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A $42 Million Penthouse with 360-Degree Views of San Francisco

San Francisco has always been a prime target for tycoons and millionaires looking for a real estate deal of a lifetime, and the latest offer on the market proves it. A stunning penthouse valued at $42 million is for sale in one of the city’s most prestigious office and residential towers. Developed by Jay Paul Company with interiors designed by Orlando Diaz-Azcuy, the architectural gem is located at 181 Fremont and will be completed early next year.

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A total of 6,941-square-metres span across the entire top floor of the 70-storey tower, revealing stunning views of San Francisco’s skyline and The Golden Gate Bridge. Five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and two powder rooms provide plenty of space for high-end urban living. Luxury fixtures and fittings include hardwood floors, Italian marble, and bespoke pieces created by Diaz-Azcuy.

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A private elevator opens to the lobby and foyer, which serves as the entrance to the secluded, sky-high space. Gold sconces elevate the entryway, and a custom brass handle created by Série Rare accentuates a Paldao wood door imported from New Guinea. Equipped with a gourmet kitchen that is ideal for private dining as well as cooking, there is a Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer, two dishwashers, double ovens, and a sizable kitchen island. Valcucine glass cabinets crafted in Italy complement the chic aesthetic. A secondary service kitchen provides an ideal setting for entertaining guests. The formal dining room conveniently links to a wet bar for after-dinner drinks.

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The family room boasts a translucent fireplace made from Italian marble, a spectacular chandelier designed by Diaz-Azcuy, and floor-to-ceiling windows. The glass-walled master suite has two en-suite bathrooms, walk-in closets, a study, and gorgeous views of San Francisco. Each of the bedrooms are outfitted with 10-foot ceilings and adjacent en-suites bathrooms with freestanding soaking tubs.

Residents enjoy private access to the tower’s 52nd-story Sky Lounge floor, which includes a fitness center with a yoga room, library, a bar, a catering kitchen, a conference room, and a wraparound observation terrace.

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Vacheron Constantin’s debuts the Ultimate Astronomic Watch

Vacheron Constantin has long set the standard for watches out of this world, but the brand’s ultimate astronomical super-complication is a piece that will leave no one indifferent to its class. The one-of-a-kind wristwatch Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astro­nomical Grand Complication 3600 is a double-sided mechanical wonder. Its price tag is also astronomical and comes at about $1 million, but it is justified.

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This is a piece of multiple qualities aside from the striking number of its complications, which the company has tallied at 23. They are also brilliantly themed and organized. The complications fall into three groups: civil (conventional) time and calendar functions, solar time, and sidereal time. As both solar and sidereal time vary slightly from civil time, each group of complications is driven by its own corrected gear train radiating from the movement’s central wheel for greater accuracy. The solar gear train drives functions includes a marching equation of time, sunrise and sunset times, length of day, and seasonal indications. These are all represented on the front dial with civil-time functions such as the perpetual calendar, moon phase, and an interesting tide indicator with a depiction of the sun, Earth, and lunar orbital positions.

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On the back of the astronomical super-complication are such celestial functions as a star chart composed of two rotating sapphire disks with a starry sky over the sandblast-finish movement plates. The watch’s remarkable compactness is even more noteworthy than its multiplicity of functions. At 45 mm in diameter and just 13.6 mm thick, the timepiece is the same size as most sports watches—a reality made possible through carefully designed components, some of which created with advanced photolithography fabrication techniques. However, this does not take away from the ease of reading the dial, which is a truly striking combination and one difficult to achieve.

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Chelsea Hotel Manager Stanley Bard’s Art Collection Goes to Auction

Stanley Bard, the longtime part-owner and manager of Manhattan’s legendary Chelsea Hotel, has made a name for being a connoisseur of fine art. Throughout his career he has helped many struggling artists—among them Leonard Cohen, Andy Warhol, and Jasper Johns—to live and work in his hotel for little compensation. As a result, he managed to amass one of the most striking collections that capture the creative spirit of the 21st century.

