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New Year’s ultimate chronographs

January seems like the perfect time for a fresh start and what better way to mark it than with a brand new chronograph? Lay your eyes on these few daring models that are as exquisite as they are mechanically advanced to suit the needs of the modern gentleman. Telling time has never been classier…

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Renowned manufacturer Parmigiani Fleurier has an exciting offer for its loyal customers in the New Year with its first integrated chronograph. The debut of its Tonda Chronor Anniversaire will be making headlines for a while as the timepiece works on multiple levels – not just as a workhorse integrated chronograph movement for the brand. Limited to just 50 pieces, Chronor took six years to develop and is based on a modular construction, with a separate chronograph mechanism sitting on top of one of the company’s automatic base movements. Its idiosyncratic design style shines through in the austere use of interior angles. Price is available on request.

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Another impressive piece comes from IWC Schaffhausen with its new Aquatimer Chronograph Edition “Sharks” that draws attention to the plight of marine animals killed every year. The limited-edition dive watch is accompanied by a copy of TASCHEN’S Sharks by Michael Muller, an extra-large coffee-table book depicting all species of sharks in hundreds of amazing photographs. The watch-and-book combo is marks IWC’s seven-year-old collaboration with the Charles Darwin Foundation. With a sleek grey dial and clean shark motifs in silver – the $12,200-chronogprah comes in a 44 mm stainless-steel case on a black rubber strap with a stainless-steel pin buckle.
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A Guide to the Best of 2016

As 2016 is coming closer and the team behind The Billionaire Shop wishes you Happy Holidays, let’s take a look at the top destinations for gourmet holidays; premium spirits, must-have real estate and exclusive objects that make for amazing gifts that are sure to thrill every connoisseur.

LA’s Newest Tiki Palace

We know buyers with discerning taste and the money to back it up only want the best of the best. And what’s a better way to spend New Year’s Eve than at the brand new and trending LA’s Newest Tiki Palace – a true a Polynesian paradise that is a delightful addition to Clifton’s Pacific Seas restaurant. Another spot worth your attention is just a short flight away in London’s One Aldwych hotel, where Michelin three-star chef Eneko Atxa is treating his guests to mouth-watering delicacies that celebrate modern Basque cuisine. And what better spirit to wash the delicious food down with than the latest edition of Reserva de la Familia extra añejo ($149) – the pinnacle of Jose Cuervo’s tradition?

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And every gentleman who is frequently on the road would want to head over to Louis Vuitton, Loewe and Mark Cross Grace, whose collective efforts can make any trip smoother, smarter, and more stylish with the Louis Vuitton Pégase Légère 55 carry-on for $3,800; Loewe’s briefcase for $2,190 and Mark Cross Grace leather trunk for $8,250.

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If you haven’t yet finished your holiday shopping – one thing you will definitely want on your list is the rare Leonardo da Vinci drawing, which depicts the martyrdom of the early Christian Saint Sebastian, and is the first work by da Vinci to be uncovered in more than 15 years. The sketch is valued at around $15.8 million.

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Framed, it would go perfectly in this spectacular 48,000-square-foot Bel Air Mansion, which is on the marker for $85 million. Located in sunny LA, it is surrounded by a labyrinth of elaborate rose gardens, drawing inspiration from French chateaus and boasts grand ballroom, 70-foot infinity pool, swan pond, a private elevator, spa, and 19 fireplaces. The 100-person courtyard is the ideal setting for a once-in-a-lifetime New Year party.
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The Aerion AS2 supersonic jet

The new 2017 will see supersonic jets a reality with Aerion’s new AS2 model. The company has been developing it for nearly a decade and now the aerospace giant Airbus has joined the team as a partner. Robert Bass, chairman of Aerion, has announced the new jet will be flying by 2019, certified in 2021, and entering service in 2022 but wealthy buyers are already expressing interest in owning one.

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The latest design of the AS2 was revealed in May. The aircraft will be capable of carrying a total of 12 passengers in a 30-foot-long cabin at speeds up to 1,218 mph. With a range objective of 5,450 miles or better – this aircraft is unique in that its high speeds will allow it to bypass the limitation that the United States government imposes on airspeeds above Mach 1 in its airspace. This means passengers of the Aerion enjoy unmatched point-to-point travel times for a civilian jet for the first time ever in international flights. Travel from Chicago to Frankfurt, Germany, nonstop in just over five hours will be made a reality.

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The retail price for the AS2 is expected to be above $100 million – money that business moguls will gladly pay for increased comfort, style and speed. Flight-service provider Flexjet is already the first to have placed an order for 20 examples of the Aerion AS2 supersonic jets with each one priced at $120 million. Called a “potential game changer for business travel.” – the new AS2 will set a new standard of luxury and performance in private travel.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.