Luxury residence

Britain’s most over-the-top homes for sale

Britain’s long been a top destination for the wealthy who look for a combination of value, location and the clear theme that connects them: expense.

The most-viewed properties of 2016 have a price tag of more than £600,000 and most cost at least £1million, with the most expensive at almost £12million.

A five bedroom maisonette in London’s prestigious South Kensington is on the market for £7,950,000. Situated on one of the most expensive roads in the country – London’s Victoria Road, dubbed Billionaire’s row, the property is the epitome of modern urban style and lavish aesthetics. It is bright and beautifully designed with high ceilings, wooden floors and large windows.

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Another favourite location the wealthy are flocking to is London’s Highgate burrow, where a seven bedroom new build is available for £11,750,000. It boasts biometric locks that use fingerprint technology to gain access in its state-of-the-art security system. French-polished panelled doors are made of American black walnut and complete the look of the property. In total there are five bedrooms and five en-suite bathrooms as well as a large study, kitchen and living room areas.

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£3.75M buys you a spectacular seven bedroom detached house in Bolton. Built to resemble a traditional Georgian manor house, the property comes with a large swimming pool and Jacuzzi in the lower ground floor indoor leisure area. In addition to this the large garden at the back of the house is shaped to accommodate a football pitch.

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The design of Knowsley Manor incorporates wooden beams and staircases, expansive floor-to-ceiling windows and traditional fireplaces to recreate the ambiance of Southern living.

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Electromechanical watches reshaping haute horlogerie

Watches that combine electronics with mechanics is shaping up to be the latest trend on the haut horological scene, where timeless style and understated elegance are the epitome of luxury and refined taste.

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Renowned Swiss manufacturers are beginning to discover the charm of combining traditional mechanical timepieces with the modern, simpler quartz movement. The end result is a powerful amalgam of fine horological mastery and innovative simplicity that produces pieces that balance on past trends and present mechanics. A fine example comes from the well-known house Urwerk with their titanium and steel EMC Black watch on crocodile strap for £100,000. Fully mechanical in its functions, the new EMC also features a tiny integrated circuit board and a minute optical sensor above the balance that can measure the frequency. The wearer can use this feature to check on the isochronism and adjust the rate by turning a small screw on the caseback. The electrical power is mechanically generated thanks to a Lilliputian hand crank set into the side of the watch.

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European Maison Piaget has come up with a white gold Emperador Coussin XL 700P watch on alligator strap for the more modest £56,500. The piece celebrates the brand’s first in-house quartz calibre. Another offer comes from Van Cleef & Arpels in white gold and enamel in the form of the Midnight Nuit Lumineuse watch on alligator strap, whose price is available on request. Jewelry and horology come together to evoke light and enhance the features of the powerful pieces that keep within the boundaries of the mechanical movement.

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5 best whiskies for every whisky lover

The high-end world of fine dining is excitedly looking forward to a host of new releases from Scotland to Seattle in the form of spicy or sweet, smoky or fruity rich whiskey blends. Connoisseurs will be thrilled with the 5 best whiskies this fall.

1. Ardbeg Twenty One Single Malt Scotch Whiskey

Ardbeg Twenty One Single Malt Scotch Whiskey

Ardbeg Twenty One (at $500 per bottle) is a nod to simpler times. Distilled in 1993 and ’94, it is entirely aged in former bourbon barrels. The flavour is bursting with vanilla and tropical fruit notes (coconut, banana, hints of mango, and pineapple), along with buttery biscuit undertone. All of that is beautifully balanced with peat and smoke, cementing the status of this whiskey as one of Islay’s most historic treasures.

2. 2016 Old Forester 15th Anniversary Birthday Bourbon

2016 Old Forester 15th Anniversary Birthday Bourbon

Barrelled on June 4, 2004, and bottled this year, this year’s edition is one of the better bourbons in this (mostly) distinguished series. With rich, sweet, and just a touch bitter, it is full of caramel and candied orange peel. A long and savoury experience -it will set you back $80 a bottle to enjoy the he oak and peppery spice start coming through, and the dry and sweet mingle on the finish.

