The Opus – Zaha Hadid’s first project in Dubai – is due to open in 2018. The architectural marvel will be the only hotel in the world the late architect designed inside and out. Siting in the heart of the upcoming Burj Khalifa district, it will comprise two separate towers that coalesce into a 300-foot-high cube with a free-flowing curved central void.
The hotel will be part of the Spanish-based Melia Hotels International and have 93 lavish rooms and suites, including the ultra-luxe Suite ME. There will be 98 serviced apartments on the upper floors, and four penthouses with private roof terraces.
The hotel’s extravagant lobby lounge and art gallery, vertical café, and reception area will all showcase furniture that is either custom-designed or hand-selected by Hadid. Pushing the boundaries of imagination, the dramatic public spaces will also include a sprawling 260,000-square-foot entertainment zone and nightclub, an outdoor swimming pool, a spa, and a rooftop terrace with stunning views of Dubai’s vibrant skyline.
The Opus will offer outstanding dining experiences to its guests with a collection of 15 restaurants, including an outpost of London’s contemporary Japanese robatayaki restaurant, Roka. Among the host of new uxury experiences and first-rate service is the ME, where a dedicated “aura manager” will enhance each guest’s visit by sharing the best the city has to offer. ME Dubai’s facilities and Aura service will also be available to the owners of the Opus’s residences.
Of course, the biggest advantage to Opus and the ME Dubai will be the legacy of its creator. One of Hadid’s first projects to be realized posthumously, the structure will serve as a testament to the achievements of one of modern architecture’s greatest minds.
A $500m Bel Air home will become America’s most expensive estate when it hits the market next year. The 100,000 square feet property called ‘The One’ from property developer Nile Niami is situated atop a hill in Bel Air and boasts views of the city and ocean.
America’s most expensive home comes complete with a nightclub, beauty salon, 20 bedrooms and sweeping views of LA and the Pacific Ocean.
The spectacular estate boasts a number of perks including a nightclub with its own V.I.P room, 20 bedrooms including a 5,500-square-foot master suite, seven swimming pools, complete with a moat and indoor spa count, five elevators and a beauty salon.
The master suite alone is larger than most New York City apartments and comes complete with its own pool, kitchen and office. Owners will have plenty of space to park their expensive cars in the 30-car parking garage. There is also a 45-seat IMAX movie theater.
An angular, minimalist sauna provides some much-needed space for treatment and relaxation and there is a hot yoga room as well.
The asking price of $500 million for the ‘The One’ makes it four times more expensive than the most expensive house ever sold in America – a home in New York state’s Hamptons that sold for $137million in 2014.
Spanning 20,000 feet, the lawn of the property would be artificial in order to comply with the state’s drought laws. Infinity pools will surround the plush property and give owners the feel of an ocean-front estate in a tropical setting.
All of the kitchens are fitted with state-of-the-art appliances, including a luxury coffee machine, which can brew most well-known coffee beverages. Dozens of bottles of Cristal Champagne are complimentary with the home, which has a private cellar exclusively dedicated to the expensive alcoholic beverage.
One of the most exciting collaborations of 2017 could produce the car of the future – an all-electric road rocket that is more than just a treat for the eyes.
A self-repairing hypercar? That is what the Automobili Lamborghini’s visionary plans center around. In November, the company officially revealed its exploration into innovative technologies and the development of electric power trains in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). With that mission in mind, the marque also unveiled a
super sports car concept called Lamborghini of the Terzo Millennio.Under the collaboration with the participants in the MIT-Italy Program, both institutions are focused on five areas of advancement. These include new systems for propulsion and energy storage, a next-level design language, adoption of cutting-edge materials, and a new level of driver experience and automotive interface.
Lamborghini is not a brand that shies away from challenges and the Terzo Millennio concept certainly proves this with its entire carbon-fiber body serving as a reservoir for reserve energy.
As far as energy and storage breakthroughs, supercapacitors fitted in the car will optimize power and contribute to the regeneration of kinetic energy while greatly increasing the system’s lifecycle compared to existent battery configurations. Storage capacity will be another key element of the Terzo Millennio’s entire carbon-fiber body. It will serve as a reservoir for reserve energy. This alternative “fuel” will be injected into electric motors located at each wheel. In addition, the vehicle’s proposed ability to conduct diagnostics and repair its own detected defects and weak points is a concept that will thrill many driving enthusiasts. This will be achieved via so-called arteries within the body that contain restorative chemicals.
