The Rolls-Royce Ghost V-Specification boasts greater power and will only be available for customers to commission for the next six months.
The company’s chief executive, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, says that the idea behind the limited edition is to celebrate “one of Ghost‘s defining characteristics: the exquisite 6.6-liter Rolls-Royce V12 engine.”
The car, which can be specified as a standard or extended wheelbase model, will feature a 30bph power increase over the standard edition, which translates into a 0-62mph (100km/h) time of 4.7 sec.
Owners will also be able to select one of five specially developed exterior paint colors for the car or to select one from the company’s existing 44,000-hue palette. The vehicle will also sit on exclusive 21-inch part-polished wheels and can be specified with visible chromed exhausts.
Providing a subtle clue to passengers that the car is a little more exclusive than an everyday Rolls-Royce are V-Specification motifs which appear on the door treadplates, on the steel inlays to the front multimedia screen lid and embroidered into the rear armrest.
Completing the look is an exclusively designed clock with a black crown surrounding the face. The order book for the V-Specification opens Wednesday but will close again in June.
Along with the Marais, the Montaigne bag is one of the new releases of the year.
Named after the glitzy Parisian avenue, this practical bag combines a smart, structured exterior with a spacious, well-organized interior making it ideal for business and women on the go. It can be carried in several ways – in the hand, on the arm or on the shoulder thanks to its removable cross-body strap. The BB version comes with an extra long strap which enables you to wear it across the body for a trendy look.
Montaigne features chic details such as natural cowhide leather trims, shiny golden brass hardware, burgundy-colored microfiber lining, one central zippered compartment with a padlock, two wide compartments, one double smartphone pocket, one flat pocket and protective bottom studs.
The Montaigne comes in three sizes: BB (11.4″ x 7.9″ x 5.1″), MM (13.0″ x 9.1″ x 5.9″) GM (15.4″ x 11.0″ x 6.3″). The bags are available in Louis Vuitton stores for US$2130, US$2270, and US$2420 for the BB, MM, and GM respectively.
The Parisian branch of the fine food retailer Petrossian, known for its prestigious caviar, has presented three extraordinarily generous tins of its star product. The largest, “Ivan the Terrible,” contains 10kg of Petrossian’s Tzar Imperial caviar, making it the world’s largest caviar tin according to its maker.
The other two tins in this unusual line are also named for tsars and tsarinas. “Catherine the Great” contains a whopping 5kg of the delicacy, while the one named after Alexander contains 2.5kg.
An exceptional product deserves exceptional packaging, of course. Each piece in this limited edition will be hand packed, and each label hand lithographed and numbered.
Each tin is prepared upon order, and prices are available on request. To put things into perspective, the least expensive caviar tin on Petrossian’s Paris website, containing just 12g, costs €24.
It’s a brand-new year and now is the time when everyone is resolving to improve something about themselves.
Rather than making a big resolution with no concrete plan on how to make it happen, why not start taking steps to change your heart instead? If you can change your way of thinking, you’ll be more likely to make big changes in your life that will actually stick instead of being forgotten by the spring.
Spend the next seven weeks changing your attitude and I promise this year will be filled with opportunities you never noticed in previous years. Focus on one new attribute each week:
Week 1: Gratitude: Write seven things you are grateful for. Demonstrate your gratitude for at least one item on the list each day.
Week 2: Courage: Write seven things that cause you fear or stress. Work each day to remove the illusion of fear from at least one item on the list.
Week 3: Commitment: Write seven things that have taken root in you as a result of walking in gratitude and releasing fear. Commit to creating a new path at work based on these discoveries.
Week 4: Loyalty: Write seven things you are willing to sacriﬁce to show your loyalty to support and uplift others. Discover and implement at least one item each day.
Week 5: Trust: Write seven areas where your trust for yourself and others has developed and grown. Nurture each item one day at a time.
Week 6: Belief: Write seven new things you have found to believe in about yourself. Strive to increase your belief in at least one of these areas each day.