3. Westland Distillery Garryana American Malt Whiskey

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As one of the pioneers of the burgeoning American malt whiskey scene, their latest release is limited to 2,500 bottles and is the first in what Westland is calling the “Native Oak Series”. Generous notes of honey, cherries, and dark chocolate complement wisps of smoke, before a long, tobacco-and-leather finish. The smooth blend is priced at $125 per bottle.

4. Lagavulin 25-Year-Old

Lagavulin 25-Year-Old

At $1,200 per bottle Lagavulin promises (and delivers) extremely smooth and pleasurable notes amplified and rounded out by the extra time in wood for its limited edition whiskey. The gentle finish will make novices shudder and aficionados sigh with delight.

5. Glencadam 25-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch Whiskey

Westland Distillery Garryana American Malt Whiskey

The limited-edition 25 Year Old (at $500 per bottle) is aged in ex-bourbon barrels, giving it an unsual sparkle for its age. Its pale gold colour and a sweet, floral nose blend beautifully with the supple and creamy taste with rich notes of vanilla, honey, and marzipan. This is the ultimate treat for any respectable whiskey fan.

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Full Floor Penthouse in the Heart of Manhattan

A three-floor penthouse located at the prestigious 135 West 52nd Street in Midtown Manhattan is listed for for $16.8 million by Douglas Elliman. It boasts a total of 5,153 interior square feet arranged across  five bedrooms, four full bathrooms and two half bathrooms, along with a private rooftop lounge. The penthouse benefits from a private elevator entrance, a triple-height sculptural staircase, and three separate terraces.

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Situated in a brand new condominium building developed by Clipper Equity and The Chetrit Group – the property presents top of the line amenities including a 24-hour concierge service, 75-foot lap pool, a private club for residents and a golf, soccer and baseball simulator. It mixes elegance with sophistication and is the standout feature of the dazzling 47-story building.

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Each floor is designed with 100 panels of handmade curved glass. There is a double-sided gas stone fireplace and a glass and marble staircase leading to the second floor from the living room. Floor-to-ceiling windows add to the ambiance, revealing panoramic views of New York City below. On the second floor is a spacious room with 18-foot ceilings and a curvilinear balcony with glass railings.

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The master bedroom is adjacent to ample dual custom closets and an en-suite bathroom with Siberian Mink marble-top vanities, hand-blown glass pendant lamps, heated floors and glass shower. One of the three private terraces is located off the master bedroom.

On the roof, the spectacular penthouse is topped off with a private skyline lounge, which boasts a six-foot wet bar, outdoor kitchen, and sweeping views of the Hudson River.

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A Tuscan Masterpiece for $6,900,000

An exquisite Tuscan-style estate can become home to the wealthy buyer who’s willing to spring $6,900,000 for it. Located at the renowned Hawks Ridge Golf Club in Georgia, the residence is surrounded with lush forests and expansive fields for an unsurpassed balance between modern luxury and unspoilt natural wonder.

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The entire property comprises ten gated, expansive acres and the house itself has a total area of 20,010 square feet. Two outdoor pools, a tennis court, a media room, private SPA and a gym are the amenities that owners and guests have at their disposal. There is also an outdoor fireplace with a spacious lounge and barbecue areas as well as a fountain.

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There are nine bedrooms and eight en-suite bathrooms, and one separate bathroom. All room boast generous living proportions complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, plush carpeting and drapes, wooden cabinets and Tuscan-style furniture and decorations. The first floor houses the kitchen, adjacent dining and living room spaces and is fitted with stainless steel appliances and wooden cabinets.

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Situated atop a premiere golf course lot, this custom home is a stylish blend of Mediterranean ambiance and uncompromising style and comfort. Equipped with everything the discriminating buyer may desire, the generous estate even boasts its own helipad, amongst other things. The place is ideal for musicians or artists as it boasts a custom $2 Million Dollar professional recording studio – the best in the South! No detail is spared in making this beautiful home a one-of-a-kind real estate gem.

