Saint Tropez’s Voiles de Saint-Tropez, one of the last major international regattas of the season, is in full swing and thousands of yachting enthusiast got a sneak peek of the one-off BMW crafted from the powerful M760 Li. Sporting bright chrome work, “the Swan” sparkles in Damask Red, a metallic version of a well-aged Bordeaux.
The car is the result of the collaboration between BMW’s Individual bespoke division and Nautor’s Swan, one of the world’s most prestigious yacht makers. Its release marks the 25th anniversary of BMW Individual, which was spawned after fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld asked BMW to put a fax machine in his car, and requested an interior trim to match the lining of his briefcase. This marked the beginning of a long line of customized vehicles for hundreds of wealthy customers.
The M760Li’s silky V12 helps the vehicle sail away like a luxury yacht. In terms of performance, the model resembles the V8-powered Alpina B7 (also built from the newest BMW 7 Series), but there is something stately and unmistakably elegant about cruising with 610 hp and 12 cylinders under the hood.
The interior of the Swan boasts Criollo Brown merino leather, a colour BMW had sent from its U.S. factory in Spartanburg, S.C. (where it’s offered as an option on X5 and X6 SUVs). Attention to detail goes far beyond with even the B-pillars wrapped in leather. Braided leather piping is woven by hand at a rate of one meter per hour. The most noticeable nautical touch is the oak slatted floor mats from the same wood found inside Nautor’s Swan’s yachts. The swan logo is embroidered on the front headrests and plush leather pillows on the rear seats.
BMW customers can customize any model starting with the 3 Series and up. There are 25 different colours of leather, numerous fabrics, 120 paints (including a wide range of matte colours), and any other special requests. Trims can also be customized.
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.
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).
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.
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.
The Porsche Design Mate 10 is available for pre-order now for $1,645 and will be released in December.
The newest addition to the Rolls-Royce Phantom range is every bit as exquisite as its predecessors. Carrying on the Phantom’s legacy as “the best car in the world” —the Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII introduces fresh styling, an all-new platform, advanced technology, and greater levels of luxury than ever before.
Rolls-Royce calls its new scalable platform the “Architecture of Luxury.” It is named the Phantom VIII, and the luxury U.K. automaker is expected to apply its all-aluminum spaceframe underpinnings to the upcoming Cullinan SUV and the next Ghost, Wraith, and Dawn. Nearly 30% more rigid than the Phantom VII’s platform, the new design will focus on ride, acoustic, and seat comfort, in addition to exterior presence and interior space.
Protecting the lineage and brand integrity of Rolls-Royce without compromise, the new model is paired with the new chassis in the latest generation self-leveling air suspension, four-wheel steering, stability control, a new double-wishbone front axle, and 5-link rear axle.
With this new Phantom, Rolls-Royce has managed to build the “most silent motor car in the world.” The premium sedan features more than 286 pounds of sound insulation, two-layer glazing, massive cast-aluminium joints, and high absorption materials. This makes the new Phantom is 10-percent quieter than its predecessor at 62 mph.
A brand new V12 motor facilitates quiet, robust thrust. A twin-turbocharged 6.75-liter V12 produces 563 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. There is also a Satellite Aided Transmission (SAT) in combination with a ZF eight-speed gearbox for smooth, fluid power.
The Phantom delivers on the electronics front as well, using the largest electronic architecture (ECU) of any BMW Group model. Some of its key features include Alertness Assistant, a four-camera system with Panoramic View, all-round visibility including helicopter view, Night Vision and Vision Assist, Active Cruise Control, collision warning, pedestrian warning, cross-traffic warning, lane departure and lane change warning, an industry leading 7×3 High-resolution head-up display, Wi-Fi hot spot, and of course the latest navigation and entertainment systems. This makes it the most advanced Rolls-Royce to date.
Price for the eighth generation Rolls-Royce Phantom is yet to be revealed. While it does not look dramatically different from its predecessor, every element of its plush interior, incredible powertrain, and tranquil ride quality has been improved to deliver one superb driving experience.
