We are going to explore the world of sublime and ultra-expensive drinks that the real of rich people has to offer. Most of these spirits are limited editions and very hard to obtain, which makes them all the more valuable as a liquor’s quality is not dependent only on its taste and texture, but rather attainability.
Dalmore 62 – $215,000
With only 12 bottles having been produces, this exclusive liquor is truly a treat for the super-rich. Of course, the basis for the whiskey’s staggering price is its rarity, albeit the taste and quality of texture are still pretty impressive. Rightfully called “pure liquid gold”, the liquor is poured in a hand-blown crystal decanter with the iconic, 12-pointed platinum stag head. What’s even more – Dalmore is a “fantastic investment” since its value has risen tenfold to £100,000 from the time it was first released in 2002.
Diva Vodka – $1,000,000
A fantastic experiment in creativity has produced this bold and one-of-a-kind vodka – triple filtered, through ice, Nordic birch charcoal, and finally through sand containing precious gems. And coming in contact with precious stones skyrockets the value of a beverage always. The bottle that holds the unique spirit is equally fascinating and decorated with real Swarovski crystals. It’s truly the world’s most extravagant and glamorous vodka with unique taste and qualities – the result of a meticulous distilling process.
Henri IV Dudognon Heritage Cognac Grande Champagne – $2,000,000
Cognac fit for nobility – this is the most fitting description for Henri IV Dudognon Heritage Cognac Grande Champagne. Aged for 100 years, the liquor comes in a bottle that has been dipped in 24-carat gold and sterling platinum and embellished with 6,500 diamonds.
Tequila Ley .925 – $3,500,000 (featured picture above)
The unique production process employs specific distilling techniques that make this tequila into a true nectar of the gods. Produced by the same company behind Henri IV Dudognon Heritage Cognac Grande Champagne, it comes in its own fabulous bottle decorated with diamonds.
Alcohol is a delight that marks the heyday of material splendour and, if the proper refined tastes and production techniques are used, can turn into a real treat for the senses. Naturally, the landscape of the modern alcohol industry has undergone some changes and a few beverages tower above the rest with quality, unparalleled texture and taste – a true indulgence reserved for the ultra-wealthy.
Vieille Bon Secours Ale – $1,200
The 10-yearold Belgian beer is produced by la Brasserie Caulier in a family-owned and operated brewery that safeguards religiously its traditions in ale-making. The hefty price tag is for 12 litres of the savoury beer that’s been aged for 10 years to accomplish that anise and toffee favour. The alcohol percentage is 8%, which is pretty strong for ale.
The Winston Cocktail – $14,000
A single cocktail so spectacular it combines some of the world’s most exclusive and expensive blends of liquor for sublime taste and texture – Cognac Croizet 1858 Cuvee Leonie, Grand Marnier Quintessence, Chartreuse Viellissement Exceptionellement Prolongé, and a hint of Angostura Bitters. It is elegant, refined and subtly delicious – a true drink for executives.
Legacy by Angostura – $25,000
The rum mixture is so special mainly for its political significance – it was crafted specifically to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Trinidad and Tobago’s independence. Each rum comes in a case and crystal decanter, designed specifically by Asprey’s of London to complement the rich and delicate mixture of several rums all aged for at least 17 years.
Château d’Yquem – $130,000
With a history of over 300 years in wine production, the wine producer in the Bordeaux region of France has developed certain techniques that take wine-making one step beyond the stuff that dreams are made of. This incredibly rare vintage is often described as ‘drinking liquified crème brûlée’.
The latest addition to the LV range – the Tambour Heures du Monde watch – is a must-have accessory for the avid traveller or businessman. The timepiece transcends 24 time zones and comes with an aggressive, sophisticated and elegant design that will appeal to the contemporary gentleman.
Its unique asymmetrical face is wrapped in a steel case and an anti-reflective sapphire glass casing. The satin-finished grey dial features an off-centre subdial decorated with a map of the globe. Additionally, there abbreviations of the names of 24 cities corresponding to different time zones, which are subtle but legible in white and yellow. Day and night are differentiated in white and grey respectively and an aperture positioned to the right of the watch’s date window points to the current hour in the tracked time zone.
A convenient feature allows for a second time zone to be set via a pusher on the watch’s steel case. There is also a small corrector that allows for compensation of daylight-saving adjustments. The $9,450-watch boasts a clean, refined and masculine design with an observable rotor engraved with the iconic LV logo.
The alligator strap complements the severe but sophisticated layout of the case. Subtle yellow stitching adds a note of whimsy and edge to the rigid design. In terms of mechanics – the infamous LV 101 Automatic calibre has been incorporated for unparalleled precision. The watch exhibits a 40-hour power reserve as well as 50m water resistance, bringing together quality, convenience and luxury.
