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World’s Top 10 Most Expensive Luxury Yachts


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10. Lady Moura –  $210 million

Featuring the 10th most expensive yacht in the world is the Lady Moura, custom built by Blohm + Voss shipyards in 1990 for Saudi Arabian businessman Nasser Al-Rashid. This luxury liner is mostly recognisable from the outside owing to its name on the yacht exterior in prominent 24-carat gold lettering. The extravagance doesn’t end there. On board the 344-foot Lady Moura is a pool with retractable roof, a helicopter and a 75-foot Viscount Linley dining room table. However, the Lady Moura’s most remarkable feature is, without a doubt, the unique sand-covered hydraulic platform that slides out of one side of the yacht which can be adjusted to sit right at the waterline. Not only does this floating oasis boast real sand and deck chairs, but also palm trees for a truly authentic experience. The Lady Moura also features a Mangusta 80 boat or 48-feet Sant Juan boat, as well as a S76B helicopter. Finally, the yacht is capable of accommodating up to 30 guests and carrying 60 crew members.

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9. Al Mirqab  – $250 million

The Al Mirqab was built by Peters Schiffbau Wewelsfleth of Germany for Quatar’s Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani. It comprises one of the world’s largest and was dubbed the second most beautiful yacht in the world after it was completed in 2008. On board this luxury liner are ten suites, which can accommodate up to 24 guests, each with an accompanying bathroom, living room and double bedroom. The fortunate owner has two VIP rooms for himself and there are 55 rooms to house the members of crew. Highlights of the Al Mirqab superyacht include the on-board cinema, sun deck, pool and helipad, as well as outside bars, swimming pool, jacuzzi and a range of watersports equipment.

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8. Dilbar – $256 million

The Dilbar Superyacht, built in 2008 by Lürssen Yachts, belongs to Russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov. It was named after his mother and boasts one of the world’s largest boats measuring 360.89 feet long in total. It is frequently used by its billionaire owner to visit his private islands. The Dilbar boasts some swimming pools and a helipad, amongst many other luxury features, with enough space on deck to accommodate 20 guests and a crew of 48.

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7. Al Said – $300 million

Lürssen Yachts is behind this luxury private yacht belonging to, and named after, Qaboos Bin Said Al Said, the Sultan of Orman. Little is known about the Al Said apart from the fact that it houses a concert hall big enough to accommodate a 50-piece orchestra. At the time of its construction in 2007 and 2008, it comprised the world’s second largest yacht and can host up to 70 guests with a crew of 154.

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6. Superyacht A – $323 million

There is nothing unique about the name of this luxury liner however, the 400-feet long Superyacht A does boast an original design. Reminiscent of a stealth warship or submarine, it was designed by  Blohm + Voss of Hamburg and named after the first initials of the fortunate owners, Andrey and Aleksandra Melnichenko, the Russian billionaire and his wife. As can be expected, the Superyacht A comprises the epitome of luxury. The boat interior extends over 24,000 square feet housing a 2,500 square feet master bedroom and disco, as well as six guest suites which can be converted into four larger staterooms thanks to the moving walls. In addition, mirrored surfaces feature extensively throughout the interior whilst the furniture, glassware and tableware are made of French crystal. Above deck, the Superyacht A houses a helicopter hangar, as well as a 30 foot speed boat kept in the hull and three swimming pools, one of which is glass.-bottomed and situated directly above the aforementioned disco. Finally, it has been designed to accommodate up to 14 guests and boasts enough space for 42 crew members.

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5. Dubai – $350 million

Originally a joint project between Blohm + Voss and Lürssen shipyards, the Dubai  was commissioned  by Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei more than 10 years prior to the ship’s launch in 2006. It was acquired by Platinum Yachts for His Highness Sheik Mohammed Rashid al-Maktoum (ruler of Dubai) who designed the decadent interior. The most striking features of this beautiful boat comprise the abundance of sunbathing areas, several jacuzzis and the swimming pool boasting elaborate handmade tiling. Similarly, the interior features intricately designed handmade mosaics and a stunning circular staircase with glass steps with change colour with the light that enters from the top deck. Bold colours dominate the spectacularly decorated interior whilst the spacious deck of the Dubai houses a split-level owner’s deck, a large social area and lounge, numerous VIP and guest suites, and finally a crew area large enough to carry up to 115 people. Finally, a helipad, which can accommodate a helicopter of up to 9,5 tons, completes this extravagant ensemble, previously the largest yacht in the world.

