The annual gathering of Porsche Classics at Hedingham Castle, Essex took place the weekend of September 6th. More than 1,000 classic and modern models of the famous brand were showcased in front of the public.
First held at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, the event was subsequently moved to Hedingham in 2007 and has since grown in popularity, models included and attendance. This year’s theme of the gathering was the 60th anniversary of the first Porsche Carrera road cars. Several vehicles part of private collections as well as exhibited at the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart were transported to take part in the event.
Saturday night treated guests to a Mexican-themed “Carrera Caramba” party (£50) with cocktails, Mexican food and music. On Sunday auction house Coys held a sale of 61 collectable examples. These ranged from the original 911s built in the 1960s (priced from £45,000 to £110,000) to Turbo models from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s as well as limited-edition Speedsters.
Another interesting offer was the customized 1982 911 SC high-speed pursuit vehicle with original Dutch police emblems (priced at £80,000-£100,000), the 1997 Type 993 RSR Cup race car ((£110,000-£150,000) and the 1970 911S driven by British racing driver Vic Elford (price on request).
Sports cat enthusiasts were able to bid on a £550,000 2006 Porsche Carrera GT supercar and a 1958 Porsche Junior, which was more affordable at £7,000-£10,000. The latter was a single-cylinder diesel engine tractor built under the brand of Porsche.
Entrance to the event cost £25 per car and £5 per passenger with a lot of Porsche’s executives and owners of the original production making an appearance. While the emphasis remained on older signature models, customized new ones were also featured to expand on the variety.
An estate with a total of 51,000 square feet of property is marketed in the Rolling Hills suburb of Los Angeles. Hacienda de la Paz has a selling price of $53 million and Rafael Manzano Martos – curator for the Spanish King Juan Carlos. Built over a period of 17 years, the decorative painting around the house was done by a renowned Spanish artist.
A unique feature of the home is the way all technology is integrated in a way that allows for all TV units to be hidden in order to preserve the antique vibe of the estate. There is a 55-foot tennis court that can convert into a ballroom as well as subterranean facilities, such as the Moroccan hammam or Turkish bath. In total there are 21,000 square feet of living space above ground and 8 acres of land.
Zoning restrictions may have limited the estate to one storey above ground, but businessman John Blazevich found a way around it by digging 50 feet below it to include 31,000 more feet of living space. This allows for all subterranean facilities to be heated naturally with heat from the soil.
The estate is beautifully designed and crafted by architects to mimic 19th century Andalusian design and 18t century Neoclassical design. Most rooms are brightly coloured and feature furniture and carpets imported all the way from India and Spain for an authentic feel.
There are numerous secret passageways, nine bedrooms, four kitchens, 25 bathrooms and outdoor cooking spaces. Each room is modelled after a different theme with rich decorations, wooden beams and decorative painting.
A gaming room, an outdoor swimming pool and a tennis court provide plenty of entertainment space for guests. Picturesque views of the wealthy neighbourhood of Rolling Hills complete the exquisite experience of living in this architectural piece-of-art.
With the start of the new school term in London a new trend among the ultra-wealthy is becoming more and more apparent. Residences in some of the most prestigious burrows with master bedrooms, walk-in closets and balconies with spectacular views are marketed for up to £21,000 a month to the growing ranks of rich overseas students.
Potential tenants will be treated to a variety of luxuries that the infamous Fountain House is known for. Located in the posh residence that is adjacent to Hyde Park most apartments range in size from 1,600 sqft to over 2,000 sqft. Two-bedroom apartments in the same building can cost upwards of £4.5million to buy.
The exclusive location and posh interior of the pads has generated serious interest amongst the offspring of the global super-rich. All apartments have been recently refurbished by Alexander James Interior Design and exhibit spacious living and dining rooms, fitted with wood-strip floors and mood lighting. The open-plan kitchens and breakfast rooms have stone worktops, integrated German appliances and frosted glass splash-backs.
Beautifully furnished to an exceptional level of elegance and contemporary design, the residences provide plenty of space for quiet relaxation as well as socializing. The master bedrooms are fitted with deep carpets, walk-in closets and en-suit bathrooms complete with marble floors, twin basins, vanity tops, free-standing bathtub and walk-in double shower.
Some come with their own private balconies with stunning views of Hyde Park and are spread across two floors. The building itself has a 24-hour CCTV and porter service as well as entertainment areas and cosy lounge rooms.
The nine-storey Fountain House is an exquisite piece of architecture from the distant past that has been perfectly preserved and refurbished to meet the exacting standards for comfort and luxury of the ultra-wealthy as part of Mayfair’s residential revival.
A waterfront estate with 13 bedrooms, 25 bathrooms, a ballroom and two guest houses for the price of $100 million has gone on the market. Located just 25 miles from New York City, in the old-money community of Kings Point, the historic mansion is thought to have inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald for the town of West Egg in The Great Gatsby.
