Dream Flights International, Inc., not only provides private aviation charter services to clientele worldwide. They also offer the most flexible jet card program in private aviation services today, The Plus Card.Read More
Panerai has launched the Luminor Yachts Challenge. This is a watch that comes in three varieties, all in the brand’s signature 44mm large Luminor case and fitted with caliber P.9100. It is fitted with an automatic movement which combines a flyback chronograph with a three-day power reserve. The pushers to operate the chronograph are conveniently located on the left side of the case, while the right is dominated by the instantly recognizable crown protection device.
The three watches are full of details referring to Panerai’s rich heritage, and an interesting one is that the tachymeter scale on the watches is in knots. Panerai offers the Luminor Yachts Challenge in titanium with a black dial and light blue details, on their signature rubber strap. On the dial, we find the letters ‘PCYC’ in reference to the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge.
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Dissolving apparent contradictions drives HYT. The latest H4 watches shed even more light on this intrinsic fascination with making the paradoxical meaningful. These colorful new timepieces remain loyal to the brand's fil rouge of showcasing the power of the past and future to assign the present context and content. At the same time, they add a striking new dimension to the combined energy of two potentially polemic opposites – light and liquid – with the smallest dynamo ever invented, patent pending. There's an instant of tension when creativity succeeds in replacing an enigma with enlightenment. The new H4 watches were born of such a moment.Read More
Cruising through the world of luxury and high end lifestyle, we found a brand less known to wide public but surely recognized by true connoisseurs all over the world. It is vodka with character, Tsar Ivan The Terrible©Read More
The latest H20 from HYT looks to this visual art that operates in three dimensions to shed light on the essence of time. Viewed from any aspect, the sculpted timepiece unveils new angles on time, while colored and clear liquids keep its essential flow permanently present. Second by second, further layers of time are revealed, witnessed and anticipated. The all-black color-scheme, right through to the coating of the movement's bridges, intensifies the visual drama between mystery and transparency. This intrinsic interplay of time and space brings to life the core HYT belief that time is defined by content and context.Read More
Christie’s International Director of Wine Tim Triptree MW enthuses over a hand-painted bottle of The Macallan that spent six decades in an ex-sherry oak cask, and which is expected to set a new world auction record in London in NovemberRead More
A bottle of Scotch whisky fetched £848,000, or $1.1 million USD, at an auction on Wednesday smashing the world record.
Distilled in 1926 and bottled in 1986, The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 60-year-old, referred to as “The Holy Grail of whisky,” was auctioned by Bonhams in Edinburgh.
What stands out with this bottle is the label’s artwork and the limited number produced. At the time, renowned pop artists Valerio Adami and Peter Blake were commissioned by Macallan to design labels for 24 bottles, with each artist contributing to 12 bottles. Adami, now 83, is an Italian painter best known for his bold and colorful imagery outlined by black lines.
It’s unclear how many of those Macallan bottles are still in existence, but they’ve made headlines at other auctions.
In May, a bottle of The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 sold for £814,081, or $1.05 million USD, which was the world record at the time. At that same auction, a bottle of The Macallan Peter Blake 1926 sold for £751,703, or about $976,000 USD.
“Its exceptional rarity and quality puts it in a league of its own, and the world’s most serious whisky collectors will wait patiently for many years for a bottle to come onto the market,” Bonhams Whisky specialist Martin Green said in a statement ahead of the auction.
High net-worth investors have earned returns on investing in collectibles. Wealthy investors make so-called “passion investments” in things like fine wine, classic cars, musical instruments, rare books, jewelry, collectible stamps, gold, silver, gemstones, and other treasure assets.
According to a recent report from Credit Suisse, ultra high net worth individuals on average have about 6% of their assets in these collectibles. And it turns out collectibles such as art, wine, and musical instruments have outperformed more traditional assets like cash and government bonds. The authors of the Credit Suisse report looked at collectibles with 118 years of data.
Of the collectibles that had 118 years of data, the report found that wine was the best performer, with an inflation-adjusted price appreciation of 3.7% per year.
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With MB&F you sometimes wonder how they can move on to the next watch based on their past creations. As both their designs as well as their movements are cutting edge, it is hard to see the next logical step, at least when your name is not Maximilian Büsser and you founded the brand. The challenge is to not only offer a new watch with an incredible wow-factor but also to inject it with sufficient MB&F-DNA and have it as a natural extension of the current collection. With the introduction of the new MB&F HM9, we can say once again; mission accomplished!
The ‘pods’ on each side of the main body of the HM9 contain a balance wheel, which can be admired through a sapphire window. The rate of them is balanced out by a planetary differential, that is located in the central body of the watch, and displayed at the front of the watch. MB&F will launch the HM9 ‘Flow’ in two editions of 33 pieces each, that share the titanium case. The ‘Air’ edition features a dark finish on the movement and a dial in aviator-style. The ‘Road’ edition pays tribute to 1950’s cars with a speedometer inspired dial, and a rose gold plated movement.
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Still life is never about life standing still. Just like an element of one of those beautifully haunting paintings, the HYT Skull 48.8 has carpe diem on its mind. This distinctive timepiece continually reminds of the importance of seizing every second. Highlighting time’s passage using liquids, it focuses on the power of the present, the very elixir of life.
The charismatic protagonist of this mesmerizing staging of time’s flow is a skull-shaped capillary. A patented fluidic module and exclusive mechanical calibre bring this to life. Colored liquid symbolizes reflection, while its transparent counterpart speculates reservedly on the future. Their meniscus meeting point precisely depicts the vital now. The broad eyes on the dial of the Skull 48.8 intimidate intentionally, prompting onlookers to take a closer look at how they themselves are spending their time. Behind the right eye is a rotating disc expressing the passing of each precious second as it fades from dark to pale. Placing time’s essential momentum center stage, the counting of the minutes moves backstage, eliminating the need for a minute hand.
