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Highlights from the 2017 Geneva International Motor Show

The 2017 Geneva International Motor was a whirlwind of aggressive new body styles, glamour and opulence. This year’s show, will run through March 19 at the Palexpo, will feature world premieres from Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Porsche, and more. Some of the highlights of the highly-anticipated show include the spectacular Lamborghini Huracán Perfomante, which dashes from zero to 62 mph in 2.9 seconds. Its lightweight construction, race-bred aerodynamics, and an improved air-intake system have taken a significant load off the weight of the car compared to other Huracán models. The electronically controlled rear wing uses a patented system to optimize downforce at high speeds. Lamborghini announced a starting price of $274,390 for the Huracán Perfomante with deliveries set to begin this summer.

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McLaren will debut the successor to 650S with lighter weight, better performance, and improved aerodynamics compared to the previous model. Its new 4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine produces will allow the 720S to match the 2.9-second zero-to-62-mph time of Lamborghini Huracán Performante. Revised suspension and chassis-control system improve the car’s handling compared with the price expected at about $284,500, and deliveries to the United States will begin later this year.

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The Koenigsegg Agera RS Gryphon is, by far, the boldest suggestion at the Geneva Motor Show 2017. The sleek beast is the embodiment of strength and speed, much like its mythical namesake creature — and is also adorned with a 24-carat gold leaf finish. The precious metal adorns exterior badging, making up the body’s racing strips, adorning interior surfaces, and even being featured on the engine at the hood’s struts. Koeningsegg has designed and built a unique V8 engine for their ambitious model – one that gives the hypercar 1360hp.

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The Koenigsegg Electronic Stability control, front/rear hydraulic lifting system, climate control, bluetooth phone and audio connection, Apple CarPlay, and a full digital warning and information system are just some of the perks of the mind-blowing vehicle.

 

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Thailand’s New Dream Getaway

The luxurious new Aquila villa in Phuket, Thailand, presents an idyllic location for a tranquil retreat on 2.5 acres of verdant landscape. This secluded slice of paradise boasts four modern Thai-style pavilions (Arrival, Main, Guest, and Master) – each complete with wall-to-wall windows, high ceilings, direct access to the ocean, and a grand total of seven bedrooms.

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The Arrival Pavilion is home to the villa’s spa—perfect for relaxing and destressing—while also playing host to a master bedroom, en-suite bath, contemporary living area, and a kids bunk room. At just over 11,800 square feet the three-story Main Pavilion is the center of the compound with its massive living area equipped with a library, gym, a main and western kitchen, a dining area that sits up to 16, a wine cellar, recreation room (complete with wet-bar, pool table and movie theatre), a 98-foot infinity pool and an outside deck.

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Located next to the Main Pavilion is the Guest Pavilion where the sleeping quarters are housed. The two-story residence consists of two master bedrooms, two double bedrooms, and two twin-rooms. The en-suite bathrooms are furnished with Japanese fixtures and waterfall showers, while the master bathrooms are completed with lavish plunge baths.

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The luxury villa offers complete privacy as it is located in the gated community of ‘Millionaire’s Mile’ in Kamala—only a short 45-minute drive from Phuket International Airport—and includes a villa manger, full-time chef and around-the-clock security. Prices start from $2,750 to $7,500 per night.

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For Sale the World’s First Flying Car

The world’s first production-model flying car is now a reality. Netherlands-based company Pal-V has begun taking orders for two versions of its three-wheeled car that converts into a two-seat gyroplane: avid buyers can choose between the fully loaded Liberty Pioneer Edition (£480,000) and the base model Liberty Sport (£320,000). FAA certification for its vehicle is still pending and as soon as they receive it – deliveries can begin.

Only 90 examples of the Liberty Pioneer Edition will be built, highlighting its rarity and collectability in the long term. Both models will have a maximum speed of 100 mph in driving mode and will be capable of acceleration from zero-to-60-mph time of less than nine seconds. In flying mode, they will have a high cruising speed of 100mph and a range of 248 miles with two passengers aboard and 310 miles with just a pilot. Pal-V recommends using a runway – paved or level grass – of at least 900ft for a smooth take-off and a 100ft strip for landing.

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The blades are bundled on the roof when the vehicle is in drive mode, and can be unfolded to convert the Liberty into a gyroplane in about 10 minutes. The blades are not powered by a motor, as helicopter blades are, but by the wind and continue to rotate as long as there is airflow. This gives the vehicle a level of stability.

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To operate the Liberty drivers will require a standard driver’s license and a gyroplane license. The latter requires 40-45 hours of training. For an additional £20,000 buyers get a Liberty includes flying lessons at the Pal-V FlyDrive Academy, the company’s flying school in Utah.

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The most desirable Gems from Spring’s Upcoming Jewelry Auctions

Spring season has officially begun with extraordinary pieces exhibited by auction houses from New York and London and there are quite a few gorgeous gems that are worth your time and money.