The GMT function of the Tambour Heures du Monde watch emphasises the origin of the brand as a travel-trunk manufacturer. It is an exceptional timepiece that encompasses the necessities of a watch of its calibre as well as contemporary elegance and refined class – a true statement accessory for the modern man.
Dubai is soon to witness the construction of the world’s longest indoor ski slope that will be situated inside a new complex. It will comprise the world’s tallest residential building, the largest dancing fountain and the aforementioned ski slope that will stretch for 1.2km. The first phase of the 40-million square foot complex is expected to be finished by 2020 and has an estimated cost of $6.8 billion.
Other amenities will feature a 350-room luxurious hotel, a mall with 300 restaurants and a marina. The residential tower will stand at 2,333 feet and will be able to accommodate up to 78,000 residents. The multi-use destination is constructed with functionality and convenience in mind, housing everything under a single roof.
Getting there and enjoying the many amenities can be done in style and unparalleled comfort through the exclusive service of Etihad Airlines at the cost of $28,090.
To prepare guests for the lavish flamboyance of the oil-rich capital, the airline’s fist-class ticket experience reaches new heights in luxury with private mini bars, 23-inch cinema screens, portioned suits and several course warm meals available on board. Opting for a flight on UAE’s other signature airline – Emirates – will cost you $30,000, but it’s worth mentioning this is the preferred choice of A-listers and VIP businessmen. The airline uses exclusively A380s, A340-500s and 777s that provide plenty of space for fully partitioned private suites that are equipped with mini bars, mattress beds, vanity tables and even on-board SPA and massage facilities.
As part of the premium services of both airlines, flyers will be treated to an on-flight concierge team as well as private butlers. There is high-speed Wi-Fi, fully-equipped entertainment stations, live TV and broadband with internet mobile.
Renowned yacht brokers Y.Co. have come up with an intriguing proposition for all lovers of the sea who seek a fast adrenaline rush and exciting adventures. The Yellow Submarine is a compact vessel, designed to operate and own a military-grade mini-submarine.
Designed as the ultimate toy for wealthy buyers, the yellow submarine comes together with a luxurious yacht that operates as a platform for launch and recovery. Specifics of the submarine include submersion time of up to eight hours and at a depth of 160m, making it suitable for cave diving and exploration. Its ample space permits up to five people on board and the strategically placed windows allow for magnificent views of the underwater surroundings.
Behind the manufacture of the vessel is respected submarine expert GSE Trieste with years of technical know-how and experience in constructing all-electric managed submerging devices. Build to high military standards, the Yellow Submarine is designed for adventure and offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience sensations that are usually reserved for marine explorers and scientists.
It is remarkably spacious for its modest dimensions with compact seating area available that will fit up to 5 people. RINA-classified and compliant with U.S. Coast Guard regulations, the submarine can operate in US waters and meets all standards of engineering for a full-scale subversive vessel.
The manned submersible comes in a bright yellow colour and a sleek round design that makes it extremely appealing. It is designed to be carried by and fitted on board of superyachts and can travel at a maximum speed of 6 knots. Apart from room for six people (including the pilot), there is also a fridge and on-board toilet.
A slow-revolution propeller is powered by a 16kW motor and four thrusters. There is a 96-hours of emergency supply of oxygen for the entire crew and the double-hull architecture provides sufficient resistance against weather and ocean currents. Price for the Yellow Submarine is only available on request online.
The new Model X was announced by Tesla and is expected to launch at the end of the year. Combining the ample space and diverse functionality of a sports utility vehicle and the unparalleled performance of a Tesla, the new car is breaking frontiers and setting new standards in the world of luxurious automobiles.
State-of-the-art technology and engineering will be integrated in the new Model X, allowing for increased control and a wheel-drive standard. The vehicle will be powered by two separate, digitally-controlled electric motors and is expected to boast other impressive electronic features that will “blow people away” as CEO Elon Musk says himself.
The California, Fremont plant of the brand will be the site of construction for both the Model X and the Model S. Although deliveries were originally scheduled for 2014, Tesla had to postpone production dates as they enable the new manufacturing equipment and finalize agreements with suppliers.
Designed on the basis of its predecessor –the Model X will expand on its capabilities and versatile features for an improved driving experience. Lots of new gadgets will contribute to the futuristic feel of the vehicle. Its sleek design is optimized for enhancement aerodynamics and one of the more interesting features are the Falcon Wing rear doors that fold up and out of the way, which permits for parking in narrow spaces.
At the time the company is withholding more details on the specifics of the performance and other metrics of the Model X, but the asking price is expected to be in region of the Model S of about $79,000. Reservations for the new automobile have been accepted since February 2012 and buyers, who are eager to own the new Tesla, are required to put down a $5,000 deposit.
