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Ritz-Carlton’s new Bacara Resort & Spa

Santa Barbra just became the home of the ultimate relaxation destination – the new Ritz-Carlton’s retreat. 42,000-square-foot spa, six restaurants, and three pools create a true haven for the wealthy, where they can relax in complete privacy away from prying eyes.

The new resort sits on a 78-acre estate nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the dramatic Santa Ynez mountains. Making the most of Santa Barbara’s stunning landscape, the property is famous for once housing the Bacara Resort, a favorite Hollywood hideaway. Now, a multimillion-dollar transformation has turned it into the plush Ritz-Carlton Bacara, welcoming its first set of guests earlier this month.

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Nestled in lush courtyards and overlooking a private stretch of beach, each of the property’s 358 rooms and suites have been completely refreshed. The resort is a quintessential mix of Californian ambiance and Spanish-style architecture (low-slung, white-washed buildings, red-tile roofs) with Mediterranean influences (wrought-iron balconies, terra-cotta tile floors). Cool coastal colours give each of the rooms a vibe of modern eccentricity and classic luxury, serving as the perfect landing pad for a weekend getaway.

Boutiques of worldwide renowned brands like Hermés, Prada and Chanel are in close proximity as is the historic State Street downtown, so guests will be able to enjoy full rein of the resort’s extensive list of amenities. The resort has three heated saltwater pools, a lounge in a kitted-out cabana, and two private beaches. A 42,000-square-foot spa is the perfect place to get treated to a well-deserved massage or facial before soaking up the last of the ocean sunset from a fireside lounge on the rooftop terrace.

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Not one but six restaurants offer a delectable array of options, which range from the casual, locally focused Bistro to the indulgent Angel Oak for perfectly prepared Kobe beef. A private tasting in the Foley Tasting Room, which houses Angel Oak’s 12,000-bottle collection can be the perfect way to end the evening.

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The Boreas Hypercar

Named after the mythological Greek god of the north wind, the Boreas—the brainchild of Spain’s DSD Design & Motorsport—is a two-door supercar of a new generation. The new model boasts a mostly carbon-fiber monocoque construction and a proprietary hybrid power train capable of generating more than 1,000 hp. The latter also includes a 7-speed automated manual transmission, which makes the acceleration from zero to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds possible. The Boreas can reach a top speed of 236 mph.

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The Boreas project is the realization of the ambition to strive for technical and aesthetic innovation. The DSD Design & Motorsport team was heavily focused on the search for ergonomics within the varying physical and psychological scales that would be experienced.

After 10 years in development, the Boreas hypercar is a standing model of the firm’s automotive dynamo. It was introduced at France’s 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race in June, followed by a completed prototype shortly thereafter. This can is a one-off, but there will be 12 individually designed successors are planned for production in January.

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The Boreas sports plenty of carbon fiber in its crisp shape. Wheels are 20-inch up front, 21-inch in the back. There are green calipers and other accents that give the profile a futuristic vibe in the ultra-exclusive world of hypercars. It’s still too early to talk about pricing at this stage, but given the limited number of cars that will be produced, it will surely be in the range of other industry giants like Lamborghini and Ferrari.

The 12 cars that will be produced will be “individually designed yet related.” It is not yet clear if this will mean there will be 12 distinct models, or just 12 variants of the Boreas. The company announcement goes on to say that each will have equal performance but “individual characters.”

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The 400ft superyacht complete with a climate controlled garden and sea-level swimming pool

Eco-minded billionaires now have a new nautical toy to add to their collection in the face of nature-inspired 400ft superyacht unveiled at Monaco.

Netherlands-based Sinot Yacht Design designed a vessel that allows passengers to experience the natural world while sailing on the high seas. The new ‘Nature’ yacht concept has a crew capacity of 50 and a guest capacity of 18 and is the first vessel to come complete with a climate controlled garden with bedrooms looking into the leafy area.

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Other benefits include an impressive spiral staircase in the central area, a spa, a sea-level swimming pool, a sleek roof deck and a lounge boasting floor-to-ceiling windows for panoramic views.

The yacht comes equipped with dozens of adrenaline-pumping toys to play with including eight jet skis. A sea-level swimming pool includes night lights and an impressive waterfall installation. Multiple sun decks on all levels provide plenty of space for al fresco dining and parties.

