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Bahamas Tranquility, Scotland Cay: $3.75m of Pure Luxury

It is rare indeed to find a gem of a property such as Tranquility, Scotland Cay, on a private island in the Bahamas. The residence is priced realistically at $3.75m, considering the amenities, features and unique attributes the property has to offer. This outstanding designer home has been created with comfortable living, functionality and entertainment all rolled into one.

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Tranquility lives up to its name by offering unparalleled modern living solutions. Every conceivable luxury is included here, with a private beach, 3,600 sprawling outdoor decks, ideal for entertainment, Al Fresco dining, and barbecues under the bright moonlight. There are two entirely stocked bars, a billiard table, and an outdoor Jacuzzi spa.

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This exceptional dwelling covers a total floor area of 1.8 acres, plus an additional 17,269 square foot lot on the marina seafront, known as Coconut Creek, which includes a 387 foot beachfront. The internal area is 6,000 square feet of pure elegance, overlooking the expansive ocean. The property consists of the main house, plus two smaller guest houses, all connected by wrap-around decks. The master bedroom in the main house has a cathedral effect ceiling, which is both impressive and unique.

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There is a private lounge area along with a cosy stone fireplace. The balconies overlook the glorious Atlantic Ocean offering breathtaking vistas! The skylights in the bedrooms douse the rooms in natural lighting, while the French windows allow access to the balcony, taking full advantage of the views. The larger house incorporates a stylish garage, with space for six golf carts. The generator is located here, and there is an extra storage area. Additional amenities include an 80,000-gallon water reservoir, impact-resistant windows and doors, and a 40KW standby generator.

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Scotland Cay is located 200 miles east of Florida. There is a 3,200-foot paved airstrip on the island, and daily ferry service, freight delivery, and on-site maintenance services. Everything fits perfectly into place at Tranquility, Scotland Cay Island, Bahamas.

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Pure Power & Style, The King of Cool: Ducati Aellambler Scrambler Motorcycle

A golden beauty designed by a Japanese master-artisan, Masaharu-san, this Ducati Aellambler Scrambler motorcycle is a creation of pure genius with more than a touch of style. Produced for the second edition of the now famous Scrambler Ducati Custom Rumble contest, just one look at the innovative and fresh design, and you’re hooked! The motorcycle stands out from the crowd, due to its beautiful and lovely curves, glittering gold colour, making it the most stunning and desirable bike of them all.

Ducati Aellambler Scrambler Motorcycle

The Scrambler Ducati Custom Rumble contest promises to showcase the most refreshing, most eye-catching designs and over the top motorbikes. This year’s edition was a lavish affair, with multiple participants. Some of the most visionary designs for motorcycles graced last year’s event, and this year, the excitement was intense, and there was feverish anticipation for the event.

Ducati Aellambler Scrambler Motorcycle

The star of the show just had to be this beauty; The Aellambler Ducati Scrambler.  Without a doubt the king of cool. The motor is powered by motorcycle parts from fabricator Aella Japan, thus the name Aellambler. The motorcycle was designed using unique, 3D modelling techniques to produce the stunning bike’s curves. The L-twin powered scrambler motorcycle was used as the frame and skeleton for the bespoke, gold scrambler. The gold leaf paint was applied painstakingly by hand onto the centrepiece and fuel tank.

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The bike positively glitters in the sun, creating a flash of brightness as it speeds by in the daylight. The seat is in rich, brown leather, lending a touch of class and comfort. The engine itself is a standard electronic fuel injection motor system, supplying a pair of 39mm FCR carburettors. The bike is a take on the Ducati 803 Scrambler. The Aellambler is a ride made in heaven, powered by the fires of hell!

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The best boutique hotels in Venice

Venice is known for its unique charm, attracting millions of tourists each year. But if you want to experience its authenticity, here are the best boutique hotels to make your stay unforgettable.