In theory, this will allow the vehicle to conduct its own diagnostics and structural repair. The car will boast forged composite monocoque construction and present a new direction in design—one that enhances aerodynamics more than ever. Inside, the driver will have access to the vehicle’s Piloted Driving simulation, which is capable of autonomously guiding the occupant around a selected racecourse before turning the car over to human control.
While the car is still far from production or even development, it’s certainly something that will stir waves in the automobile sector in the following years.
Iconic watchmaker Van Cleef & Arpels has presented a new piece of horological craftsmanship and expanded its exclusive high jewellery watch collection this holiday season. The Midnight Planétarium™ specially-designed for women is an expression of Poetry of Time® by depicting a cosmo, illustrated by the Sun and Moon, the star constellations along with the closest planets: Mercury, Venus and Earth.
The exceptional watch is a beautiful nod to the Lady Arpels Planétarium timepieces from the SIHH 2018, and represents a re-invented iconic creation from the Midnight Planétarium watch and the Lady Arpels Zodiac models in 2014. The new model offers an intimate view into a rich universe of Poetic Astronomy with an accurate interaction of the Sun and Moon and the closest planets.
Haute Horlogerie is the key innovation that elevates Van Cleef & Arpels’ standard of movement and the ethereal decorations of the dial to its pinnacle levels. The magic of the night sky comes to life in a precious setting depicted by the Mercury, Venus and Earth orbiting around the sun at their actual speeds. All the while the diamond Moon circling around the Earth in 29.5 days, creating a curious celestial ballet on the dial.
This eloquent example is courtesy of a new and exclusive module developed in collaboration with Christiaan van der Klaauw for Van Cleef & Arpels. It features a self-winding mechanical movement in a smaller size, which fits perfectly into a 38-mm diameter case in white-gold, studded with diamonds in the bezel and sides of the case.
The dial is the epitome of understated luxury and is visible through the planetary spectacle with a shooting star in rhodium-plated gold. On the case back are two apertures that display the day, month and year, all surrounded by a shimmering decor. To complete this High Jewellery design, two bracelets are available in a blue glitter alligator strap to match the dial or a bracelet entirely set with diamonds.
Bowmore 1966 50 Years Old (priced at $30,000) is now being released as part of the ongoing 50 Years Old Vault Legends Collection. It isn’t as famous as the legendary 1964 Black Bowmore, the last cask of which was bottled and released earlier this year. However, with only 74 bottles available worldwide, it’s even rarer, and just as rich in taste. Aged entirely in ex-bourbon American oak hogsheads and bottled at a cask strength of 83 proof, it has prominent notes of pineapple, followed by gentle smokiness and a very smooth, dry finish. The ideal aging conditions found in Bowmore’s No. 1 Vault have kept it from becoming overly tannic, despite the 50 years spent in oak.
The elegant packaging complements the whisky perfectly. Handmade crystal bottles adorned with silver flourishes and housed in a cabinet made of Scottish oak contain the precious liquor. The design of the oak cabinet accentuates its natural idiosyncrasies so no two will be exactly alike. At the center of each cabinet are five hand-laid silver rings, which replicate the tree rings that symbolize the whisky’s five decades in oak.
Bowmore has announced two more 1960s-vintage whiskies, although release dates are not yet confirmed. That will certainly give wealthy buyers something to look forward to after all 74 bottles of the exclusive batch sell out.
A high-tech, fully automated mansion has hit the market in Australia for $7million. The spectacular estate has a voice-activated waterfall.
The house sits in the affluent Melbourne suburb of Brighton and boasts a sprawling rooftop garden, where you can soak the rays. High-powered house hunters have already started expressing their interest in the extravagant property. The house is fully automated, with the lights, blinds, air conditioning and intercom all activated by smartphone, iPad and the voice-operated Alexa system. This guarantees a new level of convenience and comfort with minimal manual interference required.
There is a 20m pool with an in-floor cleaning system and a voice-activated waterfall. The large rooftop garden has its own spa, providing stunning views of the city.
Multiple living areas inside the home provide plenty of space. There is a fireplace and its own theatre system.
