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2019 CORVETTE ZR1 – THE FASTEST PRODUCTION CORVETTE EVER BUILT

The Corvette has been an iconic car brand for decades, and Chevrolet has taken the mark to a whole new level. The 2019 Corvette ZR1 is a supercar with the highest performance engine, fastest track record and the most advanced technology in Chevrolet’s production history setting a new benchmark. With elegant looks and futuristic aerodynamics, the ZR1’s LT5 6.2L V-8 engine is capable of delivering 52% more displacement than its predecessor, the Z06’s LT4. The new and more efficient intercooled supercharger system is Chevrolet’s first dual-fuel-injection system utilising a primary direct injection and a supplemental port injection. This helps the LT5 achieve its incredibly high performance.

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The interior is entirely focused on the driver with a cockpit including Napa leather-trimmed competition sports seats, which are well vented and heated. There is also a carbon fibre-rimmed steering wheel that adds unmistakable style. Additional features include a Performance Data Recorder, and a top of the range Bose premium audio system.

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The 2019 Corvette has a newly designed front fascia which channels air to boost the propulsion-system. There will be a choice of exteriors like Sebring Orange Tint-coat, which comes with matching orange brake callipers. The signature orange seat belts, interior stitching and bronze aluminium interior trim, set the Corvette apart from its competitors.

The supercar can reach an incredible top speed of 210mph, with options for a seven-speed manual gearbox, or eight-speed paddle-shift racing style automatic transmission. The 2019 Corvette ZR1 exceeds expectations with its newly designed exterior, high-performance engine and interior refinement. It carries on the traditions of the Corvette mark and takes them into the future with this new creation of beauty. With its classic, yet modern design the Corvette ZR1 deserves to stand alongside its illustrious predecessors.

TIFFANY & CO LAUNCHES FIRST ENGAGEMENT RING COLLECTION IN 10 YEARS

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Tiffany & Co has surprised everyone with the first new engagement ring in more than a decade. The iconic American jewellery brand has always been at the forefront of exclusive and luxury jewellery, and the new collection is set to join the legendary Tiffany & Co. The rings feature exquisitely cut diamonds perfectly contoured to maximise their intrinsic brilliance. The contemporary and innovative design is typical of Tiffany and adds a distinctive touch.

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The most prominent engagement ring of the collection must surely be the Tiffany Setting, with its truly unique and unmistakable six-prong setting which has become a universal symbol of love. The Tiffany True enhances this legacy even further providing a novel and new representation of love as we see it today. Its beautiful geometric lines, and its ultra-fine and hand-crafted details combine to make this ring a modern day masterpiece.

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Tiffany was, of course, responsible for the original Tiffany Setting, created in 1886, which has since come to signify the ultimate in love and commitment. The brand new Tiffany True collection is the supreme expression of modern romance, and its unique setting and expertly cut diamond is an engagement ring to die for!it has some neat and subtle touches like its minimal architecture construction and discreet markings on its side. The design, which has become a Tiffany hallmark, allows the diamond to shine through to its brightest and most beautiful. The sizeable diamond is held in place by delicate prongs that blend flawlessly into the very fabric of the diamond, serving to make it look even more brilliant and stunningly pure than it is. The ring comes in 18 carat yellow gold with a yellow diamond, or in platinum with a white diamond.  Both are equally stunning and hit stores in fall 2019 in the USA and worldwide. The Tiffany True joins the elite in lavish style and truly deserves its legendary status.

TREE OF LOVE CLARIDGE’S 2018 CHRISTMAS TREE BY DIANE VON FURSTENBERG

Claridge’s Hotel in London has become a fine purveyor of Christmas with the annual Christmas Tree creation gracing the hotel. This year, the wonderfully gorgeous tree was designed by Diane von Furstenberg, following up last year’s tree that was a marvellous Karl Lagerfeld creation. The Mayfair landmark draws visitors from far and wide, to witness an original and marvellous Christmas tree that is different each year. The 2018 tree captures the wonder and joy of Christmas and has been crafted with intricate details and the artistic flair of the famous fashion designer and frequent guest at Claridge’s.

