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Old Napa Vintages Worth the Trip

Two of Napa Valley’s favourite boutique wineries—Far Niente and Nickel & Nickel—are now allowing visitors to book relaxed, private tastings that introduce them to samplings of exclusive cellared bottles going back a decade.

Far Niente has created a much more personal experience with this service, where guests can relax in the expansive gardens and enjoy the Private Cave Collection Tasting ($100 per person) with four aged selections of the estate’s Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, as well as current releases. The winery offers a Private Estate Tasting ($75 per person) with four different wines from the Far Niente group.

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At Nickel & Nickel, tasters can gather on the wraparound porch, in the wine cellar of the historic John C. Sullenger House, or in the restored 19th-century Gleason Barn. The vineyard’s Private Terroir Tasting ($125 per person) presents a north-to-south sampling of eight single-vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons, which includes limited-production bottlings only available at the winery.

Wine tasting at Nickel & Nickel have long been favoured by connoisseurs of fine wine as they introduce the senses to a palette of acquired tastes and textures.

The Private Single Vineyard Classic Tasting ($75) comprises four single-vineyard Napa Valley Cabernets and demonstrates how dramatically wine can be affected by minute variations in location.

All of the private tastings last an hour and the wineries will waive one tasting fee for a six-bottle purchase or wine club signup. This is a unique opportunity to marvel the Far Niente 125-year-old stone estate building, sitting under cork oak trees planted by the original owner in the late 1800s.

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Bentley Continental GT Convertible Inspired by a Princess Yacht

Bentley is a brand iconic on its own, but when it decides to combine its design talent and state-of-the-art expertise in automobile making with another signature company – the result is a limited-edition convertible with a luxurious, nautical feel.

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The new Bentley Continental GT Convertible Galene Edition is scheduled to make its public debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival. The limited-edition Galene is after the Greek Goddess of calm seas, owns its sleek design by Mulliner and Princess Yachts. The elegant white Bentley is a testament to the successful collaboration of two pinnacle brands share collective design talents.

Mulliner, Bentley’s bespoke commissioning division, worked with Princess Design Studio to create Galene. The convertible was inspired by Princess Yachts’ M-Series superyachts. The white exterior boasts a sequin-blue stripe on its brightwork to mimic a Princess hull’s glistening water line. The darkened front and rear lights resemble the tinted windows on its superyachts and the dark-blue hood completes its sporty, oceangoing look.

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The nautical design cues can also be seen throughout Galene’s interior. Mulliner went with an entirely new material finish, a pinstriped walnut veneer, to give the sense of being surrounded by teak decks. The carmaker has worked with famous artist Jaume Vilardell to illustrate the interior fascia panels with a bespoke drawing of a Princess yacht, along with the coordinates of its shipyard in Plymouth. There are hand-stitched seats and door panels, reaching the same quality found on the Princess M series to provide an elegant finish to the exterior.

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The collaboration between these two iconic British brands is quite fitting as both are interested in exploring new possibilities in their target segments. Princess and Bentley Motorsport announced a three-year sponsorship deal that brings the worlds of yachting and motor racing together at racing events where Bentley’s Continental GT3 will be competing.

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The Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Watch

Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Chronograph Cermet Watch is a timepiece that combines the brand’s well-known craftsmanship and aesthetics of perpetual calendar with a classic design. The watch represents one of the three pillars that are the strengths of Jaeger-LeCoultre as a watch-making brand. The new Cermet version of the Deep Sea Chronograph brings to life a watch made of an alloy material that is part ceramic and part metal with incomparable properties of lightness, resistance, and stability.

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Much lighter and slimmer than its predecessor, the Deep Sea Chronograph has a matte finish, a modern look with the retro-styling. As a chronograph, it has water resistance of up to 100 meters. Its case is sleek and modern, which is a nice change for a watch of such calibre. The dial is nicely legible, and offers an attractive minimalist design that is typical of popular retro-style dials.

Jaeger-LeCoultre will produce two dial variations of the Deep Sea Chronograph Cermet. There will be the standard Ref. 208A570 with the white colored luminant, and the Ref. 208A57J that has a darker colored lume. This latter model is called the Deep Sea Chronograph Vintage Cermet. The Vintage model will only be available for purchase at Jaeger-LeCoultre mono-brand boutique stores. The starting price for both watches will be $18,000.

