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
Kudadoo is an adults-only resort that only welcomes guests over the age of 15. Parties can also rent out the entire island for private events, in which case guests of all ages are welcome.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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The Manhattan is Embraer’s latest creation after hits such as the Japanese-inspired Kyoto Airship, the Brazil-meets-Texas Skyranch One and the celebrity-hailing Hollywood Airship. The concept aircraft is the brainchild of Embraer interior design head Jay Beever and former Disney Imagineer Eddie Sotto, who infused the fuselage with elements characteristic of Art Deco’s jewelry, buildings and furniture.
The result is a highly bespoke interior that comes with a price tag of $83 million, which includes $53 million for the Embraer’s iconic Lineage 1000E, the backbone and bearer of the Manhattan.
Lineage 1000E’s Manhattan edition, which boasts a range of close to 5,300 miles, easily accommodates between 13 to 19 passengers, who, upon entry, step into an upscale lounge instead of a galley. Next to it is a Cloud Club, complete with fold-away bar stools.
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As tree-to-bar chocolate makers, To'ak draws heavily from the techniques and tradition of both winemakers and whisky distilleries. As with wine, the flavor characteristics of dark chocolate vary according to the soil and climate in which the cacao was grown. At To’ak, they make their chocolate to express the land and weather idiosyncrasies of each specific year.
To’ak was born from a rainforest conservation project that co-founder Jerry Toth started in Ecuador in 2007. Through his nonprofit foundation Third Millennium Alliance (TMA), he helped create the Jama-Coaque Ecological Reserve, which currently protects over 560 hectares (1,400 acres) of tropical forest along the coastal mountain range. It was here that he began cultivating cacao trees and making chocolate by hand in a thatched bamboo house secluded in the middle of the forest.
Part of their technique is the matter of applying barrels or other aging vessels in combination with Time. As they've learned from whisky makers, about 70% of the flavor of a well-aged whisky is derived from the barrel in which it was aged. Extractable flavor compounds in the barrel are what give the whisky its defining features. To’ak is the first tree-to-bar chocolate maker that comprehensively applies this principle to chocolate.
In the middle of each To’ak chocolate bar is a single roasted cacao bean, which co-founders Carl and Jerry hand-select themselves. "We recognize there is a tendency to forget that chocolate is ultimately derived from the fruit of a tree. It is our wish to share with connoisseurs the opportunity to taste the true source of chocolate and its most fundamental element—the cacao bean itself. Although the bean inevitably expresses some of its inherent bitterness, it also reveals the more robust, unprocessed elements of its essential flavor, with a rich nutty undertone. We believe that tasting the actual cacao bean is a crucial step toward the understanding of chocolate from a deeper perspective."
Amanera was designed by architect John Head to blend with its natural surroundings. Hidden amongst more than 2,170 acres of dense jungle, Amanera is also situated against the stretch of golden sands that make up Playa Grande, one of the most scenic beaches in the Dominican Republic. A small operation with just 25 accommodations, the resort stays true to Aman’s central theme of minimalistic luxury. Dine on dishes inspired by local ingredients at The Restaurant, which overlooks the mile-long crescent beach, book a sábila aloe vera body wrap at the Amanera Wellness Casa, or reserve a tee time at the meticulously-kept Ree Jones golf course above the coastline.
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For the last three years, every classic car that has won “Best of Show” from prestigious concours is then judged head-to-head against all the other global winners to be named “Best of the Best.” The award is a little bit like an All-Star game, except these stars come from Amelia Island, Goodwood, Quail, Pebble Beach, Concorso d’Eleganza, and other car shows around the world. The goal is to see which one rides at the absolute pinnacle of any of the classic vehicles displayed that year.
On Wednesday evening, a 1936 Bugatti Type 57 SC Coupé Atlantic owned by car connoisseur Peter Mullin won the award for top vintage car of 2017. The honor is sponsored by the Hong Kong-based Peninsula Hotels chain, and this year, the gala celebration of the honor was held at the Peninsula Paris.
The winner of the Chantilly Arts & Elégance Richard Mille concours in France, this Bugatti is one of only three extant road-going versions of this seminal French supercharged supercar. This particular vehicle was sold new to a scion of the baronial Rothschild family, and passed through a few hands before being acquired by Peter Mullin for his Mullin Automotive museum in Oxnard, Calif., for a reported sum of over $30 million. Its Streamline Moderne styling is capped by an external riveted seam that runs the length of the car, a distinctive vestige of the un-weldable (flammable!) alloy from which racing versions of the same design were made.
Read full article on all the these vintage cars at Bloomberg Pursuits
West coast beaches that stretch for miles, the bustling nightlife in St. Lawrence Gap, generous opportunities to enjoy the Caribbean waters and comfortable temperatures are just a handful of the reasons that vacationers continue to pack their bags for Barbados. The energetic island culture lends itself well to the accommodations at Sandy Lane, where guests have been pampered since 1961. The hotel gives Modern Connoisseur Flight Club Members an intimate yet lively Caribbean haven. Stay at the award-winning resort, voted the best in Barbados by Travel + Leisure, and you won't need to go far to find activities for the entire family or group.
