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Patrón’s Best and Rarest Tequila Yet

Less than 3000 thousand bottled of Patrón’s Best and Rarest Tequila Yet are available worldwide for purchase and interested buyers are already lining up to own one.

Patrón $7,500 en Lalique Serie 2 offers a fresh perspective on the design and the tequila. Instead of sticking to the classic bottle shape, the Serie 2 bottle draws its inspiration from the agave plant the tequila is made from. The end result is a tall, elegant decanter with an Art Deco feel, which is capped with an amber-hued crystal stopper to match the delectable tequila inside.

Patrón has long been revered as a brand everyone knows, responsible for elevating the reputation of tequila to a sipping spirit as respected as the finest whiskies and Cognacs. Patrón’s squat glass bottle even came be synonymous with quality tequila. So the brand’s daring attempt at creating a special limited-edition package comes as no surprise. Through a painstaking collaboration with Lalique, the premiere French design house for fine crystal. Patrón en Lalique Serie 1, was released in 2015. It was a stunning, handmade crystal take on the classic Patrón bottle containing a bespoke extra añejo tequila created by master distiller Francisco Alcaraz.

Now, the series 2 boasts a new look, as well as taste with the tequila blended especially for the Serie 2 release. The blend, is different from anything tequilero Alcaraz has produced so far. It has been aged up to 7 years, where a typical extra añejo is aged only 4 years. Aging has occurred in French and American oak with additional aging time in Spanish ex-sherry casks. The end result is a rich and fruity tequila with a noticeable sherry influence of orange and raisins. Notes of agave, vanilla, and honey accompany the main streaks. Dry sherry nuances show up again along with hints of oak on the long, smooth finish. Only 299 hand-numbered bottles of the Serie 2 were hand-made at the Lalique workshop in Alsace, France, although a total of 3000 bottles of the Serie 2 are available for purchase.

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Huawei’s premium smartphone with a Porsche design

The second largest phone manufacturer in the world, Huawei has entered the luxury market with a bang.
Huawei—China’s leading smartphone maker—has finally managed to eclipse Apple in sales. Now, the company has announced its Mate 10 line, the most luxurious of which was created in collaboration with Porsche Design.

The Porsche Design Mate 10 boasts an extra-large screen (6 inches) that extends nearly edge to edge. Its front and rear parts are completely covered in glass. There is a fingerprint reader positioned on the back of the phone for easy unlocking. It’s also equipped with two rear-facing Leica-developed cameras (a 20-megapixel monochromatic camera and a 12-megapixel colour camera) that can quickly recognize faces and other objects, as well as the type of scene being photographed, and adjust settings accordingly in real time. Perhaps the most significant feature of the Mate 10 line is its dedicated neural network processing unit (NPU).

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The Kirin-made NPU was designed specifically to support artificial intelligence–based features. This gives the phone the ability to do things like analyse user behaviour to optimize performance and predict the phone’s most efficient operating mode. AI processing can be done right on the phone, instead of accessing cloud-based services unlike Siri, which speeds function execution. As the phone doesn’t rely as much on an internet connection, this means fewer privacy concerns. The Mate 10’s real-time translator is another striking feature, which can instantly translate text and voice into more than 50 languages.

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The Porsche Design version of the Mate 10 includes some cosmetic flourishes that elevate it above its stablemates. It comes in an exclusive colour—Diamond Black. It ditches the glossy strip that runs across the back of the standard edition. There is a custom user interface created by Porsche Design, and has twice as much onboard memory (256 gigabytes) as the Mate 10 Pro version. It comes with a leather flip case and a USB-to-stereo jack adapter.

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The Porsche Design Mate 10 is available for pre-order now for $1,645 and will be released in December.

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De Grisogono and Christie’s Reveal A Record-Breaking 163-Carat Diamond

Swiss gem house De Grisogono is known for its otherworldly creations that are the epitome of class and bespoke craftsmanship. Its latest offering, which took a whole team of experienced artisans 1,700 hours over 11 months sets a new standard in the world of fine jewellery. “4 de Fevrio,” is a stunning 163.4-carat D colour flawless diamond that will be auctioned on November 14 at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale in Geneva. This will be the largest gem of its kind to ever make it to the legendary auction house and one that is sure to attract a lot of attention from wealthy buyers.

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It was last year that De Grisogono enlisted their team of experts to begin the analysis of the gem’s 404-carat rough. The precious stone was unearthed in eastern Angola’s Lulo mine in February of 2016.  After months of study, it was Ben Green, a veteran 50-year diamond cleaver, who made the first cut in June of last year. In the months that followed, De Grisogono’s team managed to painstakingly angle each facet by laser and by hand. Fitting this record-breaking stone into a wearable piece of jewellery proved to be one of the more challenging parts of putting together this emblematic piece.

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De Grisgono have expressed their fascination with the unlikely find, which presented the rare opportunity for their craftsmen to work with a 163.41 carat diamond of this quality. The design has been kept minimal and stylistically clean to ensure it doesn’t overwhelm the enormous diamond. A dual colour scheme in green and silver complement the clear brilliance of the centre stone and blend in a composition of balance and elegance. A touch of creativity can be noticed in the asymmetrical arrangement with 18 emerald-cut diamonds on one side, rows of deep green, and the pear-shaped emeralds on the opposing side.

