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Incredible Sleeping Beauty Savoir State 02 Beds – US$73,000

Yes, you read right. There is a bed selling for $73,000! The Savoir State 02 Beds are constructed with precise attention to detail, and every inch of the bed is designed perfectly. The British bed manufacturers, Savoir Beds, has been synonymous with high-quality, hand-crafted designer beds as well as mattresses for quite a while now. The London National Gallery and the luxury bed maker have teamed up to produce a work of art and beauty.

Future customers of Savoir Beds will be given the opportunity to select any painting to incorporate into the design of their dream bed. Buyers get to choose works from greats like Rembrandt, Da Vinci, Monet or Van Gogh! Savoir Beds works hand in hand with upholstery and design specialists and together with the latest technology that will produce a life-like design on the fabrics. Savoir Beds will be able to recreate a bed for a queen, or king, quite literally!

Savoir Beds works closely with exclusive design and upholstery specialists to make entirely sure the paintings are as close as possible to the all the originals, using the latest technology to get them printed on fabric. You get a lavish choice including lustrous velvet or versatile cotton. You can choose textured linen viscose, and whichever you select, you will end up with a work of bespoke art on your bed! The artwork will be visible upon the headboard along with the fabrics. Each commission needs to be pre-approved by the National Gallery to ensure the integrity of the work of art that will be used. This also ensures to preserve the essence and integrity of one of the greatest art institute in the world!

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Macallan Whisky 1926 $1.2m – The Finest Malt Money Can Buy!

The Macallan 1926 whisky is as rare as they come. Distilled almost 100 years ago, the whisky has been aged perfectly and stored in the right conditions to ensure its high quality and exclusivity. Two bottles were recently sold to a private collector by Dubai, Le Clos, a luxury retailer of wines & luxury spirits for an astronomical price of $1.2 million each. The whisky was aged for over 60 years on ex-sherry natural wooden casks and were finally bottled in 1986. The sale still holds the world record for the highest price paid for whisky.

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The two bottles still have their original artwork and labeling by the famous artists Valerio Adami, and Sir Peter Blake which makes them even more exclusive and desirable. The Macallan 1926 originally retailed at $27,000, with the last known sale in 2007 reaching $75,000. This latest sale pushes the price up into the stratosphere to $600,000 a bottle! The Macallan 1926 is indeed living up to its name and has become a collector’s whiskey.

Macallan already holds the record for the most expensive bottle sold at auction with The Macallan M Imperiale selling for $628,000 a few years ago. The prestige the Macallan brand signifies has intensified with this record-breaking sale which has set the benchmark for years to come! The packaging is as lavish as you would expect from such a grand whisky and high-class brand. A bottle of Macallan is more than just a whisky. As an investment, the price has skyrocketed from $27,000 to $600,000 a bottle in a couple of decades. It would be a tough decision actually to drink that bottle of Macallan whisky!

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DeepFlight Super Falcon – US$1.8 million – A Trip to the Ocean Depths

The DeepFlight dream started in 1996 when Graham Hawkes and Karen Hawkes began developing deep sea vehicles to explore the depths of the oceans. The vision is to use underwater flight to explore and experience the deepest parts of the sea. The DeepFlight Super Falcon is one in a line of deep sea vehicles capable of extreme depths. With a price tag of US$1.8 million, the Super Falcon isn’t cheap, but a personal submarine is an enticing prospect for the more adventurous soul.

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The DeepFlight Super Falcon submarine provides a safe and smooth journey down to the ocean’s depths in comfort and luxury. You will explore an uncharted underwater world with a thrilling ride of a lifetime diving through the blue expanse of sea. The Super Falcon is specially designed to leverage the principles and unique dynamics of flight while incorporating a patented inverted winged design, just like an aeroplane! The craft glides gracefully alongside whales and sea mammals with its aerodynamic shape hardly making a ripple. The super submersible utilises a high-efficiency brushless DC drive-train powered by underwater lithium-iron-phosphate batteries. The Super Falcon is swift, environmentally friendly and super quiet. The sea craft is safe to operate around swimmers and large marine animals.

