Largest Ever Blue Diamond

Largest Ever Blue Diamond Costs – £45 Million

Christie’s has announced a scheduled auction of a spectacular 14.62 carat blue diamond for May this year. Nicknamed the Oppenheimer Blue – the gargantuan stone has an estimated value of between £38 and £45 million, making it the most expensive vivid blue diamond to be auctioned ever.

The emerald-cut gem carries the name of its previous owner – Sir Philip Oppenheimer and is described as possessing “perfect hue, impeccable proportions, and [a] fabulous rectangular shape.” Diamonds that have impeccable qualities in terms of the 4C’s are incredibly rare to come across. That stands for Cut, Color, Clarity, and Carat Weight and a stone of blue nuance is amongst the rarest to be found in nature with less than 2% of all gems are naturally blue. The Oppenheimer Blue rates high in both the highest and clearest saturation nuance of the colour possible.

Largest Ever Blue Diamond

The last few years have seen a number of record-priced coloured diamonds sold at auctions with the Hope Diamond being the most famous. The sale of the Oppenheimer Blue comes just a few months after another record-breaking sale – that of a 9.54-carat blue diamond that used to be owned by the child star Shirley Temple. It was sold at Sotheby’s in New York for $35 million in April. However, the Oppenheimer diamond has the potential to break all records.

It is an incredible challenge to achieve such brilliant blue nuance in a traditional emerald-cut shape like the 15-carat Oppenheimer. Evaluators praise the colour and clarity, which are exceptional when combined with the traditional cutting style and provenance.

Largest Ever Blue Diamond

In 2010, the London jeweler Graff broke a record for obtaining a 24.78-carat pink diamond at Sotheby’s Geneva for $45.6 million. And just last year, Hong Kong billionaire Joseph Lau paid $48.4 million for a 12.03-carat, vivid blue diamond at Sotheby’s Geneva, which is more than enough to say with certainty that coloured diamonds are making a comeback.

Fendi's new Boutique Hotel

Fendi’s new Boutique Hotel

Italian luxury fashion house Fendi, known for its superb designs in furs, leathers and furniture, is now opening its own Palazzo Fend boutique in the eternal city of Rome. The jewel-box-size hotel—complete with the brand’s largest store ever—is strategically located on the site of its historic Palazzo Fendi, on Rome’s famous Via Condotti.

Clients can enjoy the house’s signature opulence, which includes red Lepanto marble walls and Gio Ponti designer furniture. The historically-rich building underwent extensive renovation before it was revealed for the architectural marvel that it truly is. An exhibition of the first-floor galleries was held for the public for the first time, displaying the story behind the building’s past in interspersed with photographs by Karl Lagerfeld and celebrates Italian artist Franco Fontana. There are many eye-catching accents in the interior – including the glass-and-bronze central elevator designed by Gwenael Nicholas.

Fendi's new Boutique Hotel

At street level there is a massive Fendi store with Lepanto marble staircase and the said elevator. Right above it is a spectacular apartment designed exclusively for VIP clients to use for private fittings and high-profile events. The rest of the boutique hotel dubbed Fendi Private Suites was designed by Costanzi. The roof of the building houses renowned London-based Japanese restaurant Zuma. The entire space is distributed in line with the latest in architectural aesthetics while in keeping with the city’s centuries-old traditions.

Fendi's new Boutique Hotel

The hotel is intimate and has only seven rooms – each uniquely designed from the Fendi Casa furniture line. Beautiful artwork and design pieces create an art deco ambiance. Room rates range from $770 to $1,900 per night depending on the view and size of the accommodation and all suites overlook the historic Via Condotti. The spirit of Rome is beautifully incorporated throughout the boutique hotel and blends well with its contemporary luxury. Fendi’s definition of aesthetic can be found in the lavish three-room apartment designed by Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran of Dimore Studio.