In addition to the inside chef’s kitchen, there is an outdoor kitchen, as well as a butler’s pantry and a fitted study. The very expensive build has a brilliant design throughout. The Miele kitchen features an induction cooktop and butler’s pantry, and is complemented by an alfresco kitchen.
Outside, the house boasts a futuristic design with lots of clean cuts, sharp edges and minimalistic features. Open spaces, sliding doors and a grey-white palette give the interior a modern, laid-back vibe with lots of seating areas and wooden panelling. Ample decking on the second-floor terrace provides a lounging area. The living area on the ground floor has an open-fireplace.
The modern masterpiece is located at 1 Blairgowrie Court and is within walking distance from Golden Mile beachfront, Brighton Grammar, Firbank Girls’ Grammar and Church St. The two-storey house was designed by Frank Macchia and features a striking “concrete wave” that flows throughout.
Originally built in 2002, the residence was totally upgraded two years ago.
RM Sotheby’s third Manhattan ICONS “A Life of Luxury” exhibit became available to the public on Nov 30 at Sotheby’s York Avenue headquarters ahead of the auction held on Dec 6. A large showcase of thirty-two cars and a selection of high-value collectibles will go on public sale. The inaugural Life of Luxury Week ICONS sale is part of Sotheby’s, offering that offers clients and enthusiasts an unparalleled experience as well as the very best in jewellery, watches, wine, fashion and limited edition cars.
Next year, RM Sotheby’s legendary sterling Moss’ Le Mans 1954 Jaguar D-Type Works (OKV 2) will make an appearance for the company’s 2018 Arizona sale. The specially-curated exhibits ICONS consist of 31 iconic automobiles from around the world’s most admired marques, from the Classic Era through today’s newest hypercars. Among the selected automotive collectibles and art, these vintage cars made up a huge part of the auction:
– an alloy-bodied 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider Competizione which claimed 5th overall at the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans (Est. $14/17 million);
– the very first Jaguar C-Type imported to the United States and raced to victory by Phil Hill (Est. $5.5/7 million);
– the 1952 Chrysler d’Elegance “idea car” with Italian coachwork by Ghia, an influential landmark in transatlantic design (Est. $900k/1.1 million);
– an unmistakable 1960 Volkswagen Deluxe ‘23-Window’ Microbus, an iconic favorite of young and old (Est. $150/225,000, without reserve);
– a 1969 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta, both the final prototype and first production Daytona (Est. $1.4/1.7 million);
– a wild 1990 Lamborghini LM002, one of 60 U.S.-delivery examples of the high performance SUV known as the “Rambo Lambo” (Est. $400/500,000);
– a 2000 BMW Z8 originally owned by the late visionary Apple founder, Steve Jobs (Est. $300/$400,000, without reserve);
– a 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari, a 53-mile example of the most advanced street Ferrari ever built (Est. $3.25/3.75 million); and,
– a 2018 Bugatti Chiron (estimate $3.5/4 million), the very first example ordered for the U.S. market (Est. $3.5/4 million).
The D-Type went on public viewing alongside 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS Speciale by Boano as part of the A Century of Sports Cars Collection (Est. $1,250,000 – $1,750,000).
The Jaguar D-Type raced by the factory team at Le Mans, chassis no. XKD 403 (registration mark OKV 2), will be the first of the featured cars to lead both RM Sotheby’s auction in Phoenix and the entire Arizona car week.
The women’s version of one of the most iconic men’s collections of all time, the Audemars Piguet Millenary certainly has a lot to offer. All dressed up in diamonds, enamel, marquetry, engraving, and other materials, the Royal Oak is the first luxury sports watch for the fairer sex. The Millenary, by way of differentiation, is the opposite of sporty. It has become emblematic for watchmaking’s decorative arts, while at the same time exuding a technical flair with its partially openwork dial.
At the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) next month, Audemars Piguet has announced the launch of three new models in the Millenary lineup. Two all-gold versions set with diamonds and a version with a “frosted gold” finish will come out just in time for the holiday season. The 18-karat white- or pink-gold versions have the same allure of fine jewelry, with diamonds set into the lugs and bezel with a handcrafted bracelet that can be used on its own.
