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The New BMW M550i

2017 welcomes one of BMW’s hottest offers in three decades – the midsize 5 Series sedan. The initial M5 made 280 hp from a 3.5-liter inline 6-cylinder engine. Fewer than 2,200 examples were produced, making it one of the rarest production cars in BMW’s portfolio.

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Five generations later, the brand has fitted a powerful V-8 engine under the hood of the newest BMW 5 Series. In addition, it has equipped it with a sport suspension, bigger brakes, and all-wheel-drive, and aptly named its creation the M550i. The end result is the quickest and most powerful 5 Series to date. It is capable of 456 hp and does the zero-to-60 mph dash in less than 4 seconds—faster than the outgoing M5.

This is the perfect business car capable of a sporty performance. Comparable to the Mercedes-AMG 43 lineup and Audi’s S line, M Performance highlights the difference between the standard series cars and official M cars.

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The M550i is 10 mm lower than the standard 5 Series and, comes standard with an adaptive sport suspension, customizable settings for steering, throttle response, and shift points. It achieves a perfect balance between comfort and performance. Drivers are able to choose between various driving modes, giving the car full control on urban highways and mountain roads alike. Minor exterior changes distinguish the M550i from the standard series cars. These include an aero kit with rear spoiler and a grey metallic trim on the front grille, exterior mirror caps, and side air breathers. Buyers can opt for 20-inch wheels painted in a matching matte grey finish. Inside, the M550i is fitted with leather sport seats, a thick M sport steering wheel, and a unique instrument cluster. BMW’s usual navigation and connectivity functions are also present. Prices for the model start at $73,095.

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Numarine’s 78HTS Flybridge Yacht

Numarine’s new 78HTS yacht is the latest launch from the Turkish shipyard, known for build quality and fresh approaches to classic designs. The 78-foot flybridge yacht has a strong and handsome profile and makes smart use of space. Its new “Silent Package,” a lithium-ion battery system is where it really shines through as it raises onboard quality of life far above any other yacht in its class.

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The Silent Package’s bank of batteries is connected to a smart energy management system and allows owners to power the air conditioning, galley appliances, lighting, and entertainment systems without producing too much noise or vibration. This enhancement is a first for high-profile yachts and one that will surely take sea voyaging to a whole new level.

The flybridge is the main draw of the new Numarine. Its four-sunbed configuration surrounds a center helm station. It can accommodate up to four guests in the reclining sunbeds. The designers positioned the bridge far enough to allow space for skylights over the main deck. A shorter bridge lets the boat retain the 78HT’s low, aggressive profile.

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Numarine’s 78HS is able to reach 38 knots with its twin 1,200 hp MAN Engines. Other standard features include a spacious garage equipped with a retrieval system, a submersible swim platform on a hydraulic lift, and four more sunbeds and built-in lounge in the bow. The open-plan saloon has large side and overhead windows and is flooded with natural light. The deck below houses a full-beam master suite with an adjoining head with walk-in shower, enclosed toilet, and twin sinks. Three additional guest suites are generously sized, with their own en suite heads. Price is available on request for the new 78HTS.

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Phillips’ Record Breaking 20th Century & Contemporary Art Sale

May 18th is fast approaching with one of this year’s most highly anticipated art auctions in the face of Phillips’ 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale in New York. There is a number of sought-after pieces that are sure to generate a lot of interest amongst wealthy buyers.

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One of the more notable pieces is Rosedale, a 1991 oil on canvas by the Scottish painter Peter Doig. The artist has participated previously in another auction, where his 1990–1991 work, White Canoe, sold in 2007 for $11.3 million. Rosedale is estimated to fetch close to $25 million, a sum that easily approaches the $25.9 million paid in May 2015 for the current Doig record-holder, Swamped. Quality Doig pieces are a great rarity on the market according to Jean-Paul Engelen, worldwide cohead of 20th Century and Contemporary Art for Phillips.

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Also on offer will be Willem de Kooning’s Untitled II from 1980, which is estimated between $12 million to $18 million. De Kooning painted fewer than 10 pieces that year, but his untitled abstract expressionist canvases with Roman numerals consistently attracts the attention of bidders. Other highlights at the May 18 auction will feature David Hammon’s 1990 African-American Flag. The artist’s top 10 results all fetched above $1 million at recent auctions—and eight of those 10 recorded between 2013 and 2016. Phillips anticipates African-American Flag to go for $700,000 to $1 million. The auction house will also offer Woman: Sunlight, Moonlight, which is a rare limited-edition 1996 sculpture made by Roy Lichtenstein the year before he died. This exceptional piece may set a medium record for the artist s it is estimated in excess of $10 million.

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Fiji’s New $100,000-Per-Night Private-Island Resort

Since it opened its doors in April – Kokomo is every traveller’s dream realized. Fiji’s newest resort is the epitome of paradise with the Great Astrolabe Reef surrounding the island, located in one of Fiji’s least developed areas. Naturally, the price for staying in this Garden of Eden doesn’t come cheap at $100,000 per night, but it is well worth it.

