The Grieb & Benzinger Blue Merit

The Grieb & Benzinger Blue Merit

Grieb & Benzinger make their luxury project watches out of historical movements such as a 100 year old Patek Philippe minute repeater of split second chronograph. This year they proudly presents its new masterpiece based on the famous Tourbillon Pour le Mérite by A. Lange & Söhne. It took twelve months to transform the original timepiece into the magnificent Blue Merit.

The Blue Merit boasts extremely high level of breathtaking details, making it very rare piece of art. The watch uses a new platinum case that is 41 mm wide. Every single element was skeletonised by hand, guilloché by hand and coated with rhodium and rose gold. The A. Lange & Söhne Tourbillon Pour le Mérite was only in production from 1994 until 1998 and there are just 200 examples of this famous watch (50 pieces in platinum, 106 pieces in yellow gold, 19 pieces in white gold, 24 pieces in rose gold, and one single stainless steel piece).

“A. Lange & Söhne is a strong symbol of a reunited Germany and remains a brand that leads the way here in our country and in the luxury watch industry at large,” said Georg Bartkowiak, a partner at Grieb & Benzinger. “And within that framework, this watch is representative of its remarkable comeback. It was very important to Hermann [Grieb], Jochen [Benzinger], and I to make sure this amazing homage is absolutely perfect in every single detail.”

The Blue Merit in platinum is matched to a blue alligator strap and is a one off piece with the price tag of US$ 530,000.

Ferrari 458 Speciale A

Ferrari 458 Speciale A

One of the most important shows in the automotive calendar is for sure the Paris Motor Show or Mondial de l’Automobile. This is the event where you can see many world debuts for both production cars and concept vehicles. Some of the best cars presented at this year’s Paris Motor Show were Bentley Mulsanne Speed, Maserati Alfieri, Lamborghini Asterion, Volkswagen XL Sport and Infiniti Q80 Inspiration.

Ferrari also chose to present new supercar at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Ferrari 458 Speciale A is the most powerful convertible ever produced by the Italian manufacturer. Talking about its name we have to mention the additional A which comes from the Italian word Aperta, meaning “open.” Ferrari 458 Speciale A will be produced in a limited edition of 499 units.
Ferrari Speciale A boasts 597bhp at 9000rpm and 398lb ft of torque at 6000rpm. Powered by a 605hp V8, the car rockets from 0 to 100km/h in just 3 seconds. The retractable hard top retracts and deploys in just 14 seconds.

The car was presented in a yellow body with a Blue Nart and Bianco Avus stripe running from nose to tail, an homage to Luigi Chinetti’s legendary American racing team which won many endurance classics in the 1960s in Ferraris. The cockpit has a matching yellow color for the seats along with Alcantara, and the door panels, center tunnel and tread plates will be covered in blue carbon fiber.

Cessna Citation CJ3+

Cessna Citation CJ3+

A latest offering from Cessna is an upgrade to the CJ3 with a new avionics system and increased range capabilities. The new CJ3+ will be equipped with Garmin’s most advanced flight deck, the G3000 touch-screen avionics suite. The model was announced in March and had its fist light in July. Now the CJ3+ is ready for deliveries.

The new light-jet model seats up to nine passengers (it includes two pilot seats, six main cabin seats, and one belted potty). Cessna installed the new M2-style seats in the CJ3+, giving the cabin a more modern look. It flies up to 2,070 miles nonstop and it’s driven by two Williams International Fj44-3A turbofan engines. The CJ3+ travels at cruise speed of up to 416 mph and will carry up to a half ton of baggage. The G3000 avionics suite includes turbulence detecting weather radar, TCAS II, advanced Terrain Awareness Warning Systems (TAWS), and automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) capabilities.

“The CJ3+ incorporates the latest in technology for the cockpit and for the passenger cabin which is exactly what the customer has asked us to do, and that has always been a hallmark of Cessna’s new product innovations,” said Chris Hearne , vice president, Jets.

With new interior, a redesigned cabin and a G3000 cockpit, the CJ3+ sells for about $8.44 million.

The Waldorf Astoria sold for $1.95 billion

The Waldorf Astoria sold for $1.95 billion

Hilton Worldwide is selling its famously called “the greatest of them all”, the Waldorf Astoria hotel, to Chinese insurance company Anbang Insurance Group Co. for $1.95 billion. This definitely put the Waldorf Astoria on a list of most expensive hotel ever sold in the U.S.

