Apple Watch Series 2

Hermes partners with Apple for the Apple Watch Series 2

Technology and fashion has always gone hand in hand to produce pieces of strong character and purpose-minded artistry. And which two brands are more suited to raise the bar of creative collaboration even further than tech giant Apple and European fashion Maison Hermés? After the successful launch of the first Apple Hermès watch – the elegant original line defined by timeless craftsmanship, has been revisited. The end result is the introduction of the Apple Watch Hermès Series 2.

The expanded collection sports a new Double Buckle Cuff and a price tag of $1,499. It comes in premium Swift or Epsom calfskin leather. The 38 mm stainless-steel case has a ceramic back, accentuated by the leather strap in one of three hues: Rose Jaipur, Étoupe, and Bleu Agate. Another new addition that gives the timepiece its technical allure is the Single Tour Deployment Buckle priced at $1,399. It comes complete with a Hermès Barénia calfskin leather band, a 42 mm case, and a hidden deployment buckle that opens with a single click of the two side buttons.

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Returning for the Series 2 collection are both the Single Tour model with either a 38 mm or 42 mm case (retailing at $1,149 and $1,199,), while the Double Tour piece features a strap that wraps twice around the wrist and is only available with a 38 mm case with a price of $1,299. Both watches are offered with bands in a variety of colours, including Anémone, which is a brand-new shade of vibrant purple that will appeal to the female audience of tech fans.

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An exclusive jewelry selection from the World-Famous TEFAF Art Fair

The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) was founded in Maastricht, the Netherlands, in 1988 as an international annual assembly of top-tier collectors and vendors of jewelry, watches, and object sof art. On October 22, the five-day fair will take place in New York, marking its first foray outside Europe. 93 dealers will make an appearance and some of their announced creations are already drawing attention worldwide. Let’s take a look at the most awaited brands to showcase at the exclusive event.

Hemmerle

The fourth generation family-run jewellery house from Munch is known for its designs that resemble contemporary works of art, every bit wearable. Producing one-of-a-kind pieces, Hemmerle honours ancient techniques by adding a contemporary twist. The century-old jewellery business is taking jewelry to greater and newer heights with a myriad of new offerings.

Veronique Bamps

The antique-jewelry expert with a firm in Monaco, will be exhibiting a delicate design once owned by Princess Irene of Greece. This detailed 16-inch-long gold-chain choker necklace is accentuated with 24 delicate diamond clusters in the garland style (popular in early 1900s). Price for the piece is available on request.

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Primavera Gallery

New York’s Primavera Gallery will display a one-of-a-kind platinum-and-diamond Art Deco–style brooch made by Tiffany & Co. in 1837. A popular item at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Highlights from the Modern Design Collection: 1900–Present, Part II exhibition, the dazzling piece is an unusual foray into the Art Deco design realm for the brand, which is known for its elaborate Art Nouveau styles.

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S.J. Shrubsole

New York-based S.J. Shrubsole will exhibit these Columbian emerald pendant earrings, which date back to the 1850s. Each 18-karat-gold earring is centred on smaller 0.4-carat emeralds at the base and a larger 2-carat cushion-shaped emerald at the bottom; a total of 52 diamonds surround the earrings’ emeralds. Asking price for the earrings is $125,000.

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New Offerings from Italian Yacht Builder Baglietto

Italian premium yacht builder Baglietto has debuted two new designs created in collaboration with Francesco Paszkowski Design. The Monaco Yacht Show was the first event, where the company presented the Baglietto 46M Fast, the Unicorn, and a lavish new project line. The latte will consist of three models ranging in length from 134 feet to 164 feet. Each one of the separate versions will feature a semi-displacement hull of aluminium alloy, although a series with steel-and-aluminium displacement hulls is also in the works for the near future.