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Inside the Deep Sea Chronograph Cermet watches are in-house made caliber 758 automatic movements. The 758 is a sweet column-wheel based chronograph with of a 65 hour power reserve and a one-of-a-kind “chronograph function” indicator. The slim size of the Deep Sea Chronograph wears perfectly.  42mm is the best size for a watch like this, one puts just as much emphasis on performance as it does on aesthetics.  The Deep Sea Vintage Chronograph is all about looks and less about actual diving.

The JLC Deep Sea Chronograph boasts is a truly capable sport watch with a robust automatic chronograph movement, three registers, and rotating bezel.

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Botswana’s Chic New Safari Lodge

Natural Selection is offering a fresh take on luxury adventure with the debut of its first lodge, Sable Alley. Situated in northern Botswana’s Khwai Private Reserve, the private lodge opened in May and is as stunning as it is sustainable. The compound consists of 12 elevated tents overlooking a hippo-filled lagoon in one of the region’s most pristine wildlife hot spots.

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Sophisticated in design and ambience, Sable Alley is an earthly oasis in the midst of nearly a half-million-acre reserve composed of floodplains, rivers, lagoons, and savannas. Each of the spacious tents boasts its own private terrace; a private swimming pool and lounge offer further relaxation with a view. For guests with an adventurous streak, there is a treetop sky bed high above a watering hole to experience falling asleep to the sounds of elephants, buffalo, and big cats below.

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Sable Alley’s biggest advantage is its game-drive experience. The lodge offers a unique opportunity to explore the region’s diverse landscapes—and its stunning wildlife, including leopards, lions, cheetahs, wild dogs, and the resident sable antelope. Birding is also on the menu of activities to do, especially while on foot, drifting along in a mokoro or on a sunset boat cruise.

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Guests will have the opportunity for even more intimate wildlife interactions as soon as the lodge’s series of hides are completed. They will form a line of shrouded cottages located near watering holes that offer ultra-close-up viewings. Exciting night rives are also offered to guests for a chance to encounter nocturnal creatures such as leopards, spikey porcupines and fearless honey badgers.

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All tents have been designed and decorated with comfort and style in mind. Elevated onto raised decks, the luxurious tents offer an uninterrupted view of the lagoon. Each comes with en suite bathrooms, private verandas and private, indoor & outdoor showers.

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Italdesign’s $1.7 Million ZeroUno Supercar

Italdesign has kept its purpose-driven passion as well as increased the intensity. Acclaimed for the automotive artistry it has produced, the Torino-based team has finally stepped in the spotlight and revealed its own masterwork—the ZeroUno supercar.

Using the form-follows-function approach has ensured that the new ZeroUno is just as spectacular as the cars the brand has designed for other auto giants like the iconic Lamborghini Aventador. Now, its signature four-wheel-drive coupe is as compelling as its performance. It is built from a chassis constructed of carbon fiber and aluminum, and covered in a completely carbon-fiber body. The car carries a 610 hp, 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V-10 engine (with 413 ft lbs of torque) that is mated with a paddle-shift-activated dual-clutch 7-speed gearbox.

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The ZeroUno’s polygonal-shaped nose is accentuated by the car’s aggressive aerodynamic accents at the back. It is capable of going from stationary to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds and zoom up to 205 mph. The car’s efficiency in motion is partly dictated by its air-slicing aesthetic. The design is a mix of soft, clean surfaces for the main body and extremely functional aerodynamic elements.

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These elements include the car’s six-sided polygonal-shaped nose, two side air intakes, a dual-winged rear spoiler, and a state-of-the-art air-flow construct called Y-Duct. The latter helps funnel air into the front of the vehicle and divert it out of two sculpted openings in the hood for increased downforce. In turn, speed is arrested by carbon-ceramic brakes (with 8 pistons in front and 6 at the back) that bring the custom Pirelli P Zero tires (fitted on 20-inch aluminum rims from Oz) to a full stop in short order.

Only five examples of this automobile will be produced, making it an even bigger status symbol than Bugatti. The ZeroUno rolls with a starting price of $1.7 million.

