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Russia’s Most Expensive Diamond

Dynasty – potentially the most expensive diamond manufactured in the history of Russia – is about to go on sale. It is hard to say how much the keenest buyer will have to shed to own this flawless piece, but the starting price is announced at the staggering $10 million.

Russian miner Alrosa announced the November auction of its rare collection of polished diamonds produced domestically, including the giant 51.38-carat gem. The large, traditional round-cut diamond, has a 2.5 cm (1 inch) diameter, making it equal in size to the visible part of a human eye. This makes it the first of such size and quality in the history of Russian jewelry.

The Dynasty Collection took a year and a half for Alrosa’s specialists to create. It consists of five polished diamonds from a 179-carat Romanovs rough diamond, extracted at one of the company’s mines in Russia’s far eastern Yakutia region in 2015.

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The collection pays homage to the Tsar Peter the Great, who built the city of St Petersburg, and the Romanov dynasty, which ruled Russia for 300 years. The name was chosen in line with Alrosa’s intention to revive the traditions and memory of renowned Russian jewelers famous for their craftsmanship and filigree since Russia’s first cutting and polishing factory founded by Peter I (the Great) early in the 18th century.

Alrosa and Anglo American’s De Beers unit auction for the first time auctioned polished stones this year, produce about half of the world’s rough diamonds.

Dynasty is the collection’s main 51.38-carat diamond with a 57-facet traditional round brilliant cut with triple excellent cut, D color and VVS1 clarity. No other diamond manufactured in Russia has come close to this size and quality and is expected to attract a lot of interest from potential buyers.

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Limited Edition Summer Bourbons

Al Young is a legendary name in Kentucky bourbon circles. A part of Four Roses since 1967, he has brought back the brand to life. It is now one of the most popular and critically acclaimed bourbons in the world. Young himself is a member of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame.

Commemorating Young’s 50th anniversary with Four Roses, he and Master Distiller Brent Elliott released a special bourbon. The Al Young 50th Anniversary Small Batch Bourbon will retail for $150. This is not the first limited edition single barrel and small batch offering from Four Roses in the last decade.  But it is amongst the most anticipated releases of the year for bourbon fans and collectors. The special bourbon comes in a bottle, which replicates the bottle and label design from 1967. Inside is a blend of four different recipes aged 13-23 years. Sweet, slightly tart notes of dried apples and cherries open the taste buds before the oak makes its presence felt midpalate. The finish is long and dry, with soft butterscotch and burnt caramel complementing the woody spice. Light vanilla and toffee notes are added to the fore, but even at cask strength (54.46% alcohol by volume), it’s easy to drink neat.

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Another noteworthy offering comes from Maker’s Mark – one of the best-selling whiskeys in the world.  The Bill Samuels Jr. Private Select (priced at $80) was created by the brand’s legendary chairman emeritus. Samuels’ creation was finished in a barrel composed of a variety of seasonal staves to give the bourbon unique qualities in both taste and texture. While the flavor profile remains similar to Maker’s 46, Samuels’ Private Select boasts slightly more robust notes of vanilla, toffee and pepper, with a finish that lingers just a wee bit longer.

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A quarter century after its launch, Knob Creek marks its silver anniversary with Knob Creek 25th Anniversary Limited Edition Bourbon (priced at $130). This is a single-barrel bottling that’s the first Knob Creek to be released at cask strength. The high-octane blast is reminiscent of Booker’s Bourbon, with familiar brown sugar and toffee notes of Knob Creek emerge clearly. The finish is long and dry, full of oak, tobacco, and leather.

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New luxurious Belmond Andean Explorer sleeper train

Wealthy travellers are able to experience the Peruvian Andes like never before aboard Belmond’s luxurious sleeper train. The ultimate travel adventure allows you to explore the harsh but lush terrain of Peru in comfort and luxury – usually reserved for 5-star hotels in the world’s top cities. Now, all of these services are taken to one of the world’s highest train routes aboard South America’s first luxury sleeper train.

Belmond Andean Explorer is a luxury train with the capacity of up to 48 passengers. It passes through Peru in peerless style. Travellers can select from one- and two-night itineraries journey between Cusco, Puno and Arequipa and take in natural wonders such as Lake Titicaca and Colca Canyon en-route.

