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An exclusive Collection Honoring Johannes Kepler From Montblanc

Montblanc’s Maison Artisan Atelier in Hamburg, Germany, has flirted with high-end writing instrument designs latterly. Some of the newly-released pieces are priced in excess of $1 million and exhibit intricate motifs centered on serpents and notable figures like Marco Polo – flamboyant enough to capture the eye of wealthy connoisseurs.

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The artisan’s newest collection was designed to honour the mathematician, astronomer, and astrologer Johannes Kepler and his contribution of the three laws of planetary motion. The aptly named High Artistry Homage to Johannes Kepler Limited Edition collection consists of three limited edition designs and one unique piece. Prices, understandably, are astronomically high with the Stella Nova Limited Edition 1 announced at $1.5 million. The one-of-a-kind piece is adorned with 570 diamonds and 5,294 sapphires arranged to evoke the Milky Way in the night sky. An opulent 6.2-carat Montblanc-cut diamond rests on the pen’s cap and is surrounded by three diamond-set rings representing, once again, Kepler’s three laws. The pen is accompanied by a pair of cufflinks shaped like the scientist’s model of the solar system for a complete look.

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The exclusivity of the collection is highlighted throughout – its base model, the Johannes Kepler High Pede Serpentari Limited Edition 39 (priced at $48,130), is restricted to just 39 examples worldwide. The Johannes Kepler High Artistry Astronomia Nova Limited Edition 9 (priced at $140,000), is limited to nine pieces and presents a representation of Ophiuchus and Sagittarius on its barrel.

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 Another flamboyant offering is the Johannes Kepler High Artistry Somnium Limited Edition 5 ($513,000 to $556,000, depending on colour choice) in the form of a fully functional moon-phase indicator on the cap and a special rewinder housed within the pen’s wooden display box.

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The Ultimate Gift – The World’s Largest Flawless Heart-Shape Diamond

One lucky girl would get the ultimate gift that will make both Valentine’s Day and diamond history. That is, if her partner can afford to spend over $20 million on Graff’s heart-shaped, D-class, flawless diamond named in celebration of the Roman goddess of Love.

The Graff Venus is the largest D Flawless heart shape diamond in the world, and comes from a 357-carat rough stone found at the Letseng mine in Lesotho in 2015. It was sold by Gem Diamonds for $19.3 million to an undisclosed buyer in September that year, which means that its price as a symmetrical and perfectly polished stone will be, at least, twice as much. The exceptionally demanding Graff Venus is a magnificent type IIa 118.78ct diamond that goes beyond words, and will surely be the object of desire of many high-class women, celebrities and socialites.

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18 months of analysis, cutting and polishing were invested in the transformation of the rough 357-carat stone to get a record-breaking heart-shaped diamond of immaculate quality and proportions. The GIA certificate revealed the highest grading that any stone can achieve for the Graff Venus: D Colour, Flawless, and Type IIA with Excellent Polish, Excellent Symmetry, and No Fluorescence. This gives the exclusive stone a mesmerizing effect and unparalleled value.

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The world’s largest perfect heart-shape stone, The Graff Venus is arguably the most breath-taking in the contemporary series of record-breaking diamonds.

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Four Single Malts from Scotland

Whiskey experts have always wanted to bottle the essence of Scotland – the inspiration behind the launch from Golden Decanters. The new collection consists of cask-strength whiskies that epitomize the sublime combination of age and beauty. Each of the four major distilling regions of Scotland is represented in one of the single malt whiskeys. The Highlands – with a 19-year-old Ben Nevis, which is a vibrant blend of wood, spice, and fruit. The Lowlands – with a 22-year-old Auchentoshan, which is deep, rich, and surprisingly full-bodied. Islay is represented by a 26-year-old Bowmore, which is a deceptively sweet single malt with a dry, elegant smokiness midpalate. And Speyside’s offers a 34-year-old Glenlivet that highlights the brand’s delicate sweetness without any overly woody notes—a surprise considering its age.

