Aventador S watch 04

Roger Dubuis and Lamborghini team up on Excalibur Aventador S watches

The new partnership between Lamborghini Squadra Corse’s team and renowned designer Roger Dubuis is coming at the right time. The two brands have their creative vision perfectly aligned in terms of personality, design language, and clientele, so naturally the result of their collaboration will appeal to a large number of wealthy buyers.

Taking things further, they have developed something that the horology world does not see every day. The new Roger Dubuis Excalibur Aventador S Strap Details is a superior watch whose signature movement’s layout draws inspiration from the engine bay of the Aventador S. Thanks to close work with Lamborghini’s design team has allowed the artisans to capture this correctly.

Aventador S watch

There will be two models of the new watch – each released in a limited addition, making them more exclusive than the iconic car that inspired them. In a nod to Lamborghini’s superior technical composition, Roger Dubuis used Lamborghini’s award-winning carbon composite known as C-SMC carbon to create a thin “cover plate” detail over the watch’s power reserve indication. The automotive composite was of significant interest the brand’s design team who usually relies on Swiss suppliers for their materials.

Aventador S watch

All pieces both feature multilayer carbon cases, and are powered by an all-new double balance hand-wound caliber RD103SQ, which runs at 4Hz and offers a power reserve of 40-hours. The new caliber can display both hours and minutes, power reserve, and a dead-beat seconds indication. This is a first in the brand’s recent history. Poinçon de Genève finishing completes the composition.

Aventador S watch

There are minute differences between the two new Aventador S models; EX613 with yellow accents will be limited to 88 pieces with a retail price of $185,000, whereas the EX624—with orange accents and aforementioned carbon cover plate—will be limited to only 8 pieces priced at $205,000 each.

Woolworth_Building_Pent_House_NYC

A $110 million penthouse Manhattan’s iconic Woolworth Building

A $110 million penthouse inside the celebrated Woolworth Building in New York has gone on sale. The property is unique not only for its record-breaking price tag and panoramic views of the iconic Manhattan skyline, but for the unique features of the historic landmark as well.

The top floor flat easily eclipses the previous record for a penthouse in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighbourhood, which was sold for $50.9 million in 2014. The 9,710 square feet apartment boasts 24-foot ceilings, a private lift and spans not two, but five floors.

Manhattan's iconic Woolworth Building

The interiors have been left “raw”, which gives the buyer full creative freedom in deciding how many bedrooms and bathrooms they would like to have. Naturally, the services of one of the many renowned interior design firms across New York would come in handy to realize the full potential of this piece of real estate paradise.

Woolworth-gym

Situated close to Wall Street and Ground Zero, the historically significant building sits on a site bought by discount shop tycoon Frank Winfield Woolworth.

It boasts its own private air observatory, 727 feet above the city, as well as a private swimming pool in the basement that is accessible only to residents of the building.

The steel and terracotta structure is built in neo-Gothic style, making it a national historic landmark, created by architect Cass Gilbert.  When it was completed in 1913, it was the world’s tallest building – a title it held for 70 years.

Woolworth-pool

The penthouse has a total of 125 windows and was first put on the market in 2014, but no buyers emerged.

Some of the many amenities the building has include a health club and spa with a pool, sauna and a hot tub, a wine cellar, a tasting room — and personal mail delivery. This is one of the five most iconic buildings in the world, whose architecture and significance are impossible to replicate.

Porsche mega yacht03

Porsche unveils its first ever mega yacht

After conquering the luxury car market, automobile giant Porsche has turned its attention towards the mega yacht segment catering to the ultra-rich. Its first endeavour in that direction has produced a 115-foot hybrid vessel called the GTT 115 Super Yacht.

Studio F. A. Porsche collaborated with Monaco-based ship builder Dynamiq to create this high-performance yacht for crossing the Atlantic in style. Inspired by the brand’s flagship GTT model, the spectacular vessel will set the buyer back $16 million.

Porsche mega yacht01

After years of research and design collaborations, Porsche presents a top notch boat with fluid lines, side contours, and balanced proportions that its makers say “recall the drop-shaped, overstretched surfaces of the Porsche 911.”

Inside and outside, the yacht is the epitome of luxury. There is a spacious ‘saloon’ and meeting area – perfect for entertaining guests with panoramic views of the surrounding ocean thanks to floor-to-ceiling glass windows. The interior styling has been entrusted to Italian fashion house Minotti and features wood flooring, marble countertops, carbon fibre detailing and leather furniture finishes.