The beautifully streamlined contours and the 3-axis flight controls create a super-powerful drive-train with an unprecedented range, high speed and easy maneuverability. The Super Falcon is constructed with meticulous attention to detail, using only the most durable materials. These submersibles can withstand a tremendous amount of pressure, and the Super Falcon can reach the depth limit at the “edge of darkness”, or where all light disappears at 100m below sea level. Journeying 20,000 leagues under the sea is a reality with the new DeepFlight submarine, and even Captain Nemo himself would be proud of this creation!

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Levis V6 Cafe Racer – Futuristic & Retro for a cool £102,000

British company Levis Motorcycles has been producing two-stroke bikes since 1911, and not to be confused with the jeans brand of the same name. Synonymous with motorbike racing and a familiar fixture on UK roads before the Second World War, Levis went off map for over 70 years. The name was purchased by two automotive designers who both had a dream to revive the distinguished  British motorcycle brand.

Steve Kirk and Phil Bevan worked for months to relaunch the brand in style with the fabulous V6 Café Racer. This is an innovative bike with a distinctive retro style and high performance to match. The revolutionary V6 Café Racer is just the first of five new bikes that will go into production, and indications point towards a retail price of £102,000 for the first model.

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Back in 1911, Levis bikes ruled the track and road. A prestigious victory at the Isle of Man TT in 1920 cemented the brand’s name into motoring history, yet just a few years later, the company never recovered from the effects of World War II and went into liquidation soon after in 1946. The name was largely forgotten since then and passed into British motoring mythology. Reviving the noble brand is a brave undertaking of immense proportions.

The V6 Cafe Racer was designed around a car engine, and its distinctive styling and high-performance engine fully justify the price tag. The bike is a change from the usual performance bikes, and its retro styling makes it unique. Expect more exciting models with the launch of the next four exclusive bikes, but for now, feast your eyes on the breathtaking V6 Cafe Racer. A new breed of performance motorcycles has been born, and the landscape is shifting towards exclusive bikes like this marvellous one.

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The Hawk Ranger 223-foot adventure explorer yacht that goes everywhere

Imagine a yacht that can go everywhere and face any weather conditions. The Hawk Ranger is an adventure yacht with the heart of an explorer. The 223-foot yacht was designed by Hawk Yachts joining their existing fleet of comfortable cruising expedition yachts capable of facing extreme conditions. The concept 223-foot Hawk Ranger is set to change the landscape with its novel and stylish contours and sleek looks. Cost is rumoured to be reasonable, and the sea craft has six staterooms, five cabins, and an owner’s master suite.

The Hawk Ranger has an advanced engine which couples performance with fuel efficiency. The range is 6,500 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 12 knots. The top speed rises to 17 knots. The yacht is capable of traversing the Atlantic Ocean and back without having to refuel once. This unique quality makes this yacht perfect for exploring remote and uninhabited locations and is a standout feature.

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The front of the yacht has a distinctive, protruding structure designed for penetrating ice, and the super-thick Polar Class 6 hull is fully capable of breaking through 32 inches of ice with ease. Besides, there is a reinforced ice belt along the waterline. The large boiler keeps the yacht warm in arctic environments. The exterior doors all have heated seals and journeying through the icy waters doesn’t have to be a frozen nightmare! Air-conditioning keeps the yacht cool in tropical climates, and insect and pollen filters are fully integrated into the air intake system. There is also a high-temperature engine cooling system with capabilities of freshwater production.

The Hawk Ranger combines high-end luxury finishes with expert marine craftsmanship to take you on an adventure trip 52 weeks a year. All year round chartering opportunities allow owners to run the yacht as a highly profitable business. Yet, the most significant aspect of the Hawk Ranger is that you can go anywhere on the planet, exploring places rarely seen by mere mortals!

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Tiffany & Co Launches First Engagement Ring Collection in 10 Years

Tiffany & Co has surprised everyone with the first new engagement ring in more than a decade. The iconic American jewellery brand has always been at the forefront of exclusive and luxury jewellery, and the new collection is set to join the legendary Tiffany & Co. The rings feature exquisitely cut diamonds perfectly contoured to maximise their intrinsic brilliance. The contemporary and innovative design is typical of Tiffany and adds a distinctive touch.

