Ford's GT ’66 Heritage Edition

Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition

A week after its historic win against Ferrari at Le Mans, Ford commemorates the win of the original GT in 1966. The new special edition named Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition is a striking combination of historical significance and contemporary elegance. The exterior is painted Shadow Black with customers given the choice of matt or gloss – with silver stripes and exposed carbon bits. Accents include no.2 graphics, and a gold satin clear-coat on the wheels.

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The interior of the limited edition vehicle sees the Ford GT carbon-fiber seats enwrapped in Ebony leather, with pillowed inserts and plow-through stitching. The seats’ head restraints and the steering wheel bear the Ford GT logo. An Ebon-leather wrap can also be found on the instrument panel, pillars and headliner with gold appliqués on the panel, the seat’s X-brace and shift paddles. Similarly to the 1966 race car, the steering wheel is wrapped in leather, with the seat belts featuring unique blue webbing.

Other unique features include serialized identification plate, the #2 interior door graphic, and exposed matte carbon fiber door sills, air register pods and center console. The main intent of the design is to highlight the origins of the famous Ford GT. The looks remain distinctly based on the GT40 Mark II race car, but the new styling is accentuated with cues to provide a modern interpretation.

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The Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition can be viewed at FordGT.com trough the configuration tool. It will only be made available in limited quantities for the 2017 model year only. The price premium remains to be confirmed, although a base price of £400k-plus has been suggested. Prospective buyers will be required to put down their names on a waiting list if they wish to own a modern car that is built on a theme of historic significance.

The World’s Ultimate Resort Villa

The World’s Ultimate Resort Villa

Taking a look at the best villa rental for 2016 it is understandably why the hot property is so in demand. Breath-taking scenery, beautiful open-plan architecture, luxurious furnishings, excellent service and unparalleled privacy – the 15-bedroom estate on Sri Lanka’s central south coast delivers everything one’s heart desires.

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What’s even more – guests get to experience sublimely relaxing ayurvedic spa treatments and yoga sessions as well as traditional cooking classes and tennis lessons. All villas come with personal chefs fluent in Thai, Indian, and Italian cuisines; they boast infinity-edge swimming pools that reveal serene views over isolated white-sand beaches. Personal concierges are available at all times to do anything – from arranging a trip to the Ceylon tea fields to a tour of the 400-year-old Galle Fort.

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The resort estate consists of several luxurious villas: the eight-bedroom Villa Monara, the seven-bedroom Villa Divia, and a central pavilion that features a spa, a yoga studio, a fitness center, and tennis courts. Both villas have a library, a kitchen, a dining room, a media room, and a beachfront pool with a waterslide and exhibit the same minimalistic Asian style with a nod to European fine living that guests value so much.

Full-time staff on the resort consists of a general manager, a private chef, butlers, spa therapists, a children’s activity coordinator, and a personal trainer. The estate can accommodate as many as 30 guests. Smaller groups from eight to 16 will be able to reserve Villa Divia or Villa Monara separately.

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Plenty of amenities are available on the resort as well as on shore and day trips can even include leopard safaris in nearby Yala National Park, whale watching and surfing in the breath-taking Bay of Bengal.

The luxurious Àni Villas Sri Lanka resort can be booked at rates of $3,500 to $13,000 per night and has a three-night minimum stay.

The Latest Navetta 26

The Latest Navetta 26

Launched just in time for Summer 2017, the Custom Line Navetta 37 will be a 122-foot semi-displacement yacht. Expected to become the largest model in the Ferretti Group–owned brand’s Navetta line, the vessel is announced to feature an innovative transom system similarly to the 93-foot Navetta 28, which was debuted last year.  The tender-garage door has been fitted with an upward and downward opening mechanism to create an outdoor beach club and an indoor lounge area, effectively doubling the space.

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Expansive windows in the hull allow natural light to flood the lounge area, and each of the four lower-deck guest cabins have also been fitted with a large window for panoramic sea views; the master suit is located on the main deck, separated from the guest cabins.

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The most powerful of the yacht’s available propulsion systems produces 1,948 hp. As with all Custom Line yachts, the Navetta 37’s interior design is customizable. The starting price is available upon request.  Wood, cotton, steel and glass are masterfully combined throughout the interior to make the most of the available space and create an elegant, yet casual ambiance – ideal for relaxation and travelling in style.