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The interior is a combination of light warm caramel tones, glass and metal for a modern, minimalistic aesthetic. Mirrored surfaces also make the spaces seem even bigger. The dining area alone will boast two chandeliers for a flood of light. It connects to a spacious lounge area which is the perfect place to entertain a large party. The lounge has a balcony area, providing views over the ocean beyond.

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A private spa has relaxation rooms, where guests can enjoy soothing treatments. The bedrooms are spacious and imagined with dark wood furniture and contemporary art to give them a homely feel.

Price for the spectacular eco superyacht concept still hasn’t been announced but is expected to be revealed at the Monaco Yacht Show.

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San Francisco’s Exclusive Double-Height Penthouses

The iconic skyline of San Francisco just gained a new impressive silhouette thanks to Lumina, a 656-unit condominium project perched above the sparkling water and iconic Bay Bridge. Courtesy of developer Tishman Speyer – the luxurious building has only two remaining residences—both double-height, 42nd-floor penthouses with great views and glass galore. The units are the largest in the building, and are being sold as customizable shells so homeowners can create a unique layout and aesthetic to match their taste. Both units boast 18-foot ceilings, which are the only double-height ceilings available in any Bay Area high-rise.

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With a total of nearly 5,700-square-foot – Penthouse 41A unit is characterized by a 250-foot glass façade that offers 360-degree vistas of the cityscape and bay. Penthouse 41B stretches across nearly 5,200 square feet, and features a 240-foot glass façade that provides 270-degree views of the city and bay. Buyers will be given a choice from an array of designer-ready floor plans created by renowned architectural firm Arquitectonica; there is even an option for the addition of ample rooftop decks if desired.

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Aside from spectacular views and an abundance of space, both penthouses benefit from direct access to the building’s exclusive amenities. These include a full-service grocery store, a fitness center and climbing wall that was designed by Jay Wright. There is also a bi-level club lounge, a 70-foot lap pool, and a secluded dining room with a gourmet kitchen and outdoor dining terrace for large parties. The Ferry Building and forthcoming Transbay Center is equally impressive on the outside with its modern, minimalistic aesthetic. This sculpted marvel blends with ease in the San Francisco skyline of architectural gems.

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The smaller penthouse is listed for $13.5 million, while the larger one is priced from around $15 million.

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De Grisogono and Christie’s Reveal A Record-Breaking 163-Carat Diamond

Swiss gem house De Grisogono is known for its otherworldly creations that are the epitome of class and bespoke craftsmanship. Its latest offering, which took a whole team of experienced artisans 1,700 hours over 11 months sets a new standard in the world of fine jewellery. “4 de Fevrio,” is a stunning 163.4-carat D colour flawless diamond that will be auctioned on November 14 at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale in Geneva. This will be the largest gem of its kind to ever make it to the legendary auction house and one that is sure to attract a lot of attention from wealthy buyers.

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It was last year that De Grisogono enlisted their team of experts to begin the analysis of the gem’s 404-carat rough. The precious stone was unearthed in eastern Angola’s Lulo mine in February of 2016.  After months of study, it was Ben Green, a veteran 50-year diamond cleaver, who made the first cut in June of last year. In the months that followed, De Grisogono’s team managed to painstakingly angle each facet by laser and by hand. Fitting this record-breaking stone into a wearable piece of jewellery proved to be one of the more challenging parts of putting together this emblematic piece.

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De Grisgono have expressed their fascination with the unlikely find, which presented the rare opportunity for their craftsmen to work with a 163.41 carat diamond of this quality. The design has been kept minimal and stylistically clean to ensure it doesn’t overwhelm the enormous diamond. A dual colour scheme in green and silver complement the clear brilliance of the centre stone and blend in a composition of balance and elegance. A touch of creativity can be noticed in the asymmetrical arrangement with 18 emerald-cut diamonds on one side, rows of deep green, and the pear-shaped emeralds on the opposing side.

The price for this extraordinary piece is yet to be announced by Christie’s.