The most recognizable luxury brand of champagne Dom Perignon has introduced its 2005 vintage range of exceptional quality and ‘never-before-seen maturity’ limited number of bottles. The wine comes after a good harvest and comes in two versions – Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
The company prides itself on maintaining the most rigorous standards of quality control to ensure the beverage stays as rich and dense in flavour as possible. To do this every single bottle is individually disgorged and hand-tested, guarantying that every batch receives the care and attention needed to maintain the brand’s reputation.
What makes the 2005 vintage so unique is its aromatic intensity that is courtesy of a bouquet of savoury fruits and spices – it comprises mostly black fruit and notes of praline and coriander. The spicy flower finish complements beautifully the rich and dense palette of the wine. It retails for £130 a bottle compared to the 2004 Vintage, which sells for $169 and the 1998 P2, a bottle of which is $375.
The Chardonnay exhibits an unusually high percentage – 62% – but it offsets the intensity of the Pinot Noir. The 2005 vintage has been described as cross between two earlier ranges – the 2002 and 2003 as it combines their best features into one superb, deep and intense flavour. It is light and fresh with a rich and lasting intensity. The effect of extended less aging is noticeable and it is an interesting expression of the brand’s evolution.
Held at the historic private residence of Les Trois Etage, the first tasting of the 2005 vintage captivated the public with its unique qualities in improved flavour consistency. Having evolved into something special, the most captivating feature of the wine is the harmony that results from layers of added complexity without compromising the freshness and vitality of the beverage.
Based on a 1970s concept, the Zenith El Primero 410 is a surprisingly contemporary watch that brings together utility and elegance. It boasts the impressive automatic column-wheel chronograph movement with moon phase and calendar functions, which was briefly discontinued by Zenith at the beginning of 2000.
The limited edition of the model features 500 pieces, retailing for £14,600 each. The watch can be ordered in steel or rose gold and has a beautiful tonneau-shaped case attached to an alligator strap. It is worth mentioning the historical and technical significance of the watch, stemming from the original prototype it is based upon. Copying the dial layout and overall styling of the original model, the Zenith El Primero 410 is substantially larger than its predecessor, although some of the key elements remain the same – the placement of subdials, calendar apertures, and tachymeter.
One of the benefits of the larger case is that it displays elegantly the highly-detailed dial without compromising the strict, clean design of the original model. Conceptually, the new watch is more fluid and refined in terms of layout, fitting well contextually in the lifestyle of the contemporary gentleman by combining luxury and functionality.
The Zenith El Primero 410 runs at 5 Hz with 390 components, which are visible through the sapphire case. There are three distinctive functions in addition to the basic timekeeping. It boasts two dials – the main one has a 30-minute register at 3 o’clock and a 12-hour register at 6 o’clock. The calendar function sits well within the overall layout of the case without compromising the readability of the dial.
An interesting feature is the moon phase function, which sits at 6 o’clock in the 12-hour register. The steel blue background makes the golden moon set stand out with subtle elegance. This is the only colour element on the vintage-inspired watch and it adds a touch of trendiness to the conservative design.
The DB10 was debuted by Aston Martin as the new car built exclusively for the upcoming Spectre film of the James on franchise. This marks the continuation of a 50-yearlong partnership that has seen the famous luxurious automobile brand produce some of its most emblematic vehicles.
Production will be strictly limited to 10 cars and all will be constructed at the Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters. Specifications of the vehicle are kept secret, but the design builds on top of previous Aston Martin models and exhibits the same sleek curves and minimalism of architecture and engineering.
It is yet to be revealed what gadgets the luxurious ride will possess, but given that it will be none other than James Bond’s car, it will surely have to live up to the reputation of the fierce, elegant and dashing assassin.
Marek Reichman – Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer – will closely cooperate with the film’s director, Sam Mendes, to ensure the car is every bit the ideal statement vehicle for Britain’s most famous spy. Bond’s use of the brand began with the movie Goldfinger and has, since then, flourished into a decade-long creative partnership with the DB10 being the ultimate proof.
Sharp, faster and more aggressive – the design of the DB10 is in unison with the brand’s continuous innovation and development of its visionary models. Sophisticated and confident, it incorporates some of Aston Martin’s most bespoke characteristics, such as top performance, driving experience and unprecedented ferocity.
Due for release in the upcoming November, the introduction of the DB10 is one of the most anticipated events of 2015, and expected to generate a lot of buzz in the coming months. Its sublime, sinister aesthetic complements the darker undertone of the last few movies of the Bond franchise and is expected to enhance the premise of the new movie.