Each of the four bottles is delicately etched by Glencairn Crystal with a scene of Scotland’s finest pursuits —golf, hunting, fishing, and Highland cattle. The design itself is replicated on the handcrafted American oak boxes in which the bottles are housed. 180 numbered sets were created, of which more than 40 have already been sold since the launch in October. The four whiskies are sold as a set, for about $9,161. Golden Decanters has already announced a second release, with more to come, including a possible U.S. exclusive.

A pleasant pastime for wealthy buyers would be the guided distillery tours that the company offers to its customers who make their way to Scotland. An even more immersive experience is available over the course of two weeks to take in all of Scotland’s castles, fine restaurants, and distilleries. The Golden Decanters whiskies are included in the excursion package, the price of which is available on request.

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The Most Expensive American Whiskey

In 2013 when Michter’s released its Celebration Sour Mash whiskey at $4,000 per bottle, it was an exquisite experience to obtain one of the 273 bottles available. Now, there is an even pricier whiskey that spirit connoisseurs can appreciate. The second batch of the palatable liquid is the 2016 Michter’s Celebration Sour Mash. Put together by Willie Pratt before he retired, the new blend retails at $5,000 for a bottle—a bit pricier than its predecessor. There are only 256 bottles released worldwide, making it a rare treat.

As Joseph Magliocco, Michter’s president, puts it – this is far more than another whiskey for the luxury market. “With Celebration,” he says, “we wanted to make an American whiskey that’s as good as anything being made anywhere else in the world. And I think we’ve succeeded.” For this reason an entirely new blend of six different Kentucky straight bourbons and ryes, aged from 10 to almost 33 years, was created. It was then bottled at cask strength, 58.4 percent alcohol by volume. The result has the texture of bourbon, with rich caramel, vanilla, and honey notes, but evolves like a rye, dry and spicy, with lots of oak on the long, dry finish. Michter’s trademark big, powerful flavor profile is also there, but the combination of the whiskeys in the blend make it resonate even deeper on the palate, with greater complexity.

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The packaging of the new blend is similar to the 2013 Celebration. An elegant red wood-and-leather box contains the bottle; the 18-karat gold on both the stopper and the label was applied in France. There is a drawer beneath the bottle with a wax-sealed envelope with a letter signed by Willie Pratt for a personal touch.

To find out more about the world’s most luxurious drinks check out some of our previous posts such as World’s most expensive beverages – part 1, World’s most expensive beverages – part 2 and The best whiskeys to drink this summer.

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Exclusive Reservations You Need in Vegas

Las Vegas is one of those ‘must-see’ destinations that every wealthy traveller has on his list. But a stay at Sin City can turn into a truly memorable experience with a few exclusive reservations that open doors to some of the most prestigious clubs, shows, restaurants and after parties the city has to offer.

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Starting with Carbone – the only place that truly epitomizes the spirit of fine Italian American dining, with tuxedoed waiters and genuine garlic bread croutons. The second outpost of the cult restaurant from Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi has a lot to offer its guests – from the signature favorites, like spicy rigatoni vodka to private dining, and succulent dishes like a lasagna layered with delicate egg crêpes and black truffles – gourmet lovers would be wise not to skip this venue.

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Things don’t get any more American than Joël Robuchon:’s original Mansion at the MGM Grand. And since everything is bigger and better in Vegas – multi-Michelin-starred restaurant offers an over-the-top 16-course prix fixe menu that has everything from foie gras to potato carpaccio covered with black truffles. All this comes at a cost, of course as this is the priciest restaurant in America, at $425 for a meal for two, not including tax and tip.

When it comes to sushi – nothing tops Kabuto Sushi, which is a pilgrimage spot for lovers of the Japanese cuisine. At $48, the 10-piece nigiri sushi omakase is a real treat.

