For the Only Watch 2013 charity auction, Patek Philippe has produced a one-of-a-kind version of the discontinued ref. 5004 in titanium called the 5004T.
The Patek Philippe Ref 5004 is a split-seconds chronograph + perpetual calendar; it was produced for about six years, until being replaced by the Patek Ref 5204 in 2011.
Not only is it the fourth Patek in titanium, ever to be made, it is also a ref. 5004 that is not in the current collection anymore, so it might be considered a last chance for collectors to buy this desirable timepiece.
Aside from the chrono and perpetual calendar displays, the dial on the watch is quite interesting — made of solid gold, it is engraved to look like carbon-fiber. Similarly is the strap, actually made of calf skin, it is embossd to resemble carbon fiber. The watch is powered by the Patek Caliber CHR 27-70 Q which is based on the Lemania 2310 caliber.
The biennial.“Only Watch” charity watch auction, to be held in Monaco on September 28, will donate all its .proceeds to research for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
A smartphone is a good computing gadget to carry around, but the run-of-the-mill kinds do nothing to help you flaunt it in public.
That is when Mobiado can help you, especially if you own (or love) the One-77 supercar. Taking design cues from the stunning car from Aston Martin, the Mobiado One-77 Mobile Device is quite a work of art itself. The slim phone sports sapphire crystal buttons along with large sapphire crystal plates.
Available in 24 carat gold and rhodium variants, the phones feature a watch powered by a Swiss automatic movement at the top bezel and is limited to just 77 units. Thanks to the Swiss watch you can get access to 2 times zones simultaneously and the watch boasts of 28 hours of power reserve, and comes with a self-winding automatic mechanism with ball-bearing.
The watch at the top bezel sports a unique crown lever that can be adjusted with ease. The watch case has been made using CNC machined brass and plated with 24-Carat gold or rhodium based on what you pick. The entire device sports a total 235 Carats of sapphire crystal.
The Mobiado One-77 Mobile Device is not operator locked, and will work with any GSM network. As for specs, the handset is powered by quad-band GSM (GSM 850/900/1800/1900) and tri0band WCDMA (Band I, II and VIII (2100/1900/900) so you can use it in up to five continents. It sports a 2.2” QVGA display, 5 megapixel camera with flash, GPS, web browser, email support, and a music player that plays AMR, MID, MP3, MP4, M4A, .WMA and AAC files.
The raging bull brand – Lamborghini is at its second last day to the completion of its Grand Giro Tour that kick started with a vengeance with 350 Lambos roaring down the roads of Italy.
CarShoe a subsidiary company from the Prada Group joining in the celebration, collaborating with the legendary super car brand to launch a new driving shoe! Now we know, we aren’t talking about just luxury. Its uber-luxury that we are dealing with. The 50th Anniversary Celebration of Lamborghini is traveling heights and we intend to know every bit of the juicy details that come our way, and that includes collaborations!
Almost resembling the shape of the Lamborghini, the driving shoe by CarShoe is stunning, and comes in three interesting colors – the standard black, a navy blue shade and bright orange!
The Lamborghini and CarShoe branding has been strategically placed, and is clearly visible. The limited edition moccasin features a metal logo of the 50th anniversary on the lace and the Lamborghini shield is enameled on the back and printed on the insole.
The high-end, alligator-kind soft leather used is quite a stand out along with the soft leather studs the shoe sports, which starts ascend right from the behind.
All in all, the driving shoe from CarShoe for Lamborghini is a lofty piece of handicraft, and we love the look and feel of it. Way to go CarShoe!
CarShoe is an innovator and specialist in making shoes that fit professional racers/drivers.
Harry Winston is celebrating its acquisition by the Swatch Group in a big way as it purchased a pear-shaped, D color, flawless diamond of 101.73 carats for more than $26.7 million Wednesday at Christie’s Geneva Magnificent Jewels Sale.
Billed by the auction house as the “perfect diamond,” the price paid set a world auction record for a colorless diamond. The diamond (which sold for $254,400 per carat) has been renamed by the luxury jewelry and watch retailer as “The Winston Legacy.”
