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Riva’s Mythos flagship

The Italian boat yard Riva was established in 184 earned their fame and reputation as high-end  producers of boats. Riva’s creations became the object of desire for the aristocracy, award winning athletes, successful businessmen and movie stars.
They’re currently in the process of building their biggest yacht to date, the 122’ Mythos. This stunning vessel is able to accomodate 10 people with a maximum speed of 27,5 knots.
The yard says that there are an estimated 15,000 hours for painting, 10,000 hours of carpentry, and 8,000 hours’ work of electrical systems remaining. It is expected to be delivered to its new owner in April next year!

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Lamborghini Veneno Roadster

As port of celebrating their 50th anniversary, Lamborghini earlier this year, produced three very eccentric hyper cars which they named “Veneno”. All the Veneno’s were sold instantly for a mere $3.9 million dollars, each.  Powered by the same 6.5 liter V12 that in the Aventadors, Lamborghini themselves that the Veneno is a “real dynamic experience of a racing prototype, yet fully homologated for the road”.

To top off their year of celebration, Lamborghini has decided to release a top less version of this beast of a machine. A total of 9 specimens are set to be produced, tripling the production over the previous version. The Veneno roadster is a true roadster; there is really no roof at all. No umbrella, cabriolet or detachable hard-top. It also $600.000 more than its predecessor and 10 times more (!!) than a regular Aventador.

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Patrimony Traditionnelle Openworked Perpetual Calendar

Considered by some to be the finest, simple perpetual calendar watch money can buy. This all new Vacheron consists of a 39 mm platinum case with a nifty self-winding movement boasting a perpetual calendar and a moon phase beyond the normal hours and minutes. The movement, composed of 276 parts, is revealed through a stunning open worked dial and an alligator strap and platinum clasp will make sure it doesn’t fall off your arm.
Retail is around $160.000. Christmas gift maybe?

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2015 Mercedes-Benz AMG S65

The collaboration between AMG and Mercedes-Benz has since 1999 provided us with salacious automobiles and it is no secret that the whole concept of amped German luxury cruisers is quite appealing.
Their latest version of the famous S65 AMG is nothing but breathtaking. As its predecessors, it comes with a bi-turbo V12 generating some 621 bhp and a monstrous 738 lb-ft of torque. It’s noticeable that Mercedes has stepped up their interior-game to match that of its competitors, with diamond-quilted nappa leather and a beautiful IWC Schaffhausen clock embedded in the dash.
Making a debut at the Tokyo Motor Show it is being expected at Mercedes-Benz dealers in the 2nd quarter of 2014. No pricing details has been released as of yet but expect a substantial jump from the $140,425 starting price of the S63 AMG.

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2014 Range Rover Long Wheelbase.

Over 20 years has passed since the king of roads came in a long wheelbase version, the new model will make a simultaneous debut at the Los Angeles and Guanzhou motor shows next month.
The extra rear legroom of 140 mm will most definitely eliminate any complaints on the previous version being a bit to tight.
The long wheelbase will also be available in an an “autobiography black” version which will be closer to 150.000 GBP, making it the most expensive Range Rover yet.

The LWB can be specified to either regular bench or individual executive seats, which can be tilted by up to 17 degrees. A new “Passenger Seat Slide Away”-function allows for a rear passenger to move the front seat forward, to further increase legroom.

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Rolls-Royce Bespoke Chicane Phantom Coupé

No other automobile company surpasses Rolls-Royce when it comes to luxury cruisers. That is exactly why this one-off Phantom Coupé is so thrilling. Commissioned by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Dubai Brand Manager this Rolls comes in gunmetal grey with a matte black hood. The usual wood trimmings in the interior have been replaced with carbon fibre and piano black accents. The performance is identical to the standard Phantom Coupé, with the 6.75-litre BMW V12 cranking out 453 bhp.

Even though this is a one-off, everything and everyone has its price. Reach out to the Rolls Royce Bespoke if you feel like you have the means.

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A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calender

L&S is according to myself one of the most interesting amongst many prominent horology houses. In a sense, L&S represents to the watch world what Porsche does to the car world, only a bit more exclusive. A bit more austere than its counterparts, yet in no way inferior but in many ways superior.

Originally founded by Ferdinand Adolph Lange in 1845 it was expropriated by the post-war Soviet administration, thus ceasing to exist in 1948. In 1990, however, the great-grandson of the founder revived the company with the intention of specializing in wrist watches.

The original Lange 1 was one of the first pieces presented by Lange & Söhne upon its revival. With its asymmetric, overlap-free displays and the characteristic outsize date, it probably won the most awards of any watch in the past decades and has become the icon of Saxon watchmaking as defined by A. Lange & Söhne.

19 years later L&S presented a new version of the Lange 1, the Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar. As some of you might remember from one of my earlier entries, a tourbillon is a complex invention designed to negate the impact gravity had on pocket-watch movements, since pocket watches almost always are kept in a stagnant upright position. In wrist watches, tourbillon holds more of a symbolic attribute. A perpetual calendar is one of the most useful complications; A plethora of gears lets the complication keep track of leap years while its demand for adjustments is comprised of a few turns of the crown once every century.

 

The Lange 1 Tourbillon Perpetual Calender displays the following: Time indicated in hours, minutes, and subsidiary seconds. Perpetual calendar with outsize date, day of week, month, and leap year; day/night indication and moonphase display. 648 parts is required to build it, 68 of them jewels. The date numerals are hand painted in the distinct blue frequently used by Lange.
The case only comes in platinum and to acquire one for yourself or a loved one will set you back at least 350,000 dollars.