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The Navetta 37 will be revolutionary in terms of style, design, and spaciousness with a fit-out, range and tank capacities that ensure comfort, ability and self-sufficiency out at sea. Among the notable features of the yacht are the large glazed surfaces in and out, giving it a “flawless stylistic continuity”. The bow stem rises up to the first superstructure level for a strong and defined profile as well as a drier ride in head seas and more room inside. A new design for the brief for the hull will ensure efficiency in any sea conditions and allow the owner to choose from four engine configurations to further personalize his travelling experience.

The Rolls-Royce Vision 100 Concept

The Rolls-Royce Vision 100 Concept

Revealed in London, the latest Vision 100 Concept from Rolls-Royce is head-turning in many ways. The futuristic car is a big departure from the traditional clean-cut forms of the brand’s luxurious vehicles and represents a bold journey down the path of innovation and experimentation. Marketed under the official name 103EX – the stylistic and engineering qualities of the vehicle are truly remarkable, whether or not the public is ready for such a dramatic change of direction.

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Floating headlamps and blade-edged verticality of the fenders still represent the classic allure of a Royce but the overall design is imposing and visually heavy. The most drastic element change is the square, flat grille. This is surely one way to turn heads on the road and it will, undoubtedly, change the way persona luxury is perceived from now on. In trying to create a fully autonomous and electric vehicle Rolls-Royce has succeeded admirably as the new 103EX demonstrates a seamless and effortless merger of technology, comfort and functionality.

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The car is 5.9 meters in length and 1.9 meters in height in keeping with the respective dimensions of the current Rolls Royce Phantom. It has F1-style exposed wheels connected to the “hull” of the car that appear to allow it to ‘float’ off of the ground. An elongated hood no longer houses an engine but an electric motor, allowing for luggage to be stored through the side. The luggage door conveniently opens automatically upon arrival and closes when the car is locked. The large, upright grille remains present as does the Spirit of Ecstasy, which is now manufactured from glass and illuminates as passengers arrive.

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Once passengers step into the Rolls Royce Vision NEXT 100, they enter their Effortless Journey. With the help of an artificial intelligence named Eleanor in honour of Eleanor Thorton – an English Actress and Artist’s Model who was the model behind the Spirit of Ecstasy for artist Charles Sykes. Inside, occupants enjoy a cabin like nothing else before it, with a single sofa at the back of the cabin. The sofa is made of the finest silk and wool and creates one of the most luxurious seating surfaces in an automobile. A massive OLED screen and a clock are the only two other present items inside the cabin.

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A $30 Million Hipster Penthouse in Downtown Austin

Famed Austin designer Ryan Street is the creator of a futuristic, glass-encased penthouse that occupies the top two residential floors of one of the city’s most sought-after residential skyscrapers – the Austonian. As the penthouse is still in the process of conceptualization and construction – the future buyer will be presented with the unique opportunity to work alongside the renowned designer and customize the property further.

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A total of 16,000 square feet is presented in a design that features five bedrooms, five complete bathrooms, and three additional half-bathrooms, leaving plenty of altering possibilities in the layout and blueprints. Street’s proposed design incorporates natural and quality materials, such as walnut and veined marble to accentuate the glass-and-steel vibe, but buyers are free to choose different materials, of course.

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In the initial design, the lower floor is intended as the primary residence space, and the upper floor will house additional guest suites and have the ability to double as an entertainment station. A large gourmet kitchen is available on the main floor, and a second catering kitchen is part of the second-story layout. Possible amenities include an entertainment room, a butler’s pantry, a home theatre, a study, and an ample guest lounge. Expansive floor-to-ceiling windows and six private balconies will offer sweeping views of the city skyline and surrounding hill country.

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Residents will enjoy direct access to the Austonian’s on-site amenities that include an outdoor heated saltwater pool; a SPA and jacuzzi; outdoor kitchens and grill areas; a private dog park; a 12-person movie theatre; a library and business conference room; and a 5,500-square-foot workout gym with cardio, Pilates, and strength-training equipment. A 24-hour concierge service, covered parking and valet services are among the other benefits of the upscale building. The penthouse is a unique opportunity to live in this closed-access complex and participate in the creation of a one-of-a-kind dwelling for $30 million.