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Tom Wesselmann’s “Study for Blue Nude”

Following his recent passing, the exclusive collection, which features works from Tom Wesselman, Karel Appel, and Christo will hit the auction block in May. Many of the pieces speak not only to the history of the now-closed Chelsea Hotel, but to a bygone era of one of New York’s most culturally-rich periods. Most pieces are a testament to Bard’s influence on the artists as with Tom Wesselmann’s Face #1, for instance, featuring the note “For Stanley—With Affection—Tom Wesselmann” on its back. The piece is expected to fetch up to $800,000. Handled by Freeman’s, the auction will handle works from some of the greatest artists of this century.

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Tom Wesselmann’s “Face #1” 

Slots for the auction will become available at the beginning of May and buyers better hurry up if they want to snap iconic pieces like Philip Taaffe “Untitled”, Larry Rivers “Art and the Artist Portrait and Painting of Arshile Gorky and Christo’s “The Mastaba of Abu Dhabi” – valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Larry Rivers “Art and the Artist Portrait and Painting of Arshile Gorky”

The Manhattan Airship

Two New Outstanding Business-Jet Interiors from Embraer

Private aviation continues to undergo exciting upgrades thanks to Embraer’s designers. Business travellers can now enjoy two new Art Deco–inspired interiors for the flagship Lineage 1000E business jet: the Manhattan Airship and the Hollywood Airship. For these projects Embraer collaborated with designer Eddie Sotto, as it did on the Skyacht One and Skyranch One cabins.

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The Manhattan Airship boasts elegant dark wood flooring and panelling, a metallic mural of the circa-1930s New York City skyline, and the Cloud Club—a spacious lounge area with a bar with retractable stools, vintage sconces, and a mohair-and-lambskin divan under a city-loft-style window.

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The second option is the Hollywood Airship interior with lighter and warmer tones, and chrome and marble accents throughout.

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Leather accents on the walls and headliners depict Howard Hughes’ Spruce Goose, the Sunset Tower, and vintage cars. Each design sports expansive stylistic windows that allow plenty of light into the cabin and offer panoramic views of what’s outside the aircraft.

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These interiors are a step up of traditional business-jet interior design, which is typically dominated by simplicity and functionality. Conveying the Art Deco style of the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building with a mosaic of the Manhattan skyline, is a first for this type of high-concept design.

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New Zealand’s First Beachfront Luxury Lodge

New Zealand has always been a favourite spot for relaxation for the ultra-rich with its idyllic scenery and luxury resorts. Now, an addition to high-end tourist accommodation reveals a new pearl in the land of the Maori. Helena Bay (helenabay.com) is a boutique retreat that offers exclusive access to more than 800 private acres of North Island headlands, farmland, and coastline.

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The high-luxury lodge is framed by lush kauri forest on a pristine stretch of the estate’s 2 miles of private beachfront. Two separate villa suites with sprawling terraces spill out onto the sand and are complemented by three junior suites. The grand main lodge provides a dining area and private wine cellar for guests to enjoy. Outside, an infinity-edge pool surrounded by manicured gardens makes for a pleasant spot to glimpse rare wildlife.

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One of Helena Bay’s main attractions is an AgustaWestland AW109 helicopter that can treat guests to private tours over the stunning scenery of the island. Depending on the time of the year when you want to visit the exotic paradise, rates start from $1750 for a single guest and $2100 for two. But for that sum guests are treated to pre-dinner drinks, dinner (the menu changes nightly), breakfast and use of all of the Lodge facilities.

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A number of recreational activities, such as diving, hiking, fishing and massage therapy are available on demand.

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The Sarpaneva Korona K0 Daredevil watch

Sarpaneva Watches have far been from the average watch brand, and its new timepiece—the Korona K0 Daredevil Dawn—pays homage to the spirit of fearlessness and strong masculine energy that drives you to victory.

Sarpaneva is a name that is highly revered in all hardcore watch-collecting communities. The brand’s rich history in the jewelry business eased its transition in the world of watchmaking. Its bold vision and precise craftsmanship shows in the latest timepiece that is aggressive and outspoken, all while paying proper homage to his roots.

