Costa Diadema

Costa Diadema

The most extravagant of the Costa fleet, the new Costa Diadema, will sail on its maiden voyage in November 2014 from Venice to Savona. Costa Cruises has invested approximately US$745 million in what will be the largest cruise ship flying an Italian flag. Built by Fincantieri at its Marghera shipyard in Venice, the Costa Diadema is also known as Costa Tiara. It’s the tenth ship to be delivered by Fincanieri to Costa Cruises.

Costa Diadema will be capable of accommodating 4,947 passengers and 1,253 crew members. It is 306m long and 37.2m wide and it features 1,854 cabins. The most impressive attraction of the vessel will be the Samsara spa covering an area of about 7,800m². The interior of the ship is designed by Architect Joseph Farcus. It will carry some 7,874 works of art, including original art, reproductions and silk-screen prints by 41 artists (38 of them Italian).

“The whole project of the ship is based on ‘pure design’ aimed to affect the emotions of every guest. The design philosophy is sophisticated and contemporary. We have been trying to create special designs, which affect the emotions of the guests indicating to them they are sailing in a very special environment created for their leisure and delivering them to the real destination, their dreams,” said Fracus.

Costa Diadema will include 15 bars, three swimming pools (one of them with a retractable roof), a multisports pitch, eight hot tubs, an outdoor jogging track, library, baby pool, restaurants with excellent food and many more. The ship will be equipped with six Wärtsilä 12V46 main engines with an output of 75,600kW and it will set sail for a series of Mediterranean cruises immediately after its inauguration.

Dubai's new $1.5 billion Royal Atlantis Resort

Dubai’s new $1.5 billion Royal Atlantis Resort

Yet another extraordinary resort will be built in Dubai. The Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has approved the construction of a new resort by the Investment Corporation of Dubai. Royal Atlantis resort will cost $1.5 billion and it will be located at the Palm Jumeirah next to the Atlantis resort.

Royal Atlantis will include 800 rooms, suites, 250 luxury hotel apartments, private gardens and infinity pools. The resort will rise to 46 stories on the waterfront and it will also house recreational, entertainment and services facilities. The modernist design of glass and stacked blocks will definitely dominate the Palm skyline. “This next phase of Atlantis, including the luxury residences of The Royal Atlantis, will continue to drive the growth of Dubai forward,” said Al Shaibani. “This investment reaffirms ICD’s commitment to support the long-term growth of our domestic hospitality market, a key pillar and growth sector for the Dubai economy.”

The 800 rooms will offer guests spectacular views of the ocean and the Palm Jumeirah island. Luxury rooms and suites will be built under the supervision of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, while the interiors will be taken car of by MGA Design.

Until they build this magnificent resort you can visit the Atlantis, Dubai hotel resort located at the apex of the Palm Jumeirah. It is themed on the myth of Atlantis and it also includes distinct Arabian elements. This is a very famous hotel in Dubai and one of the most popular among tourist.

Gold Ferrari

Gold Ferrari 458 Spider

Ferrari is well known for its classic red edition, even though we had a chance to see it in some other colors. There’s a new Ferrari whose appearance stands out from the rest and it’s absolutely stunning! It seems that for kickboxing world champion Riyadh Al-Azzawi just buying one of the flashest cars on the market isn’t enough, so he completely wrapped it in gold chrome!

Ferrari 458 Spider wrapped with gold vinyl is powered by a 4.5-litre V8 engine which, located behind the driver, develops a whopping 562bhp. This gives it a 0-62mph time of 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 199mph. The inner rim of the wheels are also painted gold with matte black spokes then featuring alongside yellow Ferrari centre caps.

The car has attracted a lot of attention, which is understandable because you don’t see every day golden cars on the street. Ferrari 458 Spider is worth £200,000 and It’s the convertible version of the popular supercar which is widely regarded as one of the greatest cars built by the Italian firm.

The owner of this car, kickboxing world champion Riyadh al-Azzawi, became Iraq national champion six times and Arabic champion twice, then he moved to the UK and won the British Championship twice, before moving on to claim the European title. This outstanding fighter already has a lot of gold medals and now he also has the gold Ferrari, his new favorite car.

If you have an idea how to make a Ferrari 458 even more unique and extravagant, then check out Ferrari 458 in our shop. There is nothing more beautiful than driving your own wild beast different from everything you can see on a street.

Marlon Brando's South Sea Island Paradise Resort

Marlon Brando’s South Sea Island Paradise Resort

The private island of Tetiaroa is opening a high-end luxury resort called ‘The Brando’. This atoll served as a summer residence for the former chiefs and kings of Tahiti. The Pacific Beachcomber Group has been developing the Brando Resort, in line with the actor’s vision, which aims to be the most luxurious eco-friendly resort on the planet.