“The acquisition of ‘Winston’s Legacy’ underscores the brand’s continued commitment to perfection and quality at the highest level. A stone of this caliber and rarity is the perfect continuation of Mr. Winston’s legacy as the King of Diamonds,” Nayla Hayek, the new CEO of Harry Winston said in a statement released by the Swatch Group.
Rahul Kadakia, head of Jewelry, Christie’s Switzerland and Americas, added: “Harry Winston acquired the most perfect diamond ever offered for sale at auction, ‘Winston Legacy,’ continuing the tradition of buying and selling only the very best, a trait of the founder Mr. Winston himself.”
The diamond was the top lot in a sale that fetched a record-breaking $102.1 million, selling 86% by lot and 93% by value, the highest result ever for a various-owner jewelry auction at Christie’s. It included several world records for diamonds, pearls and sapphires. A total of 20 lots sold above $1 million with 147 buyers coming from 31 countries across five continents, Christie’s said.
One of the top international builders of high performance open motor yachts Pershing, brand of the Ferretti Group, will present an exclusive set of elegant suitcases signed by Poltrona Frau, confirming the great care to design that has always characterized Pershing yachts.
Founded in Italy in 1912, Poltrona Frau makes some of the world’s finest leather furniture and also provides the upholstery for the interiors of Bugatti and Maserati models. The luxury accessories build on the partnership forged by the two companies in 2006 when Poltrona Frau designed an interior for the beautiful $5 million Pershing 72’, a triumph of nautical engineering and naval architecture that took the yachting world by storm.
The collection will consist of eight pieces in varying configurations that will be available to Pershing owners. A set with a rolling suitcase, a beauty case and two travel bags is available for yachts ranging from 50 to 74 feet, while the 82 to 115-foot range also includes a tablet case, a PC case, a travel bag and a second beauty case. The cases are made from Poltrona Frau’s exclusive Frau ® SC milk-white leather with dove grey seaming. The pieces feature a stylized wave design with the Pershing logo embroidered on it and are detailed with polished nickel chromium-plated finishes, Pershing personalized laser cut zippers, and inked ribs matching the color of the leather.
Australian actress Nicole Kidman will appear as the new face of luxury shoe and accessories brand Jimmy Choo from this autumn.
With the images currently top secret, and set to drop in August’s crop of fashion magazines including Harpers Bazaar, Vogue and Vanity Fair, Nicole Kidman was shot by Swedish fashion photographer Mikael Jansson.
The Australian actress was an obvious choice for Choo’s creative director Sandra Choi: “Nicole is one of the finest actresses in the world,” Choi told WWD. “I knew [she] could convey the empowered glamour of the brand. But she is also so nuanced and refined; she brings an attitude of defiance, strength, sensuality and elegance.”
Academy Award winner Nicole was the face of famed perfume Chanel No. 5 for a number of years, after starring in a multimillion dollar advert shot by “The Great Gatsby” and “Moulin Rouge” director Baz Luhrmann.
It seems that when BlackBerry announced the new BlackBerry Z10, the world of high living took notice, including no less than luxury icon Louis Vuitton.
Given Louis Vuitton's famous heritage in travel, here is what we think the brand saw: a phone that has been re-engineered to offer a powerful and unique mobile computing experience with every feature, every gesture and every detail, designed to keep the user moving.
When Louis Vuitton announced its latest creation, a sophisticated case designed for the BlackBerry Z10, we took notice and we liked what we saw. And what we saw is this: an elaborate case available in either Louis Vuitton’s signature Monogram or graphite Damier fabric. The case combines functionality with Louis Vuitton’s specialist craftsmanship.
The case is out in all Louis Vuitton stores.
The £250MILLION home: London house set to become UK's most expensive property ever sold as it is put up for saleBy skorpyonew
An end of terrace home in London is set to become the most expensive property ever sold in the UK after it went on the market for £250million.
The six-storey Grade I listed Regency mansion is a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace and boasts 50,000 sq ft of living space, making it one of the capital’s largest private homes.