Hublot LaFerrari Sapphire

Hublot Launches MP-05 LaFerrari Sapphire Tourbillon

In its latest limited edition masterpiece Hublot takes the art of fusion to new heights. LaFerrari Sapphire is the living embodiment of decades of fine horological traditions and constant pursuit for innovation and development. The Unico movement is beautifully accentuated thanks to the transparent case, which puts the essence of the Tourbillon model on display.

Hublot LaFerrari Sapphire

The watch’s unique character is characterized by its robust and flamboyant nature – Hublot’s Sapphire models have revolutionized the fashion and jewelry worlds as they are cut straight from sapphire, retaining the material’s precious and rare character. Only 50 pieces will be manufactured of this highly-praised model that combines the acclaimed architecture of Hublot’s famous Big Bang model and absolute transparency of design with the brand’s signature Unico movement.

The middle of the case together with the bezel and back of the Big Bang Unico Sapphire are all cut from blocks of scratch-resistant sapphire. Only a small portion of the spine of the watch is made from titanium. The skeleton dial reveals all the gears of the proprietary Hublot Unico movement and its intricate finishes. The strap is also transparent to complement the watch’s ethereal silhouette. LaFerrari Sapphire is water-resistant up to a depth of 50 metres and has a power reserve of up to 72 hours. In total, 637 components power the spectacular timepiece.

Hublot LaFerrari Sapphire

Designed in a way to reveal all inherent beauty and complexity of Hublot’s proprietary movement – the new piece balances refined elegance and bold architecture in a remarkable way. This explains the extravagant price, which despite remaining to be announced officially, is expected to be in the region of $300,000 to $600,000. Its austere design is evocative of the beauty and aerodynamics of the outline of Ferrari cars. The 50-day power reserve sets a new world record for a Tourbillon wristwatch that is hand-wound. PVD titanium blends seamlessly with the sapphire and are topped off with a rubber strap.

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Four vintage Chronograph watches

Vintage watches have always had a certain appeal to them highly valued by connoisseurs and collectors, but when it comes to vintage chronographs – there is something truly special. The most exciting period for chronograph watches were the 60s and 70s with no two timepieces ever being alike, so let’s take a look at some models that are definitely keepsakes.

Omega Speedmaster “Pre-Moon”

Omega Speedmaster "Pre-Moon”

An icon on its own, the Omega Speedmaster shines with design and technology. The officially-approved NASA mission piece was originally designed for racecar drivers and is now one of the most beloved luxurious models in the world. A 1967-model was recently sold for $3,550 at a recent commemorative Speedmaster sale by Christie’s.

Heuer Viceroy Autavia

Heuer Viceroy Autavia

The racing chronograph is a synonym for exquisite design and superior metrics and it’s difficult to come across an older model in pristine condition. This is what makes this 1973-watch so valuable with its perfectly preserved colours and minimal scratches, giving it the price tag of $3,750.

Zenith Red Vignette El Primero

Zenith Red Vignette El Primero

The unusual Zenith Red Vignette El Primero sports an eccentric case design that makes it stand out from the multitude of chronographs. Its bright red dial and shimmering bracelet would definitely not go unnoticed and convey the disco spirit of the 70s. It can be yours for $5,000.

Rolex Daytona Ref. 6263

Rolex Daytona Ref. 6263

To this date the Rolex Daytona remains the gold standard, which all chronograph watches are measured against. Its qualities in terms of technology and precision are unparalleled and the sleek, refined design has shaped countless trends in the fashion world. This explains the asking price of $40,000, which guarantees a watch in excellent condition with all of its signature trademarks like the red signature at 6 o’clock, a lightly faded dial, and a glossy black bezel – restored to their full glory and shine.

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The biggest jewellery sales of 2015

2015 saw a few record-breaking sales in the world of high-end jewellery with auction houses Sotheby’s and Christie’s sharing details on the most striking stones that were purchased at auctions. Sapphires, striking red rubies, and pink diamonds were the gemstones that made headlines the previous year and there were some truly unique finds that exhibited exceptional qualities and were promptly picked up by connoisseurs and collectors. In total, sales of precious jewels came to $214 million and there were quite a few that broke records in terms of size, clarity and brilliance.

