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The Rosetti Explorer Yacht

Rosetti Superyachts’ new 279-foot expedition yacht combines luxury-yacht accommodations with a proven offshore-supply-vessel design and the results are spectacular. The Italian shipyard has built more than 100 offshore commercial vessels since 1925, and is well known for its bespoke designs. Working with renowned designer Tommaso Spadolini has produced a range of explorer and bespoke superyachts from 157 to 280 feet. These custom yachts have a distinctive Italian look as well as notable technical advantages that few other shipyards can’t offer. 

The first 279-foot concept is a powerful hybrid expedition/support vessel designed to carry a flotilla of boats and toys, as well as a month’s worth of fuel and supplies, turning it essentially into a home-on-water. Its yacht-caliber accommodations for the owners and guests make maritime adventures as comfortable as can be even in the worst of weather conditions. 

The new Rosetti will have a dedicated helicopter landing area for quicker access and fast getaways. It will be powered by MAN diesel engines fitted with an innovative Azipod propulsion system that was developed by Rolls-Royce. This results in a strong top speed and exceptional fuel performance. All of these specifications have been designed with the growing trend for explorer yachts fueled by adventurers in mind. With wealthy clients pushing the boundaries of exploration, the need for vessels that can live up to their cruising needs has created a new market niche.  From the fjords of Norway or Antarctica, remote waters are now just a sail away.

Rosetti has announced only about a dozen custom yachts to be built over the next five years, focusing on three different styles. Buyers will be able to choose between support vessels, explorer yachts, and traditional superyachts, each with a custom design. They will rely on the same types of propulsion, and general delivery times will be around 12 months.”

Owners will also have the choice of working with their own designers or using the Spadolini designs that are being developed. Prices will be available upon discussion of specifications and design requests for each individual vessel.

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A selection of exquisite wines for the holidays

A mere four weeks before the holiday season is the perfect time to invest in some limited-edition, high-quality wines. Wealthy investors understand the unlimited opportunities of fine wine with eager connoisseurs willing to spend as much as $3,000 as an average price tag for a bottle of Pétrus, one of Bordeaux’s greatest reds. And these four suggestions from some of the best wine houses in the world are a safe bet this season:

Thierry Allemand, Cornas, Rhône, France

Thierry Allemand has farmed his rocky, terraced vineyards in Cornas for decades, which has earned him fame as one of the world’s Syrah masters and a loyal following from sommeliers and collectors alike. His upcoming retirement is expected to push his wines toward record prices. Their 2014 Thierry Allemand “Chaillot” Cornas retails for $150.

Maison Pierre Overnoy, Arbois-Pupillin, Jura, France

Pierre Overnoy’s protégé Emmanuel Houillon has continued his legacy with wines that are high in price but also unmatched in quality and taste. The wine house’s signature method for production excludes the use of sulphur dioxide (the almost universally used preservative. Presently, a bottle of their fine Arbois Pupillin Chardonnay can be bought for $160.

Henri Bonneau, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Rhône, France

Henri Bonneau was one of the great traditionalist winemakers of the southern Rhône, and the bottles that have remained after his death at Châteauneuf-du-Pape’s have skyrocketed in value. They are currently only available through private auctions with prices going as high as $645 for a bottle.

Arnaud Ente, Meursault, Burgundy, France

Arnaud Ente is one of Burgundy’s most respected—and most meticulous—winemakers. Intense and keenly focused, his white Burgundies are the apotheosis of Chardonnay. The signature combination of quality and a limited annual production has already seen prices skyrocket with bottles starting at £568.00.

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Peat-Driven Whisky from Laphroaig

Age and oak have brilliantly enriched the deep nuances of a beloved classic Islay single malt. As Laphroaig is celebrating its 202nd birthday this year, the venerable Islay distillery is re-inventing tradition. The team, led by distillery manager John Campbell, has been experimenting tirelessly with aging its distinctively peaty whisky. In addition to PX sherry hogsheads and virgin American oak, they have turned to triple maturation and quarter-size casks, and managed to produce a range of 11 core whiskies, along with a few limited-edition expressions. And they are a taste to behold.

Now, whiskey will no longer be judged on the sole basis of how long it has spent in the barrel. With the exception of Laphroaig’s flagship 10-year-old bottling and a hard-to-find 25 year old, the new range is entirely NAS (no age statement). This is an indicator that at least some of the blend is younger than the other whiskies included. With more and more NAS single malts being released—many of which still fall under the category of high-quality whiskies. But a significant age is something that is hard to replicate.

The newly released Laphroaig 27 Year Old is priced at $750 per bottle. It was matured in a combination of refill hogsheads, ex-bourbon casks, and refill quarter casks—and bottled at a tame 83.4 proof. The result is a rich, deep, multi-layered flavour that stands out from the vast majority of younger malts. Time tends to soften a peated whisky but the flavour remains unaltered. The smoke and peat are still present, along with a classic undernote and salty-sea-air finish. But it’s achieved a gentler and rounder texture than a typical Laphroaig, with sweet honey and hints of citrus costarring in the production.

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Miami’s New $20,000-Per-Night Penthouse

Lavish Sunny Isles Beach is one of Miami’s most luxurious and sought-after neighborhoods, offering white sandy beaches, world-renowned restaurants, and panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Recently, a frenzy of modern residential towers and opulent hotel accommodations have been redefining its skyline. Ahead of other developments is Acqualina Resort & Spa, known for its sold-out Mansions at Acqualina, its Karl Lagerfeld–designed Estates at Acqualina, and, its brand new 7,725-square-foot hotel Penthouse 46.

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Located on the 46th floor of Acqualina’s 51-story resort tower, the bespoke penthouse is built around its 360-degree ocean and Intercoastal views. It boasts a modern and superbly elegant décor throughout that effortlessly channels the tranquillity of the sea below. The spacious oceanfront terrace is fitted with plush lounge furniture, a saltwater swimming pool, a living wall, a TV, a summer kitchen, and a dining table for a party of eight.

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The spectacular views follow guests inside with floor-to-ceiling windows and a simple color palette of neutrals and dark grays. A strong Miami vibe can be seen in the interior with playful touches in every room. A 10-person wooden dining table rests atop a coral pony-hair rug. The bar is fitted with a striking agate countertop backlit with LED bulbs, and the extravagant entrance sprawls off a private foyer and sparkles with a silver-leaf ceiling.

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The price of Miami’s newest accommodation starts at $20,000 per night and is well worth every cent. The five-bedroom suite includes a poolside cabana guest house for a truly VIP experience. It is one suite that outshines all others in comfort, style and exclusivity.

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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.