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Rolls-Royce introduces the Black Badge series

Rolls-Roys has taken the automotive world by storm with not one, but two new additions to the Black Badge series and they’re beyond classy. Ghost and Wrath are designed for “people who are elusive and defiant, the risk takers and disrupters, who break the rules and laugh in the face of convention.” Basically, the company is courting rich renegades with a grittier, more brooding take on its recognizable style.

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The new models will undoubtedly appeal to young, wealthy business moguls, who go by their own rules with cars that are “just as uncompromising and unapologetic in their choice of living and lifestyle as their predecessors.”

Technically and aesthetically, the ‘Black Badge’ is darker, more assertive, more confident and powerful, and more demanding than the standard Rolls-Royce silhouette. Black Badge leaves a powerful presence on the luxury landscape, marking a transformative moment for the great brand.

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The unique appeal of the Black Badge series come, in part, from the black hood ornament along with lightweight, carbon fiber wheels and “the deepest, darkest and most intense black ever seen on a production car surface.

The Ghost Black Badge is powered by a 6.6-liter V12, now making 603 hp and 620 lb-ft of torque. The eight-speed automatic adds a sense of urgency and delivers a soft ride. The Wraith benefits from 51 extra pound-feet of twist and a total of 623 hp. It gets changed transmission programming to offer a quicker feel.

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Both models are priced in the $300,000+ range, which means darkness sure doesn’t come cheap, but that’s fine.

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Lexus Debuts a Stunning and Speedy 42-Foot Sport Yacht

The designers behind the Lexus brand debuted the new Lexus Sport Yacht, a 42-foot one-off concept, engineered by the Toyota Marine Department, and built by Marquis Yachts of Pulaski. Promoting the ‘Lexus lifestyle’, the new boat is in a class of its own when it comes to performance capabilities, dimensions and design.

With a twin V-8 gasoline engines capable of producing a total of 950 hp and for a top speed of 49 mp, the complexity of the yacht is truly staggering. A “turbo-boost” option is available at the helm and can add 1,000 rpm over the rev limiter for a boost of speed. The hull is made entirely of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic, which has managed to decrease its weight by about 2,200 pounds. A 7-inch-diagonal touchscreen in the center of the steering wheel gives the captain complete control of all navigation and entertainment systems.

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Inspired by the LFA supercar, the concept yacht boasts a similar aggressive forefoot and a sleek exterior. With no walkways from the stern to the bow, to keep the flowing profile –designers have opted instead for a panel at the forward end of the saloon and a set of steps that lead to a hatch on the foredeck. The hatch has sufficient space for a deckhand to aid in anchoring and mooring the yacht. The seats lining the sides of the cockpit can comfortably fit up to eight passengers. Their form is functional and shaped like waves, allowing guests to face each other or turn and face forward.

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The cabinetry, panelling, and upholstery were manufactured in Italy and shipped to Wisconsin, where the interior was assembled. The interior exhibits a strong lounge-feeling with hand-painted glass panels on the walls, a curvy-striped etched-glass floor, and a long, off-white-leather couch that can seat eight.

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America’s new most expensive “Billionaire” mansion lists for $250 million

A new over-the-top development is on the market from developer Bruce Makowsky the likes of which have been seen in the high end of the Los Angeles real estate market. The Luxury home builder and handbag tycoon is previously been known to have sold a property for $70m in 2015, and has now listed a new home for the spectacular price of $250 million.

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The 38,000-square-foot property, located in the wealthy enclave of Bel Air, is known as the most expensive home ever listed for sale in the U.S. It consists of 21 bathrooms and three whole gourmet kitchens along with two spacious master suites and 10 additional guest suites. The property also includes a 17,000 square-foot entertainment deck, 6 bars, a bowling alley lounge, 2 wine-champagne cellars, a private fitness center, home theatre, and a glass tile infinity swimming pool.

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Bel Air’s new estate for the ultra-affluent comes completely furnished. A unique twist is added by the fact that aside from the high-end furniture, this includes a collection of 12 super rare, vintage cars in the “auto gallery,” estimated at $30 million as well as 100 art installations, including a larger-than-life Leica camera.

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The price also includes a service team of 7 full-time staff members (including a chef, chauffeur, and masseuse), paid-for for two years and the helicopter featured in the 1980s TV show Airwolf.

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With sweeping 270-degree view of the L.A. skyline, ocean, and mountains, the home is expected to attract the interest of about 3,000 buyers, who are able to afford the wildly over-the-top home.

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For more information about this outstanding property check out our shop.

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The Most Expensive American Whiskey

In 2013 when Michter’s released its Celebration Sour Mash whiskey at $4,000 per bottle, it was an exquisite experience to obtain one of the 273 bottles available. Now, there is an even pricier whiskey that spirit connoisseurs can appreciate. The second batch of the palatable liquid is the 2016 Michter’s Celebration Sour Mash. Put together by Willie Pratt before he retired, the new blend retails at $5,000 for a bottle—a bit pricier than its predecessor. There are only 256 bottles released worldwide, making it a rare treat.

