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The New Piaggio Avanti Evo Twin Turboprop Takes Flight

The newest edition of the Avanti P.180 twin turboprop is now flying in the United States. Manufactured by Piaggio Aerospace in Italy, it was delivered to West Coast Aviation Services, at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California. The P.180 boasts unique aerodynamic performance, based on its three-lifting-surface configuration.

Evo, the third generation of the P.180 design, has been updated with five-blade scimitar propellers to improve performance. New cabin layouts, and added safety systems create an array of travelling options. The airplane is quieter and more fuel-efficient, and the service and support network has improved. The ceiling is 5 feet 9 inches in height with a custom interior that accommodates eight in VIP seating. New leather seats by Iacobucci recline and rotate fully, and there are plenty of fold-down tables, adjustable lighting, connectivity, and baggage space. Low noise levels and a cabin altitude of just 6,600 feet help minimize passenger fatigue. Evo is able to cruise at speeds up to 463 mph for more than 1,900 miles.

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A wing mounted on the tail in combination with the powerful turboprop engines creates the aerodynamic boost to add up to more efficiency in flight. The aircraft also burns less fuel and has lower operating costs per hour compared to traditional aircraft of similar size.

West Coast Aviation Services says it plans to add at least four more Evos to its fleet, to use them for both charter and fractional ownership programs. The airplane sells for about $7.7 million.

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World’s most expensive car – Rolls Royce Sweptail

Rolls-Royce has just unveiled the most expensive car ever built – a one-off custom creation called the Sweptail. At a reported price of nearly $13 million, it far surpasses the previous leader in the category – the $3 million Bugatti Chiron.

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Still, Rolld-Royce’s newest addition will not be as expensive as the costliest $38 million Ferrari 250 GTO, but it will retail in the price range of brand-new Chirons. The Sweptail represents a return to prominence for the brand’s time-honored coach-building business. Described as the automotive equivalent of haute couture, Sweptail was designed and hand-tailored to fit a specific customer.

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The concept for the Sweptail came to life thanks to an anonymous client, who approached the brand with a unique request in 2013. The wealthy connoisseur of super-yachts and aircrafts requested a unique car inspired by luxury yachts of the 1920s and ’30s. The result is a vehicle that erases the difference between driving and sailing as it brings them together in one smooth experience.

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It is the result of four years of meticulous work and uncompromising craftsmanship. The Sweptail’s signature feature is the single-piece glass roof, which tapers into the car’s fastback rear end. This bold design feature dominates the car’s silhouette. Technical specs of the car have not yet been released, but it’s believed to be based on the current-generation Phantom platform. If this is true, this means some version of the company’s 6.75-liter V-12 is most likely to be found under its long bonnet.

Reported price for the new model will start at £10 million – roughly $12.83 million – although this is yet to be confirmed.

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Ellen DeGeneres Lists Montecito Villa for $45 Million

Ellen DeGeneres has put her spectacular Villa – The Montecito estate on the market for $45 million. The price is up from the $26.5 million DeGeneres reportedly bought it for in 2012 due to a host of renovations over the past 5 years.

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The estate has its private drive that ends at the 18th-century Spanish gates. Twisting eucalyptus and olive trees surround the main six-bedroom home, which comprises a 10,500-square-foot, two-story abode built in the 1930s. Designed by master architect Wallace Frost, it is built from local stone with a barrel-tiled roof.

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Now, the estate includes the adjacent properties and has been expanded to a total of 17 acres. There is an entertainment pavilion called Jordan Hall, which was inspired by the main house. The open-concept pavilion consists of a cream-colored pool table, cantilevered stone bar, and fireplace.

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The adjacent sunroom overlooks a private pool and has sweeping Pacific views. A tennis court is tucked out of view down the hill. Indoor and outdoor kitchens and an alfresco Japanese soaking bathtub are added for the comfort of residents and located off the back and sides of the pavilion.

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DeGeneres described the property as a blend of natural space and light, and modern architecture with a rustic feel.  Arched picture windows frame the trees to the ocean views, peeking beyond generous loggias.

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Dynamiq and Porsche reveal a spectacular Hybrid Yacht

Luxury carmaker Porsche has followed other supercar brands like Mercedes-AMG and Aston Martin into the world of yachts. The brand’s first venture onto high seas is the spectacular GTT 115 Hybrid -developed in collaboration with Monaco-based boat builders Dynamiq.

