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Jewelry for Valentine’s Day

Cartier’s love bracelets are always a safe choice for a Valentine’s Day present, but this year we bring you a selection of jewelry that truly speaks the language of love. Of course, like all finer things in life – these dazzling pieces don’t come cheap, but they are guaranteed to put a smile on the face of the woman you love.

Taffin presents a surprisingly versatile collection of black ceramic bangles with gold inscription, which spells out ‘Te Amo’. It’s also available in “Je t’aime” and can even be customized for that extra-special touch (price available upon request).

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Alison Lou celebrates the emoji culture with a cheeky sense of humour and a $2,550 cocktail ring. The cute piece is emblazoned with cherry-red enamel lips—a luxurious take on everyone’s favorite emoji.

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The minimalistic and symbolic lock from Marla Aaron is the kind every woman would love to receive for Valentine’s Day. Finished in yellow gold with a heart-shaped pendant and ruby baguette-studded clasp, it retails for $1,472.

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For those who enjoy their jewelry as simple and austere – Eva Fehren’s white-gold and diamond XX studs—an understated “kiss, kiss”—strike the perfect balance between sentimental and sleek. They can make your loved one happy for $2,575.

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Jemma Wynne has her own representation of the holiday of love with a two-stoned ring – a style traditionally known as a “toi et moi”—a representation of coupledom rendered in precious materials. Finished with an emerald-cut diamond and a ruby, it is available at materialgoodny.com.

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London-based jeweler Stephen Webster collaborated with artist Tracey Emin to produce a collection of romantically inclined designs. One of the pieces is a statement pendant with a spinning disc engraved with Emin’s handwriting that, when spun, spells out “I promise to love you”, available for $2,200.

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Gareth Barry’s seven-bed mansion goes on sale for £4.5m

Premier League football star Gareth Barry is selling his seven-bedroom mansion in Cheshire for £4.5million. The estate comes equipped with 13 private stables, a heated indoor swimming pool and seven bedrooms, making it the perfect family home.

30 acres of pristine land surround the house in Cheshire and its own tennis court. The state-of-the-art indoor pool is heated and big enough to have its own seating area where the owner can sit and relax. Thirteen private stables are included in the sale and come with a groom’s kitchen and separate tack/feed rooms.

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The main house has seven bathrooms (one here) and some have freestanding tubs, marble flooring and large walk-in showers. Since it is sold by English Premier League football star Gareth Barry, there is also a state-of-the-art leisure complex which includes a games room, bar, indoor swimming pool, a sauna, changing room and gymnasium.

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A 3,500 sq ft former aircraft hanger with its own electric door can be used to store a collection of classic cars or be converted into an adjacent guest house.

The property has a tree-lined driveway, a pond and paddocks. The famous footballer installed a stunning water feature in the huge driveway which leads up to the house. The driveway is big enough for dozens of cars to be parked outside the front.

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A lavish gaming room includes arcade games, a pool table and a display of Barry’s 53 England caps and two Manchester City shirts. There is also has a home cinema which has leather reclining seats and a huge screen.

The property is on the market with estate agents Stuart Rushton & Co, and described as being a ‘small exceptional small country estate with a beautifully refurbished modern house’.

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An exclusive toy for the rich – the Ripsaw EV Series

Ripsaw EV Series (Extreme Vehicles) super tank platforms are a limited edition toy for the ultra-wealthy, but are now available for purchase in limited production for a short time. One of the world’s most sought after high performance, luxury vehicles is handcrafted, limited run, high end luxury tracked platform developed for the public and extreme off road recreation.

Originally, the series was designed and built for the military as a light weight, go fast super tank, but Ripsaw has since moved on to the high-end luxury market for vehicles.  The fastest dual tracked vehicle ever developed, it has won awards for invention of the year.  Since 2013, Howe and Howe Tech has spent thousands of man hours improving design and aerodynamics to refine the beautiful yet rugged and refined chassis of the Ripsaw for the high end luxury market and extreme off-road enthusiasts.  From 16 inches of suspension travel, they have gone to luxurious interiors and up to 1500 horsepower, The Ripsaw platform is in league of its own when it comes to capability, speed, sheer adrenaline and luxury. 

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Off-road enthusiasts will be thrilled with a vehicle that virtually cannot be destroyed – there is no obstacle the Ripsaw cannot overcome. All the while – passengers remain as comfortable as can be inside the cabin. It makes for an exciting off-road experience of power, comfort and speed.