The property has some truly spectacular features, such as an indoor lazy river pool and a vintage two-story dollhouse that is every little girl’s dream-come-true. Amongst other amenities is a private wine cellar with a tasting room, a casino, shooting range and a two-level garage with a hydraulic lift. The outdoor features of the property include tennis and racquetball courts and a gym.
Japanese and English gardens surround the estate and there is a beautiful view of the Manhattan skyline on the horizon. Koi ponds and fountains complete the serene and lush landscape. The outdoor swimming pool boasts a slide, marble statues and ornate tiling on the edge.
The design of the house is rather lavish and features embellished ornaments and architectural styles to highlight its decadent luxury, such as golden doors with a stone arch and marble statues on either side. Marble, wood and designer fixtures adorn the interior, which is a mix of blue, white and cream flower details.
An enormous kitchen provides plenty of storage and counter space, and features stained-glass lighting. All bedrooms have en-suit bathrooms and the living and dining are flooded with natural light.
There is a private pier connected to the home that can dock a 200-foot-long yacht. Other striking features that have been added after the renovation are Turkish baths, spa treatment rooms, saunas, steam rooms, and even a hair salon. Coldwell Banker is the broker handling the listing.
The exclusive Monaco Yacht Show offers a rare glimpse into the life of the super –rich and their outrageous lifestyle. 33,000 people will attend the 25th edition of the event in Monaco’s historic Port Hercule and marvel the custom-designed boats and yachts that easily reach prices in the region of £20 to 50 million.
Equipped with everything one might need for life at sea, some of the most spectacular features of the exhibited vessels include hot tubs, helipads and spacious en-suit staterooms. Walk-in wardrobes and even indoor lifts are amongst the luxuries that create a true floating oasis. Guests can soak all the warm tropical rays on wooden decks, decorated beautifully while being catered by a whole service crew, including a personal chef.
One of the jewels of the show is the Imagine from Amels with a cruising speed of 14 knots (16.1mph) and an asking price of £51 million. For that sum the buyer receives a 64.7-metre (215.6ft) motor yacht with a helipad, lift and hot tub, spacious decks and a jet-stream swimming pool. The yacht is also available for charter in the Mediterranean over the summer for £388,000 a week ($597,000).
Another striking vessel is the Madsummer, which boasts a master suite and two double cabins and plenty of guest space. Offered by Moran Yacht & Ship, the asking price is £24.3million and there are plenty of amenities on-board – a 55.5-metre (182ft) hot tub and a large collection of water toys, including inflatable boats, personal watercraft, kayaks and dive equipment.
Although it doesn’t have the typical appearance of a superyacht, Steel benefits from an improved design that makes it versatile and fast. It can accommodate up to 12 guests and the interior is decorated with the regal glamour of 19th-century Europe. The vessel is suitable for icy waters and features a fitness room, a top deck with a hot tub and room for a small boat. Its asking price is £21.1 million.
For more information and pictures, visit the Monaco’s Yacht show website
When it comes to luxury hotels and resorts – bigger does not necessarily mean better. A wave of smaller, so-called ‘boutique hotels have been the preferred choice of the elite in the past decade because of the unmatched level of privacy, executive service and personal attention they can provide to their guests. Their charm and intimate ambiance is the epitome of tailored service whose focus is solely on the clients’ comfort and pleasure.
Hotel Plaza Athenee, Paris
With prices starting from £1195 for a night of blissful relaxation, this Parisian jewel is just a 5-minute walk from Avenue Champs Elysées and exhibits elegant accommodation and a number of amenities – Dior Institute spa, 5-restaurant and a cocktail bar. Guests can choose from 80 drinks for the personalised minibar and 5 pillow types to ensure their stay is as comfortable as possible.
Blantyre, Lenox, MA
The secluded mansion offers a total of 21 rooms and completely redefined the meaning behind a simple country Inn or Bed & Breakfast. Guests are able to enjoy candlelight dinner under the accompaniment of a live pianist while being treated to sublimely-prepared meals. Some of the offered amenities include gold, hiking and an exquisite SPA. The Relais & Chateaux member deserves its status as a Forbes 5-Star award winner and one of the most acclaimed small luxury hotels.
Mukul, Guacalito de la Isla, Nicaragua
Located on a piece of pristine coastline, the dream resort offers 37 accommodations in the form of freestanding casitas, with private plunge pools on the decks, walk-in double rain showers and mini bars. Plenty of amenities provide diverse entertainment for guests.
Jade Mountain, St. Lucia
With less than 30 accommodations, most of them include stunning infinity pools to marvel the surrounding scenery. Different combinations of living spaces combine excellent service with views of the Caribbean and St. Lucia’s famous twin mountain peaks for an unforgettable experience.
