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The allure of a vintage Porsche 356s

Many find the allure of a vintage car irresistible, but when it’s a vintage Porshe 356 that has been restored by the infamous genius Rod Emory – it’s hard not be impressed beyond belief. It would be difficult to think of a better combination of the unique combination of a historic automotive piece with contemporary technology and convenience. Because that is just what he does – bringing old glamorous rides into the 21st century.

Vintage Porsche 356s

A waiting period of weeks or even months marks all of Emory’s signature creations for those who can afford them. Every detail of the customized rides is given weeks of consideration and execution – from the particulars of the interior design to the hue of the case paint. Other original additions to the classic beauty include disc brakes (that replace the drum), a 4-cylinder engine sourced from the 911 range, overhead cams, lowered suspension and modern amenities like seat belts for safety as well as comfort.

Vintage Porsche 356s

Vintage Porsche 356s

Emory’s customized and modernized 365s are in high demand with clients signing up years in advance for one. Of course, privilege of ownership doesn’t come cheap and depending on personal preferences and customization – a car from the range can cost anything between $250,000 and $500,000. An ivory 356 convertible or a black couple – there is no limit to the combinations and design remodels that Emory can make for his clients. These cars may retain their old appeal, but on the road they behave as a modern beast of unparalleled performance and reliability. Underneath the retro body the latest cutting-edge technology is deployed to give owners a powerful new experience with their classic machines. All hardware is installed based on the client’s specifications, so no two models are alike with each one taking between 18 months and two years to complete.

Vintage Porsche 356s

Vintage Porsche 356s

The off-brand Porsche line is a beautiful and popular tribute to the company’s quest for harmonious lines and powerful experiences that has seen the classic beloved Porsche car evolve throughout the years, retaining its classic shape.

Weycroft Hall, near Axminster, Devon

£1.5 million historic mansion with its own concert hall and a minstrel’s gallery

A historic estate that dates back to the 15th century and is currently used as a religious retreat is marketed for £1.5 million. It comes with 80 acres of pristine land and consists of a seven-bedroom main house, a three-bedroom annexe, a one-bedroom cottage and a three-bedroom lodge, which can also be sold separately or in different configurations.

Weycroft Hall Manor - Axminster - Devon

Weycroft Hall Manor - Axminster - Devon

Weycroft Hall is a Grade I-listed property near Axminster in Devon built on a site of a fortified Roman camp with great historical significance. The spectacular estate even comes with its own concert hall with the capacity to seat an audience of 100 guests for those who have a penchant for hosting lavish parties and entertainment nights. The minstrel’s gallery is another feature you won’t find in your typical English country home.

Weycroft Hall Manor - Axminster - Devon

Weycroft Hall Manor - Axminster - Devon

Well-preserved, the estate retains the character, ambiance and architectural features expected in a period property. It is nestled amongst manicured gardens and surrounded by its own land, which gives the owners some much-needed privacy. The ground floor comprises of an entrance hall with stairs and a flag stone floor. An inner hall leads to a drawing room with oak panelled walls, wooden beams and a fireplace. The great hall is a beautiful room with a double height ceiling, exposed roof trusses and flag stone floor. There are also servers and preparation rooms, modern kitchen and cloakroom on the ground floor. Four of the bedrooms and two of the bathrooms are located on the first floor and a further three bedrooms together with the family bathroom are on the second floor.

Weycroft Hall Manor - Axminster - Devon

Weycroft Hall Manor - Axminster - Devon

The outbuildings and the annexe can be accessed from the courtyard and have bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms, a gaming room, separate bathrooms and an office between them. All properties are surrounded by the private woodland of the property and Weycroft Hall is just on the outskirts of Axminster.