The Luxury Ocean Room enjoys stunning beach and ocean views, a private covered patio, and an oversized private bathroom just steps from the sand.
You’ll find the Ocean Room in Sandy Lane’s Turtle Wing near the main resort entrance. Beach and ocean views await you in this comfortable 707-square-foot room made for two. Enjoy a private covered patio and a deep soaking tub also steps from the sand.
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With Modern Connoisseur Flight Club you have the option of trading in flight hours for accommodations at luxury hotels and villas around the world. We want to share with you one of our beautiful locations, Hermitage Bay in Antigua and Barbuda.
Perched on the lush hillside with magnificent panoramic views of the bay, Nevis, and Montserrat, the Hillside Pool Suite features a poolside sun deck, a covered patio with dining area, and en suite bathroom. An all-inclusive experience guarantees comfort and luxury during your stay.
In the Beachfront Suite, enjoy stand-alone beachfront accommodations with stunning panoramic views of the bay with St. Kitts and Nevis on the horizon. With an open, split-level floor plan and a sitting area with a coffee table and sofa, you can enjoy your Caribbean getaway in both style and comfort.
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Marina-Mansion is well known for being the market leader in luxury Real Estate in Marbella. The properties they control are in prestigious locations sought out by high net worth individuals, areas such as costa del sol, including Puerto Banus, La Zagaleta, Marbella’s Golden Mile, Sierra Blanca, Marbella Club, Puente Romano, El Madronal, Los Monteros, Gualdalmina Baja, New Golden Mile, La Quinta and Nueva Andalucia.
Marina Mansion are professionals in the market with over 20 years experience, and they stand by their highest ethical standards in ensuring consumer confidence. You will enjoy safe, secure and professional service with folks at Marina Mansion.
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One of the biggest diamonds in history has been discovered in the mountainous kingdom of Lesotho in southern Africa.
Gem Diamonds Ltd. found the 910-carat stone, about the size of two golf balls, at its Letseng mine in the country. It’s a D color Type IIa diamond, which means it has very few or no nitrogen atoms and is one of the most expensive stones. The diamond is the fifth-biggest ever found.
The Letseng mine is famous for the size and quality of the diamonds it produces and has the highest average selling price in the world. Gem sold a 357-carat stone for $19.3 million in 2015 and in 2006 found the 603-carat Lesotho Promise.
“This exceptional top-quality diamond is the largest to be mined to date and highlights the unsurpassed quality of the Letseng mine,” Chief Executive Officer Clifford Elphick said in a statement
Gem’s mega discovery follows news last week that it had found 117-carat and 110-carat stones.The biggest diamond discovered is the 3,106-carat Cullinan, found near Pretoria, in South Africa, in 1905. It was cut to form the Great Star of Africa and the Lesser Star of Africa, which are set in the Crown Jewels of Britain. Lucara’s 1,109-carat Lesedi La Rona is the second-biggest, with the 995-carat Excelsior and 969-carat Star of Sierra Leone the third- and fourth-largest.
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The Macallan Sherry Oak 40 Years Old - 2017 Release is a new limited edition single malt which marks the pinnacle of the Sherry Oak range. This is the third non-vintage release of a 40 years old expression from The Macallan.
This rare single malt was matured for 40 years in an intriguing combination of three different types of sherry-seasoned cask to create its distinctive style - complex, with a natural deep copper colour, and rich and intense character defined by dried fruits, ginger, wood spice and cinnamon.
This highly collectable release of only 465 bottles is available from December 2017 in select locations worldwide including the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa; as well as exclusive airport retail stores and The Macallan Distillery. A small number of bottles will also be available through The Macallan Online Shop in 2018 with delivery to selected countries.
With more than 75 new listings for sale and 30 more yachts to their global charter fleet Northrop and Johnson has definitely seen growth in 2017. They've also sold more than 112 yachts. Big sales included the 173-foot (52.7m) Swedeship superyacht PASSION by Sales Brokers Kevin Merrigan, Wes Sandford and Ann Avery as well as the sale of the 163-foot (49.69m) Christensen superyacht CASINO ROYALE by Sales Brokers Kevin Merrigan, Joe Foggia and Wes Sandford.
Northrop & Johnson also was recognized with a variety of accolades in 2017. CEO Kevin Merrigan was named International Yacht Broker Association (IYBA) Broker of the year for 2016. Cameron Bray, Managing Director of Australia was appointed Chairman for Superyacht Queensland and also was named the Gold Coast Young Entrepreneur for the second your running. In addition, Northrop & Johnson attended 12 major yachting events as well as hosted numerous bespoke events.
Read Full Article: N&J Looks Back at 2017
Held at the historic Angle Orensanz Center in New York City, the event saw the official unveiling of the groundbreaking Defy El Primero 21 and the Defy Lab. The two watches made waves in haute horlogerie earlier this year, and now their innovative performance and astounding craftsmanship were revealed to the guests, who got the chance to tinker with a Zenith movement.