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The 2018 tree signifies Diane’s intense passion and firm belief in the power of love. With a touch of nature and astrological influences, the tree is a personal statement from the artist to the world. The Christmas Tree stands six metres high and blue tones shine out creating a wintry appearance. Incredibly, the tree has no less than 8,000 hand-painted decorations representing silver leaves, tiny glass spheres and 150 hand-blown beautiful glass hearts. There are also six hand-made, silver-leafed animals. The owl, which represents knowledge and wisdom. There is a horse signifying strength. A dove symbolises peace and a mouse curiosity. The deer represents gentleness and the peacock beauty. They are all originally crafted by hand with intricate detail.

Diane worked closely on the Tree of Love with her long-time friends and collaborators. They include the artistic set designer Stefan Beckman, and the talented artist and illustrator Konstantin Kakanias. Astrologer Shelley von Strunckel added the final touches. They all rose admirably to the challenge and honour of designing a masterpiece that will long be remembered in Claridge’s annual Christmas Tree showcase, with a rare beauty and majestic concoction. The tree winds up to the heavens from its roots and is derived from the universe, encapsulating values such as peace, love, harmony, in-depth knowledge, the truth, freedom, wisdom and enlightenment.

AMERICA’S NEW MOST EXPENSIVE “BILLIONAIRE” MANSION LISTS FOR $250 MILLION

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The 38,000-square-foot property, located in the wealthy enclave of Bel Air, is known as the most expensive home ever listed for sale in the U.S. It consists of 21 bathrooms and three whole gourmet kitchens along with two spacious master suites and 10 additional guest suites. The property also includes a 17,000 square-foot entertainment deck, 6 bars, a bowling alley lounge, 2 wine-champagne cellars, a private fitness center, home theatre, and a glass tile infinity swimming pool.

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Bel Air’s new estate for the ultra-affluent comes completely furnished. A unique twist is added by the fact that aside from the high-end furniture, this includes a collection of 12 super rare, vintage cars in the “auto gallery,” estimated at $30 million as well as 100 art installations, including a larger-than-life Leica camera.

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The price also includes a service team of 7 full-time staff members (including a chef, chauffeur, and masseuse), paid-for for two years and the helicopter featured in the 1980s TV show Airwolf.

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With sweeping 270-degree view of the L.A. skyline, ocean, and mountains, the home is expected to attract the interest of about 3,000 buyers, who are able to afford the wildly over-the-top home.

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NEW YORK’S NEW $19,000-PER-NIGHT SUITE

$19,000 is the price to pay to spend a night in New York City’s trendiest, most luxuries new suite in Manhattan. Unveiled last fall at the legendary Peninsula New York, the Fifth Avenue haven is more similar to a grand apartment than hotel accommodation. Guests are treated to sweeping views of the New York skyline while enjoying a total of 2,500 square feet at their disposal on the 17th-floor of the central skyscraper. A sprawling living room and elegant dining room are available for entertaining in addition to a gourmet kitchen, an impressive collection of commissioned art.

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Furnished to a high standard of modern austerity and comfort, the apartment boasts polished wood, floor-to-ceiling windows that let natural light flood in, marble details and plush furnishings for a laid-back, business-style ambiance. The Fifth Avenue residence manages to remain both crisp and elegant. There’s a separate room for work and play, an oversize tub in the master bedroom, a private study and a powder room.

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One of the focal points of the apartment is the kitchen – stocked with Gaggenau appliances and a 50-bottle wine refrigerator. Commissioned works of art tie the entire place together and include an impressive hand-painted mural by the Hong Kong artist David Qian as well as a custom-made headboard of embossed leather by Londoner Helen Amy Murray in the bedroom.

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The strategic location of the real estate jewel gives immediate proximity to all delights of Manhattan’s famous shopping avenue. The Museum of Modern Art, its Alexander Calder and Ellsworth Kelly masterpieces alongside the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden are all within walking distance.