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Exotic wildlife and mouth-watering local dishes complete the low-key luxury and relaxing SPA treatments. Guests will be treated to a number of exclusive services at the five-star dive resort, outfitted for water play of all sorts, from stand-up paddleboarding and outer-reef surfing to deep-sea fishing and laser sailing.

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To further enhance the feeling of privacy and exclusivity, the island is only accessible via private Twin Otter seaplane or helicopter. A total of 140 acres house five hilltop residences ranging in size from three to six bedrooms, a beachfront residence with six bedrooms, and 21 beachfront villas, with one to three bedrooms. Designed by Sydney-based Philip Garner – they boast bright and neutral interiors that blend with the surrounding ocean and rainforest views. Abstract artworks in each room are the result of a nine-month commission by Christopher Kenyon. Meals can be served individually in-villa, or guests can dine at three restaurants.

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There is also a state-of-the-art SPA featuring therapies that draw from Fiji’s natural elements. Kokomo caters to the traveller looking for absolute privacy without foregoing the luxuries of modern life in utter serenity.

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On board Dreamliner’s flying penthouse available for rent at £20,000 an hour

A new impressive re-design of a commercial aircraft Boeing 787 Dreamliner sees it being transformed into a flying penthouse. Dubbed ‘VVIP’ because of its heightened exclusivity, it’s the world’s largest private jet. The £230million aircraft went on display at London’s Stansted Airport, this week, as it marks the launch of bespoke travel packages by Deer Jet.

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To experience the Dreamjet’s flashy delights travellers will need to hire out the whole plane – as it’s not possible to book just a single seat. That will set them back roughly £20,000 per hour, meaning a flight from London to New York would have a price tag of at least £160,000 or from New York to Australia – £440,000 single fare, £880,000 for return journey. Although, that’s a small price for the complete privacy and unmatched luxury the remodelled aircraft offers.

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The conversion offers guests ample space – 2,400 square feet to be precise – which is limited to a capacity of 30 lucky jet-setters. Fitted with extra-large windows for greater views of the skies, the luxury cabin also features 18 lie-flat first class beds, in addition to the main lounge for meetings, relaxing or partying.

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The Marble-finish bathrooms are kitted-out with Jo Malone toiletries. In addition, the cabin also possesses private space for guests who want their privacy. Crew and in-flight butlers are accommodated in separate designated staff quarters.

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High-standard leather sofa beds – which recline fully – are arranged around the 2,400 square feet cabin. The idea behind the new exclusive service is to ‘make travel an art’ for business and leisure travellers worldwide.

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The new Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Métrographe

Parmigiani Fleurier has revealed it new Tonda Métrographe and it’s just as impressive as its initial viewing at SIHH. The brand has combined mechanical prowess and elegant design in the steel-cased Tonda Métrographe. This latest version is defined by a more understated and highly legible dial. A few other faint tweaks put it right up next to big players like Jaeger-LeCoultre, Piaget, and other contenders in the (relatively) affordable category.

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The elegant new dial configuration is by far the most notable change. It now features a tachymeter scale and the date window has been repositioned to 12 o’clock. In addition to this, a double-hand semicircular running-seconds subdial has been incorporated at 3 o’clock. These latter two elements provide the piece with improved balance and legibility as well as a slightly dressier feel than its predecessor. The two-tone watch makes use of rose gold. The case’s design remains effectively unchanged but it boasts decreased thickness.

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The model is powered by Parmigiani’s PF315 self-winding calibre with a base movement that is developed and manufactured in-house and then fitted with a Dubois Dépraz chronograph module. In its black-dial-on-black-strap configuration, the easy answer is “with everything, all the time”. The Métrographe is versatile and elegant, making it a welcome addition to any wardrobe selection. The new Tonda Métrographe will become available in Parmigiani’s North American retailer network (as well as at their flagship boutique in Miami) as early as next month.

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The watch is available in two configurations—a white-dial version and the black variant shown—both on either a supple calf-leather strap ($11,500) or a bracelet ($12,000).

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Eurocraft’s 151-Foot Explorer Yacht Project

A new “crossover” explorer-yacht design has been debuted for the 151-foot Eurocraft. It gives a powerful boost to the performance capabilities of the comfortable yacht, making it expedition-ready. The exterior is designed by Federico Fiorentino, who has many award-winning yacht designs in his resume. However, his latest work is in a class of its own. The vessel is powerful, with an almost militaristic profile, offset by long banks of windows and the open skybridge. Its strong, silent body gives it an aggressive vibe – far different than the typically conservative superyachts that populate the Mediterranean.

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Distinctive touches on the exterior give the yacht a unique look. These include high, protective bulwarks and a vertical bow with a large rub-rail around the front. The gray-blue hull, with its black and chrome accents, complements the spacious, bright interior. Five staterooms for 10 guests (including a master suite on the main deck and VIP on the deck below) provide plenty of space for sailing enthusiast and their friends. There is also a bright, open saloon, and a formal dining area in addition to the quarters for nine crew members.

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Buyers can choose an optional Ice Class compliance to upgrade the yacht and venture into remote areas like the Antarctic or even the Arctic. Eurocraft can also adapt the propulsion to a hybrid battery/electric system to cut down on running costs and emissions.