The sale is directed by the Atlanta branch of international luxury auction house Sotheby’s International Realty.

Top Yachts from the Monaco Yacht Show

Top Yachts from the Monaco Yacht Show

The 2016 Monaco Yacht Show took place in Monte Carlo’s horseshoe-shaped harbor from September 28 through October 1 and during those four days 125 of the world’s newest and most spectacular super yachts were presented before a crowd of sailing aficionados. In the latest trends in yacht technology and design, a few models stood out with their innovative exterior and elegant interiors that are the epitome of sailing in luxury.

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The new 208-foot Benetti FB264 is a four-deck superyacht with a straight-edged profile that makes the most of its ample outdoors space on the different aft decks with features, such as a beach club, and forward saloon on the upper deck. This saloon can also be used as a formal dining area or the owner can choose to use it as a private terrace. The sundeck boasts a swimming pool, gym, and spa, transforming the top deck into a fitness center. FB264’s interior is defined by low-key elegance – courtesy of by Francesca Muzio of FM Architettura d’Interni, incorporating luxury fabrics and handcrafted Italian furniture. The yacht reaches a top-end speed of 15.5 knots and can travel 4,750 nautical miles.

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Admiral Quinta Essentia

Admiral’s new 180-foot Quinta Essentia is the largest motor yacht launched by the Italian shipyard. It boasts very progressive-looking profile over the full-displacement hull with an all-aluminum construction to save on weight. It is an impressive addition to the growing selection of greener vessels thanks to its advanced diesel-electric hybrid propulsion system. This system integrates two traditional diesels with electric motors connected to variable-speed generators for a top speed of 16 knots. Asking price for the model is €37,500,000.

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Dassault Falcon 8x

The First Dassault Falcon 8X Jet

Dassault Falcon 8X has made its debut the French aerospace firm’s new $58 million ultralong-range business jet. Designed for European charter company Amjet Executive, it will be the first Falcon 8X used for chartered flights.

Billed as the next generation of its predecessor Falcon 7X, the newly unveiled airplane benefits from a longer range and a bigger cabin. The latter will be available in 30 different layouts buyers can choose from. The Falcon 8X has a travel range of up to 7,422 miles at a time and can reach a top speed of 425 mph. It has already received its EASA and FAA certification and is entering service right on schedule, two years after it was initially announced. Customers from about a dozen countries will be able to place additional deliveries.

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The Falcon 8X is a dream-come-true for every avid traveller. It has a bigger cabin and a longer range for comfortable travel. Its state-of-the-art fly-by-wire cockpit relieves pilots of repetitive tasks and lets them focus on flight management instead. The new Falcon 8X is equipped with three turbofan engines, which make it flexible enough to take off from short runways and operate at airports in high elevations or hot climates. New aerodynamic winglets reduce drag and increase efficiency.

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The cabin of the Falcon 8X is almost 43 feet long and 7.6 feet wide, providing plenty of space for a comfortable workspace as well as a restful night’s sleep and a shower. In different configurations, passengers are guaranteed a low noise level (just 52 dB or less) and a low cabin altitude of just 3,900 feet.

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Bentley Bentayga The Fastest, Most Luxurious SUV Yet

When luxurious brand Bentley announced the launch of an SUV many wondered if the bold move would take the company in a direction that was too ‘generic’. However, the new Bentayga finds the appropriate balance between luxury and performance for SUV buyers as it offers yet another star in the company’s remarkable line of vehicles that are built to outperform and redefine luxury.

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The SUV proudly sports the Bentley badge – the unique, unmistakably “Bentley” body lines that combine well with the raw power of a 4×4. The Bentayga has four Drive Dyanmics settings that provide a refined and comfortable driving experience. The comfort mode is the ideal choice for tougher roads and uneven pavement as it allows the SUV to glide effortlessly over potholes and the Sport mode is the way to go for winding roads. The Custom mode adds a level of personality to the car, allowing the driver to leave their mark.