The newest creation from the MB&F ‘Legacy Machine’ line is s a masterstroke of horological compartmentalization and this is not an exaggeration. Its price is just as head-turning as its revolutionary design and bespoke craftsmanship. The MB&F LM Split Escapement retails for $79,000, but is worth every dollar.
It made its debut in 2011 and since then the Legacy Machine range has perfected its complexity without deviating from its core characteristics: manual winding, traditional finishing, round case, huge domed crystal, and a 2.5 Hz balance suspended by a wishbone-shaped cock. The Split Escapement is in a class of its own compared to the last Legacy Machine (the Perpetual).
There is something unique in the Stephen McDonnell–designed movement. Unlike its predecessors, the Perpetual has chosen to extend right through the movement, and fix the escapement to the back. This configuration was unique for a wristwatch, and it worked well on either side of the watch.
Now, for the design of the LM Split Escapement, MB&F has worked once again with McDonnell with the intent to simplify and distil this concept into a still purer form. The balance staff extends a full 11.78 mm from the balance wheel to the impulse jewel. This receives its impulse from a lever and escape wheel on the back of the movement. Unlike the Perpetual, the hand-burnished dial of the Split Escapement has enough space to display its timekeeping, date, and 72-hour power-reserve dials. The burnish brush treatment of the dial reflects this space by delivering “a wider, more diffuse frosted finish” than more commonly used in order “to accommodate the larger area.”
This is what makes the Split Escapement a horological masterpiece. The watch is a juxtaposition of isolation and space. These components are separated into categories: The regulation and timekeeping can be found on the front, and the power, transmission, and distribution are placed on the back. The unique layout of the movement complements the generous space beneath its soaring sapphire firmament, allowing for these categories to occupy large areas of their own real estate.
Santa Barbra just became the home of the ultimate relaxation destination – the new Ritz-Carlton’s retreat. 42,000-square-foot spa, six restaurants, and three pools create a true haven for the wealthy, where they can relax in complete privacy away from prying eyes.
The new resort sits on a 78-acre estate nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the dramatic Santa Ynez mountains. Making the most of Santa Barbara’s stunning landscape, the property is famous for once housing the Bacara Resort, a favorite Hollywood hideaway. Now, a multimillion-dollar transformation has turned it into the plush Ritz-Carlton Bacara, welcoming its first set of guests earlier this month.
Nestled in lush courtyards and overlooking a private stretch of beach, each of the property’s 358 rooms and suites have been completely refreshed. The resort is a quintessential mix of Californian ambiance and Spanish-style architecture (low-slung, white-washed buildings, red-tile roofs) with Mediterranean influences (wrought-iron balconies, terra-cotta tile floors). Cool coastal colours give each of the rooms a vibe of modern eccentricity and classic luxury, serving as the perfect landing pad for a weekend getaway.
Boutiques of worldwide renowned brands like Hermés, Prada and Chanel are in close proximity as is the historic State Street downtown, so guests will be able to enjoy full rein of the resort’s extensive list of amenities. The resort has three heated saltwater pools, a lounge in a kitted-out cabana, and two private beaches. A 42,000-square-foot spa is the perfect place to get treated to a well-deserved massage or facial before soaking up the last of the ocean sunset from a fireside lounge on the rooftop terrace.
Not one but six restaurants offer a delectable array of options, which range from the casual, locally focused Bistro to the indulgent Angel Oak for perfectly prepared Kobe beef. A private tasting in the Foley Tasting Room, which houses Angel Oak’s 12,000-bottle collection can be the perfect way to end the evening.
Named after the mythological Greek god of the north wind, the Boreas—the brainchild of Spain’s DSD Design & Motorsport—is a two-door supercar of a new generation. The new model boasts a mostly carbon-fiber monocoque construction and a proprietary hybrid power train capable of generating more than 1,000 hp. The latter also includes a 7-speed automated manual transmission, which makes the acceleration from zero to 62 mph in 2.8 seconds possible. The Boreas can reach a top speed of 236 mph.