Ca Maria Adele

Ca Maria Adele

This hotel, near the Peggy Guggenheim collection, is the epitome of Venetian charm. Textured golden damask wallpaper, dark wood furniture and finishing touches like gilding or glass vases create the atmosphere in every room. Guests receive fluffy robes, slippers and a mini bar with complimentary soft drinks during their stay. Themed rooms, such as the ornate Hall of the Doge, are available as well and come with its own golden cherubs and framed oil paintings.

Al Ponte Antico

Al Ponte Antico

A second century palace is the setting for the Al Ponte Antico. This historical building on the Grand Canal has been restored to its former glory and is now a hotel, which is classically Venetian with gilding, Damask wallpapers, tapestries, drapes and ornate lighting. Some of the rooms overlook the gondola-topped waters of the canal.

Hotel Moresco

Hotel Moresco

All the rooms at Hotel Moresco are named after Venetian tradespeople. There’s The Weaver, The Blacksmith, The Chestnut Vendor and the Gondolier to choose from, as well as 19 others. While some rooms come with views of the Grand Canal, each space here is different. Most rooms boast extras like Jacuzzis, chromotherapy showers and Nespresso makers. The hotel is known for its spacious garden, where guests can eat breakfast in the summer or spend a few hours sipping drinks from the terrace bar.

Corte di Gabriella

Corte di Gabriella

Corte di Gabriella sits closely to St Mark’s Square. It’s located inside a 19th century palace but it has been modernized. Venetian-style wallpapers and gold frames create. In-room tablets, flatscreen TVs and mini bars are present in all rooms. The breakfast served at the hotel is one of the best qualities of this hotel with everything from mini pizzas and savoury strudels to meatballs and amaretti cake as part of the spread. The cherry on top of the hotel is its courtyard where guests are served a free aperitif between in the summer evenings.

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Exceptionally Rare 102-Carat White Diamond is Now for Sale

International auction house Sotheby’s has presented the world’s rarest and most valuable white diamond in London. The flawless gem is the only known round brilliant-cut diamond over 100 carats with the highest cut, color and clarity grades from the Gemological Institute of America.

In addition to the high number of carats, the stone is also flawless in colour, clarity and cut – something that even by the standards of the Gemological Institute Of America (G.I.A.) is considered truly exceptional. The auction house has made the spectacular gem available for private purchase through the Sotheby’s Diamonds salon on New Bond Street. As a final sale price, the auction house expects figures to top $30 million-which is the current auction record for a white diamond, set back in 2013 at a sale by Sotheby’s Hong Kong.

Back then, the 163-carat flawless emerald stone part of a De Grisogono necklace sold for $33.7 million in Geneva. The emerald is now on display at Sotheby’s London showroom, and about 61 carats smaller than the one which now holds the title of the world’s most expensive D-Flawless diamond.

With its outstanding weight, its ideal colour, clarity and cut, it is a masterpiece of nature brought to life by human hand. It far surpasses the gems the famous auction house has sold before, most notably, the ones exhibited at the Magnificent Jewels auction in New York, where the standout piece was a spectacular 34-carat emerald ring by Harry Winston called the Stotesbury Emerald (which sold for close to $1.2 million). The unique object d’art once belonged to American socialite and jewelry enthusiast, Eva Stotesbury.

Originally part of a 425-carat rough sourced from a mine in Botswana by De Beers, the exceptional 102.34 carat white diamond—it is considered the largest and purest example ever unearthed, and the rarest white diamond ever to come to market.

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The Pilatus PC-24 Business Jet

A New Hampshire–based fractional company is the launch customer for the Swiss manufacturer’s 500 mph, eight-passenger “super versatile jet” that will cross the skies. The e Pilatus PC-24 is the first jet from the 80-year-old Swiss manufacturer after a long collaboration between the two companies that goes back to 1995.

