The Bulova lunar watch that still has ‘moon dust’ on it went on sale for $1million. Originally worn by U.S. astronaut Colonel David Scott, it is the only watch in the third EVA of Apollo 15 mission that wasn’t issued by NASA.
With its original Velcro strap still attached, the Bulova watch has clocked a total of 546 hours in space across three separate missions – Gemini 8, Apollo 9 and Apollo 15. The condition of the piece is remarkable, considering its history – there is minimal rust likely caused during splashdown, on the back of the strap, but it doesn’t take away from the watch’s worth.
The precision timepiece is available to the general public for the first time since NASA collected all mission-related objects and returned them to the astronauts upon completion. Additionally, it is the only watch to have made it in space that is not the NASA-approved Omega.
Worn during the famous Galileo Test conducted on the Moon in zero gravity and commemorated in the picture, where Scott salutes the American flag on the lunar surface – the Bulova lunar watch is a fascinating piece of historic memorabilia. Fortunately, it is the only watch not to end in a museum after the missions were completed and, instead, returned to its owner.
This timepiece is a true representation of the way quality and elegance can withstand time. Scratches from the re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere are minimal and the original NASA-velcro wrap can be substituted from something more elegant and complementing to the watch’s historic worth.
Consigned directly by Scott himself, the RR Auction will also feature several photographs of Scott wearing the Bulova during the missions. With the residual lunar material, NASA-issued strap and a few wear-and-tear signs, it remains the only watch to have made it to the general public and presents a unique opportunity.
The Solarwave 62′ yacht is a concept that has been developed by a Turkish energy company for seven years. The project is nearing completion and is expected to be the first yacht to run entirely on the sun’s rays. A reported price tag of £1.47 million and £1.85 million) has been announced and so far the zero-emissions vessel has been attracting a lot of attention from sailing enthusiasts.
It measures 62ft in length and can reach a cruising speed of between seven and 13 knots. The model requires different handling than fuel based models and maintaining full speed for several hours is not recommended.
There are various features, including 3-5 cabins, retractable sky roof and an outdoor dining space and sun deck. A full open-plan kitchen and spacious seating area are included inside. Kitchen appliances and other electronics will be powered by the solar panels, so owners will need to be smart about their energy use.
The number of cabins will vary based on the buyer’s preference and the interior design is entirely customizable. Other features can be added or changed, so the overall value of the yacht can vary greatly.
Only the lightest materials have been used in order to optimize performance and improve solar power efficiency. The propeller produces no noise and can cruise at a more than decent speed.
The partnership between Turkish shipyard Nedship and Solarwave produced the design of a roof with a with a 15 kW photovoltaic array connected to 100 kWh batteries. This provides enough energy for the yacht’s needs to maintain optimum speed as well as power all on-board appliances.
Apart from the two e-motors, there is a standard emergency generator with possible upgrades from a 12 to a 20 kW, or even a 30 kW MME turbine generator. Furniture is built as part of the structure to save on weight and space, but is subject to customization.
Just a few weeks ago,
the Danish tycoon Henrik Frederiksen held a very exclusive garage sale that featured models of an age long gone and a class of their own. A total of immaculately restored 48 vintage cars – some of them prewar -were auctioned by Bonhams.
The event took place in the businessman’s historical 16-century estate located in Denmark and attracted the crème of the European aristocracy and corporate world. Vintage car enthusiasts flocked to see the rare and spectacular models Frederiksen had taken more than 30 years to accumulate. What began as a hobby at the age of 18 soon turned into one of the most complete and outstanding collections of Mercedes-Benz, Bentley, Duesenberg, Hispano-Suiza, Maybach and Rolls-Royce models – some dating from a century ago.
A regular at classic-car events at Pebble Beach and Villa d’Este, Henrik decided to part with some of his beloved collection. Some of the rare models carry with them political and cultural significance as well, such as the 1933 Maybach DS8 Zeppelin, which was gifted by the German government to the Maharajah of Patiala. This particular vehicle has an asking price of $3.6 million as it features intricate and one-of-a-kind coachwork. The 1931 Duesenberg Model J “Disappearing Top” – a made-to-order treat for Cornelius Vanderbilt’s grandson cost its new owner $3.2 million.
Several Maybach models relay Frederiksen’s love for the brand, among which a $1.5m-prewar vehicle discovered in a Moscow lock-up. Another spectacular offering is the wooden-bodied Mercedes-Benz Phaeton auctioned for $2 million. The car is in excellent condition and features the original canvas seat covers, 90-horsepower aircraft engine and Louis Vuitton luggage.
Five Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost models were auctioned for $640,000-$1,400,000; a 1905 US-built Woods electric car ($80,000-$100,000) and a 1939 Lagonda LG6 Rapide Drophead for $640,000 have earned Frederiksen’s collection the well-deserved title of “the finest in Denmark and Europe”.
The Andaz has 153 beautifully-furnished rooms and 21 luxurious suits – all of them featuring panoramic views of the bay and the surrounding area. The low-key eco style is ideal for relaxing and enjoying life in the tropical paradise to the full. SPA-like showers, king-size beds and infinity pools complete the blissful experience. Wooden floors and delicate lights help guests become one with nature.
There is an open-air restaurant – Rio Bhongo – that serves rich and delicious native dishes all day with everything being locally sourced. Tropical fruits, grilled seafood and traditional recipes are just some of the scrumptious offerings guests are treated to. At night they can enjoy a vibrant and festive atmosphere in the close bar, where the finalist in the 2013 World Class Bartender of the Year contest Clark Jimenez works his magic.
The hotel boasts a state-of-the-art SPA, where guests are spoilt with local therapies and massage techniques for deep relaxation. Choose from two infinity pools and two private beaches, where you can soak all the sun you can in pristine silence and tranquillity.
There are plenty of local amenities located nearby, including the private reserve Sensoria for lovers of idyllic wild landscapes.
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.
Superyachts are giving way to a new rising trend amongst the ultra-wealthy – a floating private island that could easily be moved anywhere in the world. For regular people it may sound like something straight out of a sci-fi novel, but the impressive technology is already a reality and attracting some serious interest from potential buyers all over the world.
Designs vary according to the buyer’s specifications and include anything – from spacious penthouse suites, flowing waterfalls, helipad to harbours for a superyachts. The whole concept of a portable island is extremely appealing to the rich as it eliminates the trouble of sailing from one resort to another as the structure allows to be moved anywhere the owner pleases. Poor weather and overcrowded beaches are no longer factors that can threaten a good vacation.
With an average height of 80 metres, the floating islands will provide spectacular 360-degree views of the pristine scenery and unparalleled privacy and tranquillity. An interior elevator will make all rooms accessible.
The complex itself will feature anything you can expect from a 5-star resort, including a gym, SPA, beauty and massage salons, swimming pools and tropical landscaping. Designed by renowned company Migaloo Private Submersible Yachts – the new project is expected to redefine the industry of luxury accommodation.
Kakomo Ailand – as is the name of the movable paradise – has been designed with both luxury and functionality in mind, allowing it to be used for a number of purposes: as a hotel, corporate getaway or casino. Room for personnel and crew members are factored in the structure, which also includes a helipad for easy access.
Living at sea has been gaining increasing popularity amongst the ultra-rich with superyachts being the ultimate craze and now, the concept of a movable island has really taken the maritime experience to the next level. As it is still at concept level, the company is yet to disclose a starting price, but given the parameters, it is expected to begin in the millions.
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.