The Blue Moon of Josephine

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Undoubtedly, the most famous blue diamond of 2015, the 13.02-carat stone was sold to a Hong Kong billionaire for $48,468,158 by Sotheby’s. He reportedly bought it for his 7-yearold daughter and named it after her. This price is by far the largest anyone has ever paid for a diamond of any colour and size.

Ruby and Diamond Ring

ruby and diamond cartier

Cartier’s 25.59-carat ring wields a flawless and extremely rare ruby stone as well as 2.47 and 2.70 diamonds, which explains its $30,335,698 price tag. It made headlines for being the first coloured gemstone to sell for more than $1 million per carat at auction and it went to an undisclosed buyer.

The Sweet Josephine

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Another spectacular buy for Hong Kong billionaire’s daughter Josephine as the name reveals. The 16.08-carat pink diamond ring was sold for $28,523,925 at Christie’s.

Emerald-Cut Diamond

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A 100.20-carat ring with more than perfect proportions and clarity was sold at Sotheby’s auction for the record sum of $22,090,000 to an undisclosed buyer.

The Crimson Flame

crimson flame diamond

The 15.04-carat ring is unique with its deep vivid colour, explained as pigeon blood red and considered very rare to be found naturally. It was sold for $18,372,913 at Christie’s.

The Historic Pink

historic pink diamond

The 8.72-carat ring has a rich history behind it as it is believed to have been part of Princess Mathilde de Bonaparte’s collection. Kept in a bank vault since the 1940s, it was sold for $15,903,422 at Sotheby’s.

Emperador Coussin XL 700P

Emperador Coussin XL 700P – Piaget’s latest creation

The exquisite world of haute horology has witnessed a true electromechanical marvel just in time for the holidays. Piaget’s newest model – the Emperador Coussin XL 700P – is the first watch to combine mechanical power with electronic timekeeping in a unique hybrid movement. This is a remarkable feature that continues to put the brand at the forefront of innovation and superb craftsmanship in the fine watch-making industry.

EMPERADOR COUSSIN XL 700P

Made of solid white gold with an elegant black bezel that is ADLC-coated, the new model brings together the oversized proportions of a sports watch with clean aesthetic of a dress watch. The design exhibits beautiful contrast and visual structure. It is visibly masculine with a very powerful yet refined presence.

EMPERADOR COUSSIN XL 700P

The real worth of the timepiece, however, lies within the method of manufacture and the mechanism it employs. It still uses the traditional mechanical spring as a power source, but crystal quartz is installed to keep the time. This crystal is of significantly higher quality than the one found in a Swatch. It is used to regulate the movement of a flywheel, which when spinning controls all other gears. The precise movement of the crystal permits for more accuracy.

EMPERADOR COUSSIN XL 700P

It is the first time Piaget experiments with this technology and the result is nothing short of spectacular – both visually and performance-wise. Their revered skeletonized design is present in the Emperador Coussin XL 700P as well, complementing the sleek, refined look of the model. With only 118 pieces set to be manufactured, price has been announced at $70,000 a piece and there is a waiting list for eager buyers.

EMPERADOR COUSSIN XL 700P

The Emperador Coussin XL 700P is a eautiful continuation of Piaget’s proud traditions in watch-making and is, by far, the biggest technological leap the brand has taken to date. It is yet unclear whether it’s going to be a stand-alone model or the beginning of a series of electromechanical watches, but in either case it’s a sight to behold.