The Waldorf Astoria New York, on Park Avenue in Manhattan opened in 1931. At the time it was the tallest and largest hotel in the world. As part of the deal, Hilton will continue to operate the property for 100 years and the hotel will undergo a major renovation. The iconic hotel was featured in a 1945 film staring Ginger Rogers called “Week-end at the Waldorf,” and it features the most elite New York’s restaurants such as Peacock Alley, Bull and Bear Prime Steakhouse and Oscar’s. Its $1,000-per-week Suite 2728 was home to Marilyn Monroe in 1955 after she left behind her troubled life in Hollywood.

“This relationship represents a unique opportunity for our organizations to work together to finally maximize the full value of this iconic asset on a full city block in Midtown Manhattan,” said Christopher J. Nassetta, president and chief executive of Hilton Worldwide.

Designed by Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, the first 13-story Waldorf Hotel was opened on March 1893 at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 33rd Street, on the site where millionaire developer William Waldorf Astor had his mansion.

Maserati MC12

Maserati MC12

James Edition added a stunning Maserati MC12 for sale. Finished in the distinctive two-tone white and blue, this powerful two-seater costs €1.3 million. Worldwide has been only 50 cars ever build. The car entered production in 2004 with 25 cars produced. This unique 2007 Maserati MC12 has run only 560 miles.

The MC12 exceeded 205 mph at full throttle, sprinting from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.8 seconds. The car is powered by a Ferrari Enzo derived 6.0 litre V12 coupled to a 6 speed paddle-shift transmission. Maserati designed and built the car on the chassis of the Enzo Ferrari. Compared with the Enzo Ferrari which can reach the top speed of 350 kilometers per hour (217.5 mph), the MC12 is slightly different with a top speed of 330 kilometers per hour (205 mph). The MC12 competed in the FIA GT toward the end of the 2004 season, winning the race held at the Zhuhai International Circuit.

The interior of the car is also very unique and it features a mix of gel-coated carbon fiber, blue leather and silver “Brightex”. The body of the car is made of carbon fibre. It has 480 millimetre (19 in) wheels with a width of 230 millimetres (9 in) at the front and 330 millimetres (13 in) at the rear. This a great opportunity to become the owner of this celestial car, which looks fantastic and represents one of the most remarkable Maserati’s achievements.

Historic Villa Maria Estate in Water Mill

Historic Villa Maria Estate in Water Mill

Villa Maria in Water Mill, New York was built as a private residence in 1887. This magnificent waterfront estate has glorious views of Mecox Bay. The present owners purchased this spectacular property in 2005 and began a 6-year project to restore the home into a splendid 21st century estate.

Frank Freeman transformed the house-it doubled in size, and acquired a large living wing, two story staircase in a grand entrance hall, and added leafy stone capitals copied from an ancient Greek clock tower and a ballroom crowned by deep coffers. The property is listed for sale and the asking price is $69 million. The residence is offered on 11 acres with a waterside pool, pool cabana, tennis court and a wonderful two-bedroom guesthouse.

The residence has been expanded to 22,000 square feet, with 11 bedrooms- including a glorious 6-room master suite, with a custom marble tub in the master bathroom. Villa Maria also features a handmade stone and wrought iron staircase and a stunning 60 foot living room with original fresco details.

“The idea was restrained elegance—to modernize the house completely but without touch screens everywhere,” says the architect Andre Tchelistcheff, who has worked for four years on the restoration of this beautiful estate. There is also a large stone terrace overlooking the wide lawn and bay.

Montblanc Metamorphosis II

Montblanc Metamorphosis II

Montblanc is a German manufacturer of writing instruments, watches, jewellery and leather goods, founded by the stationer Claus-Johannes Voss, the banker Alfred Nehemias and the engineer August Eberstein in 1906. The rich history of outstanding products stands behind this well-known company. Recently the Montblanc has presented a new version of its famed two-faced timekeeper named Metamorphosis.

Originally launched in 2010 as the first of the Timewriter Metamorphosis, it was the world’s first wrist watch that comprised overlaid dials, which open majestically like a theatre curtain. The Metamorphosis II took four years to develop, and now here it is finally as a limited edition of 18 pieces in 18K red gold. One face of the watch shows the time and date while the other acts as a chronograph. The transformation takes just five seconds!

There are two lowered silvered sub-dials on the face. Once the wearer pulls the slide a change occurs on the face. The center of the dial remains the same but the changes actually happen at top and bottom of the dial where the appearance of the sub-counters is completely changed. It is an enormously complex module built on the MB 67.40 chronograph movement. 494 movement’s constituent parts of 746 are for the transforming mechanism.