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After a proper meal Vegas-style, it’s time to party with some of the hottest DJs on the music scene. You can catch them at XS – one of the most expensive nightclubs ever built: with plenty of gold everywhere, a crowded dance floor, and an outdoor pool area.

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Ivanka Trump’s art collection

Ivanka Trump’s apartment, which is a frequent topic of discussion in magazines, is the epitome of refined contemporary taste. It is the place, where vintage accents meet funky light fixture by contemporary designers and plenty of custom-made furniture for an overall aesthetic of low-key affluence.

However, the true worth of Ivanka’s real estate haven lies in the works of art that hang on the walls. From a Dan Colen “chewing gum” painting, valued work sold for $578,500 at Phillips New York in 2012. Another impressive piece is a “bullet hole” silkscreen by Nate Lowman – a similar one sold for $665,000 in 2013 at Sotheby’s in New York. Ivanka’s dining room is accentuated by a painting by well-known painter Alex Israel. A similar painting by Israel sold for $581,000 in 2014 at Phillips New York.

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A series of prints by conceptual artist John Baldessari, as well as a massive work by art-market juggernaut Christopher Wool, complements a small piece by the up-and-coming artist Will Boone, prints by photographer Mariah Robertson, and a small, colorful abstract painting by the young art-world star Alex Da Corte.

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Much of Trump’s art was purchased with the assistance of adviser Alex Marshall. Most wealthy, aspiring collectors turn to art advisers for recommendations about what to buy, and to gain access to work that would be unavailable to art-world outsiders.

Ultimate holiday getaways

Ultimate holiday getaways

This time of the year there are quite a few reasons to hit the road and visit some of the world’s top tourist destinations and these new hotels and resorts prove it. From stylish New York boutique hotels to idyllic lakeside accommodation in Italy and exotic Hawaiian destinations – the ultra-wealthy are spoilt for choice when it comes to places that are the perfect blend of modern amenities and tranquil relaxation.

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For those that enjoy the urban pace of a bustling city – New York’s renovated hotel The Lowell just re-opened its doors. Located in the prestigious Upper East Side – its 74 rooms with interiors by Michael S. Smith and a restaurant by Charles Masson and Christian Delouvrier create a real haven for people, who value comfort and class. Marble bathrooms, plush carpets and unparalleled service guarantee guests will thoroughly enjoy their stay.

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Oahu’s Ko Olina offers a slightly different experience of tropical idyll with the new Four Seasons Resort Oahu. The beachfront property boasts a modern Hawaiian style, with banana-leaf headboards and private lanais in a total of 371 rooms and suites. Guests are treated to traditional “loco moco” for breakfast and fresh catches for dinner in the four restaurants. A 35,000-square-foot Naupaka Spa offers Hawaiian-inspired healing therapies in breezy oceanfront treatment huts.

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The debut of Il Sereno Lago di Como took Italy’s luxury tourism to a new level with the 30-room hotel nestled among the rocks and leaning over the lake’s shores. The artistic interior complements the floor-to-ceiling views of the water and surrounding mountains. Guests can enjoy an infinity-edge pool as well as a 16th-century estate located just 5 minutes away by Riva speedboat.

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A Guide to the Best of 2016

As 2016 is coming closer and the team behind The Billionaire Shop wishes you Happy Holidays, let’s take a look at the top destinations for gourmet holidays; premium spirits, must-have real estate and exclusive objects that make for amazing gifts that are sure to thrill every connoisseur.

LA’s Newest Tiki Palace

We know buyers with discerning taste and the money to back it up only want the best of the best. And what’s a better way to spend New Year’s Eve than at the brand new and trending LA’s Newest Tiki Palace – a true a Polynesian paradise that is a delightful addition to Clifton’s Pacific Seas restaurant. Another spot worth your attention is just a short flight away in London’s One Aldwych hotel, where Michelin three-star chef Eneko Atxa is treating his guests to mouth-watering delicacies that celebrate modern Basque cuisine. And what better spirit to wash the delicious food down with than the latest edition of Reserva de la Familia extra añejo ($149) – the pinnacle of Jose Cuervo’s tradition?