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The Bentayga’s sport an all-new 6.0-liter, twin-turbocharged W12 engine with 600 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. This gives the car the ability to get to 60 mph in 4 seconds flat, making it one of the quickest SUVs on the planet. With a top speed of 187 mph – the SUV rivals many ultra-luxury sports cars from Aston Martin, Ferrari and Maserati.

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Base price for the model is clocked at $229,100 and buyers are guaranteed to enjoy the fine details – courtesy of Mulliner’s specialist coach-building department.  An extended range of 90 exterior colours is available, in addition to 15 interior leather colours and various high-gloss wood veneers and metal finishes to complete the sleek look of the powerful beast.

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Seychelles

Seychelles as Your Next Luxury Vacation Destination

There is a new star on the pristine horizon of the Seychelles and it is the newly-opened Six Senses Zil Pasyon resort.  Twenty-eight luxurious two-bedroom villas with individual pools and an airy, bohemian style invite guests to the private isle of Félicité in the Indian Ocean.  The tropical-chic retreat is an ideal way to explore the island’s world-class, water-based activities—with diving and sport fishing being the top choices of tourists. Other activities are also available – there is hiking in the lush Coco de Mer Valley, sunbathing, or golf on nearby Praslin Island’s 18-hole championship course.

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Balance your core and relax with one of the resort’s more grounding experiences like the restorative treatments at the on-site Six Senses Spa (which is due to open in January). Its dramatic location on rock formations signature to the Seychelles allows guests to enjoy breath-taking views of the tropical paradise while they enjoy some much-needed pampering.

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The lavish living areas exhibit casual elegance with a sense of space and place defined by vaulted ceilings, vast windows, and expansive sundecks. The dining selections are equally inviting, which range from the interactive Chef’s Kitchen (including meals prepared to personal taste in front of the guest) to the Ocean Kitchen (freshly caught seafood complemented by locally sourced, organic ingredients), and the Wine Vault (where the chef and sommelier partner for a customized culinary experience). Guests can choose from a selection of additional amenities, such as cooking classes, a full-service gym (with personal trainer), a library, and an outdoor cinema. In keeping with the resort’s ethos for environmentalism, the resort has its own reverse-osmosis refinery for potable water, a chicken farm, and an organic garden for a fully sustainable experience.

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Availability rates can be checked through Six Senses Zil Pasyon’s website and rates for the villas start from EUR 2,170 / Night.

Apple Watch Series 2

Hermes partners with Apple for the Apple Watch Series 2

Technology and fashion has always gone hand in hand to produce pieces of strong character and purpose-minded artistry. And which two brands are more suited to raise the bar of creative collaboration even further than tech giant Apple and European fashion Maison Hermés? After the successful launch of the first Apple Hermès watch – the elegant original line defined by timeless craftsmanship, has been revisited. The end result is the introduction of the Apple Watch Hermès Series 2.

The expanded collection sports a new Double Buckle Cuff and a price tag of $1,499. It comes in premium Swift or Epsom calfskin leather. The 38 mm stainless-steel case has a ceramic back, accentuated by the leather strap in one of three hues: Rose Jaipur, Étoupe, and Bleu Agate. Another new addition that gives the timepiece its technical allure is the Single Tour Deployment Buckle priced at $1,399. It comes complete with a Hermès Barénia calfskin leather band, a 42 mm case, and a hidden deployment buckle that opens with a single click of the two side buttons.

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Returning for the Series 2 collection are both the Single Tour model with either a 38 mm or 42 mm case (retailing at $1,149 and $1,199,), while the Double Tour piece features a strap that wraps twice around the wrist and is only available with a 38 mm case with a price of $1,299. Both watches are offered with bands in a variety of colours, including Anémone, which is a brand-new shade of vibrant purple that will appeal to the female audience of tech fans.