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At 115-feet in length, the new vessel has plenty of room for several spacious cabins. Open to customizations, it can be finished with carbon fibre and marble detailing throughout.  Furnishings will be finished with the same material as the seats in the Porsche 911 R. Both the exterior and interior design has been done by Studio F.A. Porsche. As a result, the GTT 115 Hybrid shows off quite a few design cues usually found on Porsche’s road cars and is aggressive and elegant. The rear end of the yacht mimics the rear hatch of a 911 complete with the signature tail light. Its fast-displacement, lightweight aluminium hull will offer racing-inspired performance and comfortable, high-speed cruising.

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The Dynamiq GTT 115 Hybrid is powered by twin 1626bhp MAN diesel engines together with a hybrid power system with a set of 45kW Fischer Panda variable-speed generators. The top speed is 21 knots (38.89km/h) and its range – 6,296 kilometres.

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With only seven vessels scheduled for production, buyers will want to get in line early to book a slot for the £10-million yacht. However, Dynamiq is planning on rolling out smaller 100-foot and 85-foot versions of the Porsche-inspired yacht later. Interested parties will be able to catch a glimpse of first models of the GTT 115 models at the prestigious Monaco Yacht Show in September.

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The new Visionnaire Chronograph from Faberge

Nearly a decade of work and five horologically significant patents went into the making of Fabergé’s latest creation – the exquisite calibre 6361, two of which have been specifically designed for the new chronograph movement of the Visionnaire Chronograph. It was designed in close collaboration with Agenhor, the Geneva-based movement specialist and master watchmaker Jean-Marc Wiederrecht.

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The calibre 6361 offers instant-start indications thanks to a system of snail cams, fixed to the chronograph wheels. Its immaculate precision is courtesy of the patented AgenClutch, a completely novel, lateral-friction clutch that combines the smooth engagement of the modern vertical clutch with the flatness of the traditional system.

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The rotor is visible under the sapphire crystal ring that forms the outermost part of the dial. As the rotor spins and winds the watch, the radial lines on its surface reflect the light, adding a constant dynamism and motion in keeping with a sports complication.

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Water resistant to 50 metres, the Visionnaire Chronograph is available in two equally striking versions: the more elegant and neutral rose-gold case with grey opaline dial or the bolder black DLC treated ceramic case with black dial. Introduced at the Baselworld 2017, prices for the two models are $39,500 and $34,500, respectively.

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Jackie Kennedy’s childhood East Hampton luxurious estate hits the market for $51million

The luxurious childhood summer home of Jackie Kennedy Onassis is on the market for the staggering sum of $51,990,000. Located in the Hamptons, the opulent residence called ‘Lasata’ is the ultimate weekend getaway for the privileged, who flock to the Hamptons every chance they get.

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In addition to the 8,500-square-foot main house, a seven acre plot can also be purchased for $38,995,000. The main house boasts 10 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and two half baths on seven acres while the additional plot is where the century-old main house sits. It has been fully renovated and updated to high modern standards of luxury and comfort.

And if that’s not enough space, there is also a two bedroom pool house, a swimming pool and a one bedroom guesthouse. The remaining four-acre plot includes a grass tennis court and can be purchased on its own for $12,995,000.

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Apart from its architectural charm the residence has great historical and cultural significance as well. It was an important part of Jackie Kennedy’s childhood. All restoration works have been carried in a way that preserves and honours the heritage of the former First Lady.

Some of the rooms have been renewed, retaining the bold, bright and vibrant coloured accents that make the residence even more beautiful. The original wooden floor, and period fireplaces have all been retained and meticulously restored to match the laid-back, Hampton style of the property.

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The Sebring Edition Shelby Cobra

Designed to kill and be disarmingly fast, the Sebring Edition Shelby Cobras, from Superformance and Shelby American, are exquisite clones of Carroll Shelby’s classic racers that competed at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1963. This extremely limited collection replicates the original vehicles’ design and engineering. All were initially customized for that specific endurance contest and the famous drivers behind the wheel.

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Any wealthy race car aficionado will be thrilled with the replicas. The level of precision and detailing is outstanding with the green-glowing tachometer to the cutback door on the driver’s side to the dashboard switches from a B25 bomber.

The cars will be offered in four distinct liveries, two of which made their debut at the Sebring start. The originals were piloted by the legendary Dan Gurney. At the same time, Ken Miles was making a run for victory lane in chassis No. CSX2002 (badged with No.16). The two other versions available are variations to CSX2128. The car featured a facade of yellow with black stripes and black with yellow stripes again respectively.