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A $65 Million Manhattan Penthouse with access to a Joël Robuchon Restaurant

Midtown Manhattan just got a brand new addition to the ultra-luxury real estate scenery with a 63-story building that will benefit from access to an exclusive restaurant, renowned artwork and sweeping views of the city.

The sleek 63-story residential tower boasts penthouses, glamorous suites, and a two-story Joël Robuchon restaurant. It sits in Midtown East’s Cultural District and is directly adjacent to Mies van der Rohe’s stunning bronze Seagrum building at One Hundred East 53rd Street. The visually striking glass-encased tower gives residents access to an iconic neighbourhood that houses the Museum of Modern Art and the forever chic Waldorf Astoria.

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Designed by Foster + Partners, the attracted the interest of many since its reveal in 2015, including proprietors such as George and Amal Clooney. The entrance is adorned with colourful statement art pieces that were curated by the tower’s project builder and real estate tycoon, Aby Rosen.

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The property houses 94 sky-high residential spaces with 360-degree views of the Empire State Building and Central Park. The living conditions are focused on convenience, comfort, and a heavy dose of cultural integration.

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There is a showroom at the tower for potential owners that reveals a glimpse into the layout of a two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath residence and an alcove loft studio. It is designed by New York–based architect William T. Georgis, celebrated for his polished and contemporary home designs. Interiors boast 11-foot ceilings, custom lighting, travertine countertops, heated flooring, brushed oak cabinetry, Gaggenau kitchen appliances, and bronze detailing.

Potential residents can choose between units ranging from $2.25 million to a whooping $65 million penthouse yet to be sold. The 6,760-square-foot duplex has four bedrooms and four-and-a-half baths. Its floor-to-ceiling windows reveal views over the ever-changing N.Y.C. skyline.

The tower offers a 24-hour lobby attendant, a wellness center for yoga and Pilates, a sunlit 60-foot swimming pool, a library, relaxed lounge spaces, and a fine-dining place by Robuchon. The highly anticipated restaurant will span two levels of the tower for within-reach gourmet meals.

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Floyd Mayweather’s masterpiece of a house

Floyd Mayweather is known as an extravagant man who doesn’t settle for anything else than spectacular. His 22,000-square-foot five-bedroom, seven-bath custom-built mansion in Las Vegas redefines the standard for wealth and luxury.

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With ceilings high over 24 feet high, wood panelling and tone fireplaces – the house is adorned with crystal chandeliers, red silk and textured glass. The house sits on a golf course, giving its owner quick access to the manicured fields for a game.

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When it comes to technology, the mansion has quite a few features to enjoy. The kitchen, for example, has touch-screen video game consoles on the kitchen counter. An outside area provides plenty of space for lounging with a sofa, decking and a sun-drenched swimming pool. A custom-built sauna and massage area ensure that Floyd and his guests can get treated to relaxing SPA procedures any time they please.

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One of the most impressive scenes is in the garage of the mansion, where countless cars valued at over $15 million are neatly tucked away. Floyd Mayweather owns over 16 Rolls Royce and has purchased over 100 cars from a single dealership. Other of his gems include Ferraris, three Bugattis, a Lamborghini, and a McLaren.

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The custom-built 600-square-foot walk-in closet holds his personal jewellery collection and designer clothes that he can’t possibly wear in his lifetime. A collection of diamond-encrusted gold watches from Piquet, Hublot, Chopard and more seat neatly in drawers and are polished to perfection by the numerous staff.

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Purchased for about $9 million, the house has been further customized and now has a wine cellar loaded with Moët & Chandon and Cristal champagne. There is even a glass cabinet to display his most valuable possessions – his boxing belts.

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The ultimate $1 Million Private Island Package

The ultimate lavish Caribbean getaway package costs a staggering $1 million. Guests get to stay at Calala Island a private island resort just off the coast of Nicaragua. Up to 10 guests can be accommodated in four luxurious villas on the island at a time to ensure their privacy and comfort.

The trip starts with a journey to Nicaragua via private jet from any US city. Two helicopters will then take guests from the landing site to the private island as there is a no-fly zone around the island to ensure maximum privacy.

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A host of activities and experiences are available for guests, from scuba diving to a curated treasure hunt (which comes with an actual treasure in the form of a hidden treasure chest containing gold bars and coins worth around $150,000) to caviar tasting and a cooking masterclass by a Michelin-star chef.