Crafted entirely by hand, Metamorphosis II is pure piece of art. The watch has a 52 mm round case which is compensated with a curved profile. The Metamorphosis II is priced at 404,800 Singapore dollars, equivalent to US$317,000.

Riva 50-Meter, 1st of New Custom Megayacht Range

Riva 50-Meter, 1st of New Custom Megayacht Range

The iconic brand of Riva has announced plans to build a new 50 meter superyacht. The previous largest Riva was the 122ft Mythos, which was launched three months ago, but the new Riva with 164-footer will become the new king of the sea. The first 50-meter yacht by Riva will be built in the Group’s shipyards in Ancona.

“Carlo Riva’s idea to build large yachts is finally turning into reality. Riva is ready to step into this market segment as a leader,” said Alberto Galassi, CEO of Ferretti Group.

Riva 50-meter will contain steel hulls and aluminum superstructures. It will be a displacement yacht with 4 decks, with luxurious accommodation for up to twelve guests, as well as 9 crew. The crew will have a dedicated stairway leading up to the main-deck galley and farther up to the wheelhouse. The sun deck will feature freestanding seats plus a Jacuzzi while the aft area on the lower deck will feature a real beach club, a cocktail bar and an indoor living room.

Power will come from either twin CAT C32s or a pair of MAN D2862 LE 466 engines. Both are capable of pushing the yacht to a maximum speed of 15 knots and a cruising speed of 14 knots and she will have a range of 3,800 nm at 11 knots. Besides this project Ferretti also plans to introduce a 68-meter yacht, before continuing up to a maximum length of 100m.

Bell Unveils Its Next-Generation Jet Ranger Helicopter

Bell Unveils Its Next-Generation Jet Ranger Helicopter

Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. Company, has unveiled new Bell 505 Jet Ranger X helicopter. The company has secured contracts to supply 14 505 Jet Ranger X helicopters to a number of customers in the African region. The helicopter has a bigger cabin, flat floor, double doors, and it’s designed to fully meet requirements of a user.

Bell 505 Jet Ranger X will be powered by a new Turbomeca Arrius 2R engine with dual channel full-authority digital engine control and it will be equipped with the Garmin G1000H Integrated Avionics Suite. It will feature a load capacity of 1,500 pounds, speeds of up to 144 mph, and a cruising range of more than 400 miles.

“We are thrilled to celebrate our 25th year representing Bell Helicopter and nothing could be more fitting in celebration than to introduce the Bell 505 JRX to our market at AAD,” said Martin Banner, chief executive officer of NAC. “The Bell 505 has undoubtedly been the star of the show and its reception has been remarkable. We look forward to many more years of partnership and success with Bell Helicopter particularly as they continue to roll out their exciting new commercial products like the JRX and the Bell 525 Relentless.”

Bell 505 Jet Ranger X can seat up to four passengers and one pilot. A fully loaded Jet Ranger X with a corporate configuration sells for about $1.3 million. The helicopters have been purchased primarily by private pilots and enthusiasts. Available options for interior and exterior allow you to make your aircraft totally unique.

Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4

Lamborghini Asterion LPI 910-4 Concept Launched

Last week, Lamborghini introduced their newest hybrid super car called Asterion LPI 910-4. They named it after a Greek mythological creature, the “LP” stands for “longitudinal posterior,” while the “910-4″ refers to its combined horsepower and all-wheel-drive train.

The Asterion LPI 910-4 starts with a 5.2-liter, naturally aspirated V-10 engine that outputs a stated 610-horsepower and 413 pound-feet of torque and adds a trio of electric motors. Total power when all of the electric motors and the V-10 are working in concert is stated at 910 horsepower. The Asterion LPI 910-4 can reach 62 mph in three seconds flat and a top speed of 199 miles per hour. But it can also drive on electric power alone –for 50km anyway and at speeds of up to 125km/h.

“Lamborghini continues to focus on weight reduction as a means to reducing CO2, for example through the investment in carbon fiber engineering, which also contributes to our quest for the best super sports car handling and performance.”

“To significantly reduce emissions on a car in this moment however, plug-in electrification is the best option for us, because for Lamborghini such a car must still provide a truly emotional driving experience,” said Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini.

The design of the car is very powerful and its curved nose evokes memories of the Miura and 400GT.