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The first vessel to be constructed among the new fleet, is the 144-foot Baglietto 44M. It will feature Paszkowski’s distinctive vertical bow and modern, sleek silhouette. The main deck comprises a full-beam master stateroom and functional guest cabin configurations thanks to the modular walls. Further highlights include an aft beach club and a 1,076-square-foot sundeck, which will also have an outdoor swimming pool. The yacht will be powered by either conventional diesel propulsion or an optional hybrid system – entirely up to the buyer. It will be capable of reaching a top speed of 22 knots and a range of 4,000 nautical miles.

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The second offering by the brand is the 150-foot Baglietto 46M Fast (designed by Paszkowski and naval architect Margherita Casprini). It comes with an aluminium planning hull and an aquadynamic exterior enhanced by dramatic lines. A bold combination of rectangular and trapezoidal windows opens up the interior with natural light alongside indoor luminescence courtesy of Flos. The main deck boasts rosewood flooring and a white-lacquered ceiling frame. The main saloon features Flexform furnishings and accoutrements from Boutsen Design. The beam-width master cabin comes with its own private office and the lower deck has a choice of four en-suite cabins with twin Pullman beds and linens from Mirabello Carrara, where guests can relax. The upper deck is accessible from the main saloon’s staircase and houses a sky lounge and a number of outdoor relaxation spaces, making it the perfect place to pass time. Twin MTU 16V 4000 engines are capable of reaching a top speed of 27 knots.

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Jackie O’s Childhood Summer Home

The 11-acre East Hampton, NY estate – Lasata  - where Jackie Kennedy spent her summers as a child, is on the market. Its current owner, fashion designer Reed Krakoff, has listed the property for more than $50 million, split into two parcels: $38.995 million for the eight-bedroom main house, built around 1917, pool, and poolhouse spread across 7.2 acres and $14.995 million for an adjacent four-acre parcel with a grass tennis court.

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The previous owner has gone to great lengths to extensively renovate the estate and the result is a lavish colonial home with a laid-back, modern vibe. Beautiful original hardwood floors and fireplaces add a certain charm to the sun-filled rooms with tapestry and large windows. The house is surrounded by perfectly manicured lawns with hedges.

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The main house was built in 1917 and designed by architect Arthur C. Jackson. A total of 8,500 square feet comprises of 10 bedrooms and 12 full bathrooms. The entry consists of herringbone-patterned hardwood flooring. There is a spacious white kitchen that has been fitted with stainless-steel counters and wood plank floors. The modern formal dining room seats 12 if you count the breakfast nook by the windows and is flanked by a massive library of books and magazines. There is also a sunroom, where guests can converse under the vaulted ceilings with French doors leading to an outdoor patio.

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The property is located near the ocean and includes a one-bedroom guesthouse, two-bedroom pool house, formal English gardens, and a three-car garage. An outdoor pool and grass tennis court provide plenty of opportunities for outdoor fun.

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Inside the world’s most luxurious commercial jet

US-based travel company Crystal has unveiled a new generation of commercial jet. Tickets will start from £38 000 or $50 000. For that price passengers will get to enjoy VIP treatment, with on-board butlers and even a Michelin Star-inspired menu.

The plane will feature a spacious dining area decked out with leather chairs, fine porcelain and crystalware, this recreates the ambiance of top-dollar restaurants. In addition to the restaurant there is also a fully-stocked bar that carries a range of top shelf spirits and fine wines.

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And this is just a small part of the interior of what has been heralded as the most luxurious commercial jet ever built.

On-board butlers will make sure guests have all of their whims catered to. The spacious seating area features a total of 84 armchair-style seats for passengers to lounge in. They transform into lie-flat beds, which are comfortable and provide a level of privacy for a nap between destinations. There are also luxurious, roomy bathrooms, where guests can freshen up with a range of fragrant products by luxury Italian fashion house Etro.

