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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).

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Christie’s Beverly Hills $500 Million Flagship Exhibition

Christie’s Beverly Hills flagship has opened doors to its cult rich following and its first exhibition is more than eye-catching. The two-story, 5,400-square-foot building on North Camden Drive is a story” about art since the 1960s, with touchpoints to Los Angeles”. Well-known names as Lichtenstein and Warhol, extraordinary for their time left a huge impact on Los Angeles collectors.

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The exhibition will be open to the public until April 28 and showcases museum-quality masterpieces from Monet, Picasso, Bacon, Basquiat, Lichtenstein, Tamayo, Sherman, and Twombly. There will also be a plethora of jewels and watches. Andy Warhol’s Big Campbell’s Soup Can with Can Opener (Vegetable) (price upon request) was painted in 1962, marking the beginning of the artist’s first solo pop art show in a Los Angeles gallery. Another worthwhile mention is Roy Lichtenstein’s Red and White Brushstroke (estimate $25 to $35 million). Local artist Mark Grotjahn’s Untitled (S III Released to France Face 43.14), is expected to sell for between $13 to $16 million, is also featured prominently.

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Cy Twombly’s 1962 painting Leda and the Swan stands out with its bold, explosive colors.  The highly anticipated piece is expected to fetch between $35 and $55 million. Additional highlights in the exhibition include Francis Bacon’s Three Studies for a Portrait of George Dyer (price available upon request), Pablo Picasso’s Femme assise dans un fauteuil ($20 to $30 million), and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s La Hara (estimate $22 to $28 million).

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The Beverly Hills flagship will host art forums, guided tours, panel discussions, shows, and movie screenings. Connoisseurs can educate themselves on the trends in the art world.

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A $15 Million New York City Residence Designed by Zaha Hadid

The late Zaha Hadid—a Pritzker Prize-winning architect – is the creative mind behind 520 West 28th Street’s new 39-unit residential tower in New York City. Hadid designed the building inside and out. Hand-crafted metal and curved glass give the exterior a contemporary look while the interior is characterized by understated elegance.  Hadid designed the kitchens and bathrooms in partnership with Boffi and Gaggenau.

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The building culminates in a four-bedroom model residence, which overlooks the Empire State Building and High Line Listed at $15 million, it gives homeowners the chance to live inside the architectural marvel. The 4,500-square-foot is beautifully arranged and decorated with contemporary artwork and colorful accents to create a modern motif.

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The master bedroom benefits from walk-in closets and expansive windows, while the master bathroom showcases marble floors and walls, Boffi vanities with double sinks. Also, there is a glass-enclosed shower, built-in mirrors and cabinets with custom lighting designed by Hadid. The gourmet kitchen is every chef’s dream with two refrigerators, two dishwashers, three ovens, a freezer, a 70-bottle wine cooler, a five-burner gas stovetop, and warming drawers. The residence is surrounded with a landscaped garden and a vertically planted wall, which provides a touch of nature amid the city.

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The building has a number of amenities, including a 75-foot swimming pool, an IMAX screening room, and a spa suite with a pool and sauna. Zaha Hadid’s signature furniture lines the lobby, and a 34-foot marble sculpture wall with a water-jetted pattern adds visual allure. There are several remaining apartment layouts from around $5 million to $50 million.

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KTM’s 1290 Super Duke R Motorcycle

The new KTM’s 1290 Super Duke R Motorcyclev takes the concept of naked design to a new level. Its revealing, steel trellis frame creates a powerful combination with the Austrian’s street machines. The 1290 Super Duke’s 75-degree V-twin boasts a brand new LC8 engine paired with a cage with 177 horses (with up to almost 104 ft lbs of torque) and a 6-speed transmission. The new resonator chambers on the cylinder heads has made the engine more fuel- and eco-friendly by reducing its carbon dioxide footprint by 10%.