The price for this extraordinary piece is yet to be announced by Christie’s.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Floyd Mayweather’s masterpiece of a house

Floyd Mayweather is known as an extravagant man who doesn’t settle for anything else than spectacular. His 22,000-square-foot five-bedroom, seven-bath custom-built mansion in Las Vegas redefines the standard for wealth and luxury.

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With ceilings high over 24 feet high, wood panelling and tone fireplaces – the house is adorned with crystal chandeliers, red silk and textured glass. The house sits on a golf course, giving its owner quick access to the manicured fields for a game.

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When it comes to technology, the mansion has quite a few features to enjoy. The kitchen, for example, has touch-screen video game consoles on the kitchen counter. An outside area provides plenty of space for lounging with a sofa, decking and a sun-drenched swimming pool. A custom-built sauna and massage area ensure that Floyd and his guests can get treated to relaxing SPA procedures any time they please.

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One of the most impressive scenes is in the garage of the mansion, where countless cars valued at over $15 million are neatly tucked away. Floyd Mayweather owns over 16 Rolls Royce and has purchased over 100 cars from a single dealership. Other of his gems include Ferraris, three Bugattis, a Lamborghini, and a McLaren.

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The custom-built 600-square-foot walk-in closet holds his personal jewellery collection and designer clothes that he can’t possibly wear in his lifetime. A collection of diamond-encrusted gold watches from Piquet, Hublot, Chopard and more seat neatly in drawers and are polished to perfection by the numerous staff.

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Purchased for about $9 million, the house has been further customized and now has a wine cellar loaded with Moët & Chandon and Cristal champagne. There is even a glass cabinet to display his most valuable possessions – his boxing belts.

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Vintage Watches – The Omega Edition

Wealthy connoisseurs have always had a thing for vintage Omega watches, which are a status symbol in the horological world.

As the iconic watch brand celebrates its 60th anniversary and the reissue of the Railmaster, Omega’s vintage pieces are seeing further increases in value and interest. Three vintage Omegas have now been reissued in varying forms: the Railmaster, the “Big Blue” and the Speedmaster.

The Omega Seamaster 120 Big Blue is Omega’s latest iteration of the chunky diver chronograph from 1972. The Big Blue was one of the first chronographs capable of handling a 120M dive. It has a crystal and dial appear effectively mint, with faint and even aging present on its indices and hands. Its 100 mesh bracelet is not original to the piece, but that shouldn’t impact its sale price significantly given its condition.

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The Omega Railmaster was launched the same year as the Speedmaster, but never garnered nearly as much attention as its moon-bound brother. Similar to the Rolex Milgauss, the Railmaster was specifically designed for railway employs, although it quickly gained popularity with engineers and scientists whose daily tasks involved significant exposure to magnetic fields. The vintage charm of this piece is clearly visible with its 38mm width and pristine condition.

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The 1969 Omega Speedmaster Professional is easier to find in antique houses than the previous two models, but earlier references like the pre-moon 145.012 are a real gem. The same reference worn on the surface of the moon by Buzz Aldrin himself has gained somewhat of a cult symbol. The model, complete with a flat-link bracelet, is a solid example of the ultimate icon from Omega.

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Stellar Jewelry in Time for the Eclipse

August’s eclipse is an event – much anticipated and celebrated in the wealthy circles. What better way to shine than with these exquisite offerings by some of the best jewelry designers in the world? These cosmically inspired designs are a symphony of stars, crescent moons, and planets recreated thanks to sparkling gems and gold.

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A $6,800 offering comes from renowned designer David Yurman in the form of the Supernova necklace. The beaming 18-karat-gold Supernova ear climbers (priced at $7,800) complete the collection and offer a fiery modern design for the cosmopolitan woman.

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Bibi van der Velden comes with a delightfully fresh and perfectly mismatched star and crescent moon earrings. The Galaxy Planet drop earrings are priced at $9,750 and are adorned with a pair of green-gray Tahitian pearls orbited by a ring of 18-karat rose gold. The Dutch designer’s Big Galaxy opal ring from the same collection captures planets, stars, and bejeweled orbit routes and can be purchased for the sum of $17,110.

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Frozen mid-swirl, Mindi Mond has found a new way of presenting the classic combination of sparkling diamond and platinum in a set of earrings with otherworldly galactic energy. The delicate Art Deco–inspired filigree setting hold more than 12 carats of white rose-cut and old mine-cut diamonds. Naturally, such perfection doesn’t come cheap at $36,960 for the luxurious set.

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Even renowned Maison Chanel is not indifferent to the stargazing trend. The brand debuted its Nuit de Diamants 18-karat white-gold ring. It centers on a crisp diamond star that seems to have spun around the wearer’s finger with a trail of black-spinel stardust in its wake. Price for this spectacular piece is available upon request.

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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.