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14, 21 and 28-day itineraries will be made available on the plane to provide plenty of excitement and options for holidaymakers away on some of the ‘most exotic and remote’ locations in the world. The new five-star Boeing 777-200LR will have its interior upgraded and completely renovated before commercial flights start in the autumn of 2017, allowing rich passengers to travel without compromising their need for luxury and comfort.

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The $265,000 Piecha AMG GT-RSR

Famous for its use as Formula 1’s present safety car, the Mercedes-AMG GT S has been revamped and introduced as the Piecha AMG GT-RSR. The German tuning company has customized the Mercedes-AMG coupe with enhancements that improve the output as well as the airflow around it.

A modification specialist’s performance module has been developed and fitted (produced in partnership with Performmaster) to boost Mercedes-AMG’s twin-turbocharged V-8 engine with an additional 109 hp and 139 ft lbs of torque. The car is now capable of releasing 612 horses and 619 ft lbs of torque; it has achieved acceleration from zero to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 205 mph.

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The exterior has also undergone a few modifications that improve the aerodynamics of the car.  One of the more noticeable accents to the complement body are the distinctly articulated side skirts (with five LEDs for illumination upon entry and exit). Carbon fibre has been used not to compromise the lightweight structure of the model. Front apron’s splitters, a diffusor (replacing the original underfloor panels), and a rear spoiler (besides the production model’s retractable braking spoiler) are amongst other additions that give the model its aggressive character. The posterior has also been upgraded with four 90 mm tailpipes that are chrome-plated and double-walled. Piecha comes with a more fine-tuned driving experience thanks to supplementing the existing electronic suspension with coilovers and addition of Yokohama’s Advan Sport V105 tires.

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Priced over $265,000, only 50 examples of the special edition Piecha AMG GT-RSR will be produced and buyers need to put their names on a waiting list. The modification package, however, is also available for existing GT and GT S models.

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Restored 17th Century French Chateau for $3 Million

A beautifully restored 17th century French chateau is now on the market for $3 million. Elegantly situated on 42 acres of sprawling verdant gardens, the lavish 6,400-square-foot histric Normandy residence is located just 56 miles outside of Paris, France in the tranquil and picturesque French countryside.

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The gated compound features lush gardens and manicured lawns as well as the main house with 16 bedrooms (eight with en-suite bathrooms) and three self-contained studios, each complete with a kitchenette. Intricate detailing, hardwood floors, plush drapes and luxurious furnishings help the historic property retain its regal glamour. There are three other structures on the well-manicured grounds: a 1,100-square-foot caretaker’s house, 3,200-square-foot outbuilding, and a 13th century chapel that is beautifully decorated. The outdoor gardens are spacious enough to play host to parties and al fresco dining. Guests who like to stay fit will find the full-size tennis court to be a nice treat.

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Over the last five years, the castle (including the facade and the roof) has been meticulously restored to its former glory. This includes full refurbishment of the paint and ground floor. The main residence houses features a vast array of spacious rooms with immaculate furnishings, original fireplaces, French glass-panelled windows, high ceilings, and luxurious parquet flooring. All of the details of the chateau tell the tale of majestic elegance, expertly preserved in time. The main kitchen has been renovated and upgraded to meet the needs of any respectable food critic and there is a separate wine cellar for the true sommelier.
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Airbus H175 helicopter

The first VIP version of Airbus H175 helicopter worth $17.9 million

The medium-class twin-engine H175 helicopter manufactured by Airbus has been a popular choice with buyers for two years in its role as an offshore workhorse. Now, the company has debuted its VIP version – perfect for yacht owners who are looking for performance but don’t want to sacrifice comfort. The chopper will enter service in Europe, where it will be based on a yacht.

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The interior of the cabin is about 7 feet wide and 13 feet long. Created by Pegasus Design – a company known for its work on business jets and super-yachts, it is modern, slick and luxurious. The cabin has two seating areas; four oversize club seats, and a divan accommodates three to four passengers toward the rear.  Fine leather and wood are generously used throughout to ensure passengers enjoy a one-of-a-kind flying experience. Plenty of windows provide panoramic views, and enhanced soundproofing allows for conversations to be carried out without headsets. The last feature being particularly convenient for millionaires looking to do some business in their spare time. Other special features are a three-step, electric-powered entry stair; hinged doors that substitute sliding panels; electronically dimmable windows; and mood lighting.