Porsche mega yacht02

And if that’s not enough, a spa pool on the rear deck and al fresco dining area on the outside complete the spectacular selection of features. The yacht can be fitted with three or four cabins down below.

Porsche’s design company, Studio F.A. Porsche has launched its very own super-yacht which will set owners back £12million and come complete with a spa pool, al-fresco dining area and space for up to four guests below decks.

The stunning craft was launched at Viareggio, in Italy, and will make its appearance at the Monaco Yacht Show in September.

Porsche mega yacht04

Just seven yachts will be made, guaranteeing the owners a unique slice of boating history. It was designed for ‘car lovers and forward-thinking yacht owners who appreciate the advantages of speed, style and our philosophy of intelligent performance.’

Interior styling was taken care of by Italian design-house Minotti, and features carbon fibre detailing, marble counter-tops, and fine leather finishes. A pair of 1,650hp engines provides a top speed of 21 knots, while its hybrid engines give a range of 3,400 nautical miles.

Swarovski01

Swarovski’s Home Collection

Each design collaboration that Swarovski announces tends to pair the famous jeweller with another household name in the art world. Last year, the preeminent Austrian crystal brand debuted Atelier Swarovski Home, an exclusive line of home accessories co-authored by design visionaries like Ron Arad, Daniel Libeskind, and late architect Zaha Hadid.

Swarovski

The newest additions to the collection continue to push the material into new territory, with work from established and emerging designers—Tomás Alonso, Aldo Bakker, and Barbara Barry—who cut decorative crystalline forms with just enough functionality. Some of the stylish items are available for presale but have to be ordered in advance as interest is running high.

Icelandic-German design duo Studio Brynjar & Veronika have contributed a range of prismatic paperweights. Made of rods of crystal in contrasting hues, the paperweights cast vibrant reflections. Colour also features in Tomás Alonso’s trays, which are an addition to his Atelier Swarovski Home Prism range.

Swarovski

American designer Greg Lynn’s offering is a line of trays and cups, which juxtapose turned wood with gems made from cut crystal. They make a perfect addition to those lucky enough to have a bar at home. The Atelier Swarovski Home range addresses a global interest and customer demand for design objects within the home. Since its debut collection of colour-hatched bowls by Raw Edges and a crystal and metal centrepiece designed by the late Zaha Hadid, the line has grown exponentially to include a whole plethora of eye-catching items.

Swarovski

A worthwhile mention is the furniture by Marni, which is woven using a traditional Colombian technique, and a collection of surreal rugs designed by Jamie Hayón for Nanimarquina for those who want a bit of ethnic allure introduced in their home.

The set of modular candle holders by American designer Barbara Barry pair crystal bases in various colours with brass centrepieces and are designed to bring “intimate warmth” into the home.

Luxury Resort 04

The Australian Outback’s Most Luxurious Resort

Longitude 131º has redefined what luxury travel means since it opened doors in 2003. Now, the safari-style camp on the border of the pristine Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is making headlines once again with the unveiling of a multimillion-dollar renovation.

Revealed in August, the revamped camp is taking the Outback adventure experience one step further with a new premium suite, spa, and swimming pool as well as upgraded public areas throughout. The two-bedroom Dune Pavillion is now Longitude’s most luxurious accommodation. It boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, vibrant indigenous artwork, and original décor inspired by the iconic homesteads common of the region.

Luxury Resort

There is an extended deck outside with a small, black mosaic-tiled plunge pool. Guests can take a dip while enjoying sweeping views of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Uluru, the 600-million-year-old red-hued monolith, and Kata Tjuta, the 36-domed rock formation in the distance.

Guests can take a dip or clink glasses at the new elevated Dune Top, where a swimming pool overlooking the red and golden landscapes has been added along with a collection of intimate alcoves for private al-fresco dining. Inside, the Dune House main lodge also has a fresh look, with a chic bar and restaurant boasting floor-to-ceiling windows framing Uluru.

Luxury Resort

The new elevated Dune Top features a swimming pool overlooking the red and golden landscapes along with a collection of intimate alcoves for private al-fresco dining. Inside, the Dune House main lodge has also undergone some renovations and now has a chic bar and restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows framing Uluru.

