultimate relaxation.

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The sale is handled by renowned auction house Sotheby’s and the property looks more like a high-end resort rather than a modest family home. It has 32 full bathrooms and a grand wine cellar. It is located on a private island on the south shore of Suzhou’s Dushu Lake, which is China’s biggest lake by surface area.

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The bran new estate was constructed by Sunac China a little over three years with all bricks and plants having been hand-crafted. The end result is an estate that is the hallmark of the essence of East Asian balance and serenity with a touch of contemporary style and minimalism. The architectural aesthetic perfectly fits with the name Taohuayuan, which roughly translates to Utopia or Peach Blossom Land. It is reported that several oversees customers have already expressed interest in the property.

Diamonds are forever mansion

The “Diamonds Are Forever” Mansion on sale for £6 million

Most men are smitten with James Bond’s state-of-the-art gadgets, luxurious sports cars, cutting-edge watches or fast speedboats but imagine the pride in owning one of 007′s famous bachelor pads. Now, a lavish mansion that was the setting to 1971 Sean Connery’s Diamonds are Forever has hit the market for just £6 million. It seems as too small a price to pay for such piece of movie history. And if the Bond franchise enigma is not enough – the spectacular mansion has also been the setting of photo shoots for Playboy magazine, which is fitting since it is being marketed as “the ultimate bachelor pad”.

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Designed by John Lautner, the flamboyant property is often rented by celebrities of the ranks of Beyonce and Jay-Z for high-profile parties for its panoramic views and many spoils. It consists of five bedrooms, five bathrooms, a large gym, and a swimming pool and has a distinctive architectural appeal with its round rooms, large open spaces, wooden floors and the infamous cone-shaped roof of the living room, where the Bond scene was filmed. The living room also incorporates rocks as it opens onto to an outdoor swimming pool and a terrace with panoramic view of Palm Springs and the San Jacinto Peak.

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The futuristic house is often described as a “residential sculpture” due to its architectural aesthetics as well as cinematic location on a craggy ridge at the south end of Palm Springs, allowing it to incorporate huge, natural boulders as walls and room dividers.

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The central accent is, undoubtedly, the circular living room – 60 feet in diameter that is situated under a vaulted, conical dome ceiling with nine angled concrete petals between nine wedge-shaped clerestory windows that flood the room with natural light. A vast, curved wall of smoked glass opens at the touch of a button and converts the house into a gigantic open-air patio with panoramic desert, city, and mountain views.

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Glider yacht

Glider Super Sports SS18

The Glider Super Sports (SS18) may look like something straight out of a sci-fi movie but the futuristic yacht is already a reality. Its raised profile, speed and seakeeping abilities are grounded in hydrodynamics, making it the first of its kind. Born out of the concept for a Glider, or “Wave Dominator”, the new vessel holds well in rough passages and provides surprising stability in choppy conditions.

The 59-foot speedboat has a top speed of 56 knots. Its form and function are engineered with processes similar to those used in the aerospace industry, giving the vessel and extra boost. Full details about the boat’s dynamics and form are yet to be revealed although it is known that the hull form, propulsion, and stability control system tune to the sea conditions, allowing the vessel to glide over the waves.

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 The SS18 will have a starting price of about $1.3 million and will be powered by quadruple engines driving water jets with a total of 1,080 horsepower. It is constructed by Burgess Marine in the UK, and can be completely customized. The company is known for its painstaking approaches used in private jets and F/1 cars. The SS18’s 17-foot-wide cockpit features custom Corbeau leather and Alcantara seats, which are similar to those used in luxury sports cars. The colour-coordinated interior has a modern chrome edging. JL Audio’s premium system is specifically acoustically engineered for the SS18 to provide an exceptional sound experience. According to McCall, the SS18 is the first craft in Europe to be fitted with JL Audio’s MM100s MediaMaster head unit.

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The boat has a futuristic helm area with navigational and control touchscreen displays from Garmin that are fully integrated. The embedded touchscreens are in sync with the cockpit’s minimalistic appearance and round off the modern design.