First on the radar is renowned dealer Sotheby’s and its Fine Jewels exhibition in London that will take place on March 22nd. More than 280 distinctive and memorable jewels will be auctioned, including a spectacular brooch, expected to fetch between $29,000 and $39,000. Designed by innovative French designer Pierre Sterlé, it is styled to resemble a bird with a cabochon aquamarine body surrounded by circular-cut sapphires and brilliant-cut diamonds. Other memorable pieces include vibrant rings and bracelets from Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Buccellati, and other reputable Maisons.

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In April the Magnificent Jewels auction is heading to New York, where the standout piece will be a spectacular 34-carat emerald ring by Harry Winston called the Stotesbury Emerald (expected to sell for $800,000 to $1.2 million). The unique object d’art once belonged to American socialite and jewelry enthusiast, Eva Stotesbury.

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Another entrancing art deco–inspired piece is a clip centered around a rare, unheated Burmese ruby (valued at $300,000 to $400,000) that will be the headlining piece of the London auction house’s spring sale. Diamond lovers can bid on the classic rivière collar necklace ($200,000 to $300,000). As part of a private collection, it consists of 63 round brilliant-cut diamonds totalling nearly 44 carats.

A highly anticipated offering from Christie’s at the Magnificent Jewels action in New York is a pair of contrasting pink-and-blue sapphire earrings ($40,000 to $60,000) by the world-renowned and elusive French jewelry designer Joel Arthur Rosenthal (JAR). The daringly mismatched duo reflects the current trend of bold statement earrings. Bvlgari will also be represented with a massive 48-carat sapphire and diamond ring ($500,000 to $700,000).

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The 164-Foot Stella Superyacht Concept

The 164-foot Stella superyacht concept envisioned by Red Yacht Design was created specifically for Turkish builder Mengi Yay Yachts. Equipped with a window-lined wheelhouse and a skylight, the ship will bathe guests in natural light. The open-air beach club, with a pool and lounge area, can be connected to the upper sundeck through sliding glass doors. A different layout is also available, where the upper deck area can be transformed into a master cabin and master deck.

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Belowdecks, there is an ample garage for personal watercraft, a superyacht tender, water toys, and other equipment that can keep voyagers entertained away at sea. The master cabin is fitted with an office, a dressing room, a bathroom, and a spa. Two outdoor balconies and a skylight make the space feel light and airy. There are four guest cabins belowdecks – all furnished to a high standard of style and luxury.

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Stella can reach a top speed of up to 24 knots, which makes for a comfortably fast voyage. Once commissioned, the yacht can be built in two years. Price is yet to be announced for the beautifully designed open-air sanctuary. The free-flowing exteriors include an alfresco dining deck with room for 16 guests, a hot tub surrounded and a wraparound sofa encircles a foldable television screen.

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The spacious decks allow guests to soak up the sunshine, and foldout terraces provide direct access to the surrounding ocean.

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Ferrari’s Most Powerful Car Yet – the 812 Superfast

Ferrari is reigniting the supercar power war with what is planned as the fastest and most powerful model, the aptly named 812 Superfast. 588kW from its V12 engine will power the two-door, which will be able to accelerate to 100km/h in just 2.9 seconds and achieve a top speed of “more than” 340km/h.

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F12′s successor doesn’t disappoint in terms of visual aesthetic as well. The fastback design hides active flaps at the front of the underbody, and a rear flank features an aerodynamic by-pass to increase downforce, giving the model a beautifully aggressive shape. Designed to deliver exhilarating driving both on road and track yet also be sufficiently comfortable to use at any time, the 812 Superfast is a welcomed addition to the collection of every driver with a penchant for adrenaline-inducing experiences.

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A noteworthy new feature is the EPS (Electric Power Steering) which is calibrated to work in tandem with the car’s electronic vehicle dynamics controls. These include the latest version of Ferrari’s patented Side Slip Control (SCC) – making its powerful performance easier to handle and even more thrilling to exploit. There is also a Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0 system (PCV) which, benefits from further evolution of the software that improves the nimbleness of the handling and reduces the vehicle response times.

The high tail of the 812 is reminiscent of the 365 GTB4 of 1969. LED headlights are integrated into the design of the air intakes. The car is being launched in a special new colour, Rosso Settanta to mark the company’s 70th anniversary.

No official price has been announced yet for the 812 Superfast, but prices for the model it replaces, the F12 Berlinetta, start at $320,000.

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The Midas Mansion Luxurious Beverly Hills mansion hits the market for $100 million

Designer and developer Michael Palumbo presented his latest project – a jaw-dropping $100 million estate that will be built in Beverly Hills, Calif. Described as the pinnacle of his career, the minimalistic residence is inspired by a floating estate in Singapore. What is going to be a compound-style home that revolves around water, the grandiose residence will feature seven bedrooms (including a 3,100-square-foot master suite with private access to a rooftop garden); 14 bathrooms; a great room with a hidden bar; and an 18-seat dining room—all surrounded by eye-catching water features.

