Bell 525 Relentless helicopter

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.

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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.

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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.

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A new Sotheby’s record for Louis XIII Cognac

Sotheby’s has announced a new record sale of $558,000 for three Louis XIII L’Odyssée D’un Roi limited edition decanters. The three specially crafted decanters are the result of more than a century of fine craftsmanship and the combined efforts of three prestigious French luxury houses: Hermès, Puiforcat and Saint-Louis.

Prior to being exhibited at the auction – the objets-d’art were paraded on a whirlwind tour that saw it visit various cities around the globe. Last month, the auction house hosted the Americas edition of the same cognac as it exceeded the previous record price set for a Louis XIII decanter. Later that same month, the Asia edition exceeded its own previous auction record in Hong Kong. The final decanter, the Europe edition, was sold on November 16 at Sotheby’s London for the staggering sum of $235,000.

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Proceeds from the sale of the three tailor-made coupes all go towards The Film Foundation that was founded by late director Martin Scorsese. Created in 1990, the foundation aims to restore and preserve the traditions and history of cinema. “Sotheby’s was honoured to participate in the raising of funds for The Film Foundation through this unique series of auctions, each in our major sales locations” said Jamie Ritchie, Worldwide Head of Sotheby’s Wine.

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L’Amage – The Next Big Thing on the SuperYacht Horizon

In September, Milan-based HBD Studios unveiled its concept for the L’Amage superyacht at the Monaco Yacht Show. If built, the 623-footer would be one of the largest yachts in the world and will set new standards in sailing the oceans in luxury.

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Preliminary plans for the vessel expect it to have the capacity of housing 30 guests in 14 staterooms. There will be a separate private owner’s apartment. The futuristic-looking yacht will boast streamlined exterior for improved aerodynamics. The elongated upper deck will house an infinity swimming pool and a hot tub – each located on separate levels. A lower deck will have an ample balcony with a fireplace, where the owner can host parties in the open. A helipad on the bow is planned to sport wings that bear flat-panel satellites and navigation lights.

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With an innovative build and a slew of high-end amenities, L’Amage earns a rightful place in the top ranks of superyachts as the ultimate pleasure craft. L’Amage will be able of reaching a top speed of 32 knots. The price is yet to be announced but is estimated to be in the double-digit million range.

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The NextEV NIO EP9 – the supercar of the future

NextEV is not a company that people seem to be particularly familiar with, unless they have been monitoring the nascent Formula E racing series, but this is bound to change. In the automotive world the brand is synonymous with fast technology and uncompromising performance. And the newest NIO EP9 model will skyrocket the company in the ranks of super brands like Ferrari, Lamborghini and Bugatti.

Unveiled earlier in London, only six NIO EP9s are planned, so only a handful of selected buyers will be able to get their hands on this new supercar. Capable of accelerating from 0-100km/h in 2.7 seconds and from 0-200km/h in 7.1 seconds before topping out at 313km/h, the NIO EP9 is a statement of innovative vision and technical and manufacturing prowess.

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Four inbound electric motors and a battery pack that requires water-cooling make the EP9 an all-wheel drive, with a combined output of 1340bhp and a range of 427km (265 miles) before the batteries are spent. They can be recharged in just 45 minutes or even swapped out for replacement units in a matter of minutes.

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NextEV isn’t the only company developing plug-in electric supercars but it is the first one to introduce them into the luxury car segment. The EP9 has lapped the Nürburgring Nordschliefe in seven minutes, 5.12 seconds, earning it the title of the fastest road-legal electric car in the world. Therefore the car should be seen as a statement of intent that showcases what is possible with electric vehicles.

The EP9 will enter production next year by a mass-production electric car that will initially go on sale in China but will be rolled out globally.

Special Speyside Whiskies

Special Speyside Whiskies

Scotland has long been known for its rich traditions in scotch with no other region more widely identified with whisky wizardry than Speyside. As home to more than half the country’s distilleries including the Glenlivet and Glenfiddich, this winter there are many amazing Speyside whiskies to choose from. Here are just some of the highlights that deserve a mention.

1. The Macallan Rare Cask

The Macallan Rare Cask

The Macallan uses a unique blend of Spanish and American oak to forge the sherry casks in which its whisky matures. This brings the flavour that dazzle and delight it is known for. Delicious undertones of dried fruit and delectable caramel and cocoa produce the brand’s distinctive profile. The Rare Cask sells for $300 after it was first released in 2014.

2. The Glenrothes Peated Cask Reserve

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This non-age statement single malt is another addition to the Glenrothes’ Reserve Collection.  Aged in sherry and bourbon casks, the Glenrothes Peated Cask Reserve (priced at $55) is light in color and body, with subtle citrus notes and lick of vanilla. It has a hint of smokiness but not so much that you forget you’re enjoying a Speyside malt.