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And every gentleman who is frequently on the road would want to head over to Louis Vuitton, Loewe and Mark Cross Grace, whose collective efforts can make any trip smoother, smarter, and more stylish with the Louis Vuitton Pégase Légère 55 carry-on for $3,800; Loewe’s briefcase for $2,190 and Mark Cross Grace leather trunk for $8,250.

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If you haven’t yet finished your holiday shopping – one thing you will definitely want on your list is the rare Leonardo da Vinci drawing, which depicts the martyrdom of the early Christian Saint Sebastian, and is the first work by da Vinci to be uncovered in more than 15 years. The sketch is valued at around $15.8 million.

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Framed, it would go perfectly in this spectacular 48,000-square-foot Bel Air Mansion, which is on the marker for $85 million. Located in sunny LA, it is surrounded by a labyrinth of elaborate rose gardens, drawing inspiration from French chateaus and boasts grand ballroom, 70-foot infinity pool, swan pond, a private elevator, spa, and 19 fireplaces. The 100-person courtyard is the ideal setting for a once-in-a-lifetime New Year party.
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A Selection of Christmas Whiskeys

It’s hard to imagine in the winter holiday season without the smooth goodness of these single-malt treats. Even today, most single malts are not that prevalent on the market but this is starting to change. One of the best-selling blends in the world is Dewar’s White Label. It relies on a combination of more than 40 single malts along with grain whisky. Among those 40-plus are five owned by John Dewar & Sons. One of those, Aberfeldy, has ever been widely available as a single malt. All five have just been released as single malts, each getting its turn in the spotlight.

Another first placeholder is Craigellachie, currently available in 13- and 23-year-old expressions (priced at $55 and $280, respectively), is an interesting offer. It’s been around since the 1890s (although it’s been used almost exclusively in blends until now), and it continues to be made the same way. It’s one of the only whiskies that malts (cooks). Connoisseurs are treated to a tangy, fruity, slightly sulphuric flavour that has been described by many as “meaty.” Both expressions are unlike anything else on the market.

The Woodford Reserve Brandy Cask Finish is an atypical whiskey (priced at $100)—it cannot legally be called bourbon but it contains various elements that influence a bourbon’s character. Although it starts out as a fully mature Woodford Reserve bourbon it is then finished for almost two years in brandy casks. The result is a smooth bouquet of apple pie, crisp caramel, and dried fruit, all wrapped in a delicate veil of vanilla and maple.

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Chopard’s Most Collectible Watch

Chopard has always been known for chasing after impossible standards of perfection and timeless minimalism and the new L.U.C. Full Strike minute repeater is a living proof of that. It is not so common that technology and architectural design come together in a marriage of complementing opposites that create a unique object of art.

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Horological connoisseurs will be thrilled with this bold and innovative minute repeater. The L.U.C. Full Strike is a rare watch of exemplary design. Its acoustic qualities make it one of the three best-sounding repeaters created during the last decade. It is capable of producing crisp and clear sounds with both richness and intensity. The gongs are made of sapphire—the same material that forms the upper crystal itself, which helps to enhance the sound.

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The acoustic potential of the crystalline material is immediately made apparent to the true connoisseur. Through innovative design Chopard has managed to simplify the mechanism behind the movement without compromising the harmony of the sub-frequencies produced by metal-on-metal contact in the case and movement. A detailed glimpse of the case reveals an elaborate series of safety systems that protect the movement and smooth the operation of the strike mechanism. The openwork format of the case works well with the architectural design of the piece, which along its sound qualities and idea-based achievement easily make the Full Strike the most collectible watch Chopard has ever built.

Price is available on request, although recommended retail price is around $261,715.