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The AeroGT- a 190 MPH Concept Car

Bell & Ross’s Bruno Belamich introduces head-turning utilitarian design from elements of fantasy in the light of New Year. The AeroGT concept car is no ordinary vehicle. With its ultra-low 43-inch profile, the carbon-fiber sports car is projected to cruise at 190 mph and combine futuristic design and uncompromising performance. The model is also unconventional in another aspect: created by a watch designer – it will serve as an inspiration for a couple of new timepieces.

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Bruno Belamich has a strong background in horology and his initiation into automobile making marks the beginning of a daring new venture. His brand, Bell & Ross has always had a connection to high-speed vehicles – having collaborate with Sinn Uhren—a German manufacturer specializing in chronographs for pilots. The Aero GT, will be a sharkfin-style V8 “designed to hold its own amongst automotive professionals”. The 4.7m long car will weight 1,320kg and pack a 4.2l V8 engine with 610 horsepower.

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Of course, the project is still in its initial stages and can undergo a lot of modifications before seeing the light of day but for the time being – it has more than a hint of aviation in its inception: the car features a number of stylistic elements derived from fast jets, including aerodynamic “canard”-style wing mirrors, a vertical tail fin and – within the cabin – a “pitot tube”, used in aviation to measure high speeds. Belamich himself describes the car as “an amalgamation of an aircraft and a GT”, which is sure to interest wealthy buyers as a first.

Christmas whiskey

A Selection of Christmas Whiskeys

It’s hard to imagine in the winter holiday season without the smooth goodness of these single-malt treats. Even today, most single malts are not that prevalent on the market but this is starting to change. One of the best-selling blends in the world is Dewar’s White Label. It relies on a combination of more than 40 single malts along with grain whisky. Among those 40-plus are five owned by John Dewar & Sons. One of those, Aberfeldy, has ever been widely available as a single malt. All five have just been released as single malts, each getting its turn in the spotlight.

Another first placeholder is Craigellachie, currently available in 13- and 23-year-old expressions (priced at $55 and $280, respectively), is an interesting offer. It’s been around since the 1890s (although it’s been used almost exclusively in blends until now), and it continues to be made the same way. It’s one of the only whiskies that malts (cooks). Connoisseurs are treated to a tangy, fruity, slightly sulphuric flavour that has been described by many as “meaty.” Both expressions are unlike anything else on the market.

The Woodford Reserve Brandy Cask Finish is an atypical whiskey (priced at $100)—it cannot legally be called bourbon but it contains various elements that influence a bourbon’s character. Although it starts out as a fully mature Woodford Reserve bourbon it is then finished for almost two years in brandy casks. The result is a smooth bouquet of apple pie, crisp caramel, and dried fruit, all wrapped in a delicate veil of vanilla and maple.

Chopard

Chopard’s Most Collectible Watch

Chopard has always been known for chasing after impossible standards of perfection and timeless minimalism and the new L.U.C. Full Strike minute repeater is a living proof of that. It is not so common that technology and architectural design come together in a marriage of complementing opposites that create a unique object of art.

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Horological connoisseurs will be thrilled with this bold and innovative minute repeater. The L.U.C. Full Strike is a rare watch of exemplary design. Its acoustic qualities make it one of the three best-sounding repeaters created during the last decade. It is capable of producing crisp and clear sounds with both richness and intensity. The gongs are made of sapphire—the same material that forms the upper crystal itself, which helps to enhance the sound.

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The acoustic potential of the crystalline material is immediately made apparent to the true connoisseur. Through innovative design Chopard has managed to simplify the mechanism behind the movement without compromising the harmony of the sub-frequencies produced by metal-on-metal contact in the case and movement. A detailed glimpse of the case reveals an elaborate series of safety systems that protect the movement and smooth the operation of the strike mechanism. The openwork format of the case works well with the architectural design of the piece, which along its sound qualities and idea-based achievement easily make the Full Strike the most collectible watch Chopard has ever built.

Price is available on request, although recommended retail price is around $261,715.

Bel Air Mansion

35,000-Square-Foot Bel Air Mansion for $85 Million

A luxurious 35,000-Square-Foot Bel Air Mansion hit the market for $85 Million. Surrounded by a labyrinth of eight rose gardens with exquisite fountains and sculptures, Le Belvédère is revered as one of the most memorable estates in Bel Air. The Southern California mansion is inspired by a French chateau and decorated generously throughout with ornate chandeliers, 14 elaborately carved fireplaces, and painted ceilings. It is a residence that is the very epitome of old-world opulence.

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The main level boasts a grand entrance with a curved staircase and chandelier, both formal and informal living and dining rooms, a kitchen, powder rooms, and an office with built-in bookshelves and a fireplace. The lower level was designed as the ultimate entertaining zone and comprises a 5,000-bottle wine cellar, a Turkish hammam, a gym, a game room, a movie theater, and even a grand ballroom with room for up to 250 guests. The upper levels house a master suite with his-and-her bathrooms and dressing rooms, an office, and an outdoor terrace.