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Of the 15 cars – two will feature aluminum bodies while the remainder will be fashioned in fiberglass. All will be built above a steel tube frame chassis. Some of the notable Sebring specifics are a third hood latch, an FIA-style fuel filler cap, race-correct badging, a hood scoop with rivets, an aluminum radiator, and an interior roll bar.

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The 15 examples will come with starting price that ranges from $160,000 to $195,000. Each car will be commissioned together with a Baume & Mercier Shelby Sebring watch that is numbered to match the corresponding chassis.

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Kitty Hawk Flyer Personal Aircraft

The Kitty Hawk Flyer marks an exciting milestone in air travel for wealthy buyers who want to fly for fun with a minimum of effort. The all-electric aircraft is developed in Silicon Valley by Kitty Hawk Corporation, and backed by Larry Page, one of the co-founders of Google. Its light body and austere design are enough to qualify it as an Ultralight under the regulations of the Federal Aviation Administration. This means interested buyers won’t need a pilot’s license to operate it.

The Flyer is designed to fly over fresh water in uncongested areas. The pair of pontoons act as landing gear, and eight rotors provide lift. The pilot sits on top of it like a motorcycle, and operates controls mounted on a set of handlebars. Currently still in development, the final design may undergo changes and there is no official price revealed yet.

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Kitty Hawk boasts it only takes “few hours of training on a flight simulator” before its personal aircraft can be taken for a solo flight. To make the ride as enjoyable as possible, the company has collaborated with various non-pilots.

A production version of the Flyer will be available for sale by the end of 2017. To qualify for the FAA’s Ultralight category, the aircraft must be used for sport or recreation only, hold only one person, and fly no faster than 55 knots (about 63 mph). There will be other restrictions on its capability and use. The cost will be announced upon launch of the production version.

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Miami High-Rise Development Designed by Zaha Hadid

June 2017 will see ground breaking on one of Miami’s most luxurious condominium towers –the One Thousand Museum. The 62-story, 83-unit, super-luxury development on Biscayne Boulevard opposite Museum Park, will have sweeping views across Biscayne Bay to Miami Beach.

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The project has been designed by late Zaha Hadid and boasts her signature fluid architectural expression. A concrete exoskeleton encased in a web of flowing lines creates a continuous liquid frame. On the lower floors, terraces occupy the corners; on the upper floors, the terraces are tucked in from the edges.

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There is a duplex penthouse on the last two residential floors. The residence has been listed for $7 million. The final floor will feature an aquatic center, leisure area, and event space for residents. Other amenities will include thirty thousand square feet of communal areas, including a two-story aquatic center, a sky lounge, a multimedia theater, a wellness spa, gym facilities, and a private event space as well as a “bank quality” vault for the priceless possessions of residents.

There is commercial space at the base, in addition to eight stories of parking. At grade, the tower is ringed by pools and gardens.

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The emphasis of the new residential development is an expressing the dynamism of the structure in an integrated whole that avoids the frequent typology of a tower resting on a base. A total of 83 units will present superior living space for wealthy tenants with open-plan living rooms and well-proportioned bedrooms. In addition to the last floor penthouse, there are eight full-floor apartments and 70 half-floor units.

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Essential Summer Jewelry

The leading event in the watch and jewelry industry – Baselworld 2017 came and went, debuting fascinating pieces the rich will want to have this season. A number of established designers and jewelry houses introduced their new offerings for the summer and there are quite a few head-turners.

Up-and-coming designer Carol Kauffmann has created an array or vibrant pieces. She skillfully combines 22-carat gold with azure and aquamarine blue for pieces that are universally flattering, always look fresh, and pair perfectly with summer whites. The Brazilian designer’s magic turquoise earrings retail for $6,215 and will become an essential accessory for the upper class lady.

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Buddha Mama puts a playful spin on classic bohemian designs. The brand debuts a few expressive pieces like its Vanleles aquamarine earrings (priced at $36,000) – perfect for late summer evenings on the East Coast and its rondelle aquamarine sautoir for $4,300 that will make casual beach days in the Mediterranean a real experience for all senses.

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Colored diamonds are a trend that’s here to stay and several designers prove it. Natural, fancy-colored diamonds can be seen in the collections of Kristin Hanson and Neha Dani.  Kristin’s one-of-a-kind pieces purple-and-green diamond daisy studs sells for $19,000 and are perfect for everyday wear.

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While Neha Dani’s breathtaking Amarante Bagle will set you back $3 million and is a truly out-of-this-world piece. It took over 2,000 hours to fabricate by hand and contains over 72 carats of fancy pink diamonds.