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A 1949 Patek Philippe Watch sold for $1.2 Million at Auction

A historic timepiece with unmatched precision and beauty will be auctioned by the famous house Sotheby’s at their Important Watches Auction held in New York on June 8. The Patek Philippe World Time wristwatch from 1949 was originally introduced in 1938 as part of the Swiss brand’s Heures Universelles line.

The staggering piece features a world-time presentation that was designed by the complication’s inventor, Louis Cottier in addition to a polychrome cloisonné-enameled dial. It is beautifully decorated with a map of Eurasia. The horologic collectible is one of only two models in existence with that detailing to ever become available after their original purchase, which makes it incredibly rare and valuable. An 18-karat yellow-gold case envelops the rotating bezel, which bears the inscription of 40 major world cities. Once the local time has been set (by aligning the name of the preferred location  with the 12 o’clock position), the recessed 24-hour indicator automatically adjusts to display the time for all remaining locations, in addition to a two-tone diurnal and nocturnal indication. The hours and minutes are presented with gold roman numerals, baton indexes, and lys hands.

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The extremely rare 18k gold model has its case, dial and movement signed. Teardrop lugs and a snap on solid case back complement the polished bezel for a complete and sophisticated look of preserved elegance. A black alligator strap finishes the composition.

Identified as ref. No. 669495 this prized Patek Philippe is expected to sell for $1.2 million. In 2014, Sotheby’s sold another legendary piece from the brand, the Henry Graves Supercomplication, for the record sum of $24 million—making it the most expensive timepiece to have ever sold at auction. The Important Watches sale will begin at 10 am on June 8, Eastern time, and bids will be accepted in person, by phone, and online. (via sothebys.com)

Spanish Country Villa

Spanish Country Villa Hits the Market for $6 Million

A home that has been fitted for a real Prince is now on sale in the beautiful Spanish countryside. Situated in Marbella the lavish estate has been refurbished and put on the market for $6 million. Occupying a total of 1.45 acres, the Spanish villa comprises 10 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms.

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The grand foyer makes for a dramatic entrance with its massive crystal chandelier and a double staircase with white intricate marble balustrades. All bedrooms are beautifully furnished with luxurious drapes, king-size beds and ornate furniture. The formal dining room has expansive floor-to-ceiling windows that provide scenic views into the backyard and also has a spiralling chandelier. Other first-floor rooms include a brand new kitchen, a breakfast room, a sun-filled living room, and two master bedrooms complete with en suite marble bathrooms. Upstairs, there are additional bedrooms with private balconies overlooking the sea.

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Outside amenities include manicured gardens that are decorated with subtropical trees, a functioning tennis court, an outdoor heated pool, and 2,583 square feet of terraces. The property also features a three-car covered garage as well as additional parking for six vehicles. The idyllic estate has a pronounced Mediterranean feel to it with the colonial style entrance adding a certain degree of opulence. No expense has been spared in renovating the property and accentuating its original features to turn it into a modern and lavish real estate haven. With a bright and fresh interior, the house boasts high ceilings and beautiful panoramic windows to reveal breath-taking views towards the sea, mountains and courtyard.

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A total of 6000 square metres of manicured and landscaped lawns surround the spectacular property. Towering cypress trees and a boundary wall circle the perimeter to provide some much-needed privacy for its residents in the upscale burrow of Marbella. The unique architectural style of the property combined with its pristine condition and privileged location makes it a true real estate gem.

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The New GT Speedboat by Mercedes-Benz

The newly-designed Silver Arrows Marine Arrow460-Granturismo motor yacht introduced recently captivates with astounding aerodynamic design and lavish detailing that is usually reserved for the finest automobiles. And this does not come as a surprise, considering none other than the team at Mercedes-Benz Style worked on its development. The 46-foot pleasure craft is the result of a four-year partnership between the Monaco-based boatbuilder and the luxury automaker’s product division.

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Similar sculptural elements to the ones of high-performance vehicles are featured in the preproduction example. An extended foredeck and an arcing roofline sloping down toward the stern are among these features. The yacht is a true aquatic missile as it carries two Yanmar diesel engines for a total of 960 hp that allow for a top speed of 40 knots or a cruising speed at 26 knots. The hull design enhances handling as it is the product of Van Oossanen Naval Architects and navigation is made easy through the incorporation of a double-console cockpit equipped with Twin Disc’s Express Joystick System.