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Time abroad can be spent in an inviting, indulgent ambiance with superb accommodation and a range of amenities. Guests can enjoy refined Andean cuisine throughout the unforgettable journey. Fresh, colourful and seasonal dishes will be made from locally sourced ingredients and served in the two elegant dining carriages. Top chefs from Belmond Hotel Monasterio, Cusco will be in charge of designing the menus.

There are additional observation, lounge and spa cars for much-needed relaxation spots. Modern comfort and traditional flourishes are combined to create an ambiance of luxury and elegance. The interior is connected to the location to make this a holistic journey of discovery. This journey will begin with the train’s immediate surroundings.

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A luxurious Piano Bar Car sets the musical tone as guests enjoy a selection of exquisite cocktails to the sensational passing scenery as a backdrop.

The Observation Car is the ultimate spot take in the picturesque Andean landscape and breathe in the crisp air from the open deck.

The Llama carriage houses the Boutique with original gifts and handcrafted items from each of the train’s destinations. It’s open from 11am until 7pm daily.

Adjacent to the Boutique is a library with a bespoke selection of literature to immerse guests in the fascinating history, culture and natural wonders of Peru.

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The Corum Golden Bridge Rectangle Watch

Corum‘s iconic Golden Bridge watch debuted in 1980 in its original barrel-shaped case. Last year, the Swiss watchmaker introduced a redesigned version in a more traditional round case. At this year’s Baselworld fair, Corum revealed another variation of its signature Golden Bridge, in a new, Art Deco-influenced rectangular case.

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The Corum Golden Bridge Rectangle, like its round-cased predecessor has been designed by Dino Modolo. It boasts an eye-catching baguette-shaped, linear-oriented, manual-winding movement, Caliber CO113. The movement is designed to be visible in the center of the open dial with a high level of engraving and finishes on its 18k gold bridges and plate. It is surrounded on both sides by 18k gold elements that represent six Roman numerals whose curved shapes and rivets resemble the intricate architecture of a bridge. The movement’s timekeeping functions are on full display. The spring barrel at 6 o’clock feeds energy to the escapement at 12 o’clock. Caliber CO113 has a frequency of 28,800 vph (4 Hz) and a power reserve of 40 hours.

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The curved rectangular case sports a grooved winding crown at the bottom – a hallmark feature of Corum’s Bridges collection. Both are made of 5N 18k rose gold and measure 29.5 mm by 42.2 mm. The baton-shaped hour and minute hands are rhodium-plated and faceted. Both the front and back of the watch are covered with nonreflective sapphire crystals. The watch is water-resistant to 30 meters. The strap is made of brown alligator leather with a triple-folding clasp made of rose gold. The price for the new Corum Golden Bridge Rectangle is $36,900.

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A New Jewelry Collection from Rihanna and Chopard

The famous pop singer and fashion icon Rihanna teamed with Caroline Scheufele – Chopard’s co-president and creative director – to produce a collection of jewels under the title “Rihanna ♥ Chopard.” It will comprise high jewelry pieces and a collection of limited edition jewels made with18к“Fairmined” gold, cabochon rubies, orange and yellow sapphires, tsavorites and 14 carats of turquoise beads.

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Official unveiling of the collection was in May 2017 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Festival de Cannes red carpet. Also, it celebrated Chopard’s 20th year as the official partner of the Cannes Film Festival. The pieces represent one-of-a-kind floral inspired multi-colored chandelier earrings and marquise-cut diamond solitaire ring. They were first worn by Rihanna at the recently held Grammy Awards, and the cover of Harper’s Bazaar. The jewels are inspired by the singer’s island roots—the lush gardens of Barbados and the bright colors of Carnival.

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The second collection is the limited edition Rihanna ♥ Chopard Joaillerie Collection. It is characterized by minimalist geometry and sharp, clean lines. Based on Chopard’s classic Ice Cube shape, it mixes in a touch of what the luxury brand describes as “a synergy of urban modernism and pure design.” The nine-piece collection starts at $1,460 is available for purchase at the brand’s boutiques worldwide. Only 2,000 editions per design will be produced and they can be pre-ordered.