An even more striking feature is the proprietary tablet technology that allows guests to control everything from lighting to temperature, as well as communicate 24/7 with a team of highly-skilled hotel concierges—this is just a small fraction of the benefits that the Fifth Avenue Suite offers for its exclusive guests at the price of $19,000 a night.

Florida has always attracted wealthy buyers with its splendid real estate offers and the latest high-concept residence to hit the market is a testament to how much the finer things in life are valued down there. The state-of-the-art mansion located at 6480 Allison Road in Miami Beach is an architectural masterpiece that will set its new owner back around $20 million. Designed and completed in 2016, the 11,270-square-foot waterfront wonder is an urban haven of outdoor and indoor style, bliss and lavish comfort.

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Characterized by open spaces and rectangular shapes, the one-of-a-kind mansion exhibits a natural theme with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer sweeping views of the ocean and smooth transition to outdoor patios. Giant sliding doors and dark Ipe wood make the home warm and inviting.

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The two-story residence comprises seven bedrooms, nine bathrooms, and two powder rooms. There are direct views of the water from almost every room and the 2,400-square-foot master suite boasts his-and-her walk-in closets and master bathrooms, a shoe and handbag closet, and a vanity. The second story also has a smaller master suite and additional bedrooms and bathrooms. Enormous glass windows reveal views towards the waterway.

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The Italian–style kitchen with white oak cabinets made by Dolce Vita and top-of-the-line appliances is a dream-come-true for any culinary enthusiast. A plush cinema room delivers a supreme movie-going experience, and a refrigerated wine display safeguards rare vintages. There is also a three-car garage with plenty of room for SUVs and sport cars.

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The lush backyard is situated on 110 feet of water frontage, and is beautifully landscaped with Florida’s world-famous palm trees. A 55-foot infinity pool with floating blocks suspended over it lead the way to an outdoor cabana and summer kitchen with a covered pavilion.

FOUR SINGLE MALTS FROM SCOTLAND

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.

RONIN MOTOR WORKS RELEASES THE LAST OF ITS “ART BIKE” MOTORCYCLES

When a firearms-accessories company ventured into the world of limited-release motorcycles nearly 8 years ago, no one could have foreseen that Denver-based Ronin Motor Works would produce one of the most extreme emblems of open road travel. In 2010, Magpul Industries debuted the Ronin concept – their one-off bike that began life as a Buell 1125R. The name is inspired from the Japanese word for a samurai who has lost his master, and alludes to Harley-Davidson’s emblematic discontinuation of the Buell brand in 2009.

The concept generated enough interest in the luxury world of high-end motor toys to begin production. The initial set of 47 bikes came in seven sets – each with a different colour or design scheme, and released over the past 3 years. The final set, dubbed the “art bikes,” boasts one-of-a-kind designs from Denver-based artists. Surprisingly, the acid-etching patterns of Jason Thielke work well with the industrial design of the powerful bike and would certainly appeal to wealthy buyers with a penchant for renegade adventure. Price for the Ronin #5 is available on request but its predecessor retailed for $38,000.

Apart from the unique designs, the bike sports the same custom monoshock linkage suspension system and front-mounted radiator to help cool down the Rotax-designed motor. Stacked low and high beam headlights complete the sleek frame of the body with: system controls, gauges, seating, LED taillight, and even a radio-frequency identification (RFID) enabled key for push-button starting.

ROLLS-ROYCE INTRODUCES THE BLACK BADGE SERIES

Rolls-Roys has taken the automotive world by storm with not one, but two new additions to the Black Badge series and they’re beyond classy. Ghost and Wrath are designed for “people who are elusive and defiant, the risk takers and disrupters, who break the rules and laugh in the face of convention.” Basically, the company is courting rich renegades with a grittier, more brooding take on its recognizable style.

