Nearly a decade of work and five horologically significant patents went into the making of Fabergé’s latest creation – the exquisite calibre 6361, two of which have been specifically designed for the new chronograph movement of the Visionnaire Chronograph. It was designed in close collaboration with Agenhor, the Geneva-based movement specialist and master watchmaker Jean-Marc Wiederrecht.
The calibre 6361 offers instant-start indications thanks to a system of snail cams, fixed to the chronograph wheels. Its immaculate precision is courtesy of the patented AgenClutch, a completely novel, lateral-friction clutch that combines the smooth engagement of the modern vertical clutch with the flatness of the traditional system.
The rotor is visible under the sapphire crystal ring that forms the outermost part of the dial. As the rotor spins and winds the watch, the radial lines on its surface reflect the light, adding a constant dynamism and motion in keeping with a sports complication.
Water resistant to 50 metres, the Visionnaire Chronograph is available in two equally striking versions: the more elegant and neutral rose-gold case with grey opaline dial or the bolder black DLC treated ceramic case with black dial. Introduced at the Baselworld 2017, prices for the two models are $39,500 and $34,500, respectively.
The luxurious childhood summer home of Jackie Kennedy Onassis is on the market for the staggering sum of $51,990,000. Located in the Hamptons, the opulent residence called ‘Lasata’ is the ultimate weekend getaway for the privileged, who flock to the Hamptons every chance they get.
In addition to the 8,500-square-foot main house, a seven acre plot can also be purchased for $38,995,000. The main house boasts 10 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and two half baths on seven acres while the additional plot is where the century-old main house sits. It has been fully renovated and updated to high modern standards of luxury and comfort.
And if that’s not enough space, there is also a two bedroom pool house, a swimming pool and a one bedroom guesthouse. The remaining four-acre plot includes a grass tennis court and can be purchased on its own for $12,995,000.
Apart from its architectural charm the residence has great historical and cultural significance as well. It was an important part of Jackie Kennedy’s childhood. All restoration works have been carried in a way that preserves and honours the heritage of the former First Lady.
Some of the rooms have been renewed, retaining the bold, bright and vibrant coloured accents that make the residence even more beautiful. The original wooden floor, and period fireplaces have all been retained and meticulously restored to match the laid-back, Hampton style of the property.
Any wealthy race car aficionado will be thrilled with the replicas. The level of precision and detailing is outstanding with the green-glowing tachometer to the cutback door on the driver’s side to the dashboard switches from a B25 bomber.
The cars will be offered in four distinct liveries, two of which made their debut at the Sebring start. The originals were piloted by the legendary Dan Gurney. At the same time, Ken Miles was making a run for victory lane in chassis No. CSX2002 (badged with No.16). The two other versions available are variations to CSX2128. The car featured a facade of yellow with black stripes and black with yellow stripes again respectively.
Of the 15 cars – two will feature aluminum bodies while the remainder will be fashioned in fiberglass. All will be built above a steel tube frame chassis. Some of the notable Sebring specifics are a third hood latch, an FIA-style fuel filler cap, race-correct badging, a hood scoop with rivets, an aluminum radiator, and an interior roll bar.
The 15 examples will come with starting price that ranges from $160,000 to $195,000. Each car will be commissioned together with a Baume & Mercier Shelby Sebring watch that is numbered to match the corresponding chassis.
The Kitty Hawk Flyer marks an exciting milestone in air travel for wealthy buyers who want to fly for fun with a minimum of effort. The all-electric aircraft is developed in Silicon Valley by Kitty Hawk Corporation, and backed by Larry Page, one of the co-founders of Google. Its light body and austere design are enough to qualify it as an Ultralight under the regulations of the Federal Aviation Administration. This means interested buyers won’t need a pilot’s license to operate it.
The Flyer is designed to fly over fresh water in uncongested areas. The pair of pontoons act as landing gear, and eight rotors provide lift. The pilot sits on top of it like a motorcycle, and operates controls mounted on a set of handlebars. Currently still in development, the final design may undergo changes and there is no official price revealed yet.
Kitty Hawk boasts it only takes “few hours of training on a flight simulator” before its personal aircraft can be taken for a solo flight. To make the ride as enjoyable as possible, the company has collaborated with various non-pilots.
A production version of the Flyer will be available for sale by the end of 2017. To qualify for the FAA’s Ultralight category, the aircraft must be used for sport or recreation only, hold only one person, and fly no faster than 55 knots (about 63 mph). There will be other restrictions on its capability and use. The cost will be announced upon launch of the production version.
The project has been designed by late Zaha Hadid and boasts her signature fluid architectural expression. A concrete exoskeleton encased in a web of flowing lines creates a continuous liquid frame. On the lower floors, terraces occupy the corners; on the upper floors, the terraces are tucked in from the edges.