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Rihanna stated about the Chopard Brand, “I have always been in love with Chopard’s exquisite jewelery, so to actually design collections with them is something I still can’t believe,” she says. “It was a really incredible process and I learned so much! I can’t wait for everyone to see it.”

Pieces in the already released collection are characterized by bold colors and beautiful floral designs that feature certified fair mined gold, green beryls, aquamarines, topaz, and diamonds. There is also an automatic watch in 18-karat white gold that is set with more than 30 carats of diamonds.

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Best Jewelry for Men This Summer

This summer holds a lot of promises with modern and masculine designs that will have the wealthy buyer looking sharp. From cool Tacori cufflinks to Todd Reed’s signature rough-cut diamond rings—here are a few unique accessories that perfectly pair ruggedness with refinement.

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The 1884 Collection comprises a few staggering pieces. The pinnacle of the line is an 18-karat yellow gold and sterling silver link bracelet (priced at $4,500). It is set with three antique bronze coins that date back to around AD 360 – the tail end of the reign of Roman emperor Constantius II. This piece will certainly prove popular with history aficionados who have an eye for the finer things in life.

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Alex Soldier’s limited-edition Hidden Realms ring (priced at $3,900) has created a bespoke work of art – sculptural and bold. The ring’s squared-edge 18-karat rose band is inlaid with two curving strips of black diamonds. It is then topped on one side with a roughly-textured white gold frame that encircles a single white diamond.

John Hardy’s jewellery is infamous for its distinct organic elegance. The Bali-based brand’s designs for men strike the perfect balance between masculinity and sophistication, as evidenced by the textured silver and bronze chain-motif signet ring with diamonds (retailing for $2,200).

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Todd Reed’s ruggedly refined sterling silver ring (selling for the whooping$13,925) is certainly a conversation starter. Topped with a 4-carat raw diamond, the perfectly edgy stone will complement a variety of styles and lifestyle choices.

Finally, there is something inherently masculine in the form of gold cufflinks. Tacori offers an eye-catching modern take on this traditional male accessory with a pair of deep crimson and brown-striped Tiger Iron stones set in 18-karat yellow gold frames and stamped with the brand’s official gem seal. They can be yours for $3,990.

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Essential Summer Jewelry

The leading event in the watch and jewelry industry – Baselworld 2017 came and went, debuting fascinating pieces the rich will want to have this season. A number of established designers and jewelry houses introduced their new offerings for the summer and there are quite a few head-turners.

Up-and-coming designer Carol Kauffmann has created an array or vibrant pieces. She skillfully combines 22-carat gold with azure and aquamarine blue for pieces that are universally flattering, always look fresh, and pair perfectly with summer whites. The Brazilian designer’s magic turquoise earrings retail for $6,215 and will become an essential accessory for the upper class lady.

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Buddha Mama puts a playful spin on classic bohemian designs. The brand debuts a few expressive pieces like its Vanleles aquamarine earrings (priced at $36,000) – perfect for late summer evenings on the East Coast and its rondelle aquamarine sautoir for $4,300 that will make casual beach days in the Mediterranean a real experience for all senses.

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Colored diamonds are a trend that’s here to stay and several designers prove it. Natural, fancy-colored diamonds can be seen in the collections of Kristin Hanson and Neha Dani.  Kristin’s one-of-a-kind pieces purple-and-green diamond daisy studs sells for $19,000 and are perfect for everyday wear.

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While Neha Dani’s breathtaking Amarante Bagle will set you back $3 million and is a truly out-of-this-world piece. It took over 2,000 hours to fabricate by hand and contains over 72 carats of fancy pink diamonds.

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Phillips’ Record Breaking 20th Century & Contemporary Art Sale

May 18th is fast approaching with one of this year’s most highly anticipated art auctions in the face of Phillips’ 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale in New York. There is a number of sought-after pieces that are sure to generate a lot of interest amongst wealthy buyers.