3. Glenfarclas 17-Year-OldGlenfarclas 17-Year-Old

The family owned and operated brand has a new palatable blend on offer – the Glenfarclas 17 (priced at $94), which exhibits a strong sherry influence from the first sip—raisins, cinnamon, and nutmeg are front and center nuances, with subtler citrus and sawdust notes. It is perfectly balanced between the concentrated flavors of older barrelings and the smoothness of younger whiskies.

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A $25,000,000 estate Down Under

500 acres of elevated pristine oceanfront land with a spectacular 8 bedroom sandstone manor can be purchased for $25,000,000 in sunny Australia. Well known as one of Australia’s most coveted retreats – Maitraya is a paradise private strip of land, where some of the most exclusive coastal properties reside.  It is located near Nanarup Beach, and is a 20-minute drive from Albany on Western Australias south coast.

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The latest offering on the marker it an ample homestead set on over 222 hectares of breath-taking Western Australian coastline for anyone who wants open spaces, unspoilt wilderness and modern comfort – all in one unforgettable package. Perched on a cliff top, the dramatic and beautifully appointed eight bedroom sandstone homestead boasts 270 degree views over ocean, mountains and nature reserve. A total of 6,000 square metres of living space includes not one but two fully equipped kitchens, a pool, spa, light-filled garden atrium and children’s play area. There is a retractable ceiling in the master bedroom for hours of romantic star-gazing.

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Outdoors, the grounds offer multiple kayaking at the lake-side gazebo, a tennis court, cricket pitch, putting greens, bird hides, a chicken coop and walking trails scattered with wildflowers and artworks. Guests can spot whales, dolphins and kangaroos from the homesteads expansive windows. Private tracks lead to an idyllic swimming beach. The external areas of the property are decorated with sculptures and works of art by famous international artists. There is also a 500 acre pristine bushland area, which is a wildflower paradise in spring.

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Remote, relaxed and completely private, the estate comes with a 5 bedroom Fisherman’s Lodge and 2 bedroom Aviator’s Cottage as well as 900m airstrip & helicopter pad part from the main manor. The retreat has security controlled entry and a private sealed driveway. Owning a piece of paradise has never been more real.

Jaguar XKSS

A reborn legend – the £1million Jaguar XKSS

Car enthusiasts are thrilled with Jaguar’s announcement of manufacturing the nine ‘lost’ XKSS supercars, which were destroyed in fire at Browns Lane factory in Coventry in 1957. Considered to be lost forever, the legendary model will recreate the original XKSS owned by stars including Steve McQueen after Jaguar found the blueprints. Willing buyers who are ready to pay £1m will be able to grab one as early as 2017, which is considerably cheaper than an original at £10m.

Each car roughly takes craftsmen about 10,000 man hours to complete and includes 2,000 rivets. All measurements are in traditional imperial rather than metric form. Originally created as a road-going conversion of the Le Mans-winning D-type racing car, the new vehicle has a streamlined exterior with each of the nine cars sporting period chassis numbers from the original XKSS chassis log.

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The car accelerates from 0 to 60mph in just 5.5 seconds and to 100mph in 13.5 seconds thanks to a 3.4 litre XK straight six engine and helped by its lightweight aluminium body.  What is most striking about the XKSS is that despite advances in technology, aerodynamics and car manufacture – Jaguar engineers have not employed any of these to tweak it, keeping instead the feel and performance as authentic as possible.

The new supercar has been 60 years in the making and is a delightful nod to a simpler time. Drivers will be able to enjoy not only its vintage look but vintage features as well, which are part of the attempt to recreate the original experience.

GTC4Lusso by Ferrari

GTC4Lusso by Ferrari

Ferrari’s old FF model now has a new successor – the Ferrari GTC4Lusso is a more powerful two-door hatchback. For the first time for the brand -the all-wheel drive is paired with rear-wheel steering. The car sports a V-12 engine capable of producing 680 hp, which makes acceleration from zero-to-62-mph possible in a time of 3.4 seconds and reaching a top speed of 208 mph. The GTC4Lusso is more aerodynamic than its predecessor thanks to a new slotted diffuser and a rear spoiler that’s integrated with the hatch. The price for the model is £230,430, which is justified for such a sophisticated, elegant, upmarket model.

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Aside from the subtle but visible exterior changes that see the car looking slicker and more elegant than the FF, the new GTC4Lusso sports more room in its interior. The new design is all about passenger comfort, becoming both more functional and aesthetically pleasing. Bigger pads for the headlight and wiper controls as well as indicators that can be activated by fingers from behind and thumbs at the front make the driving experience superior in every way.

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The new dash design incorporates a ten-inch integrated central screen and a separate display for the passenger, which is a big improvement. The passenger screen has good functionality, allowing people to make phone calls, control music, fiddle with the sat nav and see how fast the driver is actually going. Leather and metal complete the luxurious feel of the cabin, living up to the standard f the brand in terms of style and comfort.