Guests can go on a fishing trip and have the fish they catch – cooked by the island’s Itamae Sushi chef.

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Guests can also design their very own cigar, which will be produced and presented shortly after the trip. Nicaragua’s world-class cigar maker, Joya de Nicaragua, has collaborated with the resort to send an expert team to Calala Island to help guests find their perfect cigar blend. Guests get treated to 20 boxes of the custom blends shortly after their stay.

Other highlights of the lavish trip include unlimited fine wines and Dom Pérignon champagne, a 12-course gala dinner for all 10 guests, a Hollywood videographer and professional photographer to capture all special moments. There is even a donation of $100,000 towards the building of a Nicaraguan school, built to the guests’ specifications and named after them.

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The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet

Friday saw the unveiling of the Vision 6 Cabriolet concept at the 2017 Monterey Car Week in Monterey, California by Mercedes-Maybach.

The stunning cabriolet is the ultimate embodiment of the Mercedes’ Sensual Purity design philosophy. Its execution brings together classic automotive design element with a sleek futuristic aesthetic.

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The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet takes modern luxury to a whole new level and is the perfect embodiment of the brand’s design strategy.  Its luxurious “haute couture” interior complements the stunning proportions to create the ultimate experience.

The all-electric drop top continues Mercedes’ move towards alternative propulsion. The Maybach was introduced shortly after the company’s AMG division unveiled the new hypercar’s 1,000 horsepower Formula One-derived hybrid drivetrain.

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Hand-finished to perfection, the Vision 6 Cabriolet is likened to a boat on wheels with its nearly six metres in length, generous proportions reminiscent of classic Art Deco design, and long bonnet and plenty of puristic, flowing lines.

The rear is especially eye-catching with its shape in the vein of a boat tail of a luxury yacht. Dark blue exterior called Nautical Blue Metallic furthers the allure and newly-designed 24-inch light-alloy wheels feature a centre lock finished in rose gold – this is a shade found on all electric vehicle studies from the automaker.

The interior has been conceptualised to merge with the exterior. There is a 360° open-air luxury lounge experience being offered. The cabin is dressed with lavish, quilted crystal white nappa leather for ultimate comfort.

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Open-pore wood flooring, complete with inlaid aluminium, is reminiscent of yachting again, and rose gold makes its way on to trim elements. The Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet’s comes with custom-made fabric top adorned with rose gold, in the interwoven tread stitch on the unit.

A shallow underfloor battery gives the car a range of over 500 km, and there’s a quick-charge function for the car – with a charging capacity of up to 350 kW with DC charging based on the CCS standard. Enough power can be charged in just five minutes to achieve an additional range of around 100 km.

Price is yet to be announced.

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Vintage Watches – The Omega Edition

Wealthy connoisseurs have always had a thing for vintage Omega watches, which are a status symbol in the horological world.

As the iconic watch brand celebrates its 60th anniversary and the reissue of the Railmaster, Omega’s vintage pieces are seeing further increases in value and interest. Three vintage Omegas have now been reissued in varying forms: the Railmaster, the “Big Blue” and the Speedmaster.

The Omega Seamaster 120 Big Blue is Omega’s latest iteration of the chunky diver chronograph from 1972. The Big Blue was one of the first chronographs capable of handling a 120M dive. It has a crystal and dial appear effectively mint, with faint and even aging present on its indices and hands. Its 100 mesh bracelet is not original to the piece, but that shouldn’t impact its sale price significantly given its condition.

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The Omega Railmaster was launched the same year as the Speedmaster, but never garnered nearly as much attention as its moon-bound brother. Similar to the Rolex Milgauss, the Railmaster was specifically designed for railway employs, although it quickly gained popularity with engineers and scientists whose daily tasks involved significant exposure to magnetic fields. The vintage charm of this piece is clearly visible with its 38mm width and pristine condition.

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The 1969 Omega Speedmaster Professional is easier to find in antique houses than the previous two models, but earlier references like the pre-moon 145.012 are a real gem. The same reference worn on the surface of the moon by Buzz Aldrin himself has gained somewhat of a cult symbol. The model, complete with a flat-link bracelet, is a solid example of the ultimate icon from Omega.

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