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4. Azzam – $650 million

Lürssen Yachts is behind this luxury liner which was recently delivered to fortunate Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nayan, President of the United Arab Emirates and Emir of Abu Dhabi for no less than $650 million. This makes it the world’s fourth most expensive luxury yacht with the makers boasting that the Azzam is “the most complex and challenging yacht that has ever been built”. However, not only has the Azzam been dominating the headlines for its hefty price tag but also due to its immense size. Measuring in at 590 feet long, this floating extravagance boasts the largest private yacht in the world thus knocking the Eclipse, belonging to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, off the top spot. In addition, this impressive superyacht is expected to be one of the fastest reaching speeds of more than 30 knots, or 35mph. The luxury interiors were designed by French interior decorator Christophe Leoni which has been described as “sophisticated and luxurious in a turn of the century Empire style”. For the moment little else is known about the Azzam. Now the only question remaining is, with the world’s billionaires constantly competing to own the largest superyacht, how long will it remain at the top?

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3. Streets of Monaco – $1.1 billion

As the name indicates this luxury yacht comprises a floating replica of the city of Monaco. To be more precise, the Streets of Monaco is modelled on a section of Monte Carlo and expected to cost  over $1.1 billion. The reason for such a hefty price tag is that, unlike your more traditional luxury liner, this extraordinary 500-foot superyacht by Yacht Island Design of Derbyshire County in England, features scaled-down reproductions of landmarks from the billionaire playground of Monaco. They include the famous Monte Carlo Casino and racetrack, as well as Hotel de Paris. Cafe de Paris, La Rascasse and the Loews Hotel. Streets of Monaco also boasts swimming pools and tennis courts in addition to sumptuous living quarters imitating those featuring in Monaco’s finest hotels. They include seven guest suites (accommodating up to 16 people) with accompanying receptions rooms, bathrooms, dressing rooms and balconies all located in the Atrium, the ship’s centrepiece. Similarly, the Atrium houses the main apartment of the fortunate billionaire owner, approximately the size of a luxury penthouse, spreading over three floors and extending over 4,800 square feet. Finally, on board the Streets of Monaco there also BBQ facilities, a mini waterfall, a unique café-bar boasting underwater views, helicopters and submarines. The only question that remains is whether they will find a billionaire with enough money to turn this dream boat into a reality!

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2. Eclipse – $1.5 billion

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich is proud owner of the Eclipse, the second most expensive yacht in the world. Rumoured to be worth $800,000 to $1.5 billion, it was built by Blohm and Voss of Hamburg and measures 536 feet long also making it the second largest in the world. The Eclipse’s immense size allows space for the boat’s many extravagant features including 24 guest cabins, two swimming pools, several hot tubs, and a disco hall not to mention the two helicopter pads, three launch boats and mini-submarine capable of submerging up to 50 metres underwater. Furthermore, for maximum security, the Eclipse is fitted with intruder detection systems and a missile defence system whilst the master bedroom and bridge of the yacht features fitted armour plating and bulletproof windows. Finally, this unique vessel boasts an anti-paparazzi shield which consists of lasers sweeping the surrounding areas. Upon detection of possible lurking professional photographers, a light is shone directly upon the camera to prevent a photograph being taken. Finally, a whopping 70 member crew is required to maintain this floating extravagance.

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1. History Supreme ~ Price: $4.5 billion

Finally, boasting the world’s most expensive yacht is the History Supreme. This pricey 100-foot  vessel was designed by world-renowned UK luxury designer Stuart Hughes, took over 3 years to complete and was purchased by an anonymous Malaysian businessman  for a whopping $4.5 billion dollars! This staggering sum is owed to the solid gold and platinum used to assembly this luxury liner which features no less than 100,000 kg (220,000 Ibs) of these precious metals. They adorn the entirety of the boat right from the base of the vessel, coated in a thin layer of solid gold, to the dining area, deck, rails, staircases and anchor. One of the most outstanding features of this magnificent superyacht is the master bedroom. It boasts a wall feature made from meteorite rock and a statue made from genuine Tyrannosaurus Rex bones! In addition, a 68 kg 24-carat gold Aquavista Panoramic Wall Aquarium graces the master suite and on board is a liquor bottle featuring an extremely rare 18.5 carat diamond worth $45 million alone! Finally, an iPhone wrapped in 500 cut diamonds, including two interchangeable diamonds fitted over the “home button, a 7.4 carat pink diamond and a rare 8 carat diamond, add to the many extravagant features on the History Supreme, the most expensive yacht in the world.