Weycroft Hall Manor - Axminster - Devon

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Romantic places to spend Valentine’s Day in Japan for billionaires

With Valentine’s Day upon us there is quite a bit of pressure to outdo whatever romantic experience you had last year. But if money is no object, there are a few things that can make this holiday really special. When we mention Japan we instantly think of their luxurious kaiseki cuisine, relaxing hot springs and private skyscraper hotels. It’s a magical place that brings together traditional ryokan charm and rural seclusion with spectacular Michelin-starred restaurants and trendy cocktail bars with plenty of romance to suit all comers. Here are just a few of the places that billionaires like to frequent:

Kinosaki Onsen

Hot spring bathing is a cultural tradition in Japan and not just a much-loved pastime in Japan. The serenity and tranquility of Kinosaki Onsen has long attracted tourists with the town’s willow-lined riverside looking like a picture straight out of a novel and ideal for romantic moonlit walks. Plenty of 5-star hotels are located nearby with Kojinmari, Mikuniya Ryokan and Mitsuwa Ryokan offering contemporary elegance and comfort to complete the ideal vacation at prices, starting from $750 a night.

Kinosaki Onsen, Mikuniya Ryokan

Kyoto

Considered ‘the gatekeeper of Japanese culture and history’ Kyoto attracts with its unique blend of tradition and modernity. The urban oasis provides plenty of fun activities for couples like cozy rickshaw rides or traditional Japanese wedding ceremonies and the famous ‘love stones’ fortune telling at Kiyomizu Temple. Spend a night at the spectacular Ritz-Carlton for $1000 a night or the charming Hyatt Regency for $500 a night.

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Everyone knows about Tokyo and crowds of international tourists are constantly flocking to the Japanese capital, but if you can truly afford it – you’ll want to stay away from the mainstream places of interest. Why not rent the suite at The Peninsula for $8,500 and dine at some of the trendiest, most exclusive restaurants Akasaka Kikunoi, Tofuya Ukai or Narisawa – all rated by the Guardian as having taken the Japanese culinary art to new heights.

Akasaka Kikunoi restaurant

Tofuya Ukai restaurant

Narisawa restaurant

The Peninsula suite, Tokyo

Arianna Yacht

The $45,900,000 Delta Arianna yacht

The newest sea pearl by Delta Design Group is a 7,500-square feet yacht Arianna is a true marvel of contemporary mechanic and design. The all-feature superyacht is a floating retreat that provides quick getaway with tropical ambiance for those who can afford it. At $45,900,000 the vessel doesn’t come cheap, but given the luxury – the price is completely justified.

Arianna Yacht

Arianna Yacht

Arianna makes the most of the available space in a way that permits for many amenities to be included on board – there is a bridge deck with ample space, cedar-lines sauna with changing rooms, master suite with en-suite bathroom with a rain shower, lounge area, dining area and even a gym. All rooms are spacious and furnished to perfection with a strong Balinese-inspired atmosphere with prominent bamboo and wooden panels and fixtures. African mahogany, Khaya and Makassar ebony make for a contemporary yet organic ambiance.

Arianna Yacht

Arianna Yacht

The galley is fitted with the latest in commercial-grade appliances for food preparation, cooking and serving. There is a walk-in cooler and crew mess that are convenient for prolonged voyages. Comfortable sofas are arranged around a coffee table in the lounge area for a laid-back atmosphere, where guests can relax and enjoy the ocean views. The overall impression of the room is completed with Makassar ebony, textured fabric liners, rattan and inlaid silk carpets.

Arianna Yacht

ARIANNA yacht boasts a stylish office built around a 17th Century German safe, sourced by the owner. The large hull-side windows allow for spectacular panoramic views from the custom-built desk.  There is a gym situated on the port side of the bridge deck for a full on-board fitness experience.

Arianna Yacht

Interesting grain patterns and exotic tropical hardwood is combined effortlessly in the master suite for a unique atmosphere of luxury and comfort. The sought island aesthetic is complemented by the beautiful spa bath and rain shower.

Just enjoy it!

Arianna Yacht

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Wayne Gretzky’s California mansion on sale for $8.2million

Hockey legend Wayne Gretzsky’s Los Angeles estate Thousand Oaks has hit the market for $8.2million. the 8,711-square-foot mansion with spectacular architecture and interior design features five bedrooms, six bathrooms, pool, Jacuzzi and sauna and can be further customized.