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One of the more notable pieces is Rosedale, a 1991 oil on canvas by the Scottish painter Peter Doig. The artist has participated previously in another auction, where his 1990–1991 work, White Canoe, sold in 2007 for $11.3 million. Rosedale is estimated to fetch close to $25 million, a sum that easily approaches the $25.9 million paid in May 2015 for the current Doig record-holder, Swamped. Quality Doig pieces are a great rarity on the market according to Jean-Paul Engelen, worldwide cohead of 20th Century and Contemporary Art for Phillips.

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Also on offer will be Willem de Kooning’s Untitled II from 1980, which is estimated between $12 million to $18 million. De Kooning painted fewer than 10 pieces that year, but his untitled abstract expressionist canvases with Roman numerals consistently attracts the attention of bidders. Other highlights at the May 18 auction will feature David Hammon’s 1990 African-American Flag. The artist’s top 10 results all fetched above $1 million at recent auctions—and eight of those 10 recorded between 2013 and 2016. Phillips anticipates African-American Flag to go for $700,000 to $1 million. The auction house will also offer Woman: Sunlight, Moonlight, which is a rare limited-edition 1996 sculpture made by Roy Lichtenstein the year before he died. This exceptional piece may set a medium record for the artist s it is estimated in excess of $10 million.

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On board Dreamliner’s flying penthouse available for rent at £20,000 an hour

A new impressive re-design of a commercial aircraft Boeing 787 Dreamliner sees it being transformed into a flying penthouse. Dubbed ‘VVIP’ because of its heightened exclusivity, it’s the world’s largest private jet. The £230million aircraft went on display at London’s Stansted Airport, this week, as it marks the launch of bespoke travel packages by Deer Jet.

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To experience the Dreamjet’s flashy delights travellers will need to hire out the whole plane – as it’s not possible to book just a single seat. That will set them back roughly £20,000 per hour, meaning a flight from London to New York would have a price tag of at least £160,000 or from New York to Australia – £440,000 single fare, £880,000 for return journey. Although, that’s a small price for the complete privacy and unmatched luxury the remodelled aircraft offers.

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The conversion offers guests ample space – 2,400 square feet to be precise – which is limited to a capacity of 30 lucky jet-setters. Fitted with extra-large windows for greater views of the skies, the luxury cabin also features 18 lie-flat first class beds, in addition to the main lounge for meetings, relaxing or partying.

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The Marble-finish bathrooms are kitted-out with Jo Malone toiletries. In addition, the cabin also possesses private space for guests who want their privacy. Crew and in-flight butlers are accommodated in separate designated staff quarters.

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High-standard leather sofa beds – which recline fully – are arranged around the 2,400 square feet cabin. The idea behind the new exclusive service is to ‘make travel an art’ for business and leisure travellers worldwide.

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The new Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Métrographe

Parmigiani Fleurier has revealed it new Tonda Métrographe and it’s just as impressive as its initial viewing at SIHH. The brand has combined mechanical prowess and elegant design in the steel-cased Tonda Métrographe. This latest version is defined by a more understated and highly legible dial. A few other faint tweaks put it right up next to big players like Jaeger-LeCoultre, Piaget, and other contenders in the (relatively) affordable category.

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The elegant new dial configuration is by far the most notable change. It now features a tachymeter scale and the date window has been repositioned to 12 o’clock. In addition to this, a double-hand semicircular running-seconds subdial has been incorporated at 3 o’clock. These latter two elements provide the piece with improved balance and legibility as well as a slightly dressier feel than its predecessor. The two-tone watch makes use of rose gold. The case’s design remains effectively unchanged but it boasts decreased thickness.

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The model is powered by Parmigiani’s PF315 self-winding calibre with a base movement that is developed and manufactured in-house and then fitted with a Dubois Dépraz chronograph module. In its black-dial-on-black-strap configuration, the easy answer is “with everything, all the time”. The Métrographe is versatile and elegant, making it a welcome addition to any wardrobe selection. The new Tonda Métrographe will become available in Parmigiani’s North American retailer network (as well as at their flagship boutique in Miami) as early as next month.

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The watch is available in two configurations—a white-dial version and the black variant shown—both on either a supple calf-leather strap ($11,500) or a bracelet ($12,000).