Most Rappers Are Lying About Their Money


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From expensive clothes to gaudy chains and customized rides, wealth has always been a major talking point in the hip-hop community – especially in rap lyrics. As Jay-Z chides on Magna Carta… Holy Grail‘s “Versus” track, “The truth in my verses versus your metaphors about what your net worth is.” Thus, Businessweek recently launched an inside look into hip-hop’s dubious tales of extraordinary wealth. The results confirm Hov’s skepticism of rap’s tried-and-true rags-to-riches narrative – one in which Jay has taken part in the truest sense while others’ claims to a cache of prosperity are, in truth, mostly unrealized.Here, Businessweek hilariously ousts some of the industry’s worst offenders – and most “humble” lyricists – with a telling “Actual Wealth vs. Alleged Wealth” comparison.

Designer Inflatables.


It is time to save inflatables from death by boredom, and elevate them to must-have designer experiences. Meaning enhancing the way adults enjoy playing in the water, although even kids will find a designer inflatable quite a refreshing experience.  What if a designer hotel or resort had amazing, on-brand  inflatables in the pool, or on the beach, available for guests to enjoy, take pictures of, share with their networks?  It’d be an amazing thing.  Take a look at some of the dopest inflatable concepts below.

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Virgin launches Branson-shaped Ice Cubes?


In order to celebrate the airline’s new in-flight bar, Virgin Atlantic has decided to create custom ice cubes in the shape of Richard Branson‘s head.  The bar will also incorporate a raft of additional innovations including the fabulous new champagne coupe glass, enhanced mood lighting and a new seating system to facilitate the most comfortable social experience in the air.  The ice cubes were created using the exact measurements of Branson’s head and have a level of detail not seen before in an ice cube, Virgin said.  It took six weeks for a team of four designers to create Sir Richard’s likeness. They used detailed photographic techniques and laser scanning technology to make the Branson ice cubes.

Rémy Martin Limited Edition Cognac For Cannes.


Cognac maker Rémy Martin has released a limited edition VSOP bottle for the Cannes Film Festival meant to evoke the golden age of cinema.  As the official sponsor of perhaps the most glamorous of film festivals, the French spirit maker has launched a new collector’s series called Gold and Light for the 65th edition of Cannes.  In addition to being available at the festival itself, the classic 1-liter bottle will be sold exclusively at some of the biggest airports in the world, including Paris Charles de Gaulle, Nice, Oslo, Dubai, Beirut, New Delhi, Moscow, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York JFK.

The Limited Edition Cannes Festival 2012 VSOP is available in three formats:

-the Collector’s 1-liter Classic Format, 55€
-1.5 Magnum, 200€
-3L Jeroboam Format, 500€

While Rémy Cointreau is the official sponsor of the Cannes Film Festival, French champagne maker Moët & Chandon was the sponsor for the Berlin Film Festival.

The Multitouch Laser Keyboard & Mouse.


Here’s a cool project from kickstarter.com by Jason Giddings, a multi-touch glass keyboard and mouse.  No this keyboard is not made by Apple but it does use the same less is more mentality.

The multi-touch glass keyboard and mouse are currently in the concept phase and pledges are being taken to make them a reality.  The mouse and keyboard looks very elegant and modern and are sure to be a conversation piece at the office.  They have been designed to make use of existing proven technology and don’t contain any moving parts.  The devices are wireless and will come with rechargeable Lithium Polymer batteries, Bluetooth support, and sound and light which can be disabled.

The multi-touch keyboard contains all the keys you’d find in a traditional keyboard but they’re drawn on the back side of the glass, so they won’t rub off over time.  The glass is placed on a metal base and contains an infrared LED light at the base and a camera is placed below the glass to make the keyboard work, using FTIR technology (Frustrated Total Internal Reflection).  When keys on the keyboard are touched, it “frustrates” the light and bounces it down towards the camera, which determines the location and sends the information to your computer and you get letters and numbers on your monitor.  Pretty simple, right?