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On the outside grounds guests can lounge by the 70-foot infinity pool, dine in the 100-person courtyard, or stroll by a private swan pond located near the motor court entrance. Other amenities include a 12-person spa, an alfresco dining area, and a kitchen with a pizza oven in the pool pavilion.

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The home last sold in 2010 for $50 million, becoming the most expensive sale in the United States at the time is now on the market for $85 million, making it the ultimate interest for the wealthy buyer who is looking for a blend of superb design, comfort and old-world opulence.

50th Anniversary

Christie’s Wine Department Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Auction

Half a century after it came to be, Christie’s wine department is commemorating the memorable occasion with an exclusive event – Finest Wines and Spirits: The 50th Anniversary Sale. Taking place at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City on December 9, the wine auction highlights a number of covetable vintages that make the brand so well-known amongst connoisseurs. One of the most-anticipated offers is the Rémy Martin Louis XIII Black Pearl, a luxurious blend created from eaux-de-vies and aged for up to a century in a Limousin oak barrel known as a tierçon. Sheathed in a hand-blown Baccarat crystal decanter, the one-of-a-kind champagne can reach a price of $65,000 per bottle – well worth its palatable and smooth taste.

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Another anticipated item is the Blade and Bow Single Barrel 24-Year-Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The rare bourbon collection consists of 34 bottles with one empty whiskey barrel per lot, and is estimated to sell for between $24,000 and $35,000. The liquor line includes Château Cheval-Blanc 1982 (prices between $6,500 and $8,500), the Macallan 50-Year-Old Anniversary Malt 1928 (priced at $35,000 to $45,000), and the Petrus 1990 (at $30,000 to $40,000).

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Whiskey aficionados will appreciate these one-of-a-kind collectable pieces that make bourbon history Distilled and aged by some of the most sought after brands in the world, these rare blends are in a class of their own when it comes to texture, taste and quality. All proceeds from the sale will benefit Robin Hood, New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization.

Seven-Story Mansion

A stunning Seven-Story Mansion in New York

The City That Never Sleeps is inviting wealthy buyers to tap into another exclusive real estate resource that is sure to satisfy even the most discerning of tastes! A fabulous seven-story townhouse located at 357 West 17th Street solves that issue of space in the bustling metropolis resoundingly. Situated in the prestigious West Chelsea Arts District, the 11,000-square-foot abode comprises five bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. Decorated in muted shades of brown and grey with rich accents such as Swarovski crystals and a chandelier canopy of stars gives this urban haven a homey yet chic aesthetic.

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The expansive living room comes with an austere gas fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the city. A nearby glass-walled terrace offers plenty of space for more than a dozen guests. Every aspiring chef is sure to appreciate the kitchen – equipped with two enormous islands, two ovens, two refrigerators, and two freezers. The temperature-controlled, brick-lined wine cellar can hold up to 400 bottles of the finest wines and palatable whiskeys.

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Spread across an entire floor, the opulent master suite boasts a show-stopping headboard, a built-in television, and full-size windows. An exquisite flower mosaic serves as the focal point to the his-and-her bathrooms. The floor’s amenities go on to include sitting lounges, a powder room, and a kitchenette.

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The cellar level is equipped with a soundproof movie theater with stadium seating, 3D projection, and THX Dolby surround sound. There is also a swimming pool, sauna, and fitness center for additional opportunities for R&R. Outside areas include a garden, an al fresco dining space, and a rooftop deck that overlooks the iconic city skyline. The home can be purchased furnished for an additional price, but is on the market for $36.8 million.

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Exquisite New Jewelry from Borgo and Tiffany

As the holidays are drawing nearer and it’s the time for presents – nothing can bring more joy than the exquisite new collection, which is the result of the joint efforts of Tiffany and creative designer Eddie Borgo.

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The seven-piece capsule jewelry collection of the first-time designer is inspired by the arresting, lifelike sculptures by the artist and socialite Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. Borgo rose to fame on the jewelry scene in 2010 for his striking, edgy bracelets, rings, and earrings. For this new collection, Borgo has partnered with established jewelry house Tiffany for more organic, sinewy lines. “I was attempting to achieve a mixture of both traditional and non-traditional metalsmithing techniques, where structured forms became draped in fluid metal,” explains Borgo.

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One of the collection’s signature pieces is a lowing 18-karat-gold collar necklace with pearl pendant. The drape creates the illusion of soft flowing fabric while the pearl creates the illusion of weight. This conveys a sense of balance. The seven designs in the capsule collection range in price from $600 to $12,500. The Tiffany x Eddie Borgo ring available in 18k gold with a freshwater pearl is retailing for $3,250 and the Tiffany x Eddie Borgo bracelet in 18k gold is available for $7,500. Both of these pieces would make a great gift to any woman for a special occasion as they bring together the best of two worlds – Tiffany’s sense of ethereal style and class and Borgo’s modern interpretation of form and function.

