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Levis V6 Cafe Racer – Futuristic & Retro for a cool £102,000

British company Levis Motorcycles has been producing two-stroke bikes since 1911, and not to be confused with the jeans brand of the same name. Synonymous with motorbike racing and a familiar fixture on UK roads before the Second World War, Levis went off map for over 70 years. The name was purchased by two automotive designers who both had a dream to revive the distinguished  British motorcycle brand.

Steve Kirk and Phil Bevan worked for months to relaunch the brand in style with the fabulous V6 Café Racer. This is an innovative bike with a distinctive retro style and high performance to match. The revolutionary V6 Café Racer is just the first of five new bikes that will go into production, and indications point towards a retail price of £102,000 for the first model.

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Back in 1911, Levis bikes ruled the track and road. A prestigious victory at the Isle of Man TT in 1920 cemented the brand’s name into motoring history, yet just a few years later, the company never recovered from the effects of World War II and went into liquidation soon after in 1946. The name was largely forgotten since then and passed into British motoring mythology. Reviving the noble brand is a brave undertaking of immense proportions.

The V6 Cafe Racer was designed around a car engine, and its distinctive styling and high-performance engine fully justify the price tag. The bike is a change from the usual performance bikes, and its retro styling makes it unique. Expect more exciting models with the launch of the next four exclusive bikes, but for now, feast your eyes on the breathtaking V6 Cafe Racer. A new breed of performance motorcycles has been born, and the landscape is shifting towards exclusive bikes like this marvellous one.

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The Hawk Ranger 223-foot adventure explorer yacht that goes everywhere

Imagine a yacht that can go everywhere and face any weather conditions. The Hawk Ranger is an adventure yacht with the heart of an explorer. The 223-foot yacht was designed by Hawk Yachts joining their existing fleet of comfortable cruising expedition yachts capable of facing extreme conditions. The concept 223-foot Hawk Ranger is set to change the landscape with its novel and stylish contours and sleek looks. Cost is rumoured to be reasonable, and the sea craft has six staterooms, five cabins, and an owner’s master suite.

The Hawk Ranger has an advanced engine which couples performance with fuel efficiency. The range is 6,500 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 12 knots. The top speed rises to 17 knots. The yacht is capable of traversing the Atlantic Ocean and back without having to refuel once. This unique quality makes this yacht perfect for exploring remote and uninhabited locations and is a standout feature.

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The front of the yacht has a distinctive, protruding structure designed for penetrating ice, and the super-thick Polar Class 6 hull is fully capable of breaking through 32 inches of ice with ease. Besides, there is a reinforced ice belt along the waterline. The large boiler keeps the yacht warm in arctic environments. The exterior doors all have heated seals and journeying through the icy waters doesn’t have to be a frozen nightmare! Air-conditioning keeps the yacht cool in tropical climates, and insect and pollen filters are fully integrated into the air intake system. There is also a high-temperature engine cooling system with capabilities of freshwater production.

The Hawk Ranger combines high-end luxury finishes with expert marine craftsmanship to take you on an adventure trip 52 weeks a year. All year round chartering opportunities allow owners to run the yacht as a highly profitable business. Yet, the most significant aspect of the Hawk Ranger is that you can go anywhere on the planet, exploring places rarely seen by mere mortals!

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Tiffany & Co Launches First Engagement Ring Collection in 10 Years

Tiffany & Co has surprised everyone with the first new engagement ring in more than a decade. The iconic American jewellery brand has always been at the forefront of exclusive and luxury jewellery, and the new collection is set to join the legendary Tiffany & Co. The rings feature exquisitely cut diamonds perfectly contoured to maximise their intrinsic brilliance. The contemporary and innovative design is typical of Tiffany and adds a distinctive touch.

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The most prominent engagement ring of the collection must surely be the Tiffany Setting, with its truly unique and unmistakable six-prong setting which has become a universal symbol of love. The Tiffany True enhances this legacy even further providing a novel and new representation of love as we see it today. Its beautiful geometric lines, and its ultra-fine and hand-crafted details combine to make this ring a modern day masterpiece.