The multi-touch glass keyboard is not only cool looking but it also has a few advantages over a conventional keyboard.  There should be none of the annoying noise when keys are hit, since the surface is flat, you don’t have to worry about food crumbs getting stuck between the keys, and if you spill a bit of coffee, it should be easily wiped off.

The pledge goal for this project was set at $50,000 which has already been surpassed, so we know this keyboard and mouse will be going into production.

Rare Vintage Sunglasses.


RESPECT MY AUTHORITAY!

I’m the type of person who wears shades only in hot weather.  Oddly enough it can be brighter than Reese Witherspoon’s teeth outside, but if its cold, I just don’t feel the need to wear shades.  But after peeping a collection of truly magnificent sun glasses that my good friend Andrew M. (a.k.a. Moodge) owns, I got interested in collecting.  When I began my hunt for rare vintage sunglasses, I was a bit stumped on where to start my search.  After weeks of scanning the web, I came across an ingenious solution that would have never crossed my mind in a million years… RareVintageSunglasses.com.  They’re selection is remarkable, and although their prices reflect the rarity of the pieces they carry, they’re a good value if you have the cash for rare sunglasses market.  Check out their site and some of their gear.

The Kiki De Montparnasse Chess Set.


Kiki de Montparnasse and aruliden have collaborated in the creation of a uniquely luxurious chess set that combines strategy and sensuality.  The exquisite set is made of the highest quality materials. Thirty-two individual pieces with matte and gloss finishes hold court on a handmade walnut game board.  Each playing piece has a hidden function.

What if I tell you that the pieces are actually vibrating?  This chess set is a uniquely luxurious product, reminding us that truly fulfilling intimate experiences are enhanced and designed with in the mind.  Priced at $10,000 if you playing for money, you BETTER win.

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Whiskey.


Monarchists with deep pockets and a fine palate for scotch could toast to the queen with her very own blended spirit.  Distiller John Walker & Sons will be bottling 60 crystal decanters of Diamond Jubilee Blended Scotch Whisky to mark the Queen‘s 60 years on the throne next year.  The grain and malt whiskies have been maturing in a marrying cask of English oak from the Queen’s Sandringham Estate since 1952.  The 60 crystal decanters will be sold for a pretty pence at £100,000 at a private sale by invitation only.  All profits from the sale will be donated to the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, with a guarantee of £1 million. The trust offers scholarships and mentorship programs to support traditional craftsmanship.  The amber liquor will be presented in lead crystal decanter adorned with a Britannia silver collar, featuring a half-carat diamond set by hand, and a numbered seal.  It also comes with a pair of hand-engraved lead crystal glasses and a leather-bound, hand-embellished artifact book.  Sixty bottles of the Diamond Jubilee by John Walker & Sons will be bottled on February 6, 2012, exactly 60 years to the day since the Queen took to the throne.

Louis Vuiton: Voyages.


Louis Vuitton may have lost prime advertising space in China when its giant suitcase was torn down in Shanghai, but it is now wooing customers in the hallowed halls of the national museum in Beijing.  The Louis Vuitton Voyages exhibition, marking the French fashion house’s 20th year in China — the world’s fastest growing market for luxury goods — features hundreds of canvas trunks and leather handbags dating back to the 1860s.  Louis Vuitton is already the brand of choice for many of China’s increasingly wealthy middle class and analysts said the show in the heart of the capital would help cement its dominance of the country’s high-end market.  The display also reflects a growing trend in China for luxury products to use museums, art galleries and film festivals to promote their brands in the hope of appealing to more sophisticated and well-educated consumers, they said.  Earlier this year, US designer Diane von Furstenberg showed off a selection of her creations at an exhibition called Journey of a Dress in Beijing‘s trendy 798 art district.  The Louis Vuitton show “is quite a clever thing to do because it is a very premium and prestigious setting”, Sam Mulligan, director of Data Driven Marketing Asia in Shanghai, told AFP.  “It suggests history and longevity and being in the business for a long time — all of these things are important in this market.”