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The new models will undoubtedly appeal to young, wealthy business moguls, who go by their own rules with cars that are “just as uncompromising and unapologetic in their choice of living and lifestyle as their predecessors.”

Technically and aesthetically, the ‘Black Badge’ is darker, more assertive, more confident and powerful, and more demanding than the standard Rolls-Royce silhouette. Black Badge leaves a powerful presence on the luxury landscape, marking a transformative moment for the great brand.

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The unique appeal of the Black Badge series come, in part, from the black hood ornament along with lightweight, carbon fiber wheels and “the deepest, darkest and most intense black ever seen on a production car surface.

The Ghost Black Badge is powered by a 6.6-liter V12, now making 603 hp and 620 lb-ft of torque. The eight-speed automatic adds a sense of urgency and delivers a soft ride. The Wraith benefits from 51 extra pound-feet of twist and a total of 623 hp. It gets changed transmission programming to offer a quicker feel.

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Both models are priced in the $300,000+ range, which means darkness sure doesn’t come cheap, but that’s fine.

LEXUS DEBUTS A STUNNING AND SPEEDY 42-FOOT SPORT YACHT

The designers behind the Lexus brand debuted the new Lexus Sport Yacht, a 42-foot one-off concept, engineered by the Toyota Marine Department, and built by Marquis Yachts of Pulaski. Promoting the ‘Lexus lifestyle’, the new boat is in a class of its own when it comes to performance capabilities, dimensions and design.

With a twin V-8 gasoline engines capable of producing a total of 950 hp and for a top speed of 49 mp, the complexity of the yacht is truly staggering. A “turbo-boost” option is available at the helm and can add 1,000 rpm over the rev limiter for a boost of speed. The hull is made entirely of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic, which has managed to decrease its weight by about 2,200 pounds. A 7-inch-diagonal touchscreen in the center of the steering wheel gives the captain complete control of all navigation and entertainment systems.

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Inspired by the LFA supercar, the concept yacht boasts a similar aggressive forefoot and a sleek exterior. With no walkways from the stern to the bow, to keep the flowing profile –designers have opted instead for a panel at the forward end of the saloon and a set of steps that lead to a hatch on the foredeck. The hatch has sufficient space for a deckhand to aid in anchoring and mooring the yacht. The seats lining the sides of the cockpit can comfortably fit up to eight passengers. Their form is functional and shaped like waves, allowing guests to face each other or turn and face forward.

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The cabinetry, panelling, and upholstery were manufactured in Italy and shipped to Wisconsin, where the interior was assembled. The interior exhibits a strong lounge-feeling with hand-painted glass panels on the walls, a curvy-striped etched-glass floor, and a long, off-white-leather couch that can seat eight.

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.

PORSCHE WASHING MACHINE – CHINA’S LUXURY PRODUCT OF THE YEAR

Yes, you read that right. A washing machine called Porsche! China is notable for unusual luxury products for the rich and while these tend to take many forms for affluent Chinese to flaunt their wealth, the latest craze is a luxury Porsche washing machine. The Panasonic Alpha Series washing machines are designed by Porsche’s Studio F.A. and have become the latest status symbol in China. Priced at US$2,700, there is no shortage of takers and Panasonic can hardly keep up with demand!

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The Porsche washing machines are just as stylish as the name suggests. Designed rather like a sports car than a home appliance, their uniqueness and beauty have captured the imagination of well-off Chinese, and the luxury washing machine is flying off shelves.

The Porsche designed Panasonic Alpha Series Washing Machine has a sporty look with a mat stainless steel body fully in keeping with the minimalistic approach adopted by the designers at Studio F.A. Porsche. The control buttons are cleverly incorporated into a TFT digital display screen that mimics a sports car’s instrument cluster. There is a useful rotary knob with an on/off button set to its left, and a flushed filling receptacle arranged to the right. The washing machine can be operated by remote control with WiFi, where the detergent can be loaded and temperature set. A text message is sent to remind users that the washing load is ready. The machine sports additional useful features and the design prevents mould from build up without having to keep the washer’s door wide open, allowing for better ventilation.