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Tiffany was, of course, responsible for the original Tiffany Setting, created in 1886, which has since come to signify the ultimate in love and commitment. The brand new Tiffany True collection is the supreme expression of modern romance, and its unique setting and expertly cut diamond is an engagement ring to die for!it has some neat and subtle touches like its minimal architecture construction and discreet markings on its side. The design, which has become a Tiffany hallmark, allows the diamond to shine through to its brightest and most beautiful. The sizeable diamond is held in place by delicate prongs that blend flawlessly into the very fabric of the diamond, serving to make it look even more brilliant and stunningly pure than it is. The ring comes in 18 carat yellow gold with a yellow diamond, or in platinum with a white diamond.  Both are equally stunning and hit stores in fall 2019 in the USA and worldwide. The Tiffany True joins the elite in lavish style and truly deserves its legendary status.

The 2019 Corvette ZR1

2019 Corvette ZR1 – The Fastest Production Corvette Ever Built

The Corvette has been an iconic car brand for decades, and Chevrolet has taken the mark to a whole new level. The 2019 Corvette ZR1 is a supercar with the highest performance engine, fastest track record and the most advanced technology in Chevrolet’s production history setting a new benchmark. With elegant looks and futuristic aerodynamics, the ZR1’s LT5 6.2L V-8 engine is capable of delivering 52% more displacement than its predecessor, the Z06’s LT4. The new and more efficient intercooled supercharger system is Chevrolet’s first dual-fuel-injection system utilising a primary direct injection and a supplemental port injection. This helps the LT5 achieve its incredibly high performance.

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The interior is entirely focused on the driver with a cockpit including Napa leather-trimmed competition sports seats, which are well vented and heated. There is also a carbon fibre-rimmed steering wheel that adds unmistakable style. Additional features include a Performance Data Recorder, and a top of the range Bose premium audio system.

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The 2019 Corvette has a newly designed front fascia which channels air to boost the propulsion-system. There will be a choice of exteriors like Sebring Orange Tint-coat, which comes with matching orange brake callipers. The signature orange seat belts, interior stitching and bronze aluminium interior trim, set the Corvette apart from its competitors.

The supercar can reach an incredible top speed of 210mph, with options for a seven-speed manual gearbox, or eight-speed paddle-shift racing style automatic transmission. The 2019 Corvette ZR1 exceeds expectations with its newly designed exterior, high-performance engine and interior refinement. It carries on the traditions of the Corvette mark and takes them into the future with this new creation of beauty. With its classic, yet modern design the Corvette ZR1 deserves to stand alongside its illustrious predecessors.

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Tree of Love Claridge’s 2018 Christmas Tree by Diane von Furstenberg

Claridge’s Hotel in London has become a fine purveyor of Christmas with the annual Christmas Tree creation gracing the hotel. This year, the wonderfully gorgeous tree was designed by Diane von Furstenberg, following up last year’s tree that was a marvellous Karl Lagerfeld creation. The Mayfair landmark draws visitors from far and wide, to witness an original and marvellous Christmas tree that is different each year. The 2018 tree captures the wonder and joy of Christmas and has been crafted with intricate details and the artistic flair of the famous fashion designer and frequent guest at Claridge’s.

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The 2018 tree signifies Diane’s intense passion and firm belief in the power of love. With a touch of nature and astrological influences, the tree is a personal statement from the artist to the world. The Christmas Tree stands six metres high and blue tones shine out creating a wintry appearance. Incredibly, the tree has no less than 8,000 hand-painted decorations representing silver leaves, tiny glass spheres and 150 hand-blown beautiful glass hearts. There are also six hand-made, silver-leafed animals. The owl, which represents knowledge and wisdom. There is a horse signifying strength. A dove symbolises peace and a mouse curiosity. The deer represents gentleness and the peacock beauty. They are all originally crafted by hand with intricate detail.

Diane worked closely on the Tree of Love with her long-time friends and collaborators. They include the artistic set designer Stefan Beckman, and the talented artist and illustrator Konstantin Kakanias. Astrologer Shelley von Strunckel added the final touches. They all rose admirably to the challenge and honour of designing a masterpiece that will long be remembered in Claridge’s annual Christmas Tree showcase, with a rare beauty and majestic concoction. The tree winds up to the heavens from its roots and is derived from the universe, encapsulating values such as peace, love, harmony, in-depth knowledge, the truth, freedom, wisdom and enlightenment.