The first PC-24 off the production line arrived at the PlaneSense headquarters in Portsmouth, N.H., on February 8 from Switzerland. It is a small and versatile business jet with a maximum cruising speed of just over 500 mph, compared to 328 mph for the PC-12 NG, the latest version of the PC-12. Its range is just under 1,900 miles (1,650 nautical miles) with the capacity to carry three passengers and two pilots. The aircraft requires only 2,690 feet of runway to take off and just 2,525 to land. Its design allows it to land smoothly even on unpaved runways, making it the world’s first SVJ: super versatile jet.

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The materials it is made from allow the cabin to be very quiet for the comfort of the passengers.  There is plenty of space and the interior can be further customized. The PC-24 can seat comfortably up to eight passengers (four in a club configuration) in a cabin that is 23 feet long, 5 feet 7 inches wide, and 5 feet 1 inch tall. The cargo area can be accessed from inside the cabin.

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The aircraft is ideally suited for an individual owner who frequently flies for both business and leisure purposes. It offers a delightful flying experience and is fitted with the highest quality materials both inside and out. The company currently has 34 aircraft in what it says is the world’s largest civilian fleet of PC-12s and is expected to start making deliveries later this year. Prices are available on request and depend on the level of customization the customer will want.

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Wilderness Safari’s Iconic Mombo and Little Mombo Camps

Botswana’s lush Okavango Delta has been on the safari map for over 30 years later. Now, the fourth generation of the Wilderness Safaris camp has been unveiled with exciting addition like Qorokwe Camp (also a Wilderness Safaris property) and Natural Selection’s Sable Alley are to the increasingly popular region.

Wilderness Safari's Iconic Mombo

Opened earlier this year, the nine-suite Mombo and three-suite sister camp Little Mombo offer an exclusive peek into Botswana’s finest. Built and designed by Nick Plewman Architects and Associates and Caline Williams-Wynn from Artichoke, the camps present plush, new tented suites equipped with glistening private plunge pools. Inside, the tents feature an eclectic combination of classic safari details—raw woods, canvas and burlap accents, and worn-in leather furniture—and decidedly luxe elements like brass chandeliers, hand-painted and embroidered bedding, and copper-clad fireplaces. An extra-indulgent touch are the deep freestanding copper baths that overlook the sweeping floodplains.

Wilderness Safari's Iconic Mombo

The Mombo experience offers a number of activities for guests to enjoy. During the day, tours in 4×4 Land Rovers throughout the Moremi Game Reserve present a unique opportunity to spot lions, leopards, giraffes, and seemingly endless herds of buffalo as they wind their way through the lush delta. At camp, guests can sit in on rhino conservation talks or enjoy an open-air massage or swim in the all-new lap pool overlooking the floodplain.

Wilderness Safari's Iconic Mombo

The camps’ tented suites house gleaming copper bars are stocked with all the essentials for a pre-dinner cocktail on the deck. Then, guests can either enjoy dinner with the rest of the group back at the communal living room or alfresco on their private terraces as they listen to the nighttime sounds of the floodplains. Booking enquiries can be sent through a form on the camps’ site and prices per night start at $2,200 per person.

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54m Baglietto Project 10231 revealed

Italian luxury yard Baglietto released the first image of its forthcoming 54 metre superyacht Project 10231, which was sold in summer 2017. This displacement yacht will boast an aluminium hull and be constructed as a superstructure to Lloyd’s Registry standards and launched in 2020.

Project 10231 will be a tri-deck motor yacht with large expanses of glass and windows on all sides for a bright interior. Circular portholes towards the bow will add a certain classical allure, while the detail around the saloon most likely conceals a fold-out superyacht balcony.

A new hull form will have the naval architecture developed in-house. Her vital statistics include a 10.4 metre beam and a maximum draught of 2.6 metres. Owners will also be able to customize the interior in terms of comfort and style.

Michele Gavino, CEO of Baglietto highlighted the great efforts put in research and development of a new product range and this specific yacht. It is based on a new platform both in terms of engineering and styling, confirming the brand is following the right directions.