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Outside, the yacht doesn’t lack space either with an aft deck, where the helipad converts into a vast sunning area. The sundeck, has a bar, spa pool, and shaded seating areas. The yacht has an asking price of $25.4 million, and the anticipated build time is between 24 and 30 months – well worth the wait.

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The Ultimate travel spots for 2017

As the summer is drawing near, the ultra-wealthy are already lining up their private jets and yachts to jet or sail off to the world’s most exclusive destinations. Travel sites like Booking.com and Kayak have already released their top picks for having a blast in 2017, so let’s look at the best places to kick back and relax – if you can afford it.

Cuba and Abu Dhabi continue to top the list with a plethora of exclusive hotels and private villas that offer unimaginable luxury. Tourists can choose between Havana’s New Kempinski – Cuba’s First True Five-Star Hotel at $500 a night or the Atlantic Penthouse North ($1,000 per night), a four-bedroom apartment with a rooftop pool overlooking the Malecón.

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Tanzania is also a desired location to vacation at as it offers pristine landscapes, amazing wildlife and bespoke luxury. Known for its signature campsites that blend the freedom of open spaces with top-of-the-class service, Lamai Serengeti has 12 tents, split between two separate camps, each with its own veranda (but it will set you back $740 per person per night sharing accommodation; $600 per person in low season, November to December).

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Those, who enjoy opulent luxury, are advised to head to Abu Dhabi and enjoy the stellar service at he newly-opened St. Regis. The the 283-room hotel features two outdoor swimming pools, a Remède Spa, and a restaurant ran by the British chef Gary Rhodes. The London-based firm HBA designed the contemporary-arabesque guest rooms and public spaces, including a palace-like lobby with towering marble columns and the walnut-paneled St. Regis bar, where large paintings depicting Arabian sporting scenes are on display. Rooms start at $300 a night per person.

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Christie’s Beverly Hills $500 Million Flagship Exhibition

Christie’s Beverly Hills flagship has opened doors to its cult rich following and its first exhibition is more than eye-catching. The two-story, 5,400-square-foot building on North Camden Drive is a story” about art since the 1960s, with touchpoints to Los Angeles”. Well-known names as Lichtenstein and Warhol, extraordinary for their time left a huge impact on Los Angeles collectors.

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The exhibition will be open to the public until April 28 and showcases museum-quality masterpieces from Monet, Picasso, Bacon, Basquiat, Lichtenstein, Tamayo, Sherman, and Twombly. There will also be a plethora of jewels and watches. Andy Warhol’s Big Campbell’s Soup Can with Can Opener (Vegetable) (price upon request) was painted in 1962, marking the beginning of the artist’s first solo pop art show in a Los Angeles gallery. Another worthwhile mention is Roy Lichtenstein’s Red and White Brushstroke (estimate $25 to $35 million). Local artist Mark Grotjahn’s Untitled (S III Released to France Face 43.14), is expected to sell for between $13 to $16 million, is also featured prominently.

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Cy Twombly’s 1962 painting Leda and the Swan stands out with its bold, explosive colors.  The highly anticipated piece is expected to fetch between $35 and $55 million. Additional highlights in the exhibition include Francis Bacon’s Three Studies for a Portrait of George Dyer (price available upon request), Pablo Picasso’s Femme assise dans un fauteuil ($20 to $30 million), and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s La Hara (estimate $22 to $28 million).

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The Beverly Hills flagship will host art forums, guided tours, panel discussions, shows, and movie screenings. Connoisseurs can educate themselves on the trends in the art world.

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A $15 Million New York City Residence Designed by Zaha Hadid

The late Zaha Hadid—a Pritzker Prize-winning architect – is the creative mind behind 520 West 28th Street’s new 39-unit residential tower in New York City. Hadid designed the building inside and out. Hand-crafted metal and curved glass give the exterior a contemporary look while the interior is characterized by understated elegance.  Hadid designed the kitchens and bathrooms in partnership with Boffi and Gaggenau.

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The building culminates in a four-bedroom model residence, which overlooks the Empire State Building and High Line Listed at $15 million, it gives homeowners the chance to live inside the architectural marvel. The 4,500-square-foot is beautifully arranged and decorated with contemporary artwork and colorful accents to create a modern motif.

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The master bedroom benefits from walk-in closets and expansive windows, while the master bathroom showcases marble floors and walls, Boffi vanities with double sinks. Also, there is a glass-enclosed shower, built-in mirrors and cabinets with custom lighting designed by Hadid. The gourmet kitchen is every chef’s dream with two refrigerators, two dishwashers, three ovens, a freezer, a 70-bottle wine cooler, a five-burner gas stovetop, and warming drawers. The residence is surrounded with a landscaped garden and a vertically planted wall, which provides a touch of nature amid the city.

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The building has a number of amenities, including a 75-foot swimming pool, an IMAX screening room, and a spa suite with a pool and sauna. Zaha Hadid’s signature furniture lines the lobby, and a 34-foot marble sculpture wall with a water-jetted pattern adds visual allure. There are several remaining apartment layouts from around $5 million to $50 million.