St James’s Hotel and Club, London
Starting at £1,200 a night, the member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World is a sophisticated retreat close to popular burrows Mayfair and Piccadilly. 60 beautifully designed rooms offer complete exclusivity with Murano glass chandeliers, silk wallpapers and with glossy, black lacquered furniture.
The newest Apple Watch Hermès line is the result of the highly-successful partnership between two brands that symbolize cutting-badge thinking, uncompromising quality and seamless design. The range of unique timepieces s designed with functionality and contemporary design in mind to bring out the best in Apple’s bold innovation and Hermés traditions of elegance.
Standing out with simplicity and beautiful design, each of the models come with a stainless steel case that features an etching of the brand’s signature and boast exclusive dial designs. The three models – Clipper, Cape Cod, and Espace – sport the iconic Hermés leather bands and Apple’s love for architectural minimalism.
The “Single Tour” starts at $1,100 and exhibits an elegant nod to Hermés equestrian roots through its buckle that mirrors the straps of a horse’s saddle. Available in 38mm and 42mm stainless steel cases, the model comes with leather bands in Fauve and Noir.
The “Double Tour” comes with an extra-long band that wraps twice around the wrist elegantly. It comes in a 38mm stainless steel case and the Hermés leather band is available in four distinctive colours: fauve, étain, capucine, and bleu jean. The price of this model starts at $1,250.
The third model of the series “Cuff” comes with an interesting feature that allows for the constant monitoring of the wearer’s heart rate. The leather band is designed in a way that permits the heart rate sensor to stay in contact with the wrist at all times. This model comes in a 42mm stainless steel case with a Hermès leather band in fauve and its price is $1,500.
Although the two companies have seemingly nothing in common at first glance and operate in very different industries, their unusual partnership has produced products of striking elegance, utility and comfort. Both brands are motivated by creating products of outstanding quality and cutting-edge elegance.
Recent additions to the lavish home include a $1 million grand entry complete with a new gate, turnabout and guard station and lounge area that connects the tennis court to other recreational facilities. With a total of 12 bedrooms and 23 bathrooms, Spanish-style house provides plenty of space that has been designed and furnished to exceptional standards of luxury and architectural aesthetics.
Original stained-glass windows, wood floors and a wood-burning fireplace in the living room are amongst some of the period details that bring a certain Mediterranean charm to the property. The 5,426 square feet of living space include family, living and dining rooms, a breakfast room, library, soundproof media room, a steam room, four bedrooms and four bathrooms. The entertainment complex boasts a 50-seat theatre, a bowling alley and a disco/ballroom with a revolving floor, a DJ booth and a laser-light system.
The estate has its own label – Beverly Hills Vineyards – produces 400 to 500 cases of wine a year and there are two private wine cellars that can store a combined of 13,000 bottles. Recently a two-acre organic farm has been added.
Other amenities include a spectacular 128-foot reflecting pool and fountain, a waterfall, a swimming pool, a spa and a barbecue area. The entertainment complex can house up to 250 guests and sports state-of-the-art video and audio equipment.
The outstanding Mediterranean home is the result of a 6-year expansion and redesign efforts that have created a true architectural masterpiece in the heart of Beverly Hills.
The 2015 edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show has seen some truly spectacular models by leading brands. Leaders in the automobile industry have taken the scene by storm with the revelation of two new models that are epitome of contemporary luxury, power and technological advancements – the much-anticipated Bentayga sport utility vehicle (SUV) presented by Bentley and the Dawn convertible by Rolls-Royce.
The powerful and exclusive cars will undoubtedly broaden the interest in both luxury brands as they are already generating some serious social buzz. At a price of £160,000 this is the first 4×4 for luxury car-maker Bentley and a bold move into unchartered territories – one which the company expects to generate 3,000 registrations per annum globally at peak. Marketed as ‘the most powerful, luxurious, and exclusive sports utility vehicle in the world’, the new Bentayga is a turning point for the company and capitalizes on the equivalent of two Range Rovers.
The car is powered by a vast 6-litre 600 bhp twin-turbo-charged W12 TSI engine, allowing it to accelerate from rest to 62mph in 4.1 seconds, with a top speed of 187mph. The latest in engineering technology allows for different modes – on or off-road terrains and there is an eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox and permanent all-wheel drive.
The visually-stunning £250,000 Dawn convertible, on the other hand, is part of the Ghost/Wraith family of vehicles. Nearly 80% of the exterior body panels of the Dawn are “newly designed” to accommodate the changes in shape and the evolution of design. The sleek four-seat luxury car is powered by the automaker’s twin-turbocharged 6.6-litre V-12 engine. Some of the more spectacular features include an eight-speed satellite-aided automatic transmission, adaptive headlights with glare-free technology and adaptive cruise control.
Both models are fitted with the latest high-tech, luxury ‘must haves’ and the companies are already accepting bookings for the start of the manufacturing process next year.