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Roger Dubuis and Lamborghini team up on Excalibur Aventador S watches

The new partnership between Lamborghini Squadra Corse’s team and renowned designer Roger Dubuis is coming at the right time. The two brands have their creative vision perfectly aligned in terms of personality, design language, and clientele, so naturally the result of their collaboration will appeal to a large number of wealthy buyers.

Taking things further, they have developed something that the horology world does not see every day. The new Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S Strap Details is a superior watch whose signature movement’s layout draws inspiration from the engine bay of the Aventador S. Thanks to close work with Lamborghini’s design team has allowed the artisans to capture this correctly.

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There will be two models of the new watch – each released in a limited addition, making them more exclusive than the iconic car that inspired them. In a nod to Lamborghini’s superior technical composition, Roger Dubuis used Lamborghini’s award-winning carbon composite known as C-SMC carbon to create a thin “cover plate” detail over the watch’s power reserve indication. The automotive composite was of significant interest the brand’s design team who usually relies on Swiss suppliers for their materials.

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All pieces both feature multilayer carbon cases, and are powered by an all-new double balance hand-wound caliber RD103SQ, which runs at 4Hz and offers a power reserve of 40-hours. The new caliber can display both hours and minutes, power reserve, and a dead-beat seconds indication. This is a first in the brand’s recent history. Poinçon de Genève finishing completes the composition.

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There are minute differences between the two new Aventador S models; EX613 with yellow accents will be limited to 88 pieces with a retail price of $185,000, whereas the EX624—with orange accents and aforementioned carbon cover plate—will be limited to only 8 pieces priced at $205,000 each.

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A $110 million penthouse Manhattan’s iconic Woolworth Building

A $110 million penthouse inside the celebrated Woolworth Building in New York has gone on sale. The property is unique not only for its record-breaking price tag and panoramic views of the iconic Manhattan skyline, but for the unique features of the historic landmark as well.

The top floor flat easily eclipses the previous record for a penthouse in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighbourhood, which was sold for $50.9 million in 2014. The 9,710 square feet apartment boasts 24-foot ceilings, a private lift and spans not two, but five floors.

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The interiors have been left “raw”, which gives the buyer full creative freedom in deciding how many bedrooms and bathrooms they would like to have. Naturally, the services of one of the many renowned interior design firms across New York would come in handy to realize the full potential of this piece of real estate paradise.

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Situated close to Wall Street and Ground Zero, the historically significant building sits on a site bought by discount shop tycoon Frank Winfield Woolworth.

It boasts its own private air observatory, 727 feet above the city, as well as a private swimming pool in the basement that is accessible only to residents of the building.

The steel and terracotta structure is built in neo-Gothic style, making it a national historic landmark, created by architect Cass Gilbert.  When it was completed in 1913, it was the world’s tallest building – a title it held for 70 years.

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The penthouse has a total of 125 windows and was first put on the market in 2014, but no buyers emerged.

Some of the many amenities the building has include a health club and spa with a pool, sauna and a hot tub, a wine cellar, a tasting room — and personal mail delivery. This is one of the five most iconic buildings in the world, whose architecture and significance are impossible to replicate.

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Porsche unveils its first ever mega yacht

After conquering the luxury car market, automobile giant Porsche has turned its attention towards the mega yacht segment catering to the ultra-rich. Its first endeavour in that direction has produced a 115-foot hybrid vessel called the GTT 115 Super Yacht.

Studio F. A. Porsche collaborated with Monaco-based ship builder Dynamiq to create this high-performance yacht for crossing the Atlantic in style. Inspired by the brand’s flagship GTT model, the spectacular vessel will set the buyer back $16 million.

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After years of research and design collaborations, Porsche presents a top notch boat with fluid lines, side contours, and balanced proportions that its makers say “recall the drop-shaped, overstretched surfaces of the Porsche 911.”

Inside and outside, the yacht is the epitome of luxury. There is a spacious ‘saloon’ and meeting area – perfect for entertaining guests with panoramic views of the surrounding ocean thanks to floor-to-ceiling glass windows. The interior styling has been entrusted to Italian fashion house Minotti and features wood flooring, marble countertops, carbon fibre detailing and leather furniture finishes.

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And if that’s not enough, a spa pool on the rear deck and al fresco dining area on the outside complete the spectacular selection of features. The yacht can be fitted with three or four cabins down below.