Property expert Henry Pryor, who pointed out that the ‘nearest corner shop will be Fortnum & Mason’, said: ‘I think it will almost certainly be bought by a foreign buyer.’
The property is 1,537 times more expensive than the average house sold last month in the UK, which was worth £162,606. At the asking price, the buyer will face a £17.5million bill for stamp duty.
Details on the property's interior are sketchy, it is believed to boast a magnificent double staircase and huge ballroom.
The secret brochure apparently shows interior photographs which were taken in the 1890s, because the current owner does not want to advertise the contents of his home for security reasons.
The property is registered in the British Virgin Islands, and said to be owned by a member of the Saudi royal family.
Despite the shaky economic recovery, 2012 was a record year for sales in London worth more than £5million, according to research by estate agent Savills.
Last year, more than 400 properties were sold over that threshold, up from 350 in 2011.
With so many properties now fetching nine-figure sums, oligarchs might be tempted to move to Kensington's Egerton Crescent, Britain's priciest street - where they can pick up a bargain with the average house costing just £8million.
At the upcoming May event of the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este headed by RM Auctions, one would see bespoken vintage vehicles, and also a luxury speed boat up for auction.
RM Auctions will help find a new owner for the 1960 Riva Tritone Special Cadillac Powerboat, which was created by Carlo Riva on his shipyard, in Lake Iseo.
One of the finest vintage wooden powerboats, this vessel with Hull No. 132, is known to have transported some of Hollywood's biggest icons including Sofia Loren, Peters Sellers, and Brigitte Bardot. Despite the fame it got during the early days, there was no other boat like this made again, even for personal modified editions, hence it stands as a one-off piece.
It is known to have been made by Riva, on the special order of noted industrialist, Achille Roncoroni, who also made him promise that none like this can ever be made again.
However, it now stands in the hope of finding a new collector, in all of it's beautiful splendor.
The price of this precious Riva to be in the region of €550,000 and €750,000 .
An extremely rare fancy deep-blue diamond weighing 5.30 carats sold at Bonhams Fine Jewellery sale in London's New Bond Street today, April 24th for a record price of $1.8m per carat.
The previous world record price per carat for a blue diamond was $1.68m. This rare gem was bought by Graff Diamonds, the international diamond house headquartered in New Bond Street. London. Bidding came from round the world via 25 telephone lines as well as bidders in the packed saleroom.
The fancy deep-blue diamond is set in a 'Trombino' ring made by Bulgari, the renowned Italian jeweller favoured by Hollywood film stars, and the epitome of fashion and innovation during the 1960s. The ring was made circa 1965 and had been estimated to fetch £1,000,000 to £1,500,000 at the Bonhams auction.
Jean Ghika, Director of Bonhams Jewellery Department for Europe commented after the sale: "We are delighted with the price it has made. It was a sensational stone which charmed everyone who viewed it prior to the sale. Blue diamonds, especially those over 5.00 carats, are extremely rare to see on the market and continue to be highly sought-after. We are honoured to have handled the sale of such a unique gem."
Blue diamonds are very rarely seen on the market and fancy-coloured diamonds are among the most valuable and sought-after in the world. They have delighted royals and celebrities over the centuries, with the most famous blue 'Hope Diamond' bought by King Louis XIV of France in the late 17th Century. The stunning 45.52-carat diamond, originating from India was eventually stolen from the Crown Jewels by thieves in the French Revolution and then smuggled to London, finally coming to rest in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington, D.C.
The Bulgari ring features a cushion-shaped fancy deep-blue diamond, weighing 5.30 carats. It is set horizontally within a mount pavé-set with brilliant-cut diamonds and courses of baguette-cut diamonds. The term "fancy" is used to describe a diamond of intense colour and the colour "fancy deep-blue" is one of the rarest. The extraordinary colour blue is derived from small atoms of boron mixing with the carbon atoms in a diamond, affecting the absorption of light passing through the stone and lending it a blue appearance. Blue diamonds are structurally very pure and account for less than one per cent of all diamonds mined.