A variation on the Milanese mesh style sees the bracelet braded from gold threads in a right-over-left pattern rather than in the same direction, just like a traditional Milanese bracelet is made. The result is a flexible piece of jewelry that comfortably hugs the wrist. The adjustable links can be removed or added in 5-mm sections for an even closer fit. The cases on the new models are scaled down to 39.5 mm, which makes them even more wearable.
The third new Millenary is characterized by a technique from the jeweler’s bench: a signature hammered finish that Audemars Piguet calls frosted gold. It is achieved by using a gold-hammering technique known as the Florentine method that results in tiny indentations giving the surface a shimmering sparkle, like frost on a windowpane.
Pricing for all three models will be made available in mid-January of next year.
Rolls-Royce has ventured into untapped waters with its futuristic 203-foot Crystal Blue – a combination of proven technologies and daring imagination. A steer from the luxury cars the brand is known for, the bold new concept marries a 12-guest, 203-foot superyacht to a state-of-the-art hybrid power system. The design team has also featured a 138-foot remote-controlled support vessel called Blue Shadow as yachting’s coolest dynamic duo.
Crystal Blue is a testament to how new technology can meet yachting’s increasing demand for higher performance, greater ranges, and increased levels of comfort. The concept employs the company’s hybrid LNG/Battery SAVe-CUBE system technology. The system uses twin 16V 4000 MTU diesel engines powered by liquid nitrogen gas (LNG). The LNG-powered generators are used to charge the yacht’s battery banks for overnight stays as well as power the yacht’s carbon-fiber thrusters.
One of the emblematic technologies is Rolls-Royce’s intelligent dynamic positioning systems with the GPS-based system able to keep the yacht firmly in place for hours or days, without being anchored.
Crystal Blue will have a safe room for owners, guests, and crew to seek refuge during any unauthorized boarding. The crew can override controls from this room and operate Crystal Blue remotely.
The yacht’s tanks have a range of 3,000 nautical miles without refuelling and with Shadow’s additional fuel capacity, the range increases to 4,400 nautical miles, making transatlantic crossings and voyages to even remote yachting areas possible.
The new digital-based ship intelligence solutions add value to the luxury yacht market, bringing ‘green’ values and previously unheard of levels of comfort to a yacht owner. Another unique feature of Crystal Blue is the lack of bridge. Or rather, its repositioning to the upper deck into the bow of the vessel. An internal bridge frees up the traditional area of the bridge in the forward part of the structure to let owners and guests enjoy a panoramic vista traditionally only enjoyed by the crew only.
The most expensive estate in Switzerland has hit the market for a staggering $185 million. The architectural marvel features a ceiling with floating candles that rivals Hogwarts’ Great Hall and is perched on snow-capped mountains in the Engadin alpine valley region.
At a little over 43,000 square feet, Lonsdaleite is a combination of sharp geometric lines and neutral tones that ensure unrivalled elegance throughout the property. A dramatic entryway leads to the grand reception, where 35-foot floor-to-ceiling windows reveal sweeping views of the surrounding mountains. Rectangular strips of mink cover an entire wall opposite the dual-arched fireplaces. On the side of the grand reception is a crushed-red-velvet-encased library, complete with a secret office hidden behind one of the scarlet walls.
The breakfast nook introduces a whole new level of decadent luxury with its 24-karat gold-leaf wall and $145,000 bespoke egg sculpture that adorns the ceiling. The nook’s shape resembles that of a cracked egg, a unique architectural choice that ties the theme together. The result is a warm and inviting atmosphere, which is ideal for a relaxed morning before hitting Switzerland’s world-class ski slopes.
A set of glass stairs lead underground to five en suite bedrooms. Each room boasts buttery-soft Loro Piana-cashmere-covered walls and stunning bathrooms dressed in rare stone. There is also an entertainment lounge designed specifically for guests with a gold-covered ceiling and a chandelier with 178 floating Swarovski-crystal candles. An elevator takes guests to a private level reserved for the master suite, which showcases a white Scandinavian fox-fur rug and an enormous white-onyx master bath with a 360-degree glass shower.
As part of its underground lair, the estate has a wine cellar, state-of-the-art cinema, spa (with a pink Himalayan salt room, hammam, sauna, subzero ice chamber, and private massage area), and subterranean pool and Jacuzzi.
In addition to the staggering number of amenities, there is a six-car garage with a convenient turntable for ultimate comfort.