Porsche’s design company, Studio F.A. Porsche has launched its very own super-yacht which will set owners back £12million and come complete with a spa pool, al-fresco dining area and space for up to four guests below decks.

The stunning craft was launched at Viareggio, in Italy, and will make its appearance at the Monaco Yacht Show in September.

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Just seven yachts will be made, guaranteeing the owners a unique slice of boating history. It was designed for ‘car lovers and forward-thinking yacht owners who appreciate the advantages of speed, style and our philosophy of intelligent performance.’

Interior styling was taken care of by Italian design-house Minotti, and features carbon fibre detailing, marble counter-tops, and fine leather finishes. A pair of 1,650hp engines provides a top speed of 21 knots, while its hybrid engines give a range of 3,400 nautical miles.

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Swarovski’s Home Collection

Each design collaboration that Swarovski announces tends to pair the famous jeweller with another household name in the art world. Last year, the preeminent Austrian crystal brand debuted Atelier Swarovski Home, an exclusive line of home accessories co-authored by design visionaries like Ron Arad, Daniel Libeskind, and late architect Zaha Hadid.

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The newest additions to the collection continue to push the material into new territory, with work from established and emerging designers—Tomás Alonso, Aldo Bakker, and Barbara Barry—who cut decorative crystalline forms with just enough functionality. Some of the stylish items are available for presale but have to be ordered in advance as interest is running high.

Icelandic-German design duo Studio Brynjar & Veronika have contributed a range of prismatic paperweights. Made of rods of crystal in contrasting hues, the paperweights cast vibrant reflections. Colour also features in Tomás Alonso’s trays, which are an addition to his Atelier Swarovski Home Prism range.

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American designer Greg Lynn’s offering is a line of trays and cups, which juxtapose turned wood with gems made from cut crystal. They make a perfect addition to those lucky enough to have a bar at home. The Atelier Swarovski Home range addresses a global interest and customer demand for design objects within the home. Since its debut collection of colour-hatched bowls by Raw Edges and a crystal and metal centrepiece designed by the late Zaha Hadid, the line has grown exponentially to include a whole plethora of eye-catching items.

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A worthwhile mention is the furniture by Marni, which is woven using a traditional Colombian technique, and a collection of surreal rugs designed by Jamie Hayón for Nanimarquina for those who want a bit of ethnic allure introduced in their home.

The set of modular candle holders by American designer Barbara Barry pair crystal bases in various colours with brass centrepieces and are designed to bring “intimate warmth” into the home.

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The Australian Outback’s Most Luxurious Resort

Longitude 131º has redefined what luxury travel means since it opened doors in 2003. Now, the safari-style camp on the border of the pristine Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is making headlines once again with the unveiling of a multimillion-dollar renovation.

Revealed in August, the revamped camp is taking the Outback adventure experience one step further with a new premium suite, spa, and swimming pool as well as upgraded public areas throughout. The two-bedroom Dune Pavillion is now Longitude’s most luxurious accommodation. It boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, vibrant indigenous artwork, and original décor inspired by the iconic homesteads common of the region.

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There is an extended deck outside with a small, black mosaic-tiled plunge pool. Guests can take a dip while enjoying sweeping views of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Uluru, the 600-million-year-old red-hued monolith, and Kata Tjuta, the 36-domed rock formation in the distance.

Guests can take a dip or clink glasses at the new elevated Dune Top, where a swimming pool overlooking the red and golden landscapes has been added along with a collection of intimate alcoves for private al-fresco dining. Inside, the Dune House main lodge also has a fresh look, with a chic bar and restaurant boasting floor-to-ceiling windows framing Uluru.

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The new elevated Dune Top features a swimming pool overlooking the red and golden landscapes along with a collection of intimate alcoves for private al-fresco dining. Inside, the Dune House main lodge has also undergone some renovations and now has a chic bar and restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows framing Uluru.

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The new Spa Kinara offers indulgent treatments that rest on the ancient practices of the region’s native healers, using indigenous ingredients like Kakadu plum, quandong, Australian yellow clay, and desert salts in facials and body wraps. Therapies take place in wiltja treatment rooms, which are structures designed to mimic the traditional shelters of the region’s ancestors for a truly immersive experience.