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

Located only 45 minutes away from the city, the hilltop property stretches across one acre of land with plenty of open floor planning. It is situated on a single floor behind the gates of Sherwood Country Club. Surrounded by the abundant greenery of Topanga State Park and the Santa Monica Mountains, the estate benefits from excellent privacy, peace and tranquility – ideal for a family home.

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

The dramatic entrance carved from stone boasts a tri-level fountain with wrought iron benches and perfectly manicured shrubs and bushes. The outdoor pool is illuminated and perfect for night dips and entertaining guests. There is generous seating area around it with lounges and decks, including an open living room, kitchen and dining area.

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

Beautiful English-style crown moldings and wainscoting on the ceilings adorn the interior of the house for a perfect balance between contemporary aesthetics and 19th century style. Lush lawns surround the pool on either side. The al fresco kitchen, dining and living areas have stand-coloured walls and a laid-back rustic ambiance. The kitchen is fitted with quality stainless steel appliances.

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

All rooms feature unique chandeliers with beautiful designs, classic recessed ceiling moldings and stone or hardwood floors. The house has ample closet space and most of the bedrooms have fireplaces. All six bedrooms overlook the pool and surrounding greenery, and have ample space and light.

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

There is an indoor gym, pre-wired with Surround Sound like the rest of the rooms, and a wood-paneled sauna inside the bathroom of the master bedroom. The sitting room has a classy, old world feel with its woodpaneling and waitscoting.

Wayne Gretzky California Mansion

harmony of the seas

Inside the best new cruise ships of 2016

Three spectacular beauties will grace the seas in 2016, including the world’s largest cruise ship the Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas. The all-suite vessels will feature a whole array of luxurious amenities, such as Spas with snow rooms, helicopter pods and the first IMAX theatre at sea to name a few.

The newest ultra-luxury ship, Encore, courtesy of Seabourn will boast 300 suites and plenty of space for 600 guests. It is scheduled to make first cruise from Greece with a number of itinerary options, including a 60-day journey to Sydney, Australia. What is unique about the smaller cruise ship is the highly personalized service that has been promised. There is nearly one service person per passenger, which means the staff will be able to maintain exemplary service.

encore seabourn

encore seabourn

Harmony of the Seas is already making headlines for being the largest passenger ship. It will feature a 10-storey thrill ride, called the Ultimate Abyss, which will be the largest slide at sea at 150ft above sea level. In addition to the slide the on-board water park will have plenty of other amenities for gests to enjoy. Spanning across 16 decks, Harmony of the Seas will have the capacity to carry 5,497 passengers.

harmony of the seas

harmony of the seas cruise

harmony of the seas cruise

Another pearl is the much-anticipated Koningsdam that is scheduled to launch in May and will be the largest vessel in Holland America Line’s fleet. With a capacity of 2,650 passengers its luxurious interior will feature a two-tiered nightclub dubbed The Queen’s Lounge.

Koningsdam cruises

Koningsdam

Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas is a cruise that many people are anxiously anticipating for its futuristic features and mind-blowing amenities. Guests will be able to enjoy a skydiving simulator as well as robotic bartenders that mix drinks on demand. Another striking service will be the North Star – a pod that is attached to an arm for 360-degree views of the ocean.

Ready for that luxurious cruise now?

Stunning Mountain Modern Ski Escape

A $14,450,00 modern ski escape

Nestled in Park City UT USA is a magnificent estate of breath-taking architectural aesthetic and value. The contemporary ski chalet priced at $14,450,000 US dollars is a definite must-have for those who enjoy peace, tranquillity, serene landscapes and excellent quality ski slopes. It is the ultimate holiday getaway for the winter time.

luxury estate park city utah

luxury estate park city utah

luxury estate park city utah

luxury estate park city utah

luxury estate park city utah

With a total of  20309 Sq Ft of which 1887 constitute the living space, it has 8 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms (some of which en-suit), open-plan kitchen and living room and plenty of entertainment facilities. The super interior design makes most of the available space and the house is flooded with natural light amidst the aspens and pines that surround it. Natural fixtures, wood tiles and granite are used throughout to accentuate the natural, ‘simpler’ way of living without taking away from any of the luxuries. State-of-the-art appliances are fitted in the kitchen and there is an integrated smart surround system for entertainment.