Shaun Rein, managing director of China Market Research Group, agreed.  “Louis Vuitton consumers are very interested in buying a brand with long-term heritage… and I think that’s why Louis Vuitton is very smart to partner with the museum.”  The newly refurbished National Museum located across from Tiananmen Square hopes the exhibition will “inspire the domestic cultural design industry”, the People’s Daily website quoted museum deputy director Chen Lusheng as saying.  The glitzy show of trunks and handbags is in stark contrast to the centuries-old bronze vessels and porcelain vases on display in other parts of the museum.  Louis Vuitton, whose products have been promoted by celebrities from former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to U2 singer Bono, is no doubt hoping to boost its position in China’s booming luxury sector.  China is forecast to be the world’s top buyer of luxury productssuch as handbags, watches, shoes and clothes by 2015, according to consultancy PriceWaterhouseCoopers — but analysts say brand loyalty can be fickle.  “Right now Louis Vuitton is the dominant player but they are going to have massive problems in the coming five years” as people start to buy their second or third luxury handbag, said Rein.  “After you’ve bought Louis Vuitton or Gucci, do you go back to Louis Vuitton and Gucci or do you try something different?”

Despite its popularity among well-heeled consumers, Louis Vuitton has run into problems with the authorities.  Workers began dismantling Louis Vuitton’s 20-metre-high suitcase in a busy shopping district of Shanghai last month after the government ruled it breached size restrictions for outdoor advertising, state media said.  Huang Chen — the proud owner of two Louis Vuitton handbags — said the exhibition in Beijing would help Chinese consumers better understand the history of the luxury designer and boost sales.  “Young people will understand why it became a major brand,” Huang told AFP as she toured the show with her 18-year-old daughter.  “The quality is good and they are useful. It is more convenient to use than other bags.”  But the People’s Daily — the ruling Communist Party’s mouthpiece — has criticised the museum for holding the exhibition, saying it was “too commercial”.  “Shouldn’t the National Museum raise its threshold and make its selection stricter when introducing an exhibition?” the newspaper said on its website.  But student Wang Jing, a confessed Louis Vuitton lover, gave the exhibition a big thumbs-up.  “I like the general feel (of the handbags). Even though it is simple on the outside, the inside is detailed. I really want to buy one.”  I’m sure once she saves the money, that is.

Kuwait’s Hotel Missoni.


The new Missoni Hotel in Kuwait held its official launch party this week, a timely reminder that when it comes to fashion hotels, travelers just can’t get enough.  Guests have been able to check in at Missoni since the hotel opened its doors in February, but this week’s star-studded launch saw three generations of the Missoni family on hand to launch their second property — and confirm that properties in Oman, Brazil and Turkey are in the pipeline.

The Kuwait property now features the 18th floor Luna restaurant with views of the Gulf, although it’s still not quite complete as the 1,500 Six Senses Spa still isn’t open.  All 169 of the hotel’s rooms face the sea and feature gold patterning and rich colors which the hotel describes as “unmistakably Missoni,” with a further 63 suites that feature dining and lounge quarters in addition to the bedroom.

Hotels from the world’s fashion houses are becoming commonplace in many cities now, even though the grand opening of one of the most anticipated, the Armani hotel in Dubai, was somewhat overshadowed by the country’s crippling financial crisis.

Designers are still convinced that we want to sleep in rooms from our favorite brands though, with Bulgari planning a property in London, Elisabetta Gucci planning a series of hotels (though they’re not strictly related to the Gucci brand) and Maison Moschino already open to guests in Milan.

Perhaps unsurprising, then, that even international television channel Fashion TV is getting in on the game, planning a new property in Dubai in partnership with Al Habtoor (which already operates Dubai’s luxury Habtoor Grand Resort and Spa).

The five-star hotel hotel will rise 30 storeys and will be decorated with the world’s largest LED screen, 100 meters tall, showing Fashion TV highlights.  For fashion lovers, that — and the 50,000-DVD ‘history of fashion’ film library — sounds like paradise. For everyone else, there’s always the Burj Al Arab.

The Martell Liquor Trunk.


The House of Martell has launched The Martell Trunk made in collaboration with Pinel & Pinel, the renowned French luxury malletier.  This journey of the senses takes place against the gently lit backdrop of the leatherlined compartments and drawers, offering the Martell Collection such as Cordon Bleu, XO, or L’Or de Jean Martell.  Furthermore, Martell has endowed this trunk with twenty-eight montres that contain the most unique and exclusive blends.  In the company of crystal glasses and decanters, rare scented candles and a cigar humidor, the trunk holds all of the noblest companions to the tasting of cognac.  Last but not least, the trunk contains a small blue leather-bound booklet – The Cellar Master’s Notebook – which contains all the handwritten tasting notes of Martell’s Cellar Master, Benoît Fil.  As an ‘avid alcohol connoisseur’, this might just be something to save up for.

