FERRARI’S MOST POWERFUL CAR YET – THE 812 SUPERFAST
Ferrari is reigniting the supercar power war with what is planned as the fastest and most powerful model, the aptly named 812 Superfast. 588kW from its V12 engine will power the two-door, which will be able to accelerate to 100km/h in just 2.9 seconds and achieve a top speed of “more than” 340km/h.
F12′s successor doesn’t disappoint in terms of visual aesthetic as well. The fastback design hides active flaps at the front of the underbody, and a rear flank features an aerodynamic by-pass to increase downforce, giving the model a beautifully aggressive shape. Designed to deliver exhilarating driving both on road and track yet also be sufficiently comfortable to use at any time, the 812 Superfast is a welcomed addition to the collection of every driver with a penchant for adrenaline-inducing experiences.
A noteworthy new feature is the EPS (Electric Power Steering) which is calibrated to work in tandem with the car’s electronic vehicle dynamics controls. These include the latest version of Ferrari’s patented Side Slip Control (SCC) – making its powerful performance easier to handle and even more thrilling to exploit. There is also a Virtual Short Wheelbase 2.0 system (PCV) which, benefits from further evolution of the software that improves the nimbleness of the handling and reduces the vehicle response times.
The high tail of the 812 is reminiscent of the 365 GTB4 of 1969. LED headlights are integrated into the design of the air intakes. The car is being launched in a special new colour, Rosso Settanta to mark the company’s 70th anniversary.
No official price has been announced yet for the 812 Superfast, but prices for the model it replaces, the F12 Berlinetta, start at $320,000.
THE MIDAS MANSION LUXURIOUS BEVERLY HILLS MANSION HITS THE MARKET FOR $100 MILLION
Designer and developer Michael Palumbo presented his latest project – a jaw-dropping $100 million estate that will be built in Beverly Hills, Calif. Described as the pinnacle of his career, the minimalistic residence is inspired by a floating estate in Singapore. What is going to be a compound-style home that revolves around water, the grandiose residence will feature seven bedrooms (including a 3,100-square-foot master suite with private access to a rooftop garden); 14 bathrooms; a great room with a hidden bar; and an 18-seat dining room—all surrounded by eye-catching water features.
Outside guests will be able to enjoy a 1.5-inch-deep reflecting pool that will lead to an acrylic pool in the foyer, which seamlessly connects to a lap pool and then to a vanishing-edge pool around the entire property. This creates a never-ending composition of water and matter that come together in one architectural marvel.
The see-through pool in the foyer lets light flood into the lower level of the home, where all of the amenities will be houses. The lower level will house a nightclub, a full bar and lounge (with the pool as its ceiling), a 20-seat theater room, a two-lane bowling alley, a professional catering kitchen, a hair and nail salon, a wellness center, an eight-car garage. Other extravagant entertaining amenities complete the vibe of a fully-functioning socializing hot spot.
The lot and plans are available for preconstruction acquisition for $35 million or for final turnkey purchase for $100 million. Construction is expected to last 24 to 26 months, and interested buyers can contact the Coldwell Banker team to inquire about the water-ringed oasis in Beverly Hills.
CHRISTIE’S NEW MULTIPURPOSE MASTERPIECE IN BEVERLY HILLS
A new Lox Angeles complex in Southern California will give discerning collectors a new point of purchase from reputable auction house Christie’s when it opens in April. Located over two stories, the 5,400-square-foot facility is planned on North Camden Drive in Beverly Hills and will provide the same cross-section of services the auction house is known for.
From exclusive art to unique collectibles – the convenient location for clients will fit well in the upscale community. Wealthy buyers will be able to stop by for a selection of luxury offerings of watches, jewelry, wine, and handbags. The site will cater to individual customers and those representing institutions (such as museums) thanks to a skilled in-house appraisal and investment team. Private offices for consultations, a vault-like room for presenting exquisite jewels and other one-of-a-kind pieces, and extensive exhibition space are planned in the design. The second floor also features a 1,400-square-foot entertainment venue with an outdoor patio. Interactive live-streams from Christie’s sales taking place elsewhere will tie the whole place together.
Beverly Hills is the logical choice for Christie’s new haven for wealthy buyers as it complements its current California locations in Century City and San Francisco. The auction house, headquartered in London, has been a premier conduit for the finest artistry and craftsmanship since founded by James Christie in 1766.
WATCHES OF THE WEEK
The world of horological marvels has been taken by storm again by two of the most renowned Maisons in recent weeks. Ahead of the annual Baselworld event that brings together connoisseurs of fine technical pieces and the world’s most reputable watchmakers – Zenith and Jaeger-LeCoultre have a pleasant surprise for their rich clientele.
The Master Chronograph from Jaeger-LeCoultre was released just in time to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ever-popular line that collectors and enthusiasts have always been passionate about. The new piece makes a strong statement with its vintage charm, superb case proportions, stunning sector dials, and clever skeletonized hands. Powered by the brand’s Caliber 751G automatic movement, the Master Chronograph retains the same fonts, case proportions, and pusher design as the outgoing model, but it capitalizes on the eye-catching two-tone silver dials. It is refreshingly adaptable and retails for $8,000.