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Outside guests will be able to enjoy a 1.5-inch-deep reflecting pool that will lead to an acrylic pool in the foyer, which seamlessly connects to a lap pool and then to a vanishing-edge pool around the entire property.  This creates a never-ending composition of water and matter that come together in one architectural marvel.

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The see-through pool in the foyer lets light flood into the lower level of the home, where all of the amenities will be houses. The lower level will house a nightclub, a full bar and lounge (with the pool as its ceiling), a 20-seat theater room, a two-lane bowling alley, a professional catering kitchen, a hair and nail salon, a wellness center, an eight-car garage. Other extravagant entertaining amenities complete the vibe of a fully-functioning socializing hot spot.

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The lot and plans are available for preconstruction acquisition for $35 million or for final turnkey purchase for $100 million. Construction is expected to last 24 to 26 months, and interested buyers can contact the Coldwell Banker team to inquire about the water-ringed oasis in Beverly Hills.

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Christie’s New Multipurpose Masterpiece in Beverly Hills

A new Lox Angeles complex in Southern California will give discerning collectors a new point of purchase from reputable auction house Christie’s when it opens in April. Located over two stories, the 5,400-square-foot facility is planned on North Camden Drive in Beverly Hills and will provide the same cross-section of services the auction house is known for.

From exclusive art to unique collectibles – the convenient location for clients will fit well in the upscale community.  Wealthy buyers will be able to stop by for a selection of luxury offerings of watches, jewelry, wine, and handbags. The site will cater to individual customers and those representing institutions (such as museums) thanks to a skilled in-house appraisal and investment team. Private offices for consultations, a vault-like room for presenting exquisite jewels and other one-of-a-kind pieces, and extensive exhibition space are planned in the design. The second floor also features a 1,400-square-foot entertainment venue with an outdoor patio. Interactive live-streams from Christie’s sales taking place elsewhere will tie the whole place together.

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Beverly Hills is the logical choice for Christie’s new haven for wealthy buyers as it complements its current California locations in Century City and San Francisco. The auction house, headquartered in London, has been a premier conduit for the finest artistry and craftsmanship since founded by James Christie in 1766.

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Watches of the Week

The world of horological marvels has been taken by storm again by two of the most renowned Maisons in recent weeks. Ahead of the annual Baselworld event that brings together connoisseurs of fine technical pieces and the world’s most reputable watchmakers – Zenith and Jaeger-LeCoultre have a pleasant surprise for their rich clientele.

The Master Chronograph from Jaeger-LeCoultre was released just in time to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ever-popular line that collectors and enthusiasts have always been passionate about. The new piece makes a strong statement with its vintage charm, superb case proportions, stunning sector dials, and clever skeletonized hands. Powered by the brand’s Caliber 751G automatic movement, the Master Chronograph retains the same fonts, case proportions, and pusher design as the outgoing model, but it capitalizes on the eye-catching two-tone silver dials. It is refreshingly adaptable and retails for $8,000.

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With the unveiling of the Pilot Extra Special Chronograph in Bronze, Zenith is keeping momentum ahead of Baselworld. The high-frequency 4069 automatic column-wheel chronograph calibre pairs nicely with the significant presence of the case.

zenith-heritage-pilot-extra-special-chronograph-01When it comes to large pilot watches – Zenith knows how to combine overpowering style with sturdy functionality and the Pilot Extra Special Chronograph is no exception. Wiith a retail price of $7,100, Zenith will be taking pre-orders on the new piece as of the start of Baselworld next month.

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Guinness Family’s 1700s 5,000-Acre Irish Estate

Ireland is a magical place of rolling green hills and silvery blue lakes with slate-gray castles that match the skies above. And there is no better way to enjoy those long rainy days, pints of Guinness, and sheep-dotted mountains than the picturesque estate of Luggala in County Wicklow. Set on 5,000 acres, it has been in the Guinness family since the 1930s and overlooks the scenic Lough Tay and steep Djouce Mountains.

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Built in 1787, Luggala Lodge is a Gothic-style white castle with beautiful arched windows, decorative battlements and quatrefoil designs. The 7,438-square-foot historic hideaway comprises seven bedrooms, four bathrooms, and three living rooms—each one boasting dramatic arched windows, Irish paintings, period-specific furniture, antique fireplaces, and ornate chandeliers. The architectural masterpiece includes the Cloghoge House situated nearby. It is a two-story Georgian residence that features four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and two living rooms—for a warm and welcoming guest house. If that is not enough, there are seven additional lodges and cottages sprinkled across the estate.

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Outside, 18th-century landscape gardens, centuries-old Irish oak trees, and majestic cliffs surround the residences, giving it privacy and seclusion from prying eyes. Luggala has enjoyed a host of famous celebrity guests throughout the years, including Michael Jackson, Bono, Robert Graves, Dennis Hopper, and a many other well-known artists and actors. It has been used to film memorably scenes from classics Braveheart, Animal Farm, and Becoming Jane.

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The property is currently listed on the market for around $30 million.