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The most prominent engagement ring of the collection must surely be the Tiffany Setting, with its truly unique and unmistakable six-prong setting which has become a universal symbol of love. The Tiffany True enhances this legacy even further providing a novel and new representation of love as we see it today. Its beautiful geometric lines, and its ultra-fine and hand-crafted details combine to make this ring a modern day masterpiece.

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Tiffany was, of course, responsible for the original Tiffany Setting, created in 1886, which has since come to signify the ultimate in love and commitment. The brand new Tiffany True collection is the supreme expression of modern romance, and its unique setting and expertly cut diamond is an engagement ring to die for!it has some neat and subtle touches like its minimal architecture construction and discreet markings on its side. The design, which has become a Tiffany hallmark, allows the diamond to shine through to its brightest and most beautiful. The sizeable diamond is held in place by delicate prongs that blend flawlessly into the very fabric of the diamond, serving to make it look even more brilliant and stunningly pure than it is. The ring comes in 18 carat yellow gold with a yellow diamond, or in platinum with a white diamond.  Both are equally stunning and hit stores in fall 2019 in the USA and worldwide. The Tiffany True joins the elite in lavish style and truly deserves its legendary status.

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2019 Corvette ZR1 – The Fastest Production Corvette Ever Built

The Corvette has been an iconic car brand for decades, and Chevrolet has taken the mark to a whole new level. The 2019 Corvette ZR1 is a supercar with the highest performance engine, fastest track record and the most advanced technology in Chevrolet’s production history setting a new benchmark. With elegant looks and futuristic aerodynamics, the ZR1’s LT5 6.2L V-8 engine is capable of delivering 52% more displacement than its predecessor, the Z06’s LT4. The new and more efficient intercooled supercharger system is Chevrolet’s first dual-fuel-injection system utilising a primary direct injection and a supplemental port injection. This helps the LT5 achieve its incredibly high performance.

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The interior is entirely focused on the driver with a cockpit including Napa leather-trimmed competition sports seats, which are well vented and heated. There is also a carbon fibre-rimmed steering wheel that adds unmistakable style. Additional features include a Performance Data Recorder, and a top of the range Bose premium audio system.

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The 2019 Corvette has a newly designed front fascia which channels air to boost the propulsion-system. There will be a choice of exteriors like Sebring Orange Tint-coat, which comes with matching orange brake callipers. The signature orange seat belts, interior stitching and bronze aluminium interior trim, set the Corvette apart from its competitors.

The supercar can reach an incredible top speed of 210mph, with options for a seven-speed manual gearbox, or eight-speed paddle-shift racing style automatic transmission. The 2019 Corvette ZR1 exceeds expectations with its newly designed exterior, high-performance engine and interior refinement. It carries on the traditions of the Corvette mark and takes them into the future with this new creation of beauty. With its classic, yet modern design the Corvette ZR1 deserves to stand alongside its illustrious predecessors.

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Tree of Love Claridge’s 2018 Christmas Tree by Diane von Furstenberg

Claridge’s Hotel in London has become a fine purveyor of Christmas with the annual Christmas Tree creation gracing the hotel. This year, the wonderfully gorgeous tree was designed by Diane von Furstenberg, following up last year’s tree that was a marvellous Karl Lagerfeld creation. The Mayfair landmark draws visitors from far and wide, to witness an original and marvellous Christmas tree that is different each year. The 2018 tree captures the wonder and joy of Christmas and has been crafted with intricate details and the artistic flair of the famous fashion designer and frequent guest at Claridge’s.

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The 2018 tree signifies Diane’s intense passion and firm belief in the power of love. With a touch of nature and astrological influences, the tree is a personal statement from the artist to the world. The Christmas Tree stands six metres high and blue tones shine out creating a wintry appearance. Incredibly, the tree has no less than 8,000 hand-painted decorations representing silver leaves, tiny glass spheres and 150 hand-blown beautiful glass hearts. There are also six hand-made, silver-leafed animals. The owl, which represents knowledge and wisdom. There is a horse signifying strength. A dove symbolises peace and a mouse curiosity. The deer represents gentleness and the peacock beauty. They are all originally crafted by hand with intricate detail.