Pininfarina's H2 Hydrogen Hellion

Pininfarina’s H2 Hydrogen Hellion

In the light of super-cars debuted by the biggest brands iconic Italian design house Pininfarina has unveiled the future of luxurious transportation in the face of the H2 Hydrogen Hellion. Famous for pushing the boundaries of creativity, comfort and technology – the design team has succeeded in creating a car that easily combines the collective qualities of rivals Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati in one spectacular supercar that is powered by hydrogen.

The zero-emissions rocket ship the H2 Speed was named the Best Concept at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show, where it made a VIP appearance.  Few things are known about the new daring model and one of them is the top speed of 186 mph that puts to shame even some of fastest cars on the market. 503 horse powers will provide a boost that allows for 0-62 mph acceleration in 3.4 seconds.

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Pininfarina has announced an initial number of only 10 cars to be built in the near future, which means there will be a pre-order list wealthy buyers will need to put their names on as early as possible if they want to get a taste of the zero-emission supercar. A price is yet to be announced but given the advanced technology and performance capabilities of the H2 Speed – it will probably be in the millions, although this will likely only increase the interest towards the limited edition work of technological wonder.

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Prospective buyers can learn more about the new model at the Turin Motor Salone dell’Auto di Torino. Another exclusive eye-catcher will also turn heads at the high-profile event -the one-off BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupé.

The Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde SW Lady

The Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde SW Lady

Femininity and contemporary minimalism are the centre points for the new Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde SW Lady. The first women’s watch from the renowned Swiss manufacture’s Grande Seconde SW series is a more sport-oriented version of the line based on Pierre Jaquet Droz’s pocket watch from the distant 1784. The timepiece boasts a stainless-steel case and is encrusted with 40 diamonds. The face conveys a sense of the timeless class that is the hallmark of the horologic house’s famed figure-eight motif. Two subdials are set against white mother-of-pearl and the dial’s rings and plates are made of 18-karat white gold.

Time is measured out with roman numeral as the denoted minute and hour indices are concentrically located on top of a larger sweep of seconds that is itself marked in arabic numerals—and are all arced over by blued-steel hands. Beneath the refined and elegant exterior is nestled a self-winding manual movement that provides the model with a 68-hour power reserve.

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An 18-karat white-gold oscillating weight balances out the mechanism and the intricate architecture is accented with Côtes de Genève patterning for an ornate finish. This detail is put ingeniously on display through a sapphire-crystal caseback. The price of the Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde SW Lady is available upon request and it comes in four distinctive colour variations – pink, white, blue and black. The straps are made of the finest quality leather and complement the model-of-pearl dial to subtly accentuate the clean, austere design of the composition. The face of the model is crowned with rubber cast and the signature self-winding mechanical movement is finished with ruthenium treatment.

 

Audi R8 V10 Plus

Audi’s Fastest Production Car Ever

Audi debuted the new R8 V10 Plus, which is the brand’s highest performing version of the second-generation R8 to date. It became available in April at a starting price of $190,000. The car’s mid-mounted naturally aspirated V-10 results in 610 hp or 60 hp more than the previous version. The same base-model R8 is used and continues to be powered by a V-10, which produces 540 hp; the starting price of that model is $163,000. (Audi has discontinued the V-8 version of the R8.)

Carbon fibre has been used for the firewall and some of the external body elements like the splitter and rear wing. The new V10 Plus is almost 15 percent lighter than the last version, which is an impressive achievement without compromising any of its sturdiness. It is able to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and has a top speed of 205 mph. As a whole, the new car is more rigid than its predecessor, and benefits from enhanced agility and responsiveness.

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Improvements to the cockpit have been made and consist in the introduction of digital instrument clusters to the dash and placement of four control buttons on the steering wheel. This makes the model all the more functional as the driver can select the car’s driving mode and engage the sport exhaust with a single motion.

Changes in the exterior are subtle with a just a hint of a crispier design. The V10 Plus is visually distinguished from its predecessor by the fixed rear wing. This makes the V10 Plus a dynamic sport model with versatile performance capabilities even if it only contains half the parts of the base V8. Currently, it is only available as a coupe, and Audi offers a choice of 11 exterior colours.