luxury estate park city utah

luxury estate park city utah

The spectacular estate is located just the base of the Flat Iron lift, which is extremely convenient. There are also multiple outdoor areas to enjoy both during summer and winter. Designed by renowned architect Michael Upwall – the modern home balances understated elegance and livable warmth through the use of natural materials and clean, austere architecture.

luxury estate park city utah

luxury estate park city utah

luxury estate park city utah

Ever since it hit the market, the property has attracted quite a bit of attention from potential buyers who also happen to be avid winter sports enthusiasts. Some of the house’s more spectacular features are an indoor lift, Jacuzzi, bar, movie theatre room and spacious walk-in closets. Guests will be able to enjoy themselves indoors as well as outdoors with so many possibilities for entertainment. All rooms are exquisitely furnished and have fireplaces for additional warmth and ambiance.

In the event of an emergency the house even has its own escape tunnel.

luxury estate park city utah

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The biggest jewellery sales of 2015

2015 saw a few record-breaking sales in the world of high-end jewellery with auction houses Sotheby’s and Christie’s sharing details on the most striking stones that were purchased at auctions. Sapphires, striking red rubies, and pink diamonds were the gemstones that made headlines the previous year and there were some truly unique finds that exhibited exceptional qualities and were promptly picked up by connoisseurs and collectors. In total, sales of precious jewels came to $214 million and there were quite a few that broke records in terms of size, clarity and brilliance.

The Blue Moon of Josephine

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Undoubtedly, the most famous blue diamond of 2015, the 13.02-carat stone was sold to a Hong Kong billionaire for $48,468,158 by Sotheby’s. He reportedly bought it for his 7-yearold daughter and named it after her. This price is by far the largest anyone has ever paid for a diamond of any colour and size.

Ruby and Diamond Ring

ruby and diamond cartier

Cartier’s 25.59-carat ring wields a flawless and extremely rare ruby stone as well as 2.47 and 2.70 diamonds, which explains its $30,335,698 price tag. It made headlines for being the first coloured gemstone to sell for more than $1 million per carat at auction and it went to an undisclosed buyer.

The Sweet Josephine

sweet josephine diamond

Another spectacular buy for Hong Kong billionaire’s daughter Josephine as the name reveals. The 16.08-carat pink diamond ring was sold for $28,523,925 at Christie’s.

Emerald-Cut Diamond

emerald-cut diamond

A 100.20-carat ring with more than perfect proportions and clarity was sold at Sotheby’s auction for the record sum of $22,090,000 to an undisclosed buyer.

The Crimson Flame

crimson flame diamond

The 15.04-carat ring is unique with its deep vivid colour, explained as pigeon blood red and considered very rare to be found naturally. It was sold for $18,372,913 at Christie’s.

The Historic Pink

historic pink diamond

The 8.72-carat ring has a rich history behind it as it is believed to have been part of Princess Mathilde de Bonaparte’s collection. Kept in a bank vault since the 1940s, it was sold for $15,903,422 at Sotheby’s.

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Inside Obama’s luxurious $3,500 per night holiday home

The luxurious Hale Reena multi-million dollar estate located in Kailua has been the favoured holiday home of the Obamas lately and for good reasons. Five bedrooms, six bathrooms, and an Asian-style koi pond stretch over 7,000 square feet of manicured land, available for rent at $3,500 a night.

hale reena obama holiday

There are many amenities guests can enjoy, including a relaxing spa, pool, outdoor lanai and even a steam room. The two-week Christmas stay at the Asian-inspired estate cost the Presidential family $56,000 and they only chose Hale Reena because their preferred $10,000-a night Plantation Estate was unavailable.

hale reena obama holiday

Hale Reena, nicknamed the ‘second White House’ is truly spectacular with its spacious rooms, chef’s kitchen, open spaces, nature-inspired interior and many amenities to entertain guests. The oceanfront property is located in a private part of Kailua, offering stunning views of the beautiful Moluka Islands and sufficient privacy even for the First Family of America.