Diane worked closely on the Tree of Love with her long-time friends and collaborators. They include the artistic set designer Stefan Beckman, and the talented artist and illustrator Konstantin Kakanias. Astrologer Shelley von Strunckel added the final touches. They all rose admirably to the challenge and honour of designing a masterpiece that will long be remembered in Claridge’s annual Christmas Tree showcase, with a rare beauty and majestic concoction. The tree winds up to the heavens from its roots and is derived from the universe, encapsulating values such as peace, love, harmony, in-depth knowledge, the truth, freedom, wisdom and enlightenment.

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Porsche Washing Machine – China’s luxury product of the year

Yes, you read that right. A washing machine called Porsche! China is notable for unusual luxury products for the rich and while these tend to take many forms for affluent Chinese to flaunt their wealth, the latest craze is a luxury Porsche washing machine. The Panasonic Alpha Series washing machines are designed by Porsche’s Studio F.A. and have become the latest status symbol in China. Priced at US$2,700, there is no shortage of takers and Panasonic can hardly keep up with demand!

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The Porsche washing machines are just as stylish as the name suggests. Designed rather like a sports car than a home appliance, their uniqueness and beauty have captured the imagination of well-off Chinese, and the luxury washing machine is flying off shelves.

The Porsche designed Panasonic Alpha Series Washing Machine has a sporty look with a mat stainless steel body fully in keeping with the minimalistic approach adopted by the designers at Studio F.A. Porsche. The control buttons are cleverly incorporated into a TFT digital display screen that mimics a sports car’s instrument cluster. There is a useful rotary knob with an on/off button set to its left, and a flushed filling receptacle arranged to the right. The washing machine can be operated by remote control with WiFi, where the detergent can be loaded and temperature set. A text message is sent to remind users that the washing load is ready. The machine sports additional useful features and the design prevents mould from build up without having to keep the washer’s door wide open, allowing for better ventilation.

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The Panasonic Alpha Series Porsche Washing Machine by Studio F.A. is the latest and most unlikely exclusive luxury product of the year in China. Whether the thirst for zany luxury products such as this Porsche washing machine will catch on in Europe or elsewhere is anyone’s guess.

 

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Rosewood Luang Prabang’s New Luxury Resort in China plus Ancient Wonders in Laos – $1,200 a night

Rosewood Luang in China is Prabang’s newest luxury resort and promises a stay like no other. The ancient wonders of Laos are close at hand serving up a cultural bonanza and insight into the rich culture surrounding the area. The Laotian mountains, the stunning Mekong sunset and the eighth wonders of the world combined with the exquisite luxury creating Southeast Asia’s most desirable destination for those into culture, breathtaking landscapes and relaxation. Laos’s former royal capital was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, and it’s not hard to tell why. The quaint and picturesque town is snuggly nestled at the base of the forested mountains that tower over the town and Mekong River.

The luxury resort was created and designed by the renowned American architect Bill Bensley, whose signature style is based on taking a concept and stretching it beyond imagination. His vision was of an early 20th-century Laotian hill station, which is the basis of this innovative resort.

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The Luang Prabang started operations just a few months ago. The Rosewood luxury retreat resort features 23 villas, spacious suites and even tents. All the accommodation options have splendid mountain views and are furnished and decorated individually and uniquely. The resort is a short ten-minute drive from the old village centre and offers easy access to all the beautiful and inspiring destinations dotted around the area.

The resort has been tastefully designed to celebrate the rich culture of the Luang Prabang province and showcase the diversity of the tribes, travellers and explorers who passed through the area leaving their mark. Frenchman Auguste Pavie was such an explorer. In the late 1800s, he actually managed to become the governor of Luang Prabang. The resort celebrates the adventurous travels of many other explorers of note who used the Mekong river in the 1860s.

The resort’s hilltop tents are a throwback to a bygone era. The six tents measure 75 square metres each, and each one is dedicated to one of the tribes that used to live on the location. The tents have an ornate décor, with distinctive ethnic textiles and original antiques. In fact, all the rooms have artifacts and ornaments that tell their own stories and have their own history.