The Ripsaw EV series sets new benchmarks in terrestrial mobility and now stands as the pinnacle of extreme high speed off-road travel. Whatever the loose terrain – mud, sand and snow – the Ripsaw slides across it with ease.

Interested buyers should contact the brand directly through their website for more information and to reserve their build today. ​Price is available upon request.

Auburn Eight Supercharged Speedster

A record sale for Sotheby’s with the 1936 Auburn Eight Supercharged Speedster

International auction house Sotheby’s has sold an iconic art deco performance car of the Classic Era for the whooping $550,000. The original, authentic example has been beautifully restored to its former glory. It was formerly owned by well-known enthusiast David Tunick.

The Model 852 boasts a 150 bhp, 280 cu. in. inline eight-cylinder engine, single two-barrel carburetor, Schwitzer-Cummins centrifugal supercharger, three-speed manual transmission with a Columbia dual-ratio rear axle, solid front and rear axles with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 127 in.

Designed by the legendary Gordon Buehrig, it was a head turner even by the standards of its time with its curvaceous bodywork and a straight hood line that shot back from the radiator to a sharply vee’d windshield. The distinctive rear design, elegantly outlined by chrome and striping, gave the Speedster its everlasting nickname, which is, simply, “the boattail.”

The model that was sold at Sotheby’s auction is one of about one hundred fifty last-generation Speedsters built, and it is an authentic Speedster, with its original frame and body. The 1936 model Speedsters are extraordinarily rare, as they were essentially leftovers of the 1935 line, and therefore, they are highly desired among ACD enthusiasts.

At its sale in 2005, the Speedster was carefully restored by Jim Stranberg, of High Mountain Classics in Denver, Colorado, at a reported cost of $480,000. This was followed by a second restoration by its next owner who chose to change the colours by commissioning a high-quality repaint in the car’s original black, but he still retained the dark red leather interior of its Stranberg restoration.

The end result is this Auburn “Boattail” Speedster with a surprisingly modern-feeling pleasure to drive. This particular car still holds rank among the finest treasures from the past.

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Seven-Figure Supercars You Have to Own

Household names as McLaren, Lamborghini, and Bugatti have become synonymous with supercars, and rightly so. These icons of technical prowess repeatedly set new benchmarks in all areas of the industry. But now, a growing number of boutique builders are stepping up and creating their own automotive machinations—each presenting boundary-breaking design, engineering, and performance. Here are a few examples in the seven-figure price range that are a must-have for avid automobile enthusiasts. If they can afford them, of course.

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The Boreas Hypercar boasts a 7-speed automated manual transmission, which allows it to accelerate from zero to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 236 mph. It took a total of 10 years in development and is currently a one-off, although 12 individually designed successors are planned for production in January.

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Courtesy ofItaldesign Automobili Speciali, this arrow-like automobile was presented to the United States market at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 20. With a starting price of £1.7 million, it carries a 610 hp, 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V-10 engine (with 413 ft lbs of torque) mated with a paddle-shift-activated dual-clutch 7-speed gearbox.

Fenyr SuperSport

Fenyr SuperSport

Based in the United Arab Emirates, W Motors debuted the Fenyr SuperSport in 2015 at the Dubai International Motors Show. The carbon-fiber beast boasts a tubular aluminum chassis, fangs in the form of a 4-liter twin-turbo flat-6 engine (built by Germany’s RUF Automobile) that nets 900 hp and 885 ft lbs of torque. The car clocks zero to 62 mph in 2.7 seconds and can cruise at up to 249 mph. Only 25 examples are planned per year, each one priced at approximately $1.85 million.

Lykan HyperSport

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Debuted at the Qatar Motor Show in 2013, this ground-breaking coupe boasts diamond-encrusted headlights, reverse-dihedral doors, holographic instrumentation, and gold-stitched seats. The Lykan accelerates from zero to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds and can give chase at up to 240 mph thanks to its 780 hp, 3.7-liter flat-6 engine (producing 708 ft lbs of torque). Its performance characteristics, along with a distinct body design and a price tag of $3.4 million, earned it a starring role in the 2015 film Furious 7. Only seven bespoke examples are planned for production.