hale reena obama holiday

Guests can enjoy the relaxing atmosphere by taking a dip in the nature-inspired pool or lounge in the outdoor lanai. Located nearby are a golf course and the famous Koko Head hiking trail.

hale reena obama holiday

The estate is surrounded by a large deck that provides plenty of seating area to enjoy panoramic views of the ocean. All rooms are furnished with a low-key, modern aesthetic in mind and boast wooden panels, quality fabrics and more. The famous Morimotos in Waikiki restaurant is located nearby and offers fantastic dishes prepared by Masaharu Morimoto of the Food Network show ‘Iron Chef’.

hale reena obama holiday

Hale Reena exhibits a strong Asian theme with perfectly manicured and harmonious outdoor gardens, featuring a small bridge, stones and exotic plants. It is the ideal spot for a luxurious, low-key vacation for people who value their privacy, but want to be within short distance of  modern amenities and places for entertainment.

hale reena obama holiday

Pablo Picasso, Les femmes d'Alger (Version 'O'), 1955

10 Artworks totalling $1 Billion

The annual art auction sale held at Sotheby’s New York contains some intriguing and valuable lots with a collective worth of $996 million. While there is no particular trend or tendency towards certain artist or period, an increasing mixture of contemporary art and classic works has seen an increase in public interest with modern names like Jeff Koons, Alexander Calder, and Andy Warhol constituting one of the 300 lots estimated at around $89 million. The record-breaker for the month of November was a $3.4 million oil painting by Roy Lichtenstein sold by Sotheby’s. The most sought-after works of art for December are:

Pablo Picasso, Les femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’), 1955

Pablo Picasso, Les femmes d'Alger (Version 'O'), 1955

Its asking price is $179,365,000 at Christie’s and it’s a series of 15 paintings and numerous drawings made by the famous Spanish artist. Version O is the final painting in the Eugène Delacroix- inspired series and was completed in 1955.

Amedeo Modigliani, Nu couché, 1917-1918

Amedeo Modigliani, Nu couché, 1917-1918

This painting caused quite a bit of controversy earlier in 2015 when it was publically exhibited at Christie’s New York gallery. The notorious painting is one of a series of nude portraits commissioned by the Polish art dealer Leopold Zboroswki and currently sold for $170,405,000.

Roy Lichtenstein, Nurse, 1964

Roy Lichtenstein, Nurse, 1964

Another painting by Roy Lichtenstein made it into December’s lot with the artist’s unique style becoming increasingly popular. Inspired by the signature style of 90s comic books, the masterpiece celebrate the bold new imagery of art and has an asking price of $95,365,000.

Mark Rothko, No. 10, 1958

Mark Rothko, No. 10, 1958

The bizarre, but bold and impressive Mark Rothko piece captivates with simplicity and clarity of composition. He is known for the vibrancy of his paintings, achieved through very few materials as evidenced by the No.10, sold for $81,925,000.

Cy Twombly, Untitled (New York City), 1968

Cy Twombly, Untitled (New York City), 1968

Another striking example of contemporary art at its finest – Cy Twombly’s chalkboard picture exits architectural aesthetic and wonderful chaotic allure. It is sold for $70,530,000 at Sotheby’s.

The list complete:

Alberto Giacometti, L’homme au doigt, 1947, sold for $141,285,000 at Christie’s.

Alberto Giacometti, L'homme au doigt, 1947

Pablo Picasso, La Gommeuse, 1901, sold for $67,450,000 at Sotheby’s.

Pablo Picasso, La Gommeuse, 1901

Pablo Picasso, Buste de femme (Femme à la résille), 1938, sold for $67,365,000 at Christie’s.

Pablo Picasso, Buste de femme (Femme à la résille), 1938

Vincent van Gogh, L’Allée des Alyscamps, 1888, sold for $66,330,000 at Sotheby’s.

Vincent van Gogh, L'Allée des Alyscamps, 1888

Lucian Freud, Benefits Supervisor Resting, 1994, sold for $56,165,000 at Christie’s.

Lucian Freud, Benefits Supervisor Resting, 1994