Luxury Resort

The new Spa Kinara offers indulgent treatments that rest on the ancient practices of the region’s native healers, using indigenous ingredients like Kakadu plum, quandong, Australian yellow clay, and desert salts in facials and body wraps. Therapies take place in wiltja treatment rooms, which are structures designed to mimic the traditional shelters of the region’s ancestors for a truly immersive experience.

far-niete-wine-tasting

Old Napa Vintages Worth the Trip

Two of Napa Valley’s favourite boutique wineries—Far Niente and Nickel & Nickel—are now allowing visitors to book relaxed, private tastings that introduce them to samplings of exclusive cellared bottles going back a decade.

Far Niente has created a much more personal experience with this service, where guests can relax in the expansive gardens and enjoy the Private Cave Collection Tasting ($100 per person) with four aged selections of the estate’s Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, as well as current releases. The winery offers a Private Estate Tasting ($75 per person) with four different wines from the Far Niente group.

far-niente-vineyard

At Nickel & Nickel, tasters can gather on the wraparound porch, in the wine cellar of the historic John C. Sullenger House, or in the restored 19th-century Gleason Barn. The vineyard’s Private Terroir Tasting ($125 per person) presents a north-to-south sampling of eight single-vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons, which includes limited-production bottlings only available at the winery.

Wine tasting at Nickel & Nickel have long been favoured by connoisseurs of fine wine as they introduce the senses to a palette of acquired tastes and textures.

The Private Single Vineyard Classic Tasting ($75) comprises four single-vineyard Napa Valley Cabernets and demonstrates how dramatically wine can be affected by minute variations in location.

All of the private tastings last an hour and the wineries will waive one tasting fee for a six-bottle purchase or wine club signup. This is a unique opportunity to marvel the Far Niente 125-year-old stone estate building, sitting under cork oak trees planted by the original owner in the late 1800s.

Bentley

Bentley Continental GT Convertible Inspired by a Princess Yacht

Bentley is a brand iconic on its own, but when it decides to combine its design talent and state-of-the-art expertise in automobile making with another signature company – the result is a limited-edition convertible with a luxurious, nautical feel.

Bentley 02

The new Bentley Continental GT Convertible Galene Edition is scheduled to make its public debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival. The limited-edition Galene is after the Greek Goddess of calm seas, owns its sleek design by Mulliner and Princess Yachts. The elegant white Bentley is a testament to the successful collaboration of two pinnacle brands share collective design talents.

Mulliner, Bentley’s bespoke commissioning division, worked with Princess Design Studio to create Galene. The convertible was inspired by Princess Yachts’ M-Series superyachts. The white exterior boasts a sequin-blue stripe on its brightwork to mimic a Princess hull’s glistening water line. The darkened front and rear lights resemble the tinted windows on its superyachts and the dark-blue hood completes its sporty, oceangoing look.

Bentley 03

The nautical design cues can also be seen throughout Galene’s interior. Mulliner went with an entirely new material finish, a pinstriped walnut veneer, to give the sense of being surrounded by teak decks. The carmaker has worked with famous artist Jaume Vilardell to illustrate the interior fascia panels with a bespoke drawing of a Princess yacht, along with the coordinates of its shipyard in Plymouth. There are hand-stitched seats and door panels, reaching the same quality found on the Princess M series to provide an elegant finish to the exterior.

Bentley 01

The collaboration between these two iconic British brands is quite fitting as both are interested in exploring new possibilities in their target segments. Princess and Bentley Motorsport announced a three-year sponsorship deal that brings the worlds of yachting and motor racing together at racing events where Bentley’s Continental GT3 will be competing.

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Watch02

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Watch

Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Chronograph Cermet Watch is a timepiece that combines the brand’s well-known craftsmanship and aesthetics of perpetual calendar with a classic design. The watch represents one of the three pillars that are the strengths of Jaeger-LeCoultre as a watch-making brand. The new Cermet version of the Deep Sea Chronograph brings to life a watch made of an alloy material that is part ceramic and part metal with incomparable properties of lightness, resistance, and stability.

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Watch03

Much lighter and slimmer than its predecessor, the Deep Sea Chronograph has a matte finish, a modern look with the retro-styling. As a chronograph, it has water resistance of up to 100 meters. Its case is sleek and modern, which is a nice change for a watch of such calibre. The dial is nicely legible, and offers an attractive minimalist design that is typical of popular retro-style dials.

Jaeger-LeCoultre will produce two dial variations of the Deep Sea Chronograph Cermet. There will be the standard Ref. 208A570 with the white colored luminant, and the Ref. 208A57J that has a darker colored lume. This latter model is called the Deep Sea Chronograph Vintage Cermet. The Vintage model will only be available for purchase at Jaeger-LeCoultre mono-brand boutique stores. The starting price for both watches will be $18,000.