The Boreas project is the realization of the ambition to strive for technical and aesthetic innovation. The DSD Design & Motorsport team was heavily focused on the search for ergonomics within the varying physical and psychological scales that would be experienced.
After 10 years in development, the Boreas hypercar is a standing model of the firm’s automotive dynamo. It was introduced at France’s 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race in June, followed by a completed prototype shortly thereafter. This can is a one-off, but there will be 12 individually designed successors are planned for production in January.
The Boreas sports plenty of carbon fiber in its crisp shape. Wheels are 20-inch up front, 21-inch in the back. There are green calipers and other accents that give the profile a futuristic vibe in the ultra-exclusive world of hypercars. It’s still too early to talk about pricing at this stage, but given the limited number of cars that will be produced, it will surely be in the range of other industry giants like Lamborghini and Ferrari.
The 12 cars that will be produced will be “individually designed yet related.” It is not yet clear if this will mean there will be 12 distinct models, or just 12 variants of the Boreas. The company announcement goes on to say that each will have equal performance but “individual characters.”
Eco-minded billionaires now have a new nautical toy to add to their collection in the face of nature-inspired 400ft superyacht unveiled at Monaco.
Netherlands-based Sinot Yacht Design designed a vessel that allows passengers to experience the natural world while sailing on the high seas. The new ‘Nature’ yacht concept has a crew capacity of 50 and a guest capacity of 18 and is the first vessel to come complete with a climate controlled garden with bedrooms looking into the leafy area.
Other benefits include an impressive spiral staircase in the central area, a spa, a sea-level swimming pool, a sleek roof deck and a lounge boasting floor-to-ceiling windows for panoramic views.
The yacht comes equipped with dozens of adrenaline-pumping toys to play with including eight jet skis. A sea-level swimming pool includes night lights and an impressive waterfall installation. Multiple sun decks on all levels provide plenty of space for al fresco dining and parties.
The interior is a combination of light warm caramel tones, glass and metal for a modern, minimalistic aesthetic. Mirrored surfaces also make the spaces seem even bigger. The dining area alone will boast two chandeliers for a flood of light. It connects to a spacious lounge area which is the perfect place to entertain a large party. The lounge has a balcony area, providing views over the ocean beyond.
A private spa has relaxation rooms, where guests can enjoy soothing treatments. The bedrooms are spacious and imagined with dark wood furniture and contemporary art to give them a homely feel.
Price for the spectacular eco superyacht concept still hasn’t been announced but is expected to be revealed at the Monaco Yacht Show.
The iconic skyline of San Francisco just gained a new impressive silhouette thanks to Lumina, a 656-unit condominium project perched above the sparkling water and iconic Bay Bridge. Courtesy of developer Tishman Speyer – the luxurious building has only two remaining residences—both double-height, 42nd-floor penthouses with great views and glass galore. The units are the largest in the building, and are being sold as customizable shells so homeowners can create a unique layout and aesthetic to match their taste. Both units boast 18-foot ceilings, which are the only double-height ceilings available in any Bay Area high-rise.
With a total of nearly 5,700-square-foot – Penthouse 41A unit is characterized by a 250-foot glass façade that offers 360-degree vistas of the cityscape and bay. Penthouse 41B stretches across nearly 5,200 square feet, and features a 240-foot glass façade that provides 270-degree views of the city and bay. Buyers will be given a choice from an array of designer-ready floor plans created by renowned architectural firm Arquitectonica; there is even an option for the addition of ample rooftop decks if desired.
Aside from spectacular views and an abundance of space, both penthouses benefit from direct access to the building’s exclusive amenities. These include a full-service grocery store, a fitness center and climbing wall that was designed by Jay Wright. There is also a bi-level club lounge, a 70-foot lap pool, and a secluded dining room with a gourmet kitchen and outdoor dining terrace for large parties. The Ferry Building and forthcoming Transbay Center is equally impressive on the outside with its modern, minimalistic aesthetic. This sculpted marvel blends with ease in the San Francisco skyline of architectural gems.
The smaller penthouse is listed for $13.5 million, while the larger one is priced from around $15 million.
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.
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.
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.