With the unveiling of the Pilot Extra Special Chronograph in Bronze, Zenith is keeping momentum ahead of Baselworld. The high-frequency 4069 automatic column-wheel chronograph calibre pairs nicely with the significant presence of the case.
When it comes to large pilot watches – Zenith knows how to combine overpowering style with sturdy functionality and the Pilot Extra Special Chronograph is no exception. Wiith a retail price of $7,100, Zenith will be taking pre-orders on the new piece as of the start of Baselworld next month.
Ireland is a magical place of rolling green hills and silvery blue lakes with slate-gray castles that match the skies above. And there is no better way to enjoy those long rainy days, pints of Guinness, and sheep-dotted mountains than the picturesque estate of Luggala in County Wicklow. Set on 5,000 acres, it has been in the Guinness family since the 1930s and overlooks the scenic Lough Tay and steep Djouce Mountains.
Built in 1787, Luggala Lodge is a Gothic-style white castle with beautiful arched windows, decorative battlements and quatrefoil designs. The 7,438-square-foot historic hideaway comprises seven bedrooms, four bathrooms, and three living rooms—each one boasting dramatic arched windows, Irish paintings, period-specific furniture, antique fireplaces, and ornate chandeliers. The architectural masterpiece includes the Cloghoge House situated nearby. It is a two-story Georgian residence that features four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and two living rooms—for a warm and welcoming guest house. If that is not enough, there are seven additional lodges and cottages sprinkled across the estate.
Outside, 18th-century landscape gardens, centuries-old Irish oak trees, and majestic cliffs surround the residences, giving it privacy and seclusion from prying eyes. Luggala has enjoyed a host of famous celebrity guests throughout the years, including Michael Jackson, Bono, Robert Graves, Dennis Hopper, and a many other well-known artists and actors. It has been used to film memorably scenes from classics Braveheart, Animal Farm, and Becoming Jane.
The property is currently listed on the market for around $30 million.
AN EXCLUSIVE COLLECTION HONORING JOHANNES KEPLER FROM MONTBLANC
Montblanc’s Maison Artisan Atelier in Hamburg, Germany, has flirted with high-end writing instrument designs latterly. Some of the newly-released pieces are priced in excess of $1 million and exhibit intricate motifs centered on serpents and notable figures like Marco Polo – flamboyant enough to capture the eye of wealthy connoisseurs.
The artisan’s newest collection was designed to honour the mathematician, astronomer, and astrologer Johannes Kepler and his contribution of the three laws of planetary motion. The aptly named High Artistry Homage to Johannes Kepler Limited Edition collection consists of three limited edition designs and one unique piece. Prices, understandably, are astronomically high with the Stella Nova Limited Edition 1 announced at $1.5 million. The one-of-a-kind piece is adorned with 570 diamonds and 5,294 sapphires arranged to evoke the Milky Way in the night sky. An opulent 6.2-carat Montblanc-cut diamond rests on the pen’s cap and is surrounded by three diamond-set rings representing, once again, Kepler’s three laws. The pen is accompanied by a pair of cufflinks shaped like the scientist’s model of the solar system for a complete look.
The exclusivity of the collection is highlighted throughout – its base model, the Johannes Kepler High Pede Serpentari Limited Edition 39 (priced at $48,130), is restricted to just 39 examples worldwide. The Johannes Kepler High Artistry Astronomia Nova Limited Edition 9 (priced at $140,000), is limited to nine pieces and presents a representation of Ophiuchus and Sagittarius on its barrel.
Another flamboyant offering is the Johannes Kepler High Artistry Somnium Limited Edition 5 ($513,000 to $556,000, depending on colour choice) in the form of a fully functional moon-phase indicator on the cap and a special rewinder housed within the pen’s wooden display box.
OCEANCO’S NEW 110-METER JUBILEE SUPERYACHT
Oceano debuted an impressive 110-meters (361ft), 16.4-meter (54ft) beam – the Jubilee just became the largest superyacht ever built in The Netherlands. Easily one of the most recognizable splashes in superyacht history weighs in at just over 4,500 gross tons, making her a heavyweight in her class.
With its elongated profile and six ample decks, she offers a helicopter platform on the foredeck with a hidden mooring deck below. A large pool deck with built in Aquarium and a spacious beach club below add a touch of exotic class. Built to the Passenger Yacht Code, Jubilee boasts spacious and comfortable accommodation for up to 30 guests in 15 staterooms, and an entirely private owner’s deck.
Chic, sleek, and elegant, Oceanco’s Jubilee is characterized by the dark layers of glazing, emphasizing her horizontal details on the exterior while creating the visual equivalent of multilevel decks. Equipped with all the right amenities, Jubilee is also fitted as a turnkey delivery. The sophisticated interior is created by Sorgiovanni Designs. The weatherproof, climate-controlled facility is stocked with China, crystal, linens, cushions to meet the discerning taste of wealthy buyers.