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Porsche Washing Machine – China’s luxury product of the year

Yes, you read that right. A washing machine called Porsche! China is notable for unusual luxury products for the rich and while these tend to take many forms for affluent Chinese to flaunt their wealth, the latest craze is a luxury Porsche washing machine. The Panasonic Alpha Series washing machines are designed by Porsche’s Studio F.A. and have become the latest status symbol in China. Priced at US$2,700, there is no shortage of takers and Panasonic can hardly keep up with demand!

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The Porsche washing machines are just as stylish as the name suggests. Designed rather like a sports car than a home appliance, their uniqueness and beauty have captured the imagination of well-off Chinese, and the luxury washing machine is flying off shelves.

The Porsche designed Panasonic Alpha Series Washing Machine has a sporty look with a mat stainless steel body fully in keeping with the minimalistic approach adopted by the designers at Studio F.A. Porsche. The control buttons are cleverly incorporated into a TFT digital display screen that mimics a sports car’s instrument cluster. There is a useful rotary knob with an on/off button set to its left, and a flushed filling receptacle arranged to the right. The washing machine can be operated by remote control with WiFi, where the detergent can be loaded and temperature set. A text message is sent to remind users that the washing load is ready. The machine sports additional useful features and the design prevents mould from build up without having to keep the washer’s door wide open, allowing for better ventilation.

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The Panasonic Alpha Series Porsche Washing Machine by Studio F.A. is the latest and most unlikely exclusive luxury product of the year in China. Whether the thirst for zany luxury products such as this Porsche washing machine will catch on in Europe or elsewhere is anyone’s guess.

 

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Rosewood Luang Prabang’s New Luxury Resort in China plus Ancient Wonders in Laos – $1,200 a night

Rosewood Luang in China is Prabang’s newest luxury resort and promises a stay like no other. The ancient wonders of Laos are close at hand serving up a cultural bonanza and insight into the rich culture surrounding the area. The Laotian mountains, the stunning Mekong sunset and the eighth wonders of the world combined with the exquisite luxury creating Southeast Asia’s most desirable destination for those into culture, breathtaking landscapes and relaxation. Laos’s former royal capital was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, and it’s not hard to tell why. The quaint and picturesque town is snuggly nestled at the base of the forested mountains that tower over the town and Mekong River.

The luxury resort was created and designed by the renowned American architect Bill Bensley, whose signature style is based on taking a concept and stretching it beyond imagination. His vision was of an early 20th-century Laotian hill station, which is the basis of this innovative resort.

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The Luang Prabang started operations just a few months ago. The Rosewood luxury retreat resort features 23 villas, spacious suites and even tents. All the accommodation options have splendid mountain views and are furnished and decorated individually and uniquely. The resort is a short ten-minute drive from the old village centre and offers easy access to all the beautiful and inspiring destinations dotted around the area.

The resort has been tastefully designed to celebrate the rich culture of the Luang Prabang province and showcase the diversity of the tribes, travellers and explorers who passed through the area leaving their mark. Frenchman Auguste Pavie was such an explorer. In the late 1800s, he actually managed to become the governor of Luang Prabang. The resort celebrates the adventurous travels of many other explorers of note who used the Mekong river in the 1860s.

The resort’s hilltop tents are a throwback to a bygone era. The six tents measure 75 square metres each, and each one is dedicated to one of the tribes that used to live on the location. The tents have an ornate décor, with distinctive ethnic textiles and original antiques. In fact, all the rooms have artifacts and ornaments that tell their own stories and have their own history.

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Piper-Heidsieck Bejewelled Champagne Bottles – US$152,000

Good champagne has always been expensive, but rarely have we seen a bottle with a US$152,000 price tag. Piper-Heidsieck has just launched an extremely rare edition. The prestige cuvée Rare champagne is adorned with hundreds of tiny diamonds meticulously fixed on by hand. The bottle was exclusively designed by French jeweller Mellerio, and it contains vintage champagne from 1997. The champagne is aptly called Rare Le Secret High Jewellery. The bespoke bottles constitute the real value, although the champagne inside is one of the finest.