Both the strap and the bezel carry an inspiration quote by Swizz Beats: “Never let people tell you what you can’t do, because sky’s not the limit, it’s just the view.”
The one-of-a-kind watch was raffled off with proceeds going to the Gathering for Justice, a non-profit organization founded in 2005 by Harry Belafonte to fight child incarceration and the racial inequalities in the justice system.
For those who did not get to own the statement watch, a slightly modified version – the Defy El Primero 21 Swizz Beatz Edition – was released in only five pieces.
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What’s the secret to keeping MB&F at the top?
Creativity is an addiction and, like all addictions, you need the dosage to continuously increase—or else you feel empty and in need. Once a piece has been launched, I more or less lose interest in it. It is always the next creation or creations [that] get my adrenaline [going].
How does MB&F stand out from its competitors in the watch world?
[Since] the beginning of MB&F, 12 years ago, we had a very different outlook on watchmaking. For us, it is art and, as such, we deconstruct traditional, very high-end watchmaking to reconstruct it into a piece of 3D kinetic art. I cannot sing, paint or write, but give me the components of a watch movement and I can come up with dozens of pretty unusual ideas.
One of our favorite pieces was the MB&F Legacy — it was a huge success! Why did you stop this line with your last edition over the summer?
We did not stop the whole line, but only the original Legacy Machine No.1, which had been launched in 2011. Even though we continue to craft and sell about 60 pieces per year, it was time to retire this crucial piece in our history. The main reason is to increase desirability of the preowned pieces so that the existing owners can maximize the price when reselling them. And we needed the LM1 to give way to the brand new Legacy Machine, which launched on October 10.
Tell us about your relationship with Westime?
Westime is one of the six worldwide retailers who, in 2005, believed enough in us— or [was] crazy enough—to pay in advance one-third of [its] first order two years before we delivered the first machine… based [only] on a drawing and a crude 3D printed piece of plastic, which was supposed to mimic the HM1. The word ‘friends’ in our name—the ‘F’ in MB&F—always had a real meaning. Without the Simonian family, owners of Westime, and five other retailers, I would not be standing in front of you today. Contrary to what happens in the corporate world, that has a real meaning for both of us.
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When a cognac pays homage to the nobility and loyalty of the French Empire generals, particularly the Marquis de Caulaincourt, “Grand Ecuyer” of Napoleon, French Ambassador to Russia and Major General in the Napoleonic Army you have to expect premium quality and taste. The D’aincourt Collection comprises of three Hors d'Age Cognacs aged from 20 to 70 years old. I finally got to sit down with their samples, neat as always because watering down this cognac would not be honoring the French Empire Generals at all. Before we get into our review...
What is Cognac Grand Champagne?
Cognac Grande Champagne is Cognac brandy made from the vineyards in the most respected of the six Cognac districts (crus) that surround Cognac town. Its name often leads to confusion, and assumptions that it is somehow connected with the sparkling wine region Champagne. This confusion is easily cleared up; the word champagne (from Latin campania) originally meant 'open country', with connotations of idyllic, pastoral landscapes. It features in at least a dozen place names dotted all over France, including both the Champagne wine region and the Grande Champagne brandy district.Grande Champagne is located just south of Cognac town, sandwiched between the Charente river and its tributary, the Né. The famous village of Segonzac, encircled by vines for miles in every direction, lies right at its heart.
History of D’aincourt Cognac
D’aincourt Cognac was established in 1848, the distillery is located in the heart of the Cognac region.The D’AINCOURT Cognacs are sourced exclusively from Grande Champagne: premier Cru of Cognac where the finest eaux-de-vie come from.
1st Up - D’aincourt Cognac Extra
Delightful, rich aroma, spicy and a bit smokey, it’s definitely a cognac for the cigar lounge. The taste lingers somewhat, heightening the tasting experience as you inhale it’s aroma.
Up Next - D’aincourt Cognac Rare XO
The aroma is not as smokey, I do get a citrus scent and something like cloves, the aroma hints that the taste would be smooth. The taste is a little more smokey than the aroma lets on but it delivered the smoothness I expected.
Finally - D’aincourt Limited Edition Premier Cru
Can a cognac have a premium aroma? This one made me check. L.E. Premier Cru is made from the rare blend of very mature eaux de vie, some aged over 70 years old. It is made entirely from Grande Champagne, the finest of the Cognac crus. Gents, inhale deeply as this embraces your palate.
All three have a rich golden hues and long “tears” along the inside of the glass, it’s what you would expect with mature cognacs. The L.E. Premier Cru has the lightest shade.
If I had to put in order of what I enjoyed most it would be the Premier Cru 1st, 2nd would be the Rare XO, followed by the Cognac Extra.
Grab a Davidoff cigar, Trinidad Short Robusto or whatever cigar you enjoy, these cognacs will go well with most.
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