As Joseph Magliocco, Michter’s president, puts it – this is far more than another whiskey for the luxury market. “With Celebration,” he says, “we wanted to make an American whiskey that’s as good as anything being made anywhere else in the world. And I think we’ve succeeded.” For this reason an entirely new blend of six different Kentucky straight bourbons and ryes, aged from 10 to almost 33 years, was created. It was then bottled at cask strength, 58.4 percent alcohol by volume. The result has the texture of bourbon, with rich caramel, vanilla, and honey notes, but evolves like a rye, dry and spicy, with lots of oak on the long, dry finish. Michter’s trademark big, powerful flavor profile is also there, but the combination of the whiskeys in the blend make it resonate even deeper on the palate, with greater complexity.

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The packaging of the new blend is similar to the 2013 Celebration. An elegant red wood-and-leather box contains the bottle; the 18-karat gold on both the stopper and the label was applied in France. There is a drawer beneath the bottle with a wax-sealed envelope with a letter signed by Willie Pratt for a personal touch.

To find out more about the world’s most luxurious drinks check out some of our previous posts such as World’s most expensive beverages – part 1, World’s most expensive beverages – part 2 and The best whiskeys to drink this summer.

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Philippe Briand’s New 100-Foot Yacht Concept

London-based yacht designer Philippe Briand has a new maritime toy for millionaires – the nearly 100-foot carbon sloop concept Egoist. Buyers will be able to completely customize the yacht to make their trip at sea extra comfortable. This offers a new spin on classic sailing concepts. Egoist will be a fast, highly responsive yacht that can be used for races as well as laid back day trips. The pleasure craft boasts a timeless look and the feel of a classic sailing yacht.

It sports roomy interior with a spacious master cabin, and can accommodate two crew members. Egoist is an embodiment of the classic Eastern Seaboard sailing yacht having undergone a change of personality. It is the ideal day sailor or a cruising yacht for an owner who values his privacy and comfort, above anything else.

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Calling on his extensive yacht racing background, Philippe Briand has focused on designing a yacht that is both fast and very responsive. The design incorporates the timeless lines of a classic sailing yacht, but with a contemporary twist.

The ability of Egoist to be fully customized adds to its allure as wealthy buyers appreciate the offer of leaving their personal touch on their high-powered toys. Egoist was conceived as an attempt to become an owner’s self-indulgent fantasy; realizing every dream of its owner when it comes to sailing. The artistic direction and track record of international awards of Philippe Briand are enough reasons to look forward to this new model that will mark a new standard in modern yachts.

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Top Luxury Cars at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) turned some heads when it was held in Detroit, earlier this year. Arguably still the most important auto show in the U.S, there were plenty of debuts from renowned automakers Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and others—particularly in the ultra-hot crossover and SUV segments.

Mercedes debuted its Mercedes-AMG GT C Coupe in celebration of AMG’s 50th anniversary. Positioned performance-wise between the AMG GT S and the line-topping AMG GT R unveiled in Paris last year, the fixed-roof version of the AMG GT C has a 4-liter engine capable of producing 550 hp and 503 ft lbs of torque. The car can go from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and will launch in a special “Edition 50” trim, with Graphite Gray Magno paint, black chrome exterior trim, and a matching black-and-silver interior color scheme. Price is yet to be announced but is expected to be in the $150,000 neighbourhood.

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Audi is following in the footsteps of BMW and Mercedez-Benz with its new Q8 Concept. The coupe-like SUV vehicle resembles its successor Q7, but has a sharper sloping roofline and an aggressive front grille with vertical bars reminiscent. Its flat, wedge-shaped headlamps use innovative digital Matrix laser lights, which illuminate the road better than LED lights. The Q8 can comfortably accommodate four passengers and has Audi’s signature “virtual cockpit” technology, which combines a head-up display with high-resolution touchscreens. The 3-liter V-6 combustion engine is capable of producing 550 hp.as the car is put into production its price is estimated to be around £70,000.

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BMW has been making headlines with the M550i xDrive and 530e iPerformance, which made its debut in three versions. BMW’s redesigned 5 Series sedan starts at $73,095 and is currently the top-of-the-line 5 Series model.  It is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. The 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid (starting from $52,395) pairs an electric motor with BMW’s 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder combustion engine and rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

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2017 Superyachts We Can’t Wait to See

With the London and Monaco Yacht Shows coming up, wealthy buyers are lining up to catch a glimpse of the newest nautical toys that manufacturers have to offer. There is a whole new array of striking superyachts that will get even the most sophisticated yacht connoisseur excited.

The Royal Huisman’s 190-Foot Sailing Yacht is a 190-foot sailing beauty that is as efficient as it is eye-catching. The resulting design features a slender hull, a 233-foot mast, and twin helm stations that tower above the rest of the body. Exterior accoutrements include a tender garage, an expansive beach deck, a swim platform, and a sunbed. The eclectic, exotic interior features a master apartment, gym, sauna, study, library, and two guest staterooms. The yacht is scheduled to start sailing the seas after a springtime delivery.