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Each individual bottle is fastened with a piece of jewellery and features a closure crafted from 24-carat gold. The limited edition champagne bottle has white and yellow gold bands wrapped around the neck. The bottle features gold ribbons that are set with over 500 tiny diamonds. Besides, there is a larger one-carat diamond, a ruby, and an emerald or a sapphire centerpiece. A total of 10 bottles were produced, and they include diamond and sapphire editions for sale in the USA and UK, a diamond version for France, and the other destinations have not yet been disclosed.

The champagne has a hint of sandalwood and yellow fruit, which provides a beautiful blend and wonderful taste. The whole package is housed within a mirrored presentation box. The Piper-Heidsieck bejewelled champagne bottles retail at US$152,000, with the UK versions going on sale at Harrods for £115,000. The value of such fine champagne presented in a diamond encrusted bottle will surely rise due to its limited run and prestigious champagne house Piper-Heidsieck. A collectible and a work of art, it would be a shame to drink the champagne leaving the priceless bottle of Rare Le Secret High Jewellery empty, now wouldn’t it?

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Luxury Doomsday Bunkers in New Zealand – $8 Million

New Zealand is a remote country better known for its sheep, incredible scenery and Lord of the Rings! It also happens to be the destination of choice for millionaires to build luxury, subterranean bunkers. New Zealand offers a favourable tax regime, a remote location and neutrality in the event of war, which are all attractive incentives. Consequently, the island nation of 4.5 million inhabitants has become a hot spot for people plotting a quick escape in the event of a world disaster. If you have the money, the bunker offers a refuge with food and other supplies at the ready.

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It is not just the wealthy. Some bunkers take 300 people at a modest cost of $35,000 each. However, luxurious bunkers are being fabricated in the USA and shipped to undisclosed locations in New Zealand and buried secretly without a trace. The very best materials are used, and they are designed to resist nuclear explosions, extreme weather, and even a Zombie attack! Surveillance cameras show you if the coast is clear before you emerge from the safe cocoon and they are equipped with everything you might need. These deluxe bunkers can cost up to $8 million, and some of them even come with garden rooms, games rooms, and gun practice ranges alongside kitchens, bedrooms, living rooms and bathrooms. They have advanced communication systems, air conditioning and air filtering systems. You get a large amount of imperishable food supplies, medical supplies and even a stash of weapons! The interior is furnished like a modern apartment with all the conveniences and gadgets one could wish for.

Waiting out Armageddon won’t be so bad in a luxurious bunker buried deep underground, equipped with all the things you need to survive in luxury!

LV Crocodile Backpack

The Most Expensive Backpack in the World – Louis Vuitton Crocodilian Leather at US$79,000

Backpacks are generally not associated with luxury, but more commonly suited to living rough, hiking and camping. That did not dissuade Louis Vuitton. This superb looking backpack is made of real crocodile skin and is a high-end fashion item priced at US$79,000. Louis Vuitton bags are legendary, and an unmistakable seal of elegance and quality. Crocodile and alligator skins are generally associated with bags, shoes, boots and wallets. The skin has a distinctive appearance and immediately noticeable.

The world’s most expensive backpack was unveiled in 2018, at the Louis Vuitton Men’s Fall-Winter fashion show. The Crocodilian Leather Backpack blends gracefully with the new collection and was the centrepiece of the extravagant show. It is finished in Titanium grey and crafted from the finest, rare handpicked crocodilian leather. The spirit of the rugged outdoor combines flawlessly with the ultimate in luxury. Embodying a sporty spirit, the backpack is fitted with technical looking, titanium buckles along with a zip. It is padded at the front and rear, and the straps provide a comfortable carry method. The skin is produced by mature animals that are big enough for a seamless pattern. Further compounding the problem, more massive crocs tend to be more aggressive, and it is almost impossible to find one in the wild with perfect skin free of any scratches. Louis Vuitton uses the skins of specially farmed reptiles which are fed on diets that strengthen the skin.

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Luxury accessories are continually being created, and with a market worth US$77 billion a year, you can’t blame Louis Vuitton for trying something new and innovative to add to the long list of luxury accessories. The luxury bag has already carved its name in history as the most expensive backpack in the world. Whether people will actually use while camping or hiking in the wild is anyone’s guess.