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Zaha Hadid’s ME Dubai Hotel Opens in 2018

The Opus – Zaha Hadid’s first project in Dubai – is due to open in 2018. The architectural marvel will be the only hotel in the world the late architect designed inside and out. Siting in the heart of the upcoming Burj Khalifa district, it will comprise two separate towers that coalesce into a 300-foot-high cube with a free-flowing curved central void. 

The hotel will be part of the Spanish-based Melia Hotels International and have 93 lavish rooms and suites, including the ultra-luxe Suite ME. There will be 98 serviced apartments on the upper floors, and four penthouses with private roof terraces.

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The hotel’s extravagant lobby lounge and art gallery, vertical café, and reception area will all showcase furniture that is either custom-designed or hand-selected by Hadid. Pushing the boundaries of imagination, the dramatic public spaces will also include a sprawling 260,000-square-foot entertainment zone and nightclub, an outdoor swimming pool, a spa, and a rooftop terrace with stunning views of Dubai’s vibrant skyline.

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The Opus will offer outstanding dining experiences to its guests with a collection of 15 restaurants, including an outpost of London’s contemporary Japanese robatayaki restaurant, Roka. Among the host of new uxury experiences and first-rate service is the ME, where a dedicated “aura manager” will enhance each guest’s visit by sharing the best the city has to offer. ME Dubai’s facilities and Aura service will also be available to the owners of the Opus’s residences.

Of course, the biggest advantage to Opus and the ME Dubai will be the legacy of its creator. One of Hadid’s first projects to be realized posthumously, the structure will serve as a testament to the achievements of one of modern architecture’s greatest minds.

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America’s most expensive estate to go on sale in 2018

A $500m Bel Air home will become America’s most expensive estate when it hits the market next year. The 100,000 square feet property called ‘The One’ from property developer Nile Niami is situated atop a hill in Bel Air and boasts views of the city and ocean.

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The spectacular estate boasts a number of perks including a nightclub with its own V.I.P room, 20 bedrooms including a 5,500-square-foot master suite, seven swimming pools, complete with a moat and indoor spa count, five elevators and a beauty salon.

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The master suite alone is larger than most New York City apartments and comes complete with its own pool, kitchen and office. Owners will have plenty of space to park their expensive cars in the 30-car parking garage. There is also a 45-seat IMAX movie theater.

An angular, minimalist sauna provides some much-needed space for treatment and relaxation and there is a hot yoga room as well. 

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The asking price of $500 million for the ‘The One’ makes it four times more expensive than the most expensive house ever sold in America – a home in New York state’s Hamptons that sold for $137million in 2014.

Spanning 20,000 feet, the lawn of the property would be artificial in order to comply with the state’s drought laws. Infinity pools will surround the plush property and give owners the feel of an ocean-front estate in a tropical setting.

All of the kitchens are fitted with state-of-the-art appliances, including a luxury coffee machine, which can brew most well-known coffee beverages. Dozens of bottles of Cristal Champagne are complimentary with the home, which has a private cellar exclusively dedicated to the expensive alcoholic beverage.

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Lamborghini and MIT Team Up on Terzo Millennio Hypercar Concept

One of the most exciting collaborations of 2017 could produce the car of the future – an all-electric road rocket that is more than just a treat for the eyes.

A self-repairing hypercar? That is what the Automobili Lamborghini’s visionary plans center around. In November, the company officially revealed its exploration into innovative technologies and the development of electric power trains in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). With that mission in mind, the marque also unveiled a super sports car concept called Lamborghini of the Terzo Millennio.lamborghini-terzo-millennio-side Under the collaboration with the participants in the MIT-Italy Program, both institutions are focused on five areas of advancement. These include new systems for propulsion and energy storage, a next-level design language, adoption of cutting-edge materials, and a new level of driver experience and automotive interface.

Lamborghini is not a brand that shies away from challenges and the Terzo Millennio concept certainly proves this with its entire carbon-fiber body serving as a reservoir for reserve energy.  