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Maximizing available space (facilitated by a 13-foot beam), the layout consists of a retractable aft terrace and built-in sundeck. The interior and exterior are functionally integrated with side windows, a cabin top, and a transparent partition (that visually separates dining and lounge areas) that can be automatically raised or lowered with a single push-button. With a total capacity for 10 passengers, the cruiser can comfortably sleep an additional two persons within an air-conditioned belowdecks that has been equipped with nubuck-leather seating and eucalyptus veneers. Some of the absolute necessities include an ice-maker and chilled wine storage.

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The Silver Arrows Marine Arrow460-Granturismo was first debuted on France’s Côte d’Azur at the launch of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet in April. Production of the yacht is expected to begin the before the end of the year and first models will be available at a price of about $2.8 million.

Chopard limited-edition watch

Chopard limited-edition LUC Perpetual Chrono watch

Chopard has proud traditions, both as a jeweler and a watch-maker. The latest edition of the famed BaselWorld event only reinforced the status of the brand as a world leader in modern, elegant complications with the release of the very first, all in-house, perpetual calendar chronograph. The L.U.C. Perpetual Chrono, is a 20-piece limited edition, is priced at $85,000 and represents an important milestone in the watchmaker’s legacy.

The fairmined 18k white gold model employs a base movement that is only two years old – the famed Chopard L.U.C. 03.07-L. This high-grade movement allows for a 60-hour power reserve, running in 42 jewels that are adjusted to five positions. A delicate moonphase display adorns the dial and is accurate to one day’s error every 122 years. The movement carries the Geneva Hallmark and it is also COSC certified as a chronometer, which will surely impress luxury watch enthusiasts.

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The addition of Chopard’s perpetual calendar works has changed the dimensions of the movement, albeit not in an obvious way. Entirely developed and produced in the brand’s Haute Horlogerie workshops, the L.U.C Calibre 03.10-L is constructed around a column wheel that controls all chronograph operations including the flyback function. There is a zero-reset system for the counters and the central sweep seconds hand that guarantees optimal precision. This ensures smooth yet firm activation of the timing components thanks to a vertical coupling clutch. A truly exceptional base mechanism was specifically chosen for the new L.U.C Perpetual Chrono.

Looking at the design of the L.U.C XPS 1860 – it is fairly certain it is a decidedly contemporary timepiece. Only 40 mm in diameter – it captivates with understated elegance and modern sophistication.  Its thickness of 7.2 mm makes it part of the ultra-thin category. The dial is distinctively bold and enhanced thanks to the hand-guilloché motif radiating out from the logo at 12 o’clock.

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The stunning superyacht with a radical design

£550,000 is the sum required to rent the marine jewel that is the Lauren L. This extravagant super-yacht is nothing short of outstanding with its helipad, enough space for 150 guests and a 45-person crew and 50-inch plasma televisions fitted throughout. Owned and operated by boutique super yacht firm Titan Broker, the vessel it available for private cruises to exotic locations so guests can get away from it all while still enjoying exceptional and personalized service.

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The vessel is ideal for many guests, corporate or formal events at sea as its rooftop terrace can cater for large parties who wish to enjoy a cocktail and dance in the moonlight. During the recent refurbishment of the yacht a grand piano was added for a touch of class. Aside from the helipad, the Lauren L also features a full gym and SPA, a bar on the top deck with a sunbathing platform and a Jacuzzi and sufficient space to host 150 guests, with 50 spaces for a sit down meal.

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With a cruising range of 3,400 nautical miles and a top speed of 15 knots, the ship can travel through the Mediterranean waters all the way to the Caribbean, Panama, Brazil, and Costa Rica. Arranged  over four decks, the yacht comprises a total of 20,000 square feet. This includes 20 staterooms and a lavish owner’s suite on the bridge deck with a total of 1,200 square feet, including a balcony, a lounge, entertainment and surround sound system, king size Californian bed, dressing room, walk in wardrobe, en-suite bathroom with a double size spa bath and a separate office and study room. All staterooms are fitted with a bright and airy seating area, and a sizeable Californian king size bed so guests can enjoy complete relaxation.

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A further of ten luxurious guest rooms are available on the upper deck, with spacious en-suite bathrooms and equipped with multimedia entertainment systems and minibars. Five more double cabins are located on the main deck.