Hublot King Power Carbon Fiber Cathedral Watch.


To mark the 2011 Baselworld Fair Hublot is presenting a world first, with a minute repeater watch featuring two “Cathedral” type gongs, a tourbillon and column wheel chronograph, with carbon fiber bridges, in a case made from carbon fiber.  This is a perfect illustration of “Fusion” between great watchmaking tradition and the technology of the future.

It’s Gambling Time.


One of the highlights of Baselworld 2011 will be the 21 Blackjack by Christophe Claret, a watch that is specially created to allure casino lovers.  Massively complicated, the 21 Blackjack has a brand new Christophe Claret movement in it called the BLJ08.  But what really matters is that in addition to the time it lets you play three games: dice, roulette and cards.  The luxury watch features a pair of really small dice (1.5mm each side), a card game (including the bell ring) and a roulette on the back, with a visible rotor as its wheel.  The whole thing is powered by an automatic movement featuring 40 jewels, 501 parts, 7 double ceramic ball bearing mechanisms and a power reserve of 72 hours.  A total of 21 Christophe Claret Blacjack watches will be made (in 3 a variety of titanium black PVD, white gold, rose gold, platinum).  The Christophe Claret Blacjack watch price is $200,000 – $225,000, depending on the metal.


Aesir Copenhagen x Yves Béhar Phone.


In collaboration with designer Yves Béhar, Copenhagen-based Aesir is releasing a headset design with both visual appeal and functional tactility.  “In an age when the industry seems to think that phones aren’t for speaking anymore, I wanted to focus on the idea of voice, clarity and simplicity.  The central tenet behind the +YvesBéhar is to literally craft the visual details, craft the functional tactility, and craft the user interface.  The +YvesBéhar champions the idea of craftsmanship in an age that’s obsessed with more and making last year’s products obsolete. Instead we propose better and long-lasting as our starting criteria.”  Two designs of the +YvesBéhar will be available: One in 18k gold (€42,000) and another in 316L stainless steel (€7,250).  Both will also feature wraparound ceramic uppers and a sapphire crystal lens. The phone will first be available in Europe this summer and the rest of the world this Fall.  Holla at me if you want one of these too Ms. Novikov.

Hennessy VSOP Helios.


The world’s leading cognac house Hennessy has launched the Hennessy V.S.O.P Hélios, the first of the “Privilège Collection by Hennessy”.  An exclusive new bottle will be released each year from this collection to reveal exceptional and exciting facets of this most famous V.S.O.P cognac in the world.  So many folks I’m around talk about enjoying ‘Henny’ but I’m anxious as to who’ll be the first person I see with a bottle of Hélios.  Hennessy V.S.O.P Hélios has varnished its bottle in a layer of silver, colored to resemble pink gold, and thus giving it a brilliant and constantly changing reflection.  Hennessy V.S.O.P Hélios delivers a rich crescendo of aromas that include the spiciness of vanilla and cinnamon, as well as delicate toasted notes arising from the cognac’s long and balanced maturation in oak barrels.  In 70cl, 150cl and 300cl sizes, as well as with a 5cl miniature gift bottle, Hennessy V.S.O.P Hélios is currently on sale.

The Sabre G.H. Mumm


This year once again, the House of G.H. Mumm presents a limited edition work: the Sabre G.H. Mumm by Patrick Jouin. Patrick Jouin wrapped a stainless steel champagne sword with a beautiful red leather handle resembling Mumm’s signature Cordon Rouge.  I was particularly intrigued by this because champagne swords are among the short list of items I am never allowed to play with… ever.  But it’s a unique item that combines the sensuality of a red leather handle with the resistance of a steel blade but with a square end that won’t cut.  This edition is presented in a box of pure white, of lacquered wood and leather, incorporating a tray, specially designed to hold ice and keep a bottle of Cordon Rouge at the ideal temperature.

The Most Expensive Sushi on Earth


An ambitious chef from the Philippines has created the world’s most expensive sushi, wrapped in gold leaves and small African diamonds.  The five pieces of sushi are worth about $2,000 (Start saving up Sadie).  These diamond encrusted delicacies were created by chef Araneta Jr. , who said his unusual food artworks are used as gifts in marriage proposals or during courtship.