Pablo Picasso, Les femmes d'Alger (Version 'O'), 1955

10 Artworks totalling $1 Billion

The annual art auction sale held at Sotheby’s New York contains some intriguing and valuable lots with a collective worth of $996 million. While there is no particular trend or tendency towards certain artist or period, an increasing mixture of contemporary art and classic works has seen an increase in public interest with modern names like Jeff Koons, Alexander Calder, and Andy Warhol constituting one of the 300 lots estimated at around $89 million. The record-breaker for the month of November was a $3.4 million oil painting by Roy Lichtenstein sold by Sotheby’s. The most sought-after works of art for December are:

Pablo Picasso, Les femmes d’Alger (Version ‘O’), 1955

Pablo Picasso, Les femmes d'Alger (Version 'O'), 1955

Its asking price is $179,365,000 at Christie’s and it’s a series of 15 paintings and numerous drawings made by the famous Spanish artist. Version O is the final painting in the Eugène Delacroix- inspired series and was completed in 1955.

Amedeo Modigliani, Nu couché, 1917-1918

Amedeo Modigliani, Nu couché, 1917-1918

This painting caused quite a bit of controversy earlier in 2015 when it was publically exhibited at Christie’s New York gallery. The notorious painting is one of a series of nude portraits commissioned by the Polish art dealer Leopold Zboroswki and currently sold for $170,405,000.

Roy Lichtenstein, Nurse, 1964

Roy Lichtenstein, Nurse, 1964

Another painting by Roy Lichtenstein made it into December’s lot with the artist’s unique style becoming increasingly popular. Inspired by the signature style of 90s comic books, the masterpiece celebrate the bold new imagery of art and has an asking price of $95,365,000.

Mark Rothko, No. 10, 1958

Mark Rothko, No. 10, 1958

The bizarre, but bold and impressive Mark Rothko piece captivates with simplicity and clarity of composition. He is known for the vibrancy of his paintings, achieved through very few materials as evidenced by the No.10, sold for $81,925,000.

Cy Twombly, Untitled (New York City), 1968

Cy Twombly, Untitled (New York City), 1968

Another striking example of contemporary art at its finest – Cy Twombly’s chalkboard picture exits architectural aesthetic and wonderful chaotic allure. It is sold for $70,530,000 at Sotheby’s.

The list complete:

Alberto Giacometti, L’homme au doigt, 1947, sold for $141,285,000 at Christie’s.

Alberto Giacometti, L'homme au doigt, 1947

Pablo Picasso, La Gommeuse, 1901, sold for $67,450,000 at Sotheby’s.

Pablo Picasso, La Gommeuse, 1901

Pablo Picasso, Buste de femme (Femme à la résille), 1938, sold for $67,365,000 at Christie’s.

Pablo Picasso, Buste de femme (Femme à la résille), 1938

Vincent van Gogh, L’Allée des Alyscamps, 1888, sold for $66,330,000 at Sotheby’s.

Vincent van Gogh, L'Allée des Alyscamps, 1888

Lucian Freud, Benefits Supervisor Resting, 1994, sold for $56,165,000 at Christie’s.

Lucian Freud, Benefits Supervisor Resting, 1994

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Ultimate holiday gifts for billionaires

When money is not an issue the 2015 gift list can really bring some holiday cheer to the world’s super rich. The amazing selection of presents is all about personalization and exclusivity, which in the world of the ultra-wealthy are among the things that matter the most. For all the billionaires you need to surprise this season, here are some amazing ideas that will surely make them feel special and loved.

The First Omega Speedmaster

omega speedmaster

A unique timepiece is always a classy and safe choice for a present. Especially when the watch in question is NASA’s personal choice for sending their finest men into space and James Bond’s own brand of preference. The Omega 2915-1 Speedmaster was the first of its kind – the very epitome of timeless elegance – marking the beginning of an iconic line of pieces set to change the world of horology. Its estimated price is between $100,000 and $150,000.

Rodin’s ‘L’Éternel Printemps’

l'éternel printemps

Rich people are known for their appreciation of art and the crafts, so this is an original and impressive gift idea that won’t go unappreciated. Originally created for Dante’s iconic Gates of Hell – the allegorical doorway leading to Hades’ domain – was later re-imagined as an individual piece and became one of Rodin’s most famous romantic sculptures. Sothebys announced it is set to include the famous piece in its December auction with an estimated price of $489,000 to $597,000.