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Limited to only 20 examples in each of its two dial configurations—Dawn and Dusk—the Sarpaneva Daredevil has a distinctive appeal. The design is elaborate and original. The first two dial layers are made of precision-cut skeletonized stainless steel, and the second is treated in a vibrant shade of blue diamond like coating (DLC). Below them is a three-segment base plate of vibrant bright Super LumiNova supplied by RC Tritec AG. The heavy application of luminous material keeps the Daredevil easy to read even in dim light. The obvious Captain America vibe to the dial’s red, white, and blue color scheme with a central white star, is in fact a nod to the legendary Evel Knievel rather than the Marvel superhero.

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The $10,000 watch does not feature an in-house movement. With a 46 mm case diameter and 11.2 mm thickness, the Daredevil is a bit large on the wrist. It includes two variations – with a black leather strap, and a crisp white rally strap that makes a much more bold and statement. The Dusk variation swaps has a dark gunmetal shade of gray instead of the vibrant blue, and also comes with a black or white rally strap.

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The Best Villa Rentals

The ultimate Coachella Valley experience includes staying at the best villa rentals available to wealthy clients.  Here are a few suggestions for sprawling private homes that offer privacy, stunning pools, and expansive views of all the fun and action of April’s music festivals.

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On the Rocks Estate is built directly into the mountainside in the exclusive Mesa neighborhood. The original 1959 design by architect Hugh Kaptur includes a stunning infinity pool and eclectic contemporary art and decor. Three separate bedrooms including a master suite, make the home ideal for large groups. There is a large patio between the two buildings with a bar area, fire pit, and a projector for outdoor movie screenings. Staying at the On the Rocks Estate costs $3,000 per night plus taxes and fees.

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Another popular choice is the Polo Villa House 6 – a five-bedroom, four-bathroom contemporary estate only less than a mile from the Empire Polo Field. It can be booked as part of the Coachella Platinum Package ($110,000 for a minimum six-night stay), which indulges guests to eight VIP passes to Coachella, luxury transportation to and from the music festival, access to the festival’s Safari Tent campground and lounge, and dinner for eight during a night of their choice at the festival.

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The newly built El Dorado Estate oozes Mediterranean appeal and tranquillity. Located in secluded Indian Wells on more than 2 acres, the El Dorado estate has a private tennis court, a saltwater pool, and a 200-foot slip-n-slide. There are four bedrooms plus a loft and six bathrooms that can easily sleep up to 10 guests. Throughout the month of April, rates are $50,000 for an all-inclusive week.

The Ultimate Superyacht Submarine

The Ultimate Superyacht Submarine

Drawing inspiration from every traveller’s guidebook – Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, – the Austrian-based Migaloo Submarines is going to design, engineer, and build a private submersible yacht. The concept exhibits austere architecture and powerful performance capabilities. The yacht takes the concept of privacy to a new level, as it will be able to remain submerged both at anchor and when cruising between destinations.

An offshoot of the design firm Motion Code: Migaloo will work with clients to customize the designs to accommodate any size specifications or different configurations based on the four primary models currently offered. This has never before been done for submarine vessels available for private buyers, and is surely going to attract a host of rich buyers, who want their own nautical toy.

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The 236-foot M2 was also designed with the potential to be an underwater restaurant and bar or a conference center. The 442-foot M5 and 524-foot M6 each have three viewing galleries, a starboard saloon, a portside dining area, a wine room, a library, and a lounge with bar at the bow. The master suite spans three levels including a private bow terrace; additional accommodations feature six VIP apartments. The M5 and M6 also have an outdoor pool and hot tub (accessible when surfaced), a helipad, and a wet garage that can fit two 36-foot mini submarines for smaller-scale exploration.

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The world’s largest submersible superyacht – the 738-foot M7 – is developed by Migaloo to resemble the design of the United States Navy’s Zumwalt-class destroyer. It is capable of 40 knots on the surface and 20 knots underwater. The private yacht layout provides the perfect platform for many interior possibilities, satisfying bespoke and exclusive needs.

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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.