Week 7: Respect: Write the names of seven people you respect more than anyone else. Pattern your behaviors and attitudes after theirs to see what happens, focusing on one person each day.
What Can You Expect When You Reach the End of Week 7?: You will likely lose the desire to judge others harshly and instead discover signiﬁcant changes that need to occur within your heart and mind. You will no longer need to demand credit for everything you do in order to demonstrate your value to others. This journey isn’t about beating yourself up. It’s about making small improvements day by day until you are surprised to ﬁnd yourself standing far above where you used to be. By doing this, we discovered in our company, Fishbowl, that we focused less on changing others and organizations and lived less in judgment and more in discovery mode.
For the first time, Roger Dubuis has created its Tourbillon Skeleton timepiece in a 42 mm case.
Roughly 35 percent slimmer than previous models and lighter in weight, the exposed skeletal design is a showcase for the watch manufacturer’s RD505SQ movement—an intricate flying tourbillon composed of 165 parts.
The Excalibur 42 Skeleton Tourbillon ($164,500) features a more refined iteration of the signature fluted bezel and triple lugs that the Excalibur line is known for, and it is available in pink or white gold.
The Beechcraft King Air is among private aviation’s most tried-and-true turboprops, with roots of the Model 90 variant dating as far back as the early 1960s.
Of Beechcraft’s current King Air models—350i, 350ER, 250, and C90GTx—the C90GTx is the smallest and least powerful, and according to members of Robb Report’s Private Aviation Advisory Board, it is also the least favored of the four as a business transport.But with the recent announcement of the Nextant G90XT, this comparatively lowly King Air variant may soon be rising in the ranks of business aviation’s elite turboprops.
To produce the G90XT, Nextant essentially remanufactures existing
King Air C90 aircraft—introduced by Beechcraft in the early
1970s—of which there are some 2,300 examples in operation.
The Cleveland-based Nextant—a subsidiary of Directional Aviation Capital, which recently acquired the leading flight-service provider Flexjet—then replaces the engines with a pair of General Electric’s new H80 turboprop engines. This powerplant delivers higher output, reduces fuel burn, and requires less-frequent maintenance in addition to utilizing a new, more aerodynamic prop made especially for this model. Nextant also installs Garmin’s new three-screen, all-glass G1000 avionics suite and outfits the cabin with new leathers, woods, fabrics, and carpeting as well as the latest cabin technology. The cabin can seat as many as 11 passengers, though in most configurations it will seat three to five people.
Nextant has not yet disclosed performance figures for this model, but they will likely be similar to those of Beechcraft’s C90GTx, which cruises at 313 mph, has a ferry range of about 1,500 miles, and can take off from runways as short as 2,400 feet. While the Beechcraft C90GTx starts at about $3.8 million for a new aircraft, Nextant’s G90XT has a starting price of just $2.2 million, making it a viable option for many business owners. Nextant expects to deliver the first example in 2014.
Creed Perfumes reinstates their position as the leaders in perfume innovation with their Les Royales Exclusives Gilded Edition.
This Midas touched bottle is made from hand blown Pochet glass, dipped in gold and given a personal touch with the addition of a stamped monogram in block or script letters as per your preference. The ultra exclusive flacon is filled with a Royal Exclusives perfume of your choice, you can choose from lush fragrances like Jardin D’Amalfi, Pure White Cologne, Spice and Wood, Sublime Vanille or White Flowers. The Gilded Edition bottle also comes with a complimentary 1.7 oz. atomizer wrapped in gold Italian leather and embossed with Creed’s family crest. The atomizer is shatterproof and refillable, making it ideal for travel while the gilded edition glass bottle makes the perfect addition to your dresser or fireplace mantle.
