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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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Shanghai’s newest hotel is a work of art

Now, wealthy travellers have another reason to hop on their private jet and visit Shanghai- its newest luxurious hotel tucked away in the city’s historic district. Capella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li is fast becoming the city’s most luxurious hotel.

The tiny wining lanes of the historic Xuhui District are in sharp contrast to Shanghai’s towering skyscrapers and futuristic architecture. Travellers who want to be transported to a different era but still enjoy the luxury and comfort of modern life can do so in the Capella Shanghai, Jian Ye Li. The newest member of the Leading Hotels of the World luxury group makes the most of its strategic yet tranquil location — tucked away in the city’s cultural preservation zone. The hotel treats guests to a much-needed reprieve from the bustling city outside—and a chance to connect to its rich heritage and history.

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The compound consists of 55 villas and 40 luxe residences immaculately furnished in a combination of minimalistic Chinese style and contemporary architectural austerity. It is spread across 22 shikumen (or stone gate) lanes that connect over 200 two-story townhouses that date back to the 1930s. It was originally built by a French real estate company and each of the buildings has been meticulously restored by Jaya International Design’s team. This ensures the hotel is able to showcase the unique blend of Eastern and Western architecture—a rarity in the cosmopolitan metropolis. This cultural fusion continues can be found throughout the compound with elegantly decorated villas, which range in size from one to three bedrooms. The residences come in layouts from nearly 1,200 square feet to a palatial 2,700 square feet.

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Apart from ultra-luxurious touches like Aqua di Parma bath products and a dedicated Capella personal assistant, guests of Capella Shanghai enjoy access to the property’s Auriga Spa, with unique treatments based on the cycles of the moon.

The city’s best shopping and must-see sights, like the iconic arts galleries of Tianzifang, are just steps away from the hotel. Guests can then dine at the property’s le Comptoir de Pierre Gagnaire restaurant, enjoying the multi-Michelin-starred chef’s signature take on French cuisine.

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Stellar Jewelry in Time for the Eclipse

August’s eclipse is an event – much anticipated and celebrated in the wealthy circles. What better way to shine than with these exquisite offerings by some of the best jewelry designers in the world? These cosmically inspired designs are a symphony of stars, crescent moons, and planets recreated thanks to sparkling gems and gold.

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A $6,800 offering comes from renowned designer David Yurman in the form of the Supernova necklace. The beaming 18-karat-gold Supernova ear climbers (priced at $7,800) complete the collection and offer a fiery modern design for the cosmopolitan woman.

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Bibi van der Velden comes with a delightfully fresh and perfectly mismatched star and crescent moon earrings. The Galaxy Planet drop earrings are priced at $9,750 and are adorned with a pair of green-gray Tahitian pearls orbited by a ring of 18-karat rose gold. The Dutch designer’s Big Galaxy opal ring from the same collection captures planets, stars, and bejeweled orbit routes and can be purchased for the sum of $17,110.

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Frozen mid-swirl, Mindi Mond has found a new way of presenting the classic combination of sparkling diamond and platinum in a set of earrings with otherworldly galactic energy. The delicate Art Deco–inspired filigree setting hold more than 12 carats of white rose-cut and old mine-cut diamonds. Naturally, such perfection doesn’t come cheap at $36,960 for the luxurious set.

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Even renowned Maison Chanel is not indifferent to the stargazing trend. The brand debuted its Nuit de Diamants 18-karat white-gold ring. It centers on a crisp diamond star that seems to have spun around the wearer’s finger with a trail of black-spinel stardust in its wake. Price for this spectacular piece is available upon request.

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Top New Beach Resorts to Book This Fall

Summer is winding down and it’s time to start planning that perfect fall getaway. If you can afford it, you can spend the cold winter in some of the world’s best new beach resorts. From a Malibu holiday with Chef Nobu Matsuhisa to an island retreat in a secret corner of Indonesia, these are the beach holiday destinations to book this season.

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Celebrities and oligarchs flock to Nobu Malibu when they want to vacation away from the prying eyes of the press. The 16-room ryokan opened just this spring up the beach from the wildly popular restaurant, and is modeled after Japanese inns. It has a boho Southern California vibe with rooms nearly on top of the Pacific Ocean, a courtyard filled with native plants, and friendly staff to welcome guests with green tea.

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It’s been 10 years since the opening of Indonesia’s celebrated Nikoi Island eco-resort. Now, Andrew and Julia Dixon have unveiled their sophomore property, Cempedak Island. It sits within the same Riau archipelago and features 20 thatch-roofed villas arranged over 42 acres and surrounded by tropical foliage. The accommodations are immersive with design that blends with the surrounding nature. Constructed of sustainable bamboo and native alang-alang grass – they are completely open to the elements. Organic linens, private saltwater swimming pools, and sprawling terraces that spill out onto a white-sand beach complete the idyllic experience.

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Loren at Pink Beach

Opened in April, Loren at Pink Beach resort is Bermuda’s first all-new hotel in decades. It is a fresh move from the island’s trademark colonial style towards a sleek and elegant ambience with floor-to-ceiling windows, contemporary furnishings, and muted nuances. A total of 45 rooms and suites (all with breezy verandas) are modern and filled with light. The cuisine is modern and eclectic, delivering farm-to-table goodness with dishes like beet ravioli with goat-cheese bonbons. Just outside is a Bermudan trademark that never goes out of style: the Loren’s picturesque stretch of pastel-pink sand lined with tranquil water.

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A New Yacht Model for Wider

The Wider 130 is an eye-catching addition to the 150 and 165 yacht models with its sleek, modern design. The innovative, fuel-efficient super yachts comes with lots of usable deck space – perfect for soaking up the sun during those long trips to the French Riviera and the Mediterranean.

Renowned yacht builder Wider launched the 150-foot Bartali several years ago, no one expected the Italian will be able to outdo itself. Now, the recently revealed 130 proves motor yachts can be designed around function, form and luxury. Building on its fuel-efficient predecessor, the new model boasts an unbelievable amount of usable deck space for owners and guests, and wide-open saloons and staterooms.

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Similar to its sisterships, the Wider 130 is a technological wonder with a 27-foot 7-inch beam that helped the designers create more than 2,300 square feet of deck space. Such square footage is typically reserved for larger yachts. The yacht is divided into three zones: a wide-open foredeck for sunning and privacy, an aft bridge deck for dining and social gatherings, and the transom beach club, which opens to the sea.

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Wider’s diesel-electric propulsion is positioned amidships, which is different than at the stern like most other yachts. The lack of engines in the back let the designers expand the beach club, essentially turning it into a serious relaxation space on the water.  The 130’s garage is forward-facing, rather than at the stern, able to accommodate a 16-foot tender and two jet skis. The diesel-electric engines demonstrate 20% more fuel efficiency than conventional diesels. Fuel consumption has been reduced to a mere 22 gallons per hour at 10 knots. At the same speed, the 130 has a range of 3,400 nautical miles. The Wider can also run on battery power for up to six hours. Owners won’t be bothered by any engine vibration or diesel fumes, emulating the feeling of being aboard a 19th-century sailing yacht, but with access to all modern conveniences.

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All cabins have gained extra space aft thanks to engine placement. The full-beam master suite forward is palatial for a 130-foot yacht, with an opening terrace that overlooks the surrounding scenery. Evert detail of the layout is the result of symbiosis between function, form and comfort.