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Another impressive element is the bike’s responsiveness, which is made possible thanks to a chassis that comprises a single-sided swingarm, front and rear suspension, and Brembo brakes. The austere frame of the hardware is complemented by a consort of software-assisted componentry that allow for customization of the ride experience. Some of these include Bosch’s Motorcycle Stability Control (MSC) with an anti-lock braking system; Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC) with various driving settings; Supermoto mode for deliberate drifts; and an optional Track mode.

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There is a launch control feature—the first that KTM motorcycles has ever applied in its bikes to limit the rear wheel’s spin and front wheel’s lift for stand-out standing-starts. Metzeler M7RR tires worn by 17-inch alloy wheels complete the mechanical beast.

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A thin film transistor (TFT) display provides ride information through hands-free connectivity to a smartphone. The controls on the handlebars allow the driver to manage menu options. For additional convenience, the ignition that activates all the action is keyless. The KTM 1290 Super Duke R may be a generational combination of finesses and ferocity—but all of that comes at the price of $17,999.

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Ultimate Easter Egg Treats

The Eastern tradition of gifting exquisite chocolate eggs is a delicious one. But with these decadent eggs – courtesy of Michelin-starred chefs – you can experience a treat like no other. Of course, it doesn’t come cheap.

Wealthy buyers can bring a taste of spring over-the-top Easter delicacies with a number of delicacies like the Hôtel Le Bristol Paris’s $740 chocolate nest. The nine pound goodness is a limited-edition dessert – courtesy of the hotel’s three-Michelin-star restaurant Epicure. Almost too beautiful to eat, the sculpted treat consists of four golden eggs rest in a chocolate nest that stands atop a pair of sculpted chicken legs.

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The renowned French pastry chef Pierre Hermé—the chief pâtissier at Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris—has also released a limited-edition Easter creation, Oeuf Tagli. The egg (priced from about $135 for an egg and a selection of bonbons) draws inspiration from 20th-century Italian artist Lucio Fontana’s Olii works. Hermé’s monochromatic eggs, featured in vibrant colors are as tasty as they are aesthetically pleasing. Made from single-origin chocolate from Belize with red fruit notes, they are on display at Le Royal Monceau, and available for purchase at Hermé’s shops throughout France and the UK.

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Ritz Paris’s head pastry chef François Perret took an entire year to compose his Du Côté de Chez Swann Egg concept. The elaborate creation is 7-inch-tall teapot made with 70-percent Carupano chocolate from Venezuela and topped with a chocolate-dipped madeleine crest. A secret trove of miniature madeleines with a praline-hazelnut filling is sure to inspire all kinds of wonderful memories.

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Priced at about $85, the egg is available by special order at the Ritz Paris.

 

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A Rare Macallan Collection for $1 Million

A set of rare the Macallan whiskies in limited-edition Lalique crystal decanters were auctioned by Sotheby’s Hong Kong on April 2 for $993,000. This sets a new world record for any lot of whisky sold at auction.

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The Legacy Collection consists of six decanters of the Macallan single malts aged from 50 to 65 years. Each represents one of the Macallan’s Six Pillars or a set of characteristics—such as aging in exceptional oak casks, employing small stills, and using the finest cuts. These set the brand apart from competitors. Two companies have collaborated on the Macallan in Lalique Six Pillars series for a little over a decade. And this has been the first ever auction for a complete collection offered for sale.

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Apart from the six decanters, the lot included six miniature bottles from the Macallan’s Fine and Rare series (two each from 1937, 1938, and 1939 respectively), six pairs of hand-crafted Lalique whisky glasses, and autographs from the Macallan’s master blenders.

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This exceptional collection came with an opulent cabinet for storage – courtesy of the craftsmen at Lalique Maison. Made from natural ebony, the true work of art is the only one of its kind in the world. A large percentage from the auction’s proceeds went to charities dedicated to helping the disadvantaged of Hong Kong and throughout Asia – a worthwhile humanitarian effort from Sotheby’s.