The Les Royales Exclusives collection honors the most refined techniques in perfumery that are even now practiced by Creed. The Gilded Edition bottle retails at $5,000 and is available at the Creed website. Established in London in 1760, by James Creed, the House of Creed has a noble history of supplying fragrances to British and European Royalty including being named the official supplier of fragrance to the Crown by Queen Victoria herself. They have also catered to modern icons including celebrities and politicians like John F. Kennedy who wore their Vetiver fragrance in 1948. Today, Creed continues to push the boundaries of olfactory ingenuity having created over 200 of their scented masterpieces. Olivier Creed, sixth generation perfumer of the Creed dynasty and currently the head of the House of Creed, has made select Creed perfumes available to the public for the very first time since the perfume powerhouse’s birth.
French champagne house Armand de Brignac has released what it is calling the world’s largest bottle of rosé bubbly that holds the equivalent of 40 regular 750 ml bottles.
Weighing 45 kg (100 lbs) and standing more than 1.2 meters tall (4 feet), the colossal, 30-liter Midas bottle will be uncorked December 13 at the Hakkasan Las Vegas restaurant at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, where it will be listed for $275,000.
Under the direction of winemaker Jean-Jacques Cattier, Armand de Brignac is hand-produced by a staff of eight craftspeople at the family estate in Chigny-les-Roses, France. Grapes used are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The Cattier family have been wine producers since 1763.
The Armand de Brignac Rosé is described as a fresh, full-bodied bubbly with aromas of strawberries and blackcurrant and is produced in limited quantities.
Russian billionaire Viktor Vekselberg on Tuesday opened a museum to display his glittering collection of Faberge eggs, once owned by the tsars, in the former imperial capital of Saint Petersburg.
Vekselberg bought the collection of eggs from the estate of the late Malcolm Forbes, the US publisher of Forbes magazine in 2004, vowing to bring them back to Russia.
The jewelled eggs with enamel and painted details include one given by the last tsar Nicholas II to his mother, Maria Fyodorovna, which is decorated with his portrait as well as that of his heir, Alexei.
Another made to celebrate the first anniversary of Nicholas II’s coronation has a surprise inside: a model of a tiny gold carriage. Others contain a gold hen and an enamelled rosebud.
The 18th-century mansion housing the museum originally belonged to Ivan Shuvalov, a favourite of Tsarina Elizabeth Petrovna. It was used for welcoming international delegations in Soviet days.
Vekselberg is worth some $15.1 billion, making him Russia’s fourth richest businessman, according to Forbes magazine, which estimated tbe value of his art collection at $850 million.
Court jeweller Peter Carl Faberge made around 50 of the eggs. The family tradition began in 1885 when Tsar Alexander III gave his wife, Maria Fyodorovna, a richly jewelled egg for Easter.
The Bolsheviks sold many of the eggs abroad to raise money after the October Revolution. Others were smuggled out by relatives of the last tsar’s family, who were shot in 1918.
Vekselberg’s collection of Faberge objects is rated as one of the world’s most valuable. When he bought them, the price was not disclosed, but the collection had previously been valued at $90 million.
In the year the film “Rush” has been released, directed by Oscar winner Ron Howard and telling the story of the rivalry between Niki Lauda and James Hunt, a Prancing Horse owner has decided to personalise his new 458 Italia in the livery that featured on the Maranello cars back in the golden age that covered the mid-Seventies.
In those days, the Scuderia took three consecutive Constructors’ titles and two Drivers’ both of them thanks to the Austrian driver.
In red with a white roof, featuring the Italian flag going longitudinally across it, with gold rims, the car was prepared with this exclusive design by the Commercial Department at Ferrari as part of the Tailor Made personalisation programme, with the collaboration of a personal designer from the Maranello Style Centre. The interior has not been neglected with the seats and central tunnel reprising the italian flag motif and the racing aspect is accentuated by the type of seats and the red motif on their stitching, the dashboard and instrument panel and the steering wheel with LEDs, as well as the F1 type gear shifts.
The 458 Italia represents the perfect synthesis of technological innovation, style, creativity and passion, all qualities that are a byword for Italy in the world. The owner of this two seater berlinetta, powered by the multi award winning V8 engine, wanted to make it unique by paying tribute to one of the happiest and most productive eras in the history of the Scuderia.