Project Jubilee is designed with a steel hull and aluminum superstructure. Top speed for this yacht is 18.5 knots. Deliveries will begin in time for its owners to cruise the Mediterranean this summer.
THE ULTIMATE GIFT – THE WORLD’S LARGEST FLAWLESS HEART-SHAPE DIAMOND
One lucky girl would get the ultimate gift that will make both Valentine’s Day and diamond history. That is, if her partner can afford to spend over $20 million on Graff’s heart-shaped, D-class, flawless diamond named in celebration of the Roman goddess of Love.
The Graff Venus is the largest D Flawless heart shape diamond in the world, and comes from a 357-carat rough stone found at the Letseng mine in Lesotho in 2015. It was sold by Gem Diamonds for $19.3 million to an undisclosed buyer in September that year, which means that its price as a symmetrical and perfectly polished stone will be, at least, twice as much. The exceptionally demanding Graff Venus is a magnificent type IIa 118.78ct diamond that goes beyond words, and will surely be the object of desire of many high-class women, celebrities and socialites.
18 months of analysis, cutting and polishing were invested in the transformation of the rough 357-carat stone to get a record-breaking heart-shaped diamond of immaculate quality and proportions. The GIA certificate revealed the highest grading that any stone can achieve for the Graff Venus: D Colour, Flawless, and Type IIA with Excellent Polish, Excellent Symmetry, and No Fluorescence. This gives the exclusive stone a mesmerizing effect and unparalleled value.
The world’s largest perfect heart-shape stone, The Graff Venus is arguably the most breath-taking in the contemporary series of record-breaking diamonds.
EDGY NEW WATCHES
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and the world’s finest horological companies are quick to roll out one after another timepiece that make for spectacular arm candy. Few modern gentlemen will remain indifferent to watches that balance so effortlessly on the verge of timeless elegance, futuristic charm and intuitive functionality.
The exquisite selection features such gems, such as the Sixties Iconic Square Chronograph ($9,700) – the latest addition to the Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic watch series. Its unique texture and the stamped guilloché pattern on the dial add a layer of authenticity to the new model while allowing for nominal deviation in colour and one-of-a-kind frame. The 41 mm steel-cased piece is powered by the brand’s calibre 39-34 automatic chronograph movement and boasts the signature period-correct dial-manufacturing techniques of the brand.
In the world of uncompromising quality – the brand new Octa Sport ARS Titanium is viewed as the horological equivalent of the recent Bentley SUV beast. Built primarily out of titanium for its case and bracelet, this piece is pure, unabashed F.P. Journe with the trademark Caliber FPJ 1300-3 self-winding movement made from aluminum rather than the brand’s usual 18-karat rose gold. The Octa Sport ARS Titanium is priced at $32,000 with a bracelet or $25,900 and is the ultimate status symbol.
Montblanc has made headlines with its brand new TimeWalker Chronograph 1000 – capable of measuring one thousandth of a second. The modern Chronograph can be purchased for $185,500, and relies on two balances, best embodying the heritage of Minerva, a maker of stopwatches and chronographs that was purchased by Montblanc in 2006. The high-speed assembly has produced a piece that is a refinement of a mechanism that the Spanish watchmaker Bartomeu Gomila developed for Montblanc’s Villeret manufacture with an even more delicate high-speed operation.
90-METER EXPLORER YACHT TABOO
The 90m ICE-Class Explorer Yacht TABOO is the newest addition to the series of ground-breaking designs by New York-based GILL SCHMID DESIGN. It was developed in collaboration with Tim Dempers Studio from Cape Town and represent s new era of sea transport. TABOO is designed for the adventure and thrill seeking owner, who likes is always on the lookout for his next adrenaline-inducing sea getaway, but doesn’t want to compromise comfort and functionality at the same time.
TABOO is a high-volume purpose built expedition yacht capable of extreme polar and tropical adventures, with the performance capacity of a commercial vessel. Its design and space allocation offers the highest levels of luxury in the most remote places on earth.
Highlights of this futuristic-looking yacht include a full-size, swimming pool surrounded by ample lounging area that is protected by glass walls for uninterrupted views and weather insulation. Two Jacuzzis, a gym and spa area, and an aft summerhouse complete the perks of sailing on board of this functional vessel. The owner has a separate deck that includes a private lounge, outdoor space, and offices. A helicopter landing pad and accompanying retractable, enclosed helicopter garage allow guests to jet in and out at their convenience. And additional garages on the bottom deck can accommodate any type of sea toys up to 46 feet.
Multilevel living areas are fitted with large windows, some of which feature one-way glazing for privacy with views and light in personal spaces that can transform into open entertainment space. Adaptability and functionality are the focal points of the design. Still in pre-production, buyers are already expressing their interest. The firm allows the design of TABOO to be fully customized to client requirements and wishes, and can presently accommodate up to 26 passengers and 40 crewmembers. Price is yet to be announced.