Light and color play accomplished supporting roles in the drama of the Skull 48.8. Three limited editions incorporate red, green and blue fluid respectively. As each shade flows around the skull to represent elapsed life, it extends its contrasting influence over the monochromatic backcloth of the galvanized dial and titanium case. This deliberate tension fascinates the eye, as does the effect of light on the differently treated, unmistakably modern grey surfaces. Confirming the force of color-coding are grey fabric straps within a structure that matches the influencing tone. The present requests our presence.
Two iconic names that join forces and together create a watch: it sounds like a match made in heaven, yet in the watch world there are plenty of examples where such a partnership resulted in watches that couldn’t even uphold their position among the regular collection of the brand. For Hublot, such partnerships have always been a way of life, and their approach towards it has always been organic. They know their own DNA, yet they also know what DNA of their partner makes it such a strong brand. That is why their partnership with Ferrari has over the years resulted in beautiful and innovative watches, with as current highlight the Techframe Ferrari Tourbillon Chronograph.
What makes the Techframe Ferrari Tourbillon Chronograph so special is first the occasion for which it is created: the 70th anniversary of the brand with the prancing horse. Secondly also the way that it was conceived is unique: Ferrari’s own Design Center, headed by its Head of Design Flavio Manzoni, developed the watch in the same way as that they do one of their sports cars, yet now also integrate Hublot’s watchmaking expertise.
The dial highlights all the technical treats that the watch has to offer. Of course, this includes a flying tourbillon, but also essentials parts of the chronograph are exposed. The chronograph itself is a mono-pusher and operated by a lever in Ferrari red anodized aluminum. This allows its owner to operate it with great ease and precision.
The back offers even more of an insight into the amazing movement that powers the Techframe Ferrari Tourbillon Chronograph. Caliber HUB6311 is a manual wind movement that consists out of 253 components and has a generous power reserve of five days. Combined with its flying tourbillon and column wheel chronograph is this caliber complicated, yet Hublot also delivers an aesthetically very pleasing movement as is evident from the back.
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The Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whisky and Christie’s Auction House are set to debut a first-of-its-kind auction lot fit for a true whisky connoisseur. The exclusive offerings will include The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 4, an eponymous collection of five rare whiskies from the world’s longest-serving Malt Master David C. Stewart MBE, a bespoke Morgan V8 Roadster, inspired by and hand-crafted with The Balvenie in mind, and a trip to Scotland.
To complete the experience, the buyer will be invited on a behind-the-scenes tour at The Balvenie distillery, where they will get a first-hand look at the five rare crafts that contribute to the whisky’s distinctive taste and personally experience the magic that goes into each and every drop. It is the only distillery in the world that still grows its own barley, uses traditional floor maltings, keeps both coppersmiths and coopers on site, and employs the longest serving malt master in the industry – making The Balvenie the most handcrafted of single malts.
The auction will be hosted on Christie’s online platform with bidding opening at 10 a.m. EST on September 25th, 2018 and closing at 10 a.m. EST on October 9, 2018. Featuring sought-after collector’s items and a unique experience at The Balvenie distillery, this iconic lot is a true testament to both brands’ dedication to quality and craftsmanship of the highest order.
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This fall, The Macallan, is launching a new immersive event series, The Macallan Manor, reinventing whisky tasting through a stunning, multi-sensorial experience. The event series embarks on a three-month tour across nine major U.S. cities starting in New York and concluding in Los Angeles in November.
Designed to surprise and delight, The Macallan Manor transforms historic, old-world manors into luxury, first-class tasting experiences, blending the sensorial with storytelling and converting new consumers to Scotch whisky fans.
Guests will journey through four immersive worlds, each a unique experience created around one of The Macallan’s whisky expressions, pairing set design with storytelling and multi-sensory experiments to delve into each of the five senses.
Attendees of The Macallan Manor can expect one-of-a-kind immersive tastings taking place in unexpected locations such as an oak forest with flavor-enhancing flowers imported from the Amazonian rainforest, or a cooperage in Spain. Additionally, guests can expect an innovative food menu, featuring edible clouds for starters – masterfully paired with The Macallan and designed to stimulate and intensify an already premium whisky-tasting experience.
September 20, September 21
The Algonquin Club
September 26, September 27
October 2, October 3
Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs
October 11, October 12
October 17, October 18
International Museum of Surgical Science
October 23, October 24
Arts Club of Washington
October 30, October 31
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
November 6, November 7, November 8
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Dewar’s Legacy Collection 1893, of which only 1,000 bottles are available at a price of around $3,900, is described as being “skillfully blended from 20 rare and long-aged whiskies, many of which were used by Dewar’s founder” that were “sourced from rare and long-aged casks from Aberfeldy and Royal Brackla distilleries.” It is the first of three limited edition whiskies in a series celebrating key historical moments for the brand.
The packaging this special whisky comes in is rather mind blowing: “presented in the finest hand-blown crystal decanter with handcrafted silverware made by Scottish craftsmen, the design is inspired by the dirk, the Scottish ceremonial dagger. The dirk is decorated with a thistle motif with detailing in 22-carat gold, and has as its centerpiece nine sapphires inspired by the famous Stuart Sapphire, owned by many Scottish kings before it became part of Queen Victoria’s Imperial State Crown. The decanter is housed in a burr walnut and gold metal box, which displays some of the many prestigious awards won by Dewar’s.”
As for tasting notes, it is said that “the palate is rounded, creamy and sweet, with enticing flavors of vanilla, toffee and mature oak, balanced with complex-yet-delicate aromatic spices and coconut aromas. Each mouthful reveals dried fruit cloaked in a wisp of smoke.”
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