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Lürssen’s 403-Foot Jupiter is a sporty, aggressive cruiser. London-based design firm March & White was commissioned for the awe-inspiring interior. Large glass windows allow natural light to flood into the arched atrium and allow guests to glimpse panoramic views of the ocean outside. The yacht will be delivered early this year.

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Then there’s the Nobiskrug’s 468-Foot Sailing Yacht A, which is true sea monster. Marketed as the largest vessel in the world to be powered by sail, some of its spectacular features include a steel hull with a composite superstructure, eight decks dressed in teak, and three carbon-fiber masts, each about 300 feet tall. The yacht has a reported price of approximately $318 million and is expected to take delivery of his latest aquatic acquisition in the spring of 2017.

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Exclusive Reservations You Need in Vegas

Las Vegas is one of those ‘must-see’ destinations that every wealthy traveller has on his list. But a stay at Sin City can turn into a truly memorable experience with a few exclusive reservations that open doors to some of the most prestigious clubs, shows, restaurants and after parties the city has to offer.

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Starting with Carbone – the only place that truly epitomizes the spirit of fine Italian American dining, with tuxedoed waiters and genuine garlic bread croutons. The second outpost of the cult restaurant from Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi has a lot to offer its guests – from the signature favorites, like spicy rigatoni vodka to private dining, and succulent dishes like a lasagna layered with delicate egg crêpes and black truffles – gourmet lovers would be wise not to skip this venue.

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Things don’t get any more American than Joël Robuchon:’s original Mansion at the MGM Grand. And since everything is bigger and better in Vegas – multi-Michelin-starred restaurant offers an over-the-top 16-course prix fixe menu that has everything from foie gras to potato carpaccio covered with black truffles. All this comes at a cost, of course as this is the priciest restaurant in America, at $425 for a meal for two, not including tax and tip.

When it comes to sushi – nothing tops Kabuto Sushi, which is a pilgrimage spot for lovers of the Japanese cuisine. At $48, the 10-piece nigiri sushi omakase is a real treat.

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After a proper meal Vegas-style, it’s time to party with some of the hottest DJs on the music scene. You can catch them at XS – one of the most expensive nightclubs ever built: with plenty of gold everywhere, a crowded dance floor, and an outdoor pool area.

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The Unspoiled Beauty of Africa’s Forgotten Islands

This year holiday-goers can ditch mainstream locations like the Maldives, St. Barts and the French Riviera for something a bit more exotic and a lot more exclusive – the lesser known São Tomé & Príncipe is one of Africa’s smallest nations, stretching across 1,000 square kilometers of landmass and with a population of less than 200,000. However, with some of the richest biodiversity on Earth, its emerging tourism sector is quickly harnessing the scenic islands’ untapped potential.

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Bom Bom Island Resort located on Príncipe Island provides an idyllic setting for guests to marvel at pristine lagoons and dramatic mountain tops while kicking it back in modern bungalows that overlook the sea. With famous chefs and a 24-hour service staff – guests are treated to the better life and can even sneak a peek into how some of the best chocolate in the world is harvested at the at the Terreiro Velho plantation of Claudio Corallo.

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This is a travel destination that is unique for two reasons – the natural surroundings and the people. The luxurious simplicity of the rooms allows guests to have a more harmonious experience and enjoy the emerald green water and private beaches instead of getting lost in modern amenities. This is pure relaxation and becoming one with Nature at starting price of $1450 per person/night.

Bom Bom is quickly rising to fame on the international tourist scene as it is not just another overly-developed resort, remaining a tranquil place, where you can surrender to the charm and the natural beauty of this hidden gem of Africa.

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Ivanka Trump’s art collection

Ivanka Trump’s apartment, which is a frequent topic of discussion in magazines, is the epitome of refined contemporary taste. It is the place, where vintage accents meet funky light fixture by contemporary designers and plenty of custom-made furniture for an overall aesthetic of low-key affluence.

However, the true worth of Ivanka’s real estate haven lies in the works of art that hang on the walls. From a Dan Colen “chewing gum” painting, valued work sold for $578,500 at Phillips New York in 2012. Another impressive piece is a “bullet hole” silkscreen by Nate Lowman – a similar one sold for $665,000 in 2013 at Sotheby’s in New York. Ivanka’s dining room is accentuated by a painting by well-known painter Alex Israel. A similar painting by Israel sold for $581,000 in 2014 at Phillips New York.

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A series of prints by conceptual artist John Baldessari, as well as a massive work by art-market juggernaut Christopher Wool, complements a small piece by the up-and-coming artist Will Boone, prints by photographer Mariah Robertson, and a small, colorful abstract painting by the young art-world star Alex Da Corte.

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Much of Trump’s art was purchased with the assistance of adviser Alex Marshall. Most wealthy, aspiring collectors turn to art advisers for recommendations about what to buy, and to gain access to work that would be unavailable to art-world outsiders.