A Wine Château in Saint-Émilion

Wine Château in Saint-Émilion

Giving the term ‘holiday getaway’ a whole new meaning, this season with this over-the-top offer of a picturesque estate located in Bordeaux. The lucrative property comes with 46.7 acres of vines, four wineries and a part of the historic grand cru Saint-Émilion. Amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, tennis court and spectacular laws. Asking price for the estate is only $5,190,424.

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The £26,000 cocktail kit for Rolls Royce

Internationally-known brand Rolls-Royce has rolled out 15 bespoke hand-built cocktail kits just in time for the holiday season. What would make the ideal gift for him is a high-quality set that consists of platinum-rimmed glassware and an engraved drink strainer sold at the price of £26,000.

rolls royce cocktail kit

The top-of-the-range design of the luxurious kit is handcrafted from high-quality American walnut wood and accentuated with unmarked leather. It is specifically designed to keep the utensils from shaking when moved. Every single piece of the set has been painstakingly handcrafted with the glassware featuring a platinum rim.

rolls royce cocktail kit

There are various hidden compartments that contain a recipe book, right, and a set of high-quality Egyptian cotton napkins. The upper portion of the hamper is where the tumblers, decanters, a shaker and smaller utensils are kept — including an engraved strainer and the muddler. They are securely stored on a moveable rack that can be locked if not used. For a light snack – two dishes are included on lower rack of the hamper, on the side of the ice bucket.

rolls royce cocktail kit

All of the glassware is made by Theresienthal – Europe’s most renowned glassmaker and supplier of many of the Continent’s Royal Courts – and feature platinum rims. The leather finishes of the kit are from bulls and sourced from high altitude to ensure the highest possible quality.

A book of exquisite cocktail recipes inspired by the marque’s heritage also comes with the elegant set, which is illuminated by an automatic light that recreates the soft glow of a cocktail bar. The discreet glass tray is located underneath the integrated wooden chopping board and completes the luxurious experience.

rolls royce cocktail kit

As with every other Rolls-Royce product, the cocktail kit represents an expression of personal tastes and lifestyle that include only the finest things in life. The accessory can be further personalized and feature additional objects to reflect the client’s intimate understanding of elegance, comfort and luxury.

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Inside ridiculously expensive yachts and villas loved by the super-rich

Spending outrageous amounts on privately-chartered flights, luxurious super yachts and large rented estates is the norm for the ultra-wealthy when they’re vacationing around the globe. No expense is spared when it comes to holidays and sunny Ibiza seems to be at the top of the preferred destinations. The tropical island has everything for a relaxed and discreet time, including a £19-million villa that can be rented out for complete privacy and exclusivity.

luxurious villa

luxurious villa

Situated in a gated community, the fabulous estate boasts such spectacular features like an open-plan kitchen that opens into the outside infinity pool and 360-degree views of the bay and ocean. Amongst some of the more famous neighbours are mega rich CEOs as well as celebrities Kate Moss and Madonna. Of course, at £19 million, the holiday home is not for everyone, but there is also the option to rent it for £70,000 a week. It has a cinema room, a gym and separate service quarters, and is located in a part of town dubbed ‘Disneyland for adults’.

luxurious villa

luxurious villa

Getting to Ibiza is another thing the rich do differently than regular people with private yachts whose price easily reaches £150 million. With an average crew of 30 people, maintenance costs can skyrocket the price of owning one pretty quickly. Recent years have seen more and more celebrities and wealthy individuals preferring to rent super yachts for up to 100,000 Euros (£70,000) a week instead of investing in owning their own. With spacious bedrooms, closet space, on-board kitchens, dens and entertainment rooms – guests can spend up to weeks at sea without getting bored.

£50-million super yacht Fathom, property to hotelier Vikram Chatwal, is amongst the more popular vessels to be rented out as its lavish interior meets all needs of celebrities, entrepreneurs and royal families alike. Sailing on board of Fathom is likened to a stay at a 6-star hotel in London or Dubai with round-the-clock service to ensure guests enjoy their stay while retaining their privacy.

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