I guess some people prefer things complicated.

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Purchasing your very own Castle

⁃ The dream about owning my own castle is one that has accompanied me through my life. The thought of a dwelling within the pinnacle of personal housing, meant only for royalty, is one very enticing. Whether or not you plan to impress your friends or survive a land attack doesn’t matter, Castles are optimal for both purposes. Fortunately, there are a bunch out there, meaning many is available for private disposal.

 

Most of the Western-style castle are located in the french areas of Loire Valley and Burgundy but they’re also in Scotland, Ireland, Italy and Sweden (amongst others). An entry level castle of about 4,000 square ft can be found for around a million dollars. However, if you want to be the king kings and purchase say, the Bran Castle in Romania, prepare to shell out at least 135 million dollars. The Bran Castle, nowadays a museim, is better known as the Castle of Dracula and until very recently served as residence for royal families. Vlad Tepes (upon which the legend of Dracula was based) is the castles most notorious inhabitants.

Some things best added to the purchase castle equation is that architects from 800 years ago had a totally different approach than modern ones. Castles may have up to a hundred bedrooms but only two bathrooms. Most often you also have to solve issues regarding nonexistent central heating and/or outdated kitchens. You could run the fireplaces, which is common in most rooms, but expect to have several running constantly, through day and night.


Maintenance bills for a small castle runs anywhere between around 3 to 7,000 dollars a month and the big ones with staff, a lot more. In other words, no concern of yours if you’re filthy rich. My advice: get a castle if you can.

Enjoy your weekend!

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Private Submarines

In one of my earlier posts I wrote about visiting space as a private person and it seems peculiar to me that we’ve already reached for space when so much of our own territory is unexplored. Human existence dates back 2.2 million years and throughout this time we have only been able to explore 10% of our oceans, the rest in uncharted territory.

The ocean floor seems to be the last spending floor within the borders of our sphere. So far most submarines belong to large companies or governments but the trend is slowly shifting.  It is being estimated that about 100 private submarines are already cruising our seas and most submarine manufactures attest to the rigorous secretive veil surrounding the deep blue nautical traffic.

“Loose lips sink ships.” Paul Allen apparently said to the manufacturer of his 12 million $ 40 foot personal yellow submarine  and Roman Abramovich said ”If you can find my submarine it’s yours”.

A picture of Paul Allens submarine uploaded onto twitter by Jane Fonda.
Bruce Jones, the 50-year-old son of a marine-construction engineer, founded what came to be one of the world’s most prominent manufacturers of submersible vessels – US Submarines. He built and sold his first diesel- and battery-powered sub in 1993 and every sales contract since then has included a confidentiality clause to protect the buyer’s identity.

The US Submarine is currently offering one of the world’s most exclusive submarines, The Phoenix 1000. This submersible 213 feet (65-meters) juggernaut boasts a living space of 5000 square feet (460 square meters), clad with a rigorous amount of acrylic viewports that allows for interesting nautical observations. It keeps an onboard small car and a mini submarine (capable of up to 8 passengers) while being able to do trans-Atlantic crossings at 16 knots. In rough conditions, where normal yachts struggle, the Phoenix 1000 can submerge and travel in smooth and ideal conditions. The price? At least 78 million dollars.

Many submarine manufacturers have concepts offered to privateers, though many have never been produced. Such as the Migaloo displayed on the pictures, it would cost atleast 2.3 $ billion to build. With it you get lounge areas, sun beds, a bar, an 8 meter by 3 meter pool as well as a helicopter pad.

As technology advances they will naturally become more acquirable and the amount of unexplored nautical territory allows for adventurers to make pioneer discoveries.
Please check out this video of a diver experiencing a rare encounter.

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MB&F Legacy Machine No.2

MB&F, Maximillian Brüsser and friends, is the result of haute horlogerie prodigy Maximillian Brüsser. In one of my earlier posts I wrote about the history behind this most interesting company and their very peculiar MB&F HM5. Their latest release is out of their Legacy Machines-series. On their website they state of the Legacy Machines: “Legacy Machines pay homage to the rich watchmaking traditions of the 18th and 19th centuries by answering the question: What would MB&F have imagined a 100 years ago?”

The No.2 traces its lineage over 250 yearsto three of the greatest watchmakers who ever lived: Abraham-Louis Breguet (1747– 1823), Ferdinand Berthoud (1727– 1807) and Antide Janvier (1751– 1835). What’s most fascinating is that all of the above gentlemen have constructed watches and clocks with two balances.

The balance, or balance wheel, is the device used in watches analogous to the pendulum. As you can see from the pictures, the two balances are mounted on two beautifully arced arms. The energy produced from these two balances is transmitted through a single gear train, as opposed to two on the timekeepers produced by above gentlemen. Nothing short of genius engineering on MB&F:s part.

This lovely little apparatus comes in three different metals, red gold, white gold and platinum, with the latest limited to 18 pieces. The 44 mm wide case is comprised of 44 parts and its movement, located in the belly, holds 241 parts, 44 of them jewels. The movement displays minutes and hours and produces a 45 hour power reserve. On the back are the names of the two gentlemen responsible for the movement: watchmaker Jean-François Mojon and independent watchmaker Kari Voutilainen, hand engraved.

Above: The Platinum LM No.2
The white gold and red gold version will be available $156,000 USD.  The limited edition platinum LM2 retails at $190,000 USD.
Please check out this sensational video and dont forget to visit thei website!