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The Essence of Luxury


“The More You Appreciate, The More You Know How to Appreciate”

These words are the cornerstone of Hennesy X.O’s Appreciation Grows Campaign – a series of experiences aimed at defining luxury, quality, originality and heritage.

In its latest installment of the Appreciation Grows series, Hennesy X.O presents The 2009 Essence of Luxury. This is a compendium of the world’s finest, rarest and best-in-class luxury items, handpicked to excite the connoisseur. Hennesy believes this selection of 50 items share common qualities and values with Hennesy X.O cognac.

So here’s a few things which I find interesting (and crazy expensive!).
In other words, a bunch of things that I CANNOT AFFORD.

Clive Christian No. 1

When Clive Christian acquired one of the oldest perfumeries in Britain 10 years ago, he set out to create a definitive collection of pure perfumes for men and women. The pinnacle of this collection is Clive Christian No.1, a perfume handcrafted with no reference to cost or limitations. Precious and rare ingredients like aged Indian sandalwood and crystallised Tahitian vanilla are used. Each bottle is studded with a single brilliant cut diamond to symbolise the delicate facets of the complex perfume when worn on the skin. The perfume has been recognised by the Guinness World Records as the world’s most expensive perfume.
Price: $2,000.00 USD for a 1 oz. bottle.

DOM PERIGNON ROSE by Karl Lagerfeld


For “the jewel of Dom Perignon”, Karl Lagerfeld has created the most limited edition giftbox: The Dom Pérignon Rosé Guitar Case. The Guitar Case captures the glamour and luxury of the Dom Pérignon Rosé universe while adding a touch of rock ‘n’ roll to it. Entirely handmade from perch skin, with a special interior moulding of lambskin leather, the case features six bottles of exclusive and some very rare Dom Pérignon Rosé vintages (one bottle of 1966, two bottles of 1986 and three bottles of 1996) as well as three Dom Pérignon Rosé flutes. The case is made to order and is hand delivered.
Price: €100,000 includes a private wine tasting by a Dom Pérignon winemaker at the buyer’s home or in Epernay.

BENTLEY Continental GT Speed


Power, poise and performance is what you get with Continental GT Speed, the most powerful Bentley production car and the first to top 322km/h effortlessly achieving 100km/h in 4.5 seconds. The car is not just speed and fury, it is an elegant work of art for the discerning auto enthusiast.
Price: RM1,880,200 excluding road tax, insurance and registration.

LONGMIRE


A name unrivalled for exceptional cufflinks, Longmire offers exquisitely crafted cufflinks, from contemporary and classic to jewelled and whimsical. The stirrup cufflink is inspired by the Art Deco designs of the 1930s. WIth fine cut sapphires mounted in solid 18-carat white gold, the cufflink wraps itself around the edge of the cuff to create a bold statement.
Price: Starts at £2,000 and above.

GURKHA cigars


The first Gurkha cigars were produced by Nepalese fighters in India and were adopted by British colonials as far as Goa in Portugal. The craftsmanship and characteristics of these cigars were revived in 1989 by Gurkha Cigars, which presented premium cigars such as the Black Dragon. Five cases of this limited edition were released in 2006 and come in hand-crafted camel bone boxes. The case of 100 cigars promises flavours of strength and gracefulness encased in its Connecticut Maduro Wrapper, Cameron binder and Dominican filter.
Price: US$115,000 a box

COFFEE ALAMID


Coffee Alamid’s civet coffee, harvested from civet droppings on the different forest floors of Phillipine mountains, is blended with the country’s finest Arabica, Liberica and Exelsa beans to produce the rarest brew in the world. The blend has been described as sublime, with hints of cinnamon, fruit, dark chocolate and well-rounded and flavourful kick to start the day. The beans are sourced directly from Filipino farmers at fair trade prices.
Price: US$50 for 100 grams

ALMAS caviar


The pearly white caviar from the Caspian Sea, Almas – which means diamond in Persian – has a four-year waiting list at Caviar House & Prunier in London. It is extremely rare and expensive, specifically harvested from sturgeons that are between 60 to 80 years old.
Price: 1kg tin is worth £25,000 but those on a budget can get a beautifully packed 24-carat gold tin of caviar for £800.

And heeeere comes my my favourite!!!

MAGELLAN Residential Cruise Ship


Ever wished for a home from which you can see the world? The new ultimate in luxury is purchasing a condo onboard the world’s largest private residential cruise ship, the Magellan. The US$750 million ship features 210 units and world-class amenities such as tennis courts, retractable marina, two putting greens, an observatory, tour fine dining restaurants, an all-weather heliport, Aqua Spa, casino, gourmet marketplace, microbrewery, 430-seat Broadway-style theatre and more. Owners can reach the Magellan via the ship’s two executive jet helicopters, Venetian yachts or at the 300 ports in 150 countries. The cruise ship circumnavigates the globe every two years with scheduled ports including Honolulu, Alexandria, Monte Carlo, Shanghai and Istanbul.
Residences onboard the Magellan feature fine wood cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, granite surfaces, marble baths, china and crystal and other spectacular ocean views.
Price: Starts at US$2.34 million for full ownership

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