Just 30 miles north of Tahiti, the Brando luxury eco-hotel has 35 villas located along the coast of Motu Onetahi (each with extensive views, private beach area and plunge pool), Varua day spa, eco-research station, staff village and private runway. The 2.5-mile-long island is only accessible by private plane. If you want to come there you will have to take a 20-minute flight from Papeete’s Faa’a International Airport. The flight is operated by the island’s exclusive private airline, Air Tetiaroa.

“There is nothing like The Brando in the world, and we look forward to sharing this paradise with our guests and making their stays with us truly memorable and life-enriching,” said the resort’s general manager Silvio Bion.

The island boasts white-sand beaches, swaying coconut palms, exotic birds, and abundant marine life. The resort also offers two gourmet restaurants, two hotel bars, a luxurious overwater spa, an organic fruit orchard, vegetable garden, and an environmental research station.
The actor, who lived on the island for several years, said: ”My mind is always soothed when I imagine myself sitting on my South Sea island at night. If I have my way, Tetiaroa will remain forever a place that reminds Tahitians of who they are and what they were centuries ago.” It was all part of Brando’s vision to transform Tetiaroa into a sustainable resort.

The Polar Star

The Polar Star

The 206.69ft/63 motor yacht was built in 2005 and last refitted in 2011. Polar Star features naval architecture by Lurssen Yachts, exterior design by Espen Oeino, the interior work of Pauline Nunns and it’s built to the highest technical standards. Six stunning levels provide unparalleled interior and exterior deck space.

The yacht is a perfect combination of outstanding ocean-going qualities and ice capabilities with the interior volume and amenities of a luxury superyacht. Its interior layout sleeps up to 12 guests in 6 staterooms, including a master suite, 2 double cabins, 2 twin cabins and convertible cabin. Polar Star has a cruising speed of 12 knots, a maximum speed of 15 knots and a range of 6000nm from her 215000litre fuel tanks. It’s powered by two Caterpillar 3512B engines.

The luxury Polar Star is equipped with a water toys such as Jet Skis, Waverunners, kayaks, a custom-built dive compressor and fishing equipment; all of which is stored in the stern garage. Polar Star completed an extensive refit in 2011 with upgraded AV and IT system, outdoor cinema on the sundeck and new upholstered furniture. There is also a large impressive Jacuzzi.

Polar Star cruises the Mediterranean during the summer charter season and the Caribbean in winter.

Mercedes-benz amg gt revealed

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT revealed

Mercedes-Benz has revealed the new 2016 AMG GT, the second sports car developed entirely in-house by Mercedes-AMG. The combination of unique design and fantastic performances that adorn this car will surely impress many people. The new two-seater becomes the first Mercedes-AMG model which use a new developed V8 direct injection petrol engine.

“With the new Mercedes-AMG GT, we are venturing out into a challenging sports car segment with its top-class competitive field. This is an incentive and motivation for us at the same time to prove to sports car enthusiasts around the world the kind of performance that AMG is capable of,” said Prof Dr Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.

Buyers will be able to choose between a standard GT and more powerful GT S. Both are powered by an all-new 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V-8 that makes 456 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque in the base GT and 503 hp and 479 lb-ft in the GT S. Top speed for the GT S is electronically limited to 193 mph. Depending on the model, there are up to five different driving modes: controlled efficiency, sport, sport plus, individual and race – the latter available exclusively on the GT S.

The car has a long hood and wide rear end and it will be largely made of aluminum. The interior of the car is spotless and it features wide dash, four throw-back air vents and an instrument cluster made up of analog gauges. The center console’s design and materials make the driver feel like a racing driver.

“Breathtaking proportions, powerfully sculpted surfaces and flowing lines turn the new AMG into a contemporary sports car which embodies the spirit of the glorious Mercedes sports cars. The GT is a consummate combination of beauty and intelligence,” said Gorden Wagener, Vice President Design Daimler AG.

IWC Ingenieur Constant-Force Tourbillon

IWC Ingenieur Constant-Force Tourbillon

Ingenieur Constant-Force Tourbillon holds a special place in the IWC Ingenieur family. The watch features a patented constant-force mechanism integrated in a tourbillon. The double moon phases for the northern and southern hemispheres display depicts the surface of the earth’s natural satellite so realistically that even tiny craters can be recognized.

The 94800-calibre basic movement features two barrels. It provides the energy for the higher torque required to drive the constant-force tourbillon and also provides the moon phase module with the necessary power. The double barrel movement has 96 hour power reserve when fully wound. The moon phase module shows the number of days until the next full moon.

The inspiration for the design on the movement side came from a sports car’s engine block. Ingenieur Constant-Force Tourbillon adorns platinum and ceramic case with a black alligator leather strap. The watch has water resistant to 12 bar. The price of this beautiful watch is $290,000.

