The Top 10 Luxury Must-Haves
A check list for the seriously rich
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The English company Vertu has reached the pinnacle of mobile phone excellence. Its highly covetable handsets, inspired by Swiss timepieces, are handcrafted – and signed – by a single craftsperson, using precious materials such as platinum, white, yellow or red gold, diamonds, sapphire crystal, and luxurious leather and black ceramic. Singer Seal, chef Alain Ducasse and producer/actress Michelle Yeoh all own a Vertu, enjoying the luxury of Vertu Concierge’s dedicated service, personalised to the owner’s lifestyle, at the touch of a button. Oh, and ring tones and alerts recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra!
The J P Morgan Palladium Visa is the credit card of the ultra-wealthy: made from palladium and 23 k gold and laser-engraved with the cardholder’s details, the card itself is worth more then $1,000 – and all for an annual fee of around $600. Available only to those with a private banker (and average bank balance of around $30 million dollars), it offers no pre-set spending limit; generous cash lines; superior concierge service, and a cornucopia of travel and purchasing benefits. That’ll do very nicely . . .
When only the best hotel suite in Mallorca will do, it’s The Diamond Suite at the St Regis Mardavall. This spacious one-bedroom suite (175m2) boasts its own sauna, steam bath, outdoor Jacuzzi on its large private terrace – overlooking the manicured gardens and sparkling Med – and legendary St Regis butler service. All for 2,500-4,500 euros a night (depending on season). Suite dreams . . .
Size matters. But it’s the super-special extras that really count. Take the ‘Lady Moura’, owned by Saudi Prince Nasser Al-Rashid and moored in Palma: the world’s third-most-expensive yacht ($210 million) is some 350 feet long with a 60-strong crew, and boasts pool with a retractable roof and an artificial beach front with sand and obligatory palm tree. Modest compared to Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s ‘Tatoosh’ (worth $100 million), kitted out with a pool, theatre, helipad for two ‘copters and a lobster tank.
The very private and imposing 22-acre estate, Sa Fortaleza, on the bay of Pollensa, was the property must-have of an English banker, who bought it this year for a rumoured 35 million euros, making it Spain’s most expensive piece of real estate. But there is still a great choice of über-luxurious properties for sale in Mallorca. MJC Associates is currently offering a fantastic mansion frontline to Golf I in Santa Ponsa Nova at €16 million, with seven beds, eight baths, indoor and outdoor pools, and direct buggy access to the golf course. The island’s most exclusive residential development is Son Vida, where a superbly appointed five-bedroom, five-bathroom elegant south-west- facing villa is on the market for €10.9 million, through Mallorca Sotheby’s International Realty. Top of the must-have property features are no traffic or aircraft noise, his-and-hers bathrooms, enormous closet space for her, and multi-car garage for classic collections.
Private Jet Travel
Once the province only of the time-poor and seriously cash-rich, private jet travel is now a luxury that’s become more affordable, through businesses such as the fractional jet ownership specialist NetJets (Warren Buffett liked the company so much that he bought it), and Victor, the world’s first private jetshare community. Members can sell spare seats on private jets they’ve chartered, can buy a seat on another member’s aircraft, or group together for a fraction of the total aircraft charter cost. Prices depend on aircraft, date of flight and number of passengers, but are in the order of €1,000 one-way between Palma and London, Dublin or Frankfurt.
The Status Symbol Timepiece
Exclusivity is the watchword when it comes to a timepiece, which is why the Pasha de Cartier Skeleton Flying Tourbillon – a limited edition of just 100 watches – is so highly desirable. The word ‘pasha’ in Turkish means a person of great importance and wealth and it was the Pasha of Marrakesh who commissioned Cartier in the 1930s to make him a water-resistant watch.
A more recent design icon, the Skeleton Flying Tourbillon has an 18 carat white gold case, 42mm diameter, crown fluted in white gold and set with a sapphire cabochon, sapphire crystal case back and black alligator skin strap. Its movement bears the prestigious Geneva Seal. This stunning watch contains 19 jewels and 175 parts. All for a cool €100,000.
Home Entertainment Systems
The most covetable systems today offer not only impressive sound and vision, state-of-the art technology and good looks but, importantly, easy operation. Offering all of these are the combination of slim Samsung 8000 3-D series of brushed metal-finish televisions, (around €2,000-3,000, depending on size), Samsung Blue Ray 3-D player (around €170), and Bose Cinemat GS Digital (€799) – for exceptional sound. Ocean TV in Palma advises that there’s only one Sky channel in 3-D available in Mallorca, with a very weak signal – but the Samsung 8000 3-D series, viewed in 2-D, offers phenomenal picture quality.
The Investment Tote Bag
The seriously rich woman needs a serious bag: Bottega Veneta’s Intrecciato leather tote is the perfect thing to have on your arm (in the absence of George Clooney) for a day out in Palma. Made from buttermilk perforated intrecciato leather, it has matte gunmetal hardware, two adjustable buckled leather handles, open top with tabs and a hook fastening, inner designer-stamped plaque and is fully lined in perforated white canvas. Available at the click of a mouse from www.net-a-porter.com for €4,800.