There is a duplex penthouse on the last two residential floors. The residence has been listed for $7 million. The final floor will feature an aquatic center, leisure area, and event space for residents. Other amenities will include thirty thousand square feet of communal areas, including a two-story aquatic center, a sky lounge, a multimedia theater, a wellness spa, gym facilities, and a private event space as well as a “bank quality” vault for the priceless possessions of residents.
There is commercial space at the base, in addition to eight stories of parking. At grade, the tower is ringed by pools and gardens.
The emphasis of the new residential development is an expressing the dynamism of the structure in an integrated whole that avoids the frequent typology of a tower resting on a base. A total of 83 units will present superior living space for wealthy tenants with open-plan living rooms and well-proportioned bedrooms. In addition to the last floor penthouse, there are eight full-floor apartments and 70 half-floor units.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2017 welcomes one of BMW’s hottest offers in three decades – the midsize 5 Series sedan. The initial M5 made 280 hp from a 3.5-liter inline 6-cylinder engine. Fewer than 2,200 examples were produced, making it one of the rarest production cars in BMW’s portfolio.
Five generations later, the brand has fitted a powerful V-8 engine under the hood of the newest BMW 5 Series. In addition, it has equipped it with a sport suspension, bigger brakes, and all-wheel-drive, and aptly named its creation the M550i. The end result is the quickest and most powerful 5 Series to date. It is capable of 456 hp and does the zero-to-60 mph dash in less than 4 seconds—faster than the outgoing M5.
This is the perfect business car capable of a sporty performance. Comparable to the Mercedes-AMG 43 lineup and Audi’s S line, M Performance highlights the difference between the standard series cars and official M cars.
The M550i is 10 mm lower than the standard 5 Series and, comes standard with an adaptive sport suspension, customizable settings for steering, throttle response, and shift points. It achieves a perfect balance between comfort and performance. Drivers are able to choose between various driving modes, giving the car full control on urban highways and mountain roads alike. Minor exterior changes distinguish the M550i from the standard series cars. These include an aero kit with rear spoiler and a grey metallic trim on the front grille, exterior mirror caps, and side air breathers. Buyers can opt for 20-inch wheels painted in a matching matte grey finish. Inside, the M550i is fitted with leather sport seats, a thick M sport steering wheel, and a unique instrument cluster. BMW’s usual navigation and connectivity functions are also present. Prices for the model start at $73,095.
Numarine’s new 78HTS yacht is the latest launch from the Turkish shipyard, known for build quality and fresh approaches to classic designs. The 78-foot flybridge yacht has a strong and handsome profile and makes smart use of space. Its new “Silent Package,” a lithium-ion battery system is where it really shines through as it raises onboard quality of life far above any other yacht in its class.
The Silent Package’s bank of batteries is connected to a smart energy management system and allows owners to power the air conditioning, galley appliances, lighting, and entertainment systems without producing too much noise or vibration. This enhancement is a first for high-profile yachts and one that will surely take sea voyaging to a whole new level.
The flybridge is the main draw of the new Numarine. Its four-sunbed configuration surrounds a center helm station. It can accommodate up to four guests in the reclining sunbeds. The designers positioned the bridge far enough to allow space for skylights over the main deck. A shorter bridge lets the boat retain the 78HT’s low, aggressive profile.
Numarine’s 78HS is able to reach 38 knots with its twin 1,200 hp MAN Engines. Other standard features include a spacious garage equipped with a retrieval system, a submersible swim platform on a hydraulic lift, and four more sunbeds and built-in lounge in the bow. The open-plan saloon has large side and overhead windows and is flooded with natural light. The deck below houses a full-beam master suite with an adjoining head with walk-in shower, enclosed toilet, and twin sinks. Three additional guest suites are generously sized, with their own en suite heads. Price is available on request for the new 78HTS
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.
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.
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.
Exotic wildlife and mouth-watering local dishes complete the low-key luxury and relaxing SPA treatments. Guests will be treated to a number of exclusive services at the five-star dive resort, outfitted for water play of all sorts, from stand-up paddleboarding and outer-reef surfing to deep-sea fishing and laser sailing.
To further enhance the feeling of privacy and exclusivity, the island is only accessible via private Twin Otter seaplane or helicopter. A total of 140 acres house five hilltop residences ranging in size from three to six bedrooms, a beachfront residence with six bedrooms, and 21 beachfront villas, with one to three bedrooms. Designed by Sydney-based Philip Garner – they boast bright and neutral interiors that blend with the surrounding ocean and rainforest views. Abstract artworks in each room are the result of a nine-month commission by Christopher Kenyon. Meals can be served individually in-villa, or guests can dine at three restaurants.
There is also a state-of-the-art SPA featuring therapies that draw from Fiji’s natural elements. Kokomo caters to the traveller looking for absolute privacy without foregoing the luxuries of modern life in utter serenity.