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The Panasonic Alpha Series Porsche Washing Machine by Studio F.A. is the latest and most unlikely exclusive luxury product of the year in China. Whether the thirst for zany luxury products such as this Porsche washing machine will catch on in Europe or elsewhere is anyone’s guess.

ROSEWOOD LUANG PRABANG’S NEW LUXURY RESORT IN CHINA PLUS ANCIENT WONDERS IN LAOS – $1,200 A NIGHT

Rosewood Luang in China is Prabang’s newest luxury resort and promises a stay like no other. The ancient wonders of Laos are close at hand serving up a cultural bonanza and insight into the rich culture surrounding the area. The Laotian mountains, the stunning Mekong sunset and the eighth wonders of the world combined with the exquisite luxury creating Southeast Asia’s most desirable destination for those into culture, breathtaking landscapes and relaxation. Laos’s former royal capital was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, and it’s not hard to tell why. The quaint and picturesque town is snuggly nestled at the base of the forested mountains that tower over the town and Mekong River.

The luxury resort was created and designed by the renowned American architect Bill Bensley, whose signature style is based on taking a concept and stretching it beyond imagination. His vision was of an early 20th-century Laotian hill station, which is the basis of this innovative resort.

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The Luang Prabang started operations just a few months ago. The Rosewood luxury retreat resort features 23 villas, spacious suites and even tents. All the accommodation options have splendid mountain views and are furnished and decorated individually and uniquely. The resort is a short ten-minute drive from the old village centre and offers easy access to all the beautiful and inspiring destinations dotted around the area.

The resort has been tastefully designed to celebrate the rich culture of the Luang Prabang province and showcase the diversity of the tribes, travellers and explorers who passed through the area leaving their mark. Frenchman Auguste Pavie was such an explorer. In the late 1800s, he actually managed to become the governor of Luang Prabang. The resort celebrates the adventurous travels of many other explorers of note who used the Mekong river in the 1860s.

The resort’s hilltop tents are a throwback to a bygone era. The six tents measure 75 square metres each, and each one is dedicated to one of the tribes that used to live on the location. The tents have an ornate décor, with distinctive ethnic textiles and original antiques. In fact, all the rooms have artifacts and ornaments that tell their own stories and have their own history.

PIPER-HEIDSIECK BEJEWELLED CHAMPAGNE BOTTLES – US$152,000

Good champagne has always been expensive, but rarely have we seen a bottle with a US$152,000 price tag. Piper-Heidsieck has just launched an extremely rare edition. The prestige cuvée Rare champagne is adorned with hundreds of tiny diamonds meticulously fixed on by hand. The bottle was exclusively designed by French jeweller Mellerio, and it contains vintage champagne from 1997. The champagne is aptly called Rare Le Secret High Jewellery. The bespoke bottles constitute the real value, although the champagne inside is one of the finest.

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Each individual bottle is fastened with a piece of jewellery and features a closure crafted from 24-carat gold. The limited edition champagne bottle has white and yellow gold bands wrapped around the neck. The bottle features gold ribbons that are set with over 500 tiny diamonds. Besides, there is a larger one-carat diamond, a ruby, and an emerald or a sapphire centerpiece. A total of 10 bottles were produced, and they include diamond and sapphire editions for sale in the USA and UK, a diamond version for France, and the other destinations have not yet been disclosed.

The champagne has a hint of sandalwood and yellow fruit, which provides a beautiful blend and wonderful taste. The whole package is housed within a mirrored presentation box. The Piper-Heidsieck bejewelled champagne bottles retail at US$152,000, with the UK versions going on sale at Harrods for £115,000. The value of such fine champagne presented in a diamond encrusted bottle will surely rise due to its limited run and prestigious champagne house Piper-Heidsieck. A collectible and a work of art, it would be a shame to drink the champagne leaving the priceless bottle of Rare Le Secret High Jewellery empty, now wouldn’t it?

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