Since 1868, the IWC has been creating unique high quality watches that are different from others in many ways. Each product family represents a different theme. First watch for the Ingenieur family was launched in 1976. It was legendary Ingenieur SL, Reference 1832, designed by Gérald Genta. In the early 1970s, a diver’s helmet was the main inspiration for this remarkable designer.

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Confederate X132 Hellcat Speedster

Confederate X132 Hellcat Speedster

When we talk about powerful unique motorcycles then the Confederate Motorcycles come as one of the best manufacturers. Now here they are with a new model called the X132 Hellcat Speedster, designed by legendary motorcycle designer Pierre Terblanche.

The spectacular X132 Hellcat Speedster is a perfect fusion of power, strength and beauty. It’s a limited edition of only 65 pieces, each one with a base price of $65,000.

X132 Hellcat Speedster is propelled by a potent 2,163 cc, 56° fuel injected V-Twin engine with 4.4” Bore x 4.4” Stroke. The engine puts out a maximum power of 121 hp and 140 foot pounds of torque. The bike rides on a 18 inch, carbon fiber wheels which are wrapped in front Metzeler ME 880 Marathon 120/70 ZR18 and rear Metzeler Marathon 240/40 VR18 tires. This powerful motorcycle is hand built.

The motorcycle is built from the finest materials including carbon finer and billet aluminium. The three-gallon fuel tank which features a matte clearcoat over carbon fiber is a Confederate-designed piece. The 28-inch high tractor-style leather seat, swept-back handlebars and forward foot controls are designed to offer maximum comfort and safety.

„The X132 Hellcat architectural and engineering expression is contextual and strategic with our inspiration, purpose and culture. Twenty-one years in the making, it is the motorcycle we always wanted to make,“ said H.Matthew Chambers, Founder, Chairman, CEO, Confederate Motors, Inc.

THE MAGNIFICENT RANCHO SAN CARLOS ESTATE ASKING $125 MILLION

The magnificent Rancho San Carlos estate asking $125 million

A once-in-a-lifetime estate, has been nearly 100 years under the ownership of one family. Rancho San Carlos estate was designed by noted architect Reginald Johnson in 1931 with an approx. 29,483-sq.ft. exquisite main residence comprised of over 30 rooms. This unique property boasts a prestigious historical significance and exceptional architecture.

Rancho San Carlos, an approx. 237-acre estate property, has magnificent views of the surrounding mountains and ocean. It features 11 homes on the property, a small office building, horse facilities, and about 100 acres of citrus and avocado orchards. The tower office is accessible only from the master suite by an exterior staircase.

The house has an English-style pub downstairs, accessed by a hidden door, and below the pub is an underground badminton court with an observation gallery. The equestrian facilities include two stables, a 10-stall round barn built in 1928, an 11-stall wood-and-stucco barn, and an 11,250-square-foot covered riding arena built in 1930. Inside the massive house are crystal chandeliers, hand-painted murals in the bedrooms and oak-paneled formal rooms.

The extensive property was built for a rancher and property investor named Charles H. Jackson Jr. and his wife Ann, who bought the estate together back in the ‘20s. One of the listing agents, Suzanne Perkins, confirms that this is the most expensive property ever in Montecito.

The new Piaggio Aero Avanti EVO

The new Piaggio Aero Avanti EVO

The Italian-built Piaggio Avanti II twin, also known as Avanti Evo, is a new futuristic and the world’s fastest twin-turbo prop aircraft. It was launched at EBACE 2014 which was held in Geneva, Switzerland. The new evolution of an aviation legend brings more speed and more luxury.

Avanti Evo can reach speeds of up to 460 miles per hour an it’s the fastest twin turboprop in production. Five-blade Hartzell scimitar propellers and winglets add efficiency and extend the plane’s range to 1,980 miles. It features VIP seats finished by the luxury outfitter Poltrona Frau and can seat nine passengers. The cabin measures 5ft 9in (1.75m) high and 6ft 1in (1.85m) wide. A new performance package includes a innovative winglets, redesigned nacelles, reshaped front wing and new five-blade scimitar propellers.

“The new Avanti Evo represents excellence and provides everything business aviation requires to meet the increasing demands on time that prevail today,” said Alberto Galassi, chairman of Piaggio Aero Industries.

The new propellers help reduce cabin noise by 20 percent and external noise by 68 percent. The design is truly unusual and contains a lot of futuristic notes, representing the Italian brand in the best possible way. In the cockpit, which can be managed by a crew of one or two pilots, is the powerful Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite. There are also three large and easily readable Adaptive Flight Displays (configurable as PFD and MFD), twin control panels, a convenient cursor control panel, an Integrated Avionics Processor System, and four Data Concentrator Units (DCU).

The fully equipped Avanti Evo is priced at around $7.4 million. First delivery is scheduled for October. For more information about other outstanding aircrafts, check out our shop.