As far as energy and storage breakthroughs, supercapacitors fitted in the car will optimize power and contribute to the regeneration of kinetic energy while greatly increasing the system’s lifecycle compared to existent battery configurations. Storage capacity will be another key element of the Terzo Millennio’s entire carbon-fiber body. It will serve as a reservoir for reserve energy. This alternative “fuel” will be injected into electric motors located at each wheel. In addition, the vehicle’s proposed ability to conduct diagnostics and repair its own detected defects and weak points is a concept that will thrill many driving enthusiasts. This will be achieved via so-called arteries within the body that contain restorative chemicals.lamborghini-terzo-millennio-5

In theory, this will allow the vehicle to conduct its own diagnostics and structural repair. The car will boast forged composite monocoque construction and present a new direction in design—one that enhances aerodynamics more than ever. Inside, the driver will have access to the vehicle’s Piloted Driving simulation, which is capable of autonomously guiding the occupant around a selected racecourse before turning the car over to human control.

While the car is still far from production or even development, it’s certainly something that will stir waves in the automobile sector in the following years.

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Lady Arpels Planétarium for SIHH 2018

Iconic watchmaker Van Cleef & Arpels has presented a new piece of horological craftsmanship and expanded its exclusive high jewellery watch collection this holiday season. The Midnight Planétarium™ specially-designed for women is an expression of Poetry of Time® by depicting a cosmo, illustrated by the Sun and Moon, the star constellations along with the closest planets: Mercury, Venus and Earth.

The exceptional watch is a beautiful nod to the Lady Arpels Planétarium timepieces from the SIHH 2018, and represents a re-invented iconic creation from the Midnight Planétarium watch and the Lady Arpels Zodiac models in 2014. The new model offers an intimate view into a rich universe of Poetic Astronomy with an accurate interaction of the Sun and Moon and the closest planets.

Haute Horlogerie is the key innovation that elevates Van Cleef & Arpels’ standard of movement and the ethereal decorations of the dial to its pinnacle levels. The magic of the night sky comes to life in a precious setting depicted by the Mercury, Venus and Earth orbiting around the sun at their actual speeds. All the while the diamond Moon circling around the Earth in 29.5 days, creating a curious celestial ballet on the dial.

This eloquent example is courtesy of a new and exclusive module developed in collaboration with Christiaan van der Klaauw for Van Cleef & Arpels. It features a self-winding mechanical movement in a smaller size, which fits perfectly into a 38-mm diameter case in white-gold, studded with diamonds in the bezel and sides of the case.

The dial is the epitome of understated luxury and is visible through the planetary spectacle with a shooting star in rhodium-plated gold. On the case back are two apertures that display the day, month and year, all surrounded by a shimmering decor. To complete this High Jewellery design, two bracelets are available in a blue glitter alligator strap to match the dial or a bracelet entirely set with diamonds.

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Bowmore's 1966 Single Malt

Bowmore’s 1966 Single Malt

Wealthy connoisseurs still have a chance to snatch a bottle of the 74 remaining ones from Bowmore’s last cask of 1966 whisky available for sale. Recognized as the oldest surviving distillery on the rocky, remote Scottish island of Islay, Bowmore goes as further as 1779. As with almost all Scotch whiskies, it used to be distilled exclusively for use in blends. It became commercially available to the general public only in 1966, which coincidentally was the same year a young man named Eddie MacAffer began working at the distillery. In 2016, as MacAffer — who’d gone on to become the Bowmore distillery manager — celebrated his 50th anniversary there – commemorating the occasion with the bottling of the very last cask of 1966 Bowmore still aging in their famed No. 1 Vault.

Bowmore 1966 50 Years Old (priced at $30,000) is now being released as part of the ongoing 50 Years Old Vault Legends Collection. It isn’t as famous as the legendary 1964 Black Bowmore, the last cask of which was bottled and released earlier this year. However, with only 74 bottles available worldwide, it’s even rarer, and just as rich in taste. Aged entirely in ex-bourbon American oak hogsheads and bottled at a cask strength of 83 proof, it has prominent notes of pineapple, followed by gentle smokiness and a very smooth, dry finish. The ideal aging conditions found in Bowmore’s No. 1 Vault have kept it from becoming overly tannic, despite the 50 years spent in oak.

The elegant packaging complements the whisky perfectly. Handmade crystal bottles adorned with silver flourishes and housed in a cabinet made of Scottish oak contain the precious liquor. The design of the oak cabinet accentuates its natural idiosyncrasies so no two will be exactly alike. At the center of each cabinet are five hand-laid silver rings, which replicate the tree rings that symbolize the whisky’s five decades in oak.

Bowmore has announced two more 1960s-vintage whiskies, although release dates are not yet confirmed. That will certainly give wealthy buyers something to look forward to after all 74 bottles of the exclusive batch sell out.