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A pair of powerful PT6 turbines by Pratt & Whitney Canada powers the H175. The cockpit can be managed by a single pilot in clear weather. Conditions with restricted visibility, however, require a crew of two. The pilots are supported by an advanced avionics system designed by Helionix, as well as a four-axis autopilot, and an auto-hover feature that automatically corrects for wind drift. These stat-of-the-art systems provide improved performance and safety. The aircraft can fly at speeds up to 184 mph over a total distance of up to 690 miles. Pricing for the VIP version starts at $17.9 million and production time takes a few months.

Lamborghini Centenario Roadster

The new Lamborghini Centenario Roadster

With each new edition Lamborghini is setting new standards of raw ferocity and superior luxury on the road. The latest Centenario model is no exception. At $2.2 million, only 20 cats will be manufactured and potential buyers are already lining up to own one of the exclusive vehicles.

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Lamborghini unveiled the automotive masterpiece this week at Pebble Beach after the debut of the coupe version earlier this year. The naturally aspirated V12 sports 770 horsepower, making  it, along with its nearly identical coupe brother, the most powerful Lamborghini to date. The name celebrates what the hundredth birthday of its founder, Ferruccio Lamborghini, with th intention of delivering “the freedom of a true open-top super sports car for a pure drive experience,” said Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali.

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The car represents a new design direction for Lamborghini, with “clean surfaces and superb reflections” and an ethos of “form following function.”  The ultra-exclusive Centenario accelerates from from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds and has a top speed of more than 350 km/h. Braking distance is equally impressive: from 100-0 km/h in just 31 m. this model adopts Lamborghini new rear wheel steering, which increases turning agility at low speed while increasing stability at high speed.

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Retaining the brand’s core DNA in design, Centenario’s silhouette is defined by low overhangs in the front and rear for a clean, sensuous, mono-body shape.  The signature matte finish is achieved through a new high-tech process dissolving the metal while diluting and diminishing the appearance of the metal grain, which results in a silky and rich exterior finish.

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World’s most expensive yacht will cost £500MILLION

A state-of-the-art and impossibly luxurious concept for the ultimate super-yacht was presented by Andy Waugh from south west London. When built the conceptual Epiphany vessel’s asking price will be the staggering £500 million. Given the attention to detail that has gone into the design and the superb dimensions of the yacht, however, it seems that this sum is justified.

The 425 foot long super yacht boasts an extravagant design and is estimated to require about 5 years for construction, which means buyers will need to sign up if they want to make the list of owners close to 2020. The most staggering element of Epiphany is its fluidity, which enables each client to participate in the way the whole form of the yacht comes together, making it the most customizable vessel to date.

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The incredible luxury yacht comprises five decks, one with an outdoor swimming pool, as well as private space for the yacht’s owner, which will include a master suite with a bedroom, walk-in bathroom with a stand-alone bath tub and shower area, living room and ample decking space. The private deck reserved for the owner will also feature a forward stateroom with elevated ceilings, skylights and open views towards a private foredeck with seating areas and a Jacuzzi for an enjoyable time while cruising style in places such as the Caribbean or Mediterranean.

Epiphany is a place, where millionaires would be able to mix pleasure with business as the deck would have a private cinema and an office with space for personal assistants or other staff members.

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The exterior will be accentuated by low bulwarks, or walls, situated along the entire deck together with full-height glass to give a sense of openness and space. The lounging area converts to a helipad for convenience and there is also a beach club and tender stowage on the lower deck along with a cinema, diving room, accommodation for around 40 crew members and a dedicated officer’s mess.