Baglietto is yet to confirm the engine installation of the new model, but the new displacement yacht will be capable of a maximum cruising range of 4,500 nautical miles at 12 knots. More details will be provided when production time nears along with the total number of guest and crew cabins still undisclosed.

Other superyacht projects currently under development at the Italian luxury yard include a 43.65 metre addition to the Fast collection, a 48 metre sistership to the T-Line 48 yacht Andiamo, and a 55 metre steel and aluminium yacht known as Project 10225. Prices for all models are available on request.

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Piaget Introduces the World’s Thinnest Automatic Watch

In 1957, Piaget launched its famous 9P caliber, which measured 2 mm in depth, distinguishing itself in the field of ultra-thin watchmaking. The groundbreaking movement was the catalyst in the creation of the Piaget Antiplano ultra-thin watch line – a tradition that continues to this day. In 2017 the brand celebrated its 60th anniversary of the Antiplano line.

In 2014 Piaget launched the 900P Antiplano, using a groundbreaking design and construction process that merged the movement with the case. This produced the world’s thinnest mechanical watch with a depth of only 3.65 mm. A year later it introduced the Altiplano Chronograph, the world’s thinnest chronograph.

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For SIHH 2018, Piaget has announced the Altiplano Ultimate 910P. At 4.30 mm in depth, it is the world’s thinnest automatic watch. It boasts the same design and construction concepts as the Altiplano 900P mechanical watch. It is the result of a combination of technologies and know-how of both of the brand’s two manufacturing facilities: La Côte-aux-Fées where the movements are developed; and Plan-les-Ouates, where watch exteriors are designed and crafted. The whole process took three years to complete.

Everything in this watch is designed to take up as little space as possible. The caseback serves as the baseplate for the movement components, which eliminates one layer of thickness. The small hours and minutes dial is offset at 10 o’clock and integrated within the thickness of the caliber. The 219 movement components are merged within the case. All of the movement components are no thicker than the balance wheel. All of the bridges are fitted on the dial side in what the brand describes as “reversed movement construction.”

The 910P has a sapphire glass especially engineered to resist bending against the hour and minutes hands if pressure is applied. As an added precaution, the hands are located below the bridges, freeing up space between the cannon-pinion and the glass.

Stylish and elegant, the Altiplano Ultimate 910P is available in two models: 18k white gold for $27,000; and 18k rose gold for $26,000.

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A $29 Million New York City Residence

New York City’s One57 is a prime location on Billionaire’s Row, rising 90 stories above Manhattan with stellar panoramas of Central Park. Earlier this month, developer Extell Marketing Group announced its newest sky castle, 61B, a three-bedroom residence with floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the skyline of the famous city. Interior design is the work of interior design firm Jeffrey Beers International. The fully furnished unit spans 4,193 square feet.

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Located on the 61st floor, it offers sweeping views of Central Park to the north and city views to the east and south. The design of the unit is both elegant and modern. A separation of space between public areas [the living room and dining room] and the private spaces [bedrooms and bathrooms] has flooded the residence with natural light and created open-plan living. The clever combination of layout, materials, and art, has resulted in fluidity between the kitchen, dining area, and living room.

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Warm furnishings and luxurious finishes complete the look of the oasis, which was designed for entertaining. Custom millwork by Elephants Custom Furniture and handmade slipper chairs by Elliot Eakin pair well with Minotti and Kagan sofas.

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In the living room, there is a showstopping blue art piece by Christina Watka, slides away to reveal a television screen. A custom dual-sided fireplace separates the living and dining spaces. Black glass mirrors sit on either end of the fireplace to create the illusion that the fireplace continues on in the reflection. The horizontal fireplace is clad with ivory onyx slabs to add warmth to the open space without inhibiting the flow.

The asking price for the modern apartment is $29 million and it comes with access to the amenities available exclusively to the residents of the building. These include 24-hour concierge, indoor pool and SPA, chauffeur and butler.

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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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