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Watch01

Inside the Deep Sea Chronograph Cermet watches are in-house made caliber 758 automatic movements. The 758 is a sweet column-wheel based chronograph with of a 65 hour power reserve and a one-of-a-kind “chronograph function” indicator. The slim size of the Deep Sea Chronograph wears perfectly.  42mm is the best size for a watch like this, one puts just as much emphasis on performance as it does on aesthetics.  The Deep Sea Vintage Chronograph is all about looks and less about actual diving.

The JLC Deep Sea Chronograph boasts is a truly capable sport watch with a robust automatic chronograph movement, three registers, and rotating bezel.

Safari Lodge01

Botswana’s Chic New Safari Lodge

Natural Selection is offering a fresh take on luxury adventure with the debut of its first lodge, Sable Alley. Situated in northern Botswana’s Khwai Private Reserve, the private lodge opened in May and is as stunning as it is sustainable. The compound consists of 12 elevated tents overlooking a hippo-filled lagoon in one of the region’s most pristine wildlife hot spots.

Safari Lodge02

Sophisticated in design and ambience, Sable Alley is an earthly oasis in the midst of nearly a half-million-acre reserve composed of floodplains, rivers, lagoons, and savannas. Each of the spacious tents boasts its own private terrace; a private swimming pool and lounge offer further relaxation with a view. For guests with an adventurous streak, there is a treetop sky bed high above a watering hole to experience falling asleep to the sounds of elephants, buffalo, and big cats below.

Safari Lodge03

Sable Alley’s biggest advantage is its game-drive experience. The lodge offers a unique opportunity to explore the region’s diverse landscapes—and its stunning wildlife, including leopards, lions, cheetahs, wild dogs, and the resident sable antelope. Birding is also on the menu of activities to do, especially while on foot, drifting along in a mokoro or on a sunset boat cruise.

Safari Lodge

Guests will have the opportunity for even more intimate wildlife interactions as soon as the lodge’s series of hides are completed. They will form a line of shrouded cottages located near watering holes that offer ultra-close-up viewings. Exciting night rives are also offered to guests for a chance to encounter nocturnal creatures such as leopards, spikey porcupines and fearless honey badgers.

Safari Lodge04

All tents have been designed and decorated with comfort and style in mind. Elevated onto raised decks, the luxurious tents offer an uninterrupted view of the lagoon. Each comes with en suite bathrooms, private verandas and private, indoor & outdoor showers.

ZeroUno Supercar03

Italdesign’s $1.7 Million ZeroUno Supercar

Italdesign has kept its purpose-driven passion as well as increased the intensity. Acclaimed for the automotive artistry it has produced, the Torino-based team has finally stepped in the spotlight and revealed its own masterwork—the ZeroUno supercar.

Using the form-follows-function approach has ensured that the new ZeroUno is just as spectacular as the cars the brand has designed for other auto giants like the iconic Lamborghini Aventador. Now, its signature four-wheel-drive coupe is as compelling as its performance. It is built from a chassis constructed of carbon fiber and aluminum, and covered in a completely carbon-fiber body. The car carries a 610 hp, 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V-10 engine (with 413 ft lbs of torque) that is mated with a paddle-shift-activated dual-clutch 7-speed gearbox.

ZeroUno Supercar07

The ZeroUno’s polygonal-shaped nose is accentuated by the car’s aggressive aerodynamic accents at the back. It is capable of going from stationary to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds and zoom up to 205 mph. The car’s efficiency in motion is partly dictated by its air-slicing aesthetic. The design is a mix of soft, clean surfaces for the main body and extremely functional aerodynamic elements.

ZeroUno Supercar06

These elements include the car’s six-sided polygonal-shaped nose, two side air intakes, a dual-winged rear spoiler, and a state-of-the-art air-flow construct called Y-Duct. The latter helps funnel air into the front of the vehicle and divert it out of two sculpted openings in the hood for increased downforce. In turn, speed is arrested by carbon-ceramic brakes (with 8 pistons in front and 6 at the back) that bring the custom Pirelli P Zero tires (fitted on 20-inch aluminum rims from Oz) to a full stop in short order.

Only five examples of this automobile will be produced, making it an even bigger status symbol than Bugatti. The ZeroUno rolls with a starting price of $1.7 million.