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A customizable Bell 525 Relentless helicopter

Flying in style just got a whole new meaning with the debut of Bell 525 Relentless helicopter – a rich man’s very own way to put his signature on this luxurious toy. MAGnificent teams up with Mecaer Aviation Group to bring clients with discerning taste the Bell 525 Relentless twin helicopter. Unveiled as a full-size mock-up at the Monaco Yacht Show in September, it boasts a highly customizable interior, which allows each owner to create a one-of-a-kind cabin. Customers can personalize the high-end helicopter’s from start to finish by choosing from a variety of layouts, seating configurations, and luxurious furnishings.

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When it comes to technology – the Bell 525 doesn’t disappoint either with a host of on-board features that guarantee a VIP flight. The elegant entertainment lounge showcases working Wi-Fi, maps, audio/video, and light controls can be conveniently controlled by paired smart devices or smartwatches. The window controls switch from clear to full tint and are also controlled by smart devices or smartwatches. There is an integrated Speech Interference Level Enhanced Noise System (SILENS) interior panel that makes the interior remarkably quiet. And there’s plenty of room for baggage in several strategically located storage cabinets that retract into the console. Prices for the Bell 525 Relentless are available upon request.

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The 525 Relentless is the first commercial helicopter with a fly-by-wire cockpit, sidestick controls and a fully integrated touchscreen Garmin flight deck. Cruising speeds are up to 178 mph and fly up to 575 miles nonstop. Deliveries are expected to start next year.

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The Perfect villas for a winter getaway

As winter is tightening its grip on the Northern Hemisphere – there are many warm and sunny places that beckon travellers to visit them. From the Caribbean to the South Pacific – here a few luxurious places that are a private jet flight away.

Musha Cay – Bahamas

Musha Cay – Bahamas

David Copperfield’s very own Caribbean paradise, Musha Cay boasts 11 private islands with 40 pristine white-sand beaches. Guests stay on the main island in five state-of-the-art estates and enjoy such amenities as three glass-bottom docks and a fleet of watercraft vessels. Activities include treasure hunts and fireworks displays. Prices start from $39,000 per night for a maximum of 12 guests, all inclusive).

Qualia – Hamilton Island, Australia

Qualia – Hamilton

Enjoy the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef with Qualia. The ultimate Australian getaway comprises 60 hillside pavilions nestled among eucalyptus trees above the Coral Sea. The resort’s 30 acres include a private beach, where guests enjoy golfing, snorkeling, and sailing. Prices vary between $866 and $4,528 depending on season andavailability.

Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa – Riviera Maya, Mexico

Belmond Maroma Resort & Spa

This classic Yucatán Peninsula hideaway features 63 thatch-roofed bungalows on a prime stretch of white powdery sand. The resort’s ocean-view restaurant serves exceptional Mexican cuisine and its spa offers treatments based on Mayan healing rituals. Prices are between$765 and $2,575.

 Four Seasons Resort Langkawi – Langkawi, Malaysia

Four Seasons Resort Langkawi

The Four Seasons Resort Langkawi exhibits 91 Moorish-style pavilions and villas that are set within 48 acres of lush gardens and jungle. Open plan rooms with soaring ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, and expansive verandas create a laid-back modern ambiance. The property’s primary attraction is the broad sandy beach that leads to the translucent aquamarine Andaman Sea. Guests can book stays for prices of $600 to $10,600 a night.

REBEL 47

14M LUXURY RIB SACS REBEL 47 BY CHRISTIAN GRANDE

Christian Grande has teamed up once again with SACS for the design of – a revolution in the world of RIBs. Rebel 47 exhibits a high level of technological innovation, maintaining all the qualities. The luxurious vessel benefits from increased and improved living space, making it a fine example of a family of innovative and unique boats.

Its D-shaped solid tubes are not inflated but manufactured using of a state-of-the-art composition of moldable foams and hi-tech anti collision plastics material, sheathed in Neoprene Hypalon. The boat’s sculpted design alongside its improved hydrodynamics assures all the positive attributes of conventional tubes–like. The end result being an unbeatable durability along with a unique dry ride plus improved stability during navigation.

Christian Grande Designs New 14m Luxury Rib Sacs Rebel 47

Rebel 47 is extremely versatile and will be offered in two different configurations. One as “protected version” and the other one as “Mediterranean” with a classic all-in-line layout. The first version will combine the high ship sides together with the wide “U shaped” windshield, allowing guests on board to stay in the living space as they would in a limousine. The swimming platform is passed by the wide aft sunbed, giving guests seamless unrestricted access into the cockpit.

Travel is made all the more comfortable thanks to an indispensable wet bar, welcoming upholstery ice maker, fridges and even a cooktop. The overall vibe of the Rebel 47 is of an elegant, functional and modern vessel– promising to live unforgettable moments.

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The lower deck boasts a unique height in its category, creating a really refined environment. A super queen size bed welcomes the guests on the bow in the elegant and well-designed owner dinette-room. There is a second